NYPL Recommendations

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What Would the Golden Girls Read?

Sarcastic Dorothy... filter-free Sophia... saucy Southern belle Blanche... lovable, exasperating Rose... This famed quartet of friends never came across an issue they couldn't solve together. But what book recommendations would each of these women share? Here's what we think.

A Beginner's Guide to Isekai

Discover an entire genre of manga in which characters are suddenly transported to new, unfamiliar worlds. If you enjoy Miyazaki's Spirited Away, you'll enjoy this list of recommended manga, ready to get your interested in isekai started.

New & Noteworthy: Middle-Grade Fiction

Our experts have been busy reading all the middle school novels 2019 has to offer and here are a few they can't stop giving to kids across our three boroughs.

New & Noteworthy: Picture Books

Picture books are amazing! I’m not sure who loves them more, kids or adults. Here are some exceptional new ones coming to a library shelf near you.

Words Without Borders: Books for World Refugee Day

A New York Public Library & UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Staff Picks List Honoring Voices of the Forcibly Displaced on #WorldRefugeeDay

A Beginner's Guide to LGBTQ+ Manga

The history of LGBTQ+ representation in Japanese manga is quite different from the history of LGBTQ+ representation in American graphic novels and comics. In celebration of Pride Month, we're revisiting some of our favorite Japanese manga featuring LGBTQ+ characters and themes.

Patron Picks: The World of Work at Open Book Hour

Workplace drama is the focus of this month's patron book recommendations from the May Open Book Hour at the Mid-Manhattan Library.

New & Noteworthy: Middle Grade Fiction

Middle-grade fiction is on fire! There are so many new books. Luckily we have an expert staff of readers to help direct us to the cream of the crop. Here are some recently published titles they recommend.

Patron Picks: Migrations and Peregrinations at Open Book Hour

Take a look at this month's patron book recommendations featuring immigrants, explorers, and other wanderers in literature.

New & Noteworthy: YA Graphic Novels

There are so many great graphic novels for teens it is hard to keep up. Luckily, here at NYPL, we have a team of experts doing the work for us.

New & Noteworthy Nonfiction for Kids

Kids love nonfiction. Their little brains are like sponges. They yearn for facts and stories from history. It's even better when it's presented in an engaging package.

11 Ice Hot Hockey Romances

You don't have to know the rules of everyone's favorite frozen sport to enjoy these steamy selections from a romance sub-genre you may not even know exists.

Patron Picks: Revolutionary Women at Open Book Hour

Take a look at patrons' book recommendations on incredible women in literature and real life.

A Beginner's Guide to Mecha

Robots. Cyborgs. Androids. Space stations. They all make up the manga and anime genre known as mecha. Read about the history of mecha, and discover our comprehensive list of recommended manga, movies, and TV series.

A Lou Reed Reading List

"I always believed that I have something to say and I said it." —Lou Reed The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that beginning March 15, 2019, the Lou Reed Archive has been processed and is now available to users.

Patron Picks: Fantastic Realms at Open Book Hour

Take a look at patrons' book recommendations that go deep into mythical worlds, from Atlantis to Xanadu.

Manga Monday Picks: Shojo Beat Favorites

Do you love high fantasy adventures featuring daring heroines and handsome heroes? Supernatural romances? Or maybe simple slice-of-life stories? No matter, Shojo Beat has them all, and we have a list of recommendations compiled by staff and patrons from our latest Manga Monday meet-up.

A Brief History of the Romance Novel

Whether you’re a long-time romance novel veteran or a tentative newbie, enjoy the genre's background, and our list of recommended titles that are sure to thrill your wildest fantasies!

Hot, Steamy, and Extra Dreamy: Romance Manga

Whether you prefer romantic comedies, supernatural love stories, or straight-up hot-and-steamy adventures, we've got the manga recommendation for you!

Manga for Middle Schoolers: Guide and Recommendations

Whether you're a parent, guardian, educator, or librarian, you might be at a loss when a middle grader asks for a manga recommendation. Fear not, we're here to help!