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Staff Recommendations

  • Visiting YA Panel recommends their favorite recent books.
  • Staff members look back on the books we read in 2016.
  • On September 21, 2016, the Library hosted The Golden Age of Mysteries: Tracing the Bloodline of Crime Fiction, a panel discussion co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America New York. The evening was lively, opinionated, fun, and informative—and a rich source of book recommendations for mystery readers.
  • Molly Haskell is one of cinema’s most insightful, influential, and intelligent critics. A Library member and friend since 1977, we recently asked Ms. Haskell to recommend a list of essential books on film
  • A collection of our favorites among the forgotten-but-not-gone, the literary curios, the has-beens and never-weres, and the also-rans of the established literature canon. Good books waiting patiently (sometimes very patiently) in the stacks for the right reader to come along.
  • Recommended novels and short story collections set in the American West that embrace some standard Western characters and settings, but can't be categorized as "merely" genre fiction..
  • Staff horror aficionado Liam Delaney presents a frightening short-list of horror fiction recommendations. A list of horror anthologies and some recent arrivals follows Liam's recommendations.
  • Before you explore the city's surprisingly abundant flora and fauna, be sure to explore our stacks. Our collection contains a variety of books that illuminate the natural wonders of the city.
  • Staff recommend books for the summer and reveal what we hope to read as days grow warm and the pace of life allows for more time reading.
  • A guided tour of the Library's collection of sound recordings featuring poets reading their own work.
  • A look at published interviews available in the Library stacks.
  • See what Library staff most enjoyed reading in 2015.
  • 16th century travel chronicles, housewives in wartime England, gossip and name-dropping in Paris, movie-making in the Amazon, and more. Here are the staff's favorite published diaries held in the Library's collection.
  • Celebrating the launch of our new High School collection, our staff recommend great reads for young adults.
  • Our staff recommend old favorites and recent books from around the world translated into English.
  • From epic sagas to vintage noir, from art forgery to the forgotten American sport of pedestrianism, Library staff recommend books for the long summer days ahead.
  • Since 1995, the Library has honored exceptional books about the city with our New York City Book Awards, and to celebrate the recent announcement of this year’s winners, Library staff recommend their favorite New York books from the stacks. 

  • Hollywood provides the perfect setting for fiction that wants to get at the heart of America. It is the uneasy (but often glorious) collision of art vs. commerce, of simulation vs. reality.  A place where the ambitious run into other members of their species, and are often undone by same. A place with no natives. Best of all, it’s a place that doesn’t really exist but is instantly recognizable to a reader. Yes, there is a part of Los Angeles called Hollywood, but the Hollywood of our imagination is so much more.

  • The Library has long considered its biography collection one of the strengths of the stacks. Over 30,000 biographies are in the building, most in stack 7 where near-full shelves groan under the lives of the heroic, the villainous, the famous, the forgotten, and the obscure. In this edition of Book Recommendations, Library staff highlights some of our favorite biographies from the stacks with hopes that you find something to read and enjoy among our selections.

  • “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.” — Oscar Wilde on Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop

  • Nothing brings history to life more vividly than reading accounts from the mouths of those who witnessed or participated in these historical events. For this installment of book recommendations, staff members highlight some of their favorite oral histories in the collection.
  • Library staff recommendations for summer reading, as well as what we look forward to reading in the warm months ahead.
  • By Carrie Silberman, Head of Children's Library

    For many of us, nothing evokes more vivid memories of childhood than revisiting a favorite book. As a child, I must have read All-Of-A-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor at least a dozen times over the span of a few short years. I cried when Sarah lost a precious library book and worried that her weekly visits to the Library Lady might come to an end.

  • Recommendations from Library staff for your next armchair journey. Destinations range from 80 miles away on the NJ Turnpike to the Amazon jungle.
  • To accompany our exhibition in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery, From the Western Front and Beyond: The Writings of World War One, we offer some WWI-related book recommendations from Library staff.
  • Staff recommendations from the Library's collection of memoirs, autobiographies, and journals.
  • by Sara Holliday, Events Coordinator/Head Librarian's Assistant

  • Despite true crime's somewhat unsavory reputation, many exceptional works of journalism and nonfiction literature have come out of the genre. In this article, the staff offers recommendations from the Library's collection.
  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's August 2012 e-newsletter.
  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Summer 2012 Features Newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Spring 2012 Features Newsletter.

  • by Brandi Tambasco, Circulation Assistant/Interlibrary Loan Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Fall Season 2011 Features Newsletter.

  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's Summer 2011 Features Newsletter.

  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's February 2011 e-newsletter.

    In honor of this cold month's holiday celebrating love, staff members offer some warmth with their favorite tales of romance.

  • by Patrick Rayner, Head of Circulation

    This article originally appeared in the Library's Fall 2010 Features Newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the Library's October 2010 e-newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Summer 2010 Features Newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Spring 2010 Features Newsletter.

  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's Summer 2009 Features Newsletter.

  • Visiting YA Panel recommends their favorite recent books.
  • Staff members look back on the books we read in 2016.
  • On September 21, 2016, the Library hosted The Golden Age of Mysteries: Tracing the Bloodline of Crime Fiction, a panel discussion co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America New York. The evening was lively, opinionated, fun, and informative—and a rich source of book recommendations for mystery readers.
  • Molly Haskell is one of cinema’s most insightful, influential, and intelligent critics. A Library member and friend since 1977, we recently asked Ms. Haskell to recommend a list of essential books on film
  • A collection of our favorites among the forgotten-but-not-gone, the literary curios, the has-beens and never-weres, and the also-rans of the established literature canon. Good books waiting patiently (sometimes very patiently) in the stacks for the right reader to come along.
  • Recommended novels and short story collections set in the American West that embrace some standard Western characters and settings, but can't be categorized as "merely" genre fiction..
  • Staff horror aficionado Liam Delaney presents a frightening short-list of horror fiction recommendations. A list of horror anthologies and some recent arrivals follows Liam's recommendations.
  • Before you explore the city's surprisingly abundant flora and fauna, be sure to explore our stacks. Our collection contains a variety of books that illuminate the natural wonders of the city.
  • Staff recommend books for the summer and reveal what we hope to read as days grow warm and the pace of life allows for more time reading.
  • A guided tour of the Library's collection of sound recordings featuring poets reading their own work.
  • A look at published interviews available in the Library stacks.
  • See what Library staff most enjoyed reading in 2015.
  • 16th century travel chronicles, housewives in wartime England, gossip and name-dropping in Paris, movie-making in the Amazon, and more. Here are the staff's favorite published diaries held in the Library's collection.
  • Celebrating the launch of our new High School collection, our staff recommend great reads for young adults.
  • Our staff recommend old favorites and recent books from around the world translated into English.
  • From epic sagas to vintage noir, from art forgery to the forgotten American sport of pedestrianism, Library staff recommend books for the long summer days ahead.
  • Since 1995, the Library has honored exceptional books about the city with our New York City Book Awards, and to celebrate the recent announcement of this year’s winners, Library staff recommend their favorite New York books from the stacks. 

  • Hollywood provides the perfect setting for fiction that wants to get at the heart of America. It is the uneasy (but often glorious) collision of art vs. commerce, of simulation vs. reality.  A place where the ambitious run into other members of their species, and are often undone by same. A place with no natives. Best of all, it’s a place that doesn’t really exist but is instantly recognizable to a reader. Yes, there is a part of Los Angeles called Hollywood, but the Hollywood of our imagination is so much more.

  • The Library has long considered its biography collection one of the strengths of the stacks. Over 30,000 biographies are in the building, most in stack 7 where near-full shelves groan under the lives of the heroic, the villainous, the famous, the forgotten, and the obscure. In this edition of Book Recommendations, Library staff highlights some of our favorite biographies from the stacks with hopes that you find something to read and enjoy among our selections.

  • “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.” — Oscar Wilde on Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop

  • Nothing brings history to life more vividly than reading accounts from the mouths of those who witnessed or participated in these historical events. For this installment of book recommendations, staff members highlight some of their favorite oral histories in the collection.
  • Library staff recommendations for summer reading, as well as what we look forward to reading in the warm months ahead.
  • By Carrie Silberman, Head of Children's Library

    For many of us, nothing evokes more vivid memories of childhood than revisiting a favorite book. As a child, I must have read All-Of-A-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor at least a dozen times over the span of a few short years. I cried when Sarah lost a precious library book and worried that her weekly visits to the Library Lady might come to an end.

  • Recommendations from Library staff for your next armchair journey. Destinations range from 80 miles away on the NJ Turnpike to the Amazon jungle.
  • To accompany our exhibition in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery, From the Western Front and Beyond: The Writings of World War One, we offer some WWI-related book recommendations from Library staff.
  • Staff recommendations from the Library's collection of memoirs, autobiographies, and journals.
  • by Sara Holliday, Events Coordinator/Head Librarian's Assistant

  • Despite true crime's somewhat unsavory reputation, many exceptional works of journalism and nonfiction literature have come out of the genre. In this article, the staff offers recommendations from the Library's collection.
  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's August 2012 e-newsletter.
  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Summer 2012 Features Newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Spring 2012 Features Newsletter.

  • by Brandi Tambasco, Circulation Assistant/Interlibrary Loan Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Fall Season 2011 Features Newsletter.

  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's Summer 2011 Features Newsletter.

  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's February 2011 e-newsletter.

    In honor of this cold month's holiday celebrating love, staff members offer some warmth with their favorite tales of romance.

  • by Patrick Rayner, Head of Circulation

    This article originally appeared in the Library's Fall 2010 Features Newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the Library's October 2010 e-newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Summer 2010 Features Newsletter.

  • by Andrew Corbin, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

    This article originally appeared in the "Off the Shelf: A Reader's Review" column in the Library's Spring 2010 Features Newsletter.

  • This list of staff recommendations originally appeared in the Library's Summer 2009 Features Newsletter.