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    Rural rehabilitation client, Carbon, Utah
    Rural rehabilitation client, Carbon, Utah.
    by Dorothea Lange (Image ID 4001167, New York Public Library)

    In June 1965, photographer Dorothea Lange wrote a letter to Picture Collection Librarian Romana Javitz saying, “It  would be very fine, very fine indeed, if we could spend a Picture-Lovers afternoon together....

    Imagine what they would see.

    Lange often sent her photographs to Javitz. These friends collaborated on adding images to the Picture Collection, sharing a vision of collecting pictures to represent the world and making those images available for everyone to see. Seeing a picture can inform a reader’s understanding of a place, an event, a text, a time period, an emotion, or even a directive. And, seeing pictures with another person can add perspective and deepen understanding.

    In a 1939 report, Javitz wrote about how the Picture Collection is used saying:

    Destitute pea pickers in California
    Destitute Pea Pickers in California by Lange

    American creative output is influenced in a great measure by this library service. An endless procession of art in industry derives from the Picture Collection: fabric, stage sets, dress, ornament, jewelry, toys, window displays, book production. . . . The universality and comprehensiveness of its files make this picture collection a particularly rich soil for the yielding of ideas. . . . It may be likened to a giant encyclopedia where pictures are consulted instead of the printed word. (1939 Special Report on the Picture Collection, in Romana Javitz Papers. pp. 1-3)

    Today images remain as important as words in our need to describe and understand our world. Digital photography and the apps that promote it, like Instagram, have become an increasingly important form of communication. In How to See the World, Nicholas Mirzoeff writes, “There were 3.5 trillion photographs in existence in 2011….Like it or not, the emerging global society is visual. All these photographs and videos are our way of trying to see the world. We feel compelled to make images of it and share them with others as a key part of our effort to understand the changing world around us and our place within it” (p.5). Visual literacy and the documentation and dissemination of images are as important to people’s information gathering as words are. According to visual linguist Robert Horn,  “No verbal description of a person’s face can compete with a photograph to describe or identify the individual. Words almost always compare unfavorably to an image when a detailed description of an individual is the goal” (Visual Language, p.161). But pictures can also reinforce the meaning of words. The picture of a clock is more readable with the addition of numbers, and a one way sign conveys more meaning with the words “one way” framed by an arrow in the direction that traffic is going (p.58).

    Yellow Flowers
    Yellow Flowers

    The use of picture clues as a device for literacy is fundamental when learning to read and when learning a new language. The words YELLOW FLOWERS underneath an illustration of yellow flowers makes a clear connection between the words being learned and the meaning of the words. In the Middle Ages when books were scarce, images created with stained glass, sculpture, and tapestries were used in churches to tell the stories of scripture to illiterate parishioners. The pictures connected the message of the written word effectively to the masses. Today images are still used to speak simply and universally to large numbers of people. Companies use in logos to represent their function or to brand themselves as unique. NYPL uses a lion as a way to easily recognize the Library brand on events and publications. The symbol has been updated a few times through the years, but it takes its inspiration from the iconic statues welcoming visitors to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Men in Coats and a Woman in a Dress

    In Ways of Seeing, John Berger explains how marketing uses images to manipulate the audience to associate being lovable with having money. Imagery is used in advertising to direct the public to want the dreams, desires, and aspirations being displayed. The idea of which has been further promoted in the popularity of social media today. We post pictures that show the deliciousness of our breakfast and the best moments of our vacations, which further the push to create a desired lifestyle through images. “Publicity does not manufacture the dream. All that it does is propose to each of us that we are not yet enviable -- yet could be” (p.149).

    Portrait of a Lady
    Portrait of a Lady by Walser

    Interpreting and musing on what we see in images is also an entertaining way to communicate ideas. Swiss essayist, Robert Walser, writes about his brother Karl Walser’s painting, Portrait of a Lady, that “he is also painting her amiable secret reveries, her thoughts and daydreams, her lovely, happy imagination, since directly above the reader’s head, or brain, in a softer, more delicate distance, as though it were the construction of a fantasy, he has painted a green meadow surrounded by a ring of sumptuous chestnut trees and on this meadow, in sweet, sunlit peace, a shepherd lies sprawled, he too appearing to read a book since he has nothing else to do.” He ends the essay telling how everyone deserves happiness. An idea that is certainly communicated by seeing a picture of a girl spending a dreamy afternoon with a book. This picture shows us that for the reader in this painting, it’s what is inside the book that matters.  

    When looking at a painting in a museum, an illustration in a children’s book, a statue in the park, or an image in the Picture Collection, take a moment to read the image and find a story or an unexpected detail that leads you to a greater appreciation for what the image may be communicating.

    Let us know how we can help you read and what we can help you see at the Library!

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    Good and happy morning! Today we’ll be looking at our Honorable Mentions with titles from E to I. This is another great group of books that will surely inspire! Let’s get right to them:


    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy


    Eat That Frog

    “I love this book for its practical approach to moving through day to day tasks. The premise is to focus on getting the hardest task done first so it doesn’t drain our energy for the rest of the day—thus the title Eat that Frog (the frog is the ugly hard task).  I also love the use of time blocking in the book. We’ve implemented both Eat that Frog tasks and time blocking (we call it our ‘power hour’) into our company to help us move through the mountain of tasks we struggle to get done.  When we follow both principles we meet project deadlines—it’s that simple.”

    - Nancy Bigley, CEO, Bottle & Bottega


    Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing



    “The most inspiring book to me is a toss up between either Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage or The Rickover Effect by Theodore Rockwell — both books are about incredible accomplishments and the leader that inspired teams to push beyond their own perceived capabilities.”

    - Dave Rusenko, CEO & Founder, Weebly


    Going for It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur, by Victor Kiam


    Going for It!“I've read a lot of business books in my time, but it was the first one that had the most profound impact on me. I remember being at university and seeing a red, hardback book on a high shelf in a second hand bookshop: Going for It! by Victor Kiam. It was the first book I read that basically described the job of 'entrepreneur,’ and it set my brain racing with ideas of starting my own company. It's written in a personal and honest style, and role-modeled the important tenets of hard work, leadership and dedication.”

    - Richard Moross, CEO and Founder, MOO


    High Output Management, by Andrew S. Grove 


    HIgh Output Management“This is my favorite business book. It's such an amazing book for any leader; it breaks down many key concepts and it has made me a better manager from planning projects, delegating authority, to having great one-on-ones with my team. It's also very well written in a succinct, direct fashion, with none of the fluff of many business books (it's only 180 pages), which has made it easy to recommend to many of my friends and colleagues, and lead to me re-reading it a few times.
    Grove's book has also been a huge inspiration as my company helps managers learn, build, and maintain the kind of timeless management habits that Grove writes about. It's amazing how much he had figured out back in the 1980s that, only now, we have data to prove are the right approaches.”

    - Jason Evanish, CEO, Get Lighthouse


    Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir Eyal



    “The ‘Why’ of a brand matters. Especially from the customer’s point of view! My big lesson from having worked in large corporations to my own entrepreneurial ventures: product design and its brand inference is every bit as important for the small as well as the big companies. That’s the reason why this book appeals to me: Eyal has outlined the different aspects of buyer psychology, especially how habits and cues influence our buying decision. I am rereading it currently because it is technical but well worth it.
    His examples, notably, the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) for the Instagram audience on one end and the Bible App on the other end of the spectrum, reinforce the premise for me. Today, the consumer wants info in quick, bite-sized pieces, and that’s a part of their habit makeup. There are valuable takeaways on how you can break down the action and how to design the user's experience around it. I would recommend it for anyone who has a brand focus for their business, rather than just growth.”

    - Pooja Krishna, Co-Founder, Maroon Oak


    How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, by Frank Bettger


    How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling“This is the book that changed the way we did business. Unfortunately, sales is not a skill that most people have, but luckily, it can be learned. Through his book, Frank Bettger not only taught us the secrets of selling, but also the value of enthusiasm, how to conquer fear, and how to improve confidence when dealing with customers. We take the values we learned in this book and teach them to our employees to maximize the performance and productivity our team. This book, although 25 years old, has truly changed the way we interact with our customers, and has paid off with better customer relationships, across the board.”

    - Matt Collins, Director, Loans Now


    How to Launch a Brand: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Crafting a Brand: From Positioning to Naming and Brand Identity, by Fabian Geyrhalter


    How to Launch a Brand“The step-by-step format is perfect for founders who are juggling responsibilities and need a straightforward guide to the branding process and how to make it an essential part of the company’s DNA. As a serial entrepreneur and someone who helps others launch their startups, I have referenced and recommended this book many times since it was published.”

    - Freedom Scott, Founder and CEO, Civican


    Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership, by John Dickson


    Humilitas“This one may not be squarely in the 'business' genre, but definitely applies to leadership across sectors.  I really enjoyed it for two reasons:  First, the voice of the author is very authentic and conversational, which I find far easier than stereotypical business books that try way-too-hard to be smart.  Second, I loved the way Dickson used history to underscore (and at times, question) his thoughts.  Ironically, he offered many of his own opinions (admittedly) while still offering a lot of objective stats and anecdotes.  It proves there are many different types of leaders and leadership styles, and how the present views something today may look very different from how the future views something in the past.”

    - Jaime Hansen, Author, Expanding the Conversation


    I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi


    I will teach you to be rich

    “This is a book that changed my approach to managing my own personal finances so that I could focus more of my time, energy and attention on my career. His step-by-step systems for setting up automation—like saving for retirement—takes David Bach's ideas from the page to reality. I've read parts of the book several times and it's the first book that comes to mind as a favorite, because it took something that was once a worry and a headache and put it on autopilot.”

    - Jim Wang, Entrepreneur and Blogger, Wallet Hacks


    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini



    “Advertising copy is the number one most important business skill I've gained in over 40 years of formal business.”

    - Tom Antion, Antion & Associates (Times read: about 7)



    As you can see, the topics today varied among productivity, leadership, resilience, management, branding, sales, and the psychology of persuasion. All of them cover important aspects of business, whether you are an entrepreneur or a professional employed at a company, and I’m sure that you can relate to some of the comments from the great folks that have read these books.

    So which one of these titles is your pick for the next one on your reading list? Let me know in the comments below. (At this point I’m wishing I had nothing to do for a month to dedicate myself to read, read, read and do nothing else!)

    Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow with more great business books.

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    P.S. - As a quick reference for you to know what to expect and find in this series of posts, here’s a guide (the links will be live on the day the post is uploaded):

    Part A – The Most Popular Business Book
    Part B - Second & Third Most Popular Business Books
    Part C – Fourth Most Popular Business Books
    Part D – Fifth Most Popular Business Books
    Part E – Honorable Mentions: 100, A-D
    Part F – Honorable Mentions: E-I
    Part G – Honorable Mentions: J-N
    Part H – Honorable Mentions: O-S
    Part I – Honorable Mentions: T (The $100 – The Hard)
    Part J – Honorable Mentions: T (The Intelligent – Traction)
    Part K– Honorable Mentions: W-Y

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  • 10/17/17--07:51: Podcast #186: Nasty Women
  • The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations. Listen to some of our most engaging programs, discover new ideas, and celebrate the best of today’s culture.

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    On today's episode: the co-editors and select contributors of the new essay collection Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America. The book features original contributions from 23 leading feminist writers, including Rebecca Solnit, Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Hepola, Nicole Chung, Katha Pollitt, Jill Filipovic, Samantha Irby, and Randa Jarrar. Nasty Women asks the question: When 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump’s America? 

    The conversation was moderated by Anna Holmes, who is the founder of Jezebel and current director of Topic at First Look Media. It was divided into two parts. She spoke first with the book's editors, Kate Harding, the founder of Shapely Prose, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the former Editorial Director of Identities at Mic.

    Later they were joined by three of the book's contributors:

    • Kera Bolonik, Editor-in-Chief of Dame Magazine
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    • Meredith Talusan, freelance journalist and columnist, VICE

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    Hello again! The titles for our Honorable Mentions today go from J to N. The topics vary widely, touching on social media, customer service, management, empowerment, leadership, measurement and analytics, company culture, personal responsibility and accountability, value investing and margin of safety, team building, and networking. However, the underlying thread is still the same: every business book contains—at least—one idea that the readers have applied to their business or their personal growth as leaders, and this, in turn, has become an important part of their success.

    Here are today’s business books and ideas they sparked:


    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, by Gary Vaynerchuk


    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

    “My initial thought for a favorite business book was to cite a book written by a strong female leader, seeing that I like to perceive myself as such. But I honestly needed to reflect on a book that has given me more than a few wake up calls and critical reminders that it’s never really all about us: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. This is a favorite business book for me because, while it talks about how to approach marketing and social media participation, it cautions us to really consider how we treat the person with whom we are attempting to engage. For that reason, I am constantly reminded of ‘the golden rule’ (do unto others) and my mother’s lessons about being sensitive to how you make others feel. Sometimes it is not simply what we say but how we say it—and, in turn, how others receive it—that truly matters. This is certainly true in the world of marketing and content marketing. And it is even more pronounced in business and personal relationships. The human psychology is always at work. And there are no formulas in a spreadsheet, no algorithms, no clever memes that will ever overcome that. When building long-term and meaningful business and customer relationships, it is always about going back to the basics, and this book contains a number of poignant reminders about that truth.”

    - Anita Thomas, SVP, Edvisors


    Jack: Straight from the Gut, by Jack Welch



    “More than anything, Welch’s book really made me feel comfortable being a manager and a leader with my style. Many people like to sugar coat things in business; he is brutally honest, straightforward, and tackles tough situations head-on in a fair and decisive way.
    This allowed my businesses to excel at much higher levels of performance. We were able to develop a culture of transparency that retains and fosters the best people.”

    - Craig Bloem, CEO and Founder, LogoMix


    Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth, by Mika Brzezinski


    Knowing Your Value

    “To date, this is the most influential book I have read. I received it as a gift from a mastermind coach, Jaynine Howard of JJHoward & Associates. I read it at a time when, as a small business owner, I was struggling with increasing my rates for existing clients. The book also impacted me personally as I was dealing with a smorgasbord of stressors and the lessons in the book helped me prioritize. Today, as a mentor, I immediately passed the title along to my neighbor’s daughter who was entering college as a resource, and will continue to share Mika’s message.”

    - Melissa St. Clair, Paper Chaser


    Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, by Simon Sinek


    Leaders Eat Last

    “I have all my employees read it, because I believe it is extremely beneficial for everyone to understand this philosophy: people can go to work every day feeling respected and valued, and leaders can create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.”

    - Ross Sapir, Founder and CEO/President, Roadway Moving


    Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean Series), by Alistair Croll


    Lean Analytics

    “This is one of my all-time favorite business books. The authors discuss the importance of collecting the right data at the right time. Further, they explain how effective analytics can validate your business ideas, help you to identify the right customers, and direct you towards new products. The book made me realize how important it is to measure the metrics that matter. We started gathering data at my company, Doubledot Media, very early in its existence, but we could have started even earlier. No other company is exactly like yours, so there is no better data for planning improvements than the data you collect about your own business operations.”

    - Simon Slade, CEO and Co-founder of SaleHoo, Affilorama, and their parent company Doubledot Media Limited


    Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Yvon Chouinard


    Let my people go surfing

    “As an entrepreneur, this book was inspiring. The author does an excellent job of explaining how he brought all of his employees into the culture he was creating, as the founder of Patagonia. He trained everyone in the company on the values upon which he built the company. Patagonia expectations were built from his experience as a climber and his love for the world around him. By bringing his employees with him philosophically, he created an atmosphere of inclusion where people could make decisions based on what they had learned from him. The time he took to work with his people was critical to the growth of Patagonia. The success of the company is a testament to his ability to maintain high standards for his products and high standards for his company.
    I found myself thinking hard about our own company and how we ensure continued care of our employees and high-quality standards as our company grows. Documenting our guiding principles, making sure to communicate those principles to everyone at our company, and operating consistently throughout our organization are the three take-home messages from Let My People Go Surfing and, as obvious as they may sound, Yvon Chouinard makes the application of these practices attainable by telling his own story with humility. As a person who never expected to be an entrepreneur, it is helpful to read the story of a fellow businessperson who never saw himself as such until it was simply undeniable. His perspective is fresh and inspiring.”

    - Kate McCrea, Co-Founder, McCrea’s Candies


    Living an Extraordinary Life, by Robert White


    Living an Extraordinary Life“This is my favorite ‘business book,’ despite it being far from perfect. It was the first book I ever read that taught me that personal responsibility is what I now call “the cornerstone of all success.” Through this book, I learned that if I were to ever have any hope of becoming a success, I’d have to stop the finger-pointing and the blame-games I’d been playing up to that point in my life and take responsibility, once and for all, for the things I actually have control over: my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, words, and actions. Since taking control of what I can control and responsibility for anything and everything that comes out of my head, my heart, my hands, and my mouth, I’ve gone from a 30-year old, single man who was sleeping on his retired father’s couch, working a dead-end, 9-to-5 style call center job, living paycheck-to-paycheck, and in debt up to his eye balls, to essentially achieving the American Dream at age 34, with a beautiful wife, a paid off house, my own business, and a personal net worth in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.
    I have read Living An Extraordinary Life many times over now, and every time I read it, I find some new, little golden nugget of wisdom in it. In many ways, I consider it my ‘Bible,’ because—no matter where I am in life, and no matter what I’m going through—I can always go back to that book, flip through and read a couple of its pages. That immediately reminds me of what I need to do, not only to get back on track, but also to pave a brand new track, on my way to a whole new level of success.”

    - Cory Groshek, Founder and CEO, Manifestation Machine


    Managing to Make a Difference: How to Engage, Retain, and Develop Talent for Maximum Performance, by Larry Sternberg and Kim Turnage


    Managing to Make a Difference“This is currently, my number one business book, written by two of my colleagues. It is based on solid research as well as decades of management experience. It is intended to be handbook for middle managers and offers a roadmap to engagement, talent development and excellence in management. I gained a great deal of insight from Larry and Kim in the real-life stories they shared.”

    - Kimberly Rath, Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Talent Plus


    Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor, by Seth A. Klarman


    Margin of Safety“I walked down to the NY Business Library on Madison Ave every single day, for a month, to read that book in July of 2008. That book was an extension and a much-updated version of The Intelligent Investor (featured in Part J). They both are about value investing and having a margin of safety. They also show you how to actually invest using this technique, but Seth’s were companies and time frames that I actually knew such as the Savings and Loan Crisis and not the years after the Great Depression.
    This book helped me understand that if you didn’t do your due diligence over and over again, that you could lose your complete investment. This has made me a much better investor since jump street, and I was one of the few people in my office to beat the Dow and S&P 500 in the 2008 market crisis. Again, it really showed me that I didn’t need to invest in everything, and things that look cheap are not necessarily cheap.
    What I took from the book was this tidbit: ‘What then will we aim to accomplish in this book? Our main objective will be to guide the reader against the areas of possible substantial error and to develop policies with which he will be comfortable… For indeed, the investor’s chief problem – and even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself… The fault, dear investor, is not in our stars – and not in our stocks – but in ourselves.’ We use the margin of safety as a way to protect our investments from our human behavior. This has given me a heads up against a lot of my colleagues because I am never chasing any stocks and sometimes I may leave money on the table and value investing is a very lonely endeavor, but just look at the richest investors and you shall see that they are all value investors.” 

    - Dan Wachtel, Global Director, Harbour Capital Partners


    Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, by Liz Wiseman



    “This is my favorite book. The premise is that the most successful leaders will empower their team, increasing exponentially the skills and accomplishments of the others, in sharp contrast to a top-down leader who leaves you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. I guess I enjoy it so much because I aspire to be a multiplier myself, and recognize that the power of the organization comes from the individuals who actually build relationships and carry out the scheduled work. Especially because I work in a private school, it is essential to our culture and the success of staff and students alike, that we're all working towards the same goals and empowering each other to accomplish our best work every day.”

    - Ruth Wilson, MA, BCET, Founder, Brightmont Academy


    Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi


    Never Eat Alone

    “The book talks about the many ways to network and build amazing connections. I have learnt that every interaction is a building block in my network, and have actively built meaningful connections and not passive connections based on his words. For example, while others ignore the LinkedIn notifications of someone’s work anniversary, I write a short note to each one, I like to take it as a reminder to reach out to keep my connections alive.  This simple technique has helped me bring older relationships back to life and has lead to new business opportunities.”

    - Sol Rosenbaum, Independent Mechanical and Energy Engineering Consultant


    Did any of them resonate with you? How so? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post where we will have a well-known, American work of fiction seen through the lens of business and many more insights on other business books. See you tomorrow!

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    P.S. - As a quick reference for you to know what to expect and find in this series of posts, here’s a guide (the links will be live on the day the post is uploaded):

    Part A – The Most Popular Business Book
    Part B - Second & Third Most Popular Business Books
    Part C – Fourth Most Popular Business Books
    Part D – Fifth Most Popular Business Books
    Part E – Honorable Mentions: 100, A-D
    Part F – Honorable Mentions: E-I
    Part G – Honorable Mentions: J-N
    Part H – Honorable Mentions: O-S
    Part I – Honorable Mentions: T (The $100 – The Hard)
    Part J – Honorable Mentions: T (The Intelligent – Traction)
    Part K– Honorable Mentions: W-Y

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    George Saunders just won the Man Booker Prize for his 2017 novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, which was (amazingly) his very first novel-length work of fiction. It’s a meditation on life and death, told primarily through ghosts in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln went to mourn the death of his young son.


    Saunders is best known as a short-story writer, with a well-deserved reputation for creating fantastical, eerie, often unsettling stories that create new and wholly believable worlds.

    Highlights of Saunders talking writing with Dick Cavett at LIVE from the NYPL in 2013.

    When we looked up Saunders’ complement of work in the NYPL catalog, we were surprised to discover  that it includes not only multiple collections of short stories, but also two novellas — CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil— and a book of personal essays.

    And a published commencement speech.

    And a children’s book!

    Check out the titles below for George Saunders like you may not have known him before.

    Short Stories


    Tenth of December (2013); In Persuasion Nation (2007); Pastoralia (2000)



    The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (novella; 2005); CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella (1997)

    Commencement Speech, Essays, & Children’s Fiction


    Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness (2014); The Braindead Megaphone (2007); The Very Persistent Grappers of Frip (2006)


    Saunders image via Flickr user Jeremy Sternberg.

    Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

    Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!

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    The Library's leaders are some of the Shop's most loyal customers. This month, we talk to the movers and shakers of NYPL about their favorite things the Shop has to offer!

    We recently visited with Library President Anthony Marx, who loves his Patience and Fortitude bookends.The pair of lions are familiar and beloved icons for New Yorkers and visitors to the city. These bookends are slightly smaller, but they’ll hold up your favorite volumes tirelessly and keep watch over your personal library.

    Tony Marx

    The New York Public Library's leaders are also some of the Shop's best collaborators! Jessie Swisher Spiers, Director of Events and Strategic Partnerships, helped facilitate a partnership between MZ Wallace and Raymond Pettibon which resulted in this NYPL-exclusive bag. All proceeds go to the Library’s special collections!

    Jessie Swisher Spiers

    George Mihaltses, the Library's VP for Government and Community Affairs, relies on his smarts and his charm when advocating for support of the Library, just like Einstein! When the sun is shining, this fun, solar-powered Einstein taps his head to remind you to do the same. Perfect for bookshelf, windowsill, or dashboard!

    George Mihaltses

    Imagination takes many forms. Our head buyer, Elana Sinsabaugh, draws inspiration from the NYPL's extensive collection. Along with her lifelong interest in art and creative expression, she produces a one-of-a-kind experience. This tote features the classically-designed Stephen A. Schwarzman building, our main branch on Fifth Avenue—and home to the Library Shop!

    Elana Sinsabaugh

    Frank Collerius, branch manager of the Jefferson Market Library, has created academic, theatrical, and art programs during the nearly two decades of his tenure in Greenwich Village. He, and the message on this tote, remind us of the vibrant role that libraries play in our communities every day: read more, think more!

    Frank Collerius

    As Chief External Relations Officer at the Library, Carrie Welch makes sure Library Stories are shared with patrons across the City, the country, and the world. An avid reader as well, many of her favorite stories are created right here in the Rose Main Reading Room. One of our most beautiful items, this silk scarf displays the colors and grandeur of the Library’s most iconic room.

    Carrie Welch

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    When I tell people that I listen to free e-audiobooks from the library on both my phone and my computer, I often get a puzzled look and the question, "We can do that?"

    Yes, we can!

    You don’t even need a subscription service to download our e-audiobooks onto your phone, computer or e-reader—you just need your library card. To peruse our selection, see what our NYPL Overdrive page (shown below) has to offer. You can browse various titles and even sample e-audiobooks before checking them out.

    Screenshot of NYPL Overdrive webpage


    Listening On Your Phone

    To listen to e-audiobooks on your phone, you will first need to download the Overdrive App.  After entering your library card information onto the Overdrive App on your phone, you can find and download any available e-audiobook. Just make sure to download the book over WiFi to save money on data.

    With our e-audiobooks and e-books, there's no need to worry about late fees—they are automatically "returned" on their due date. You may then check them out again if they are available.

    If you're reading this now while traveling by car, plane, or train, and would like to listen to something from the NYPL Overdrive webpage now, here's how (with diagram below):

    First, click on "Collections". (You can also click on the image below to go directly to the Collections page.) Then, from the Audiobooks dropdown, select "Available Now". Looking for a popular title? Then, select "Sorted by popularity (global)" or "Sorted by popularity (library)". Then, just connect your headphones and enjoy.



    If you're in your car, and would like to listen via your car's stereo systrem, you may choose to connect via Bluetooth—here's a video if you need helpor you can connect a cable from your phone to the car's auxiliary port (often lableled "AUX").


    Audiobook Reviews

    For audiobook reviews, check out AudioFile, a website that focuses only on audiobooks. Originally founded in 1992 as a consumer magazine, it is chock-full of reviews, articles, and blog posts on audiobooks of all genres, and for all ages.


    Screenshot of AudioFile website


    The site writes about different audiobook narrators, and includes samples of their voices and their work. Great narrators are recognized with the "Golden Voice" award, and audiobooks that have received rave reviews are given the site's "Earphones Award".

    Looking for your next book? Next time you visit the library, check out NoveList Plus, one of the many NYPL databases you can use to find a book. You can browse by audiobook, or get recommendations based on books you have enjoyed before.  

    If you need assistance with e-audiobooks, you can contact the NYPL Support Center for help and advice that's specific to your listening device, or come to one of our e-book help sessions for in-person, hands-on help.

    For more information about e-books at NYPL in general, visit the E-Book Central page on The NYPL website.


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    Chinese Books

    该列表有PDF格式 - The list is available in PDF format.


    Call #: CHI FIC CHIANG

    Author: 姜峰楠

    Title: 妳一生的預言

    ISBN: 9789869435109


    妳一生的预言 = Story of your life 








    Author: 唐隱

    Title: 長恨歌密碼

    ISBN: 9789869428835


    長恨歌密碼 / 唐隱著






    Call #: CHI 306.8109 L

    Title: 好婚姻靠设计

    Author: 刘金 著

    ISBN: 9787508089621


    好婚姻靠设计 / 刘金著. 好婚姻靠设计 / 刘金著



    Call #: CHI 612.82 BAI TUO JIA

    Title: 摆脫健忘

    Author: 胡维勤

    ISBN: 9787538890136


    摆脫健忘 / 胡维勤主编.

    健忘是指記憶力差、遇事易忘的症狀。多因心脾虧損,年老精氣不足,或瘀痰阻痹等所致。由於現代人生活壓力越來越大,受到健忘困擾的人也越來越多。 本書就健忘的具體原因以及怎樣擺脫健忘,提高記憶力進行詳細介紹。具體內容有健忘的知識介紹;益智健腦的食譜、藥膳;緩解大腦壓力的心理療法;擺脫健忘的理療、運動療法等。



    Call #: CHI 929.44 QU GE YOU Y

    Title: 取個有意思的英文名字

    Author: 采詩 編

    ISBN: 9789863584278


    取個有趣的英文名字 / 采詩 編


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    Russian books

    Список доступен в формате PDF - The list is available in PDF format.



    Author: Бойн, Джон

    Title: История одиночества : роман

    ISBN: 9785864717523


    История одиночества : роман

    Новый роман Джона Бойна, автора знаменитого «Мальчика в по-лосатой пижаме», — история ирландского священника, оказавшегосясвидетелем и отчасти действующим лицом драмы, развернувшейся в на-чале XXI века в католической церкви. Юный Одран поступил в семинарию в 1970-е, когда священники вИрландии пользовались непререкаемым авторитетом и были самымиуважаемыми людьми. Одран, полный надежд и амбиций, искренне рас-считывал прожить свою жизнь «во благо». Сорок лет спустя отец Од-ран, все такой же искренний в своей вере, сомневается во всем осталь-ном. (




    Author: Попов В.Г.

    Title: Осень, переходящая в лето

    ISBN: 9785699946754


    Осень, переходящая в лето

    О чем: Книги «невезучего оптимиста» известного петербургского писателя Валерия Попова» по-настоящему жизнеутверждающи: радость в них преодолевает страдание, а здравый смысл побеждает абсурд. Герой Попова находится в вечном поиске любви и счастья и получает их от мира.Для кого: Новые повести В. Попова – для тех, кто любит и знает его творчество, и всех читателей, кто ценит качественную литературу, готов посмеяться над собой и окружающим миром, и уверен, что и грех можно изобразить как удачу.. (



    Author: Рождественская, Екатерина

    Title: Зеркало : московская мистическая сага

    ISBN: 9785699957750


    Зеркало : московская мистическая сага

    'Зеркало' – это удивительная и проникновенная семейная сага с элементами мистики, описывающая жизнь нескольких поколений одной семьи, чьи трагические судьбы пришлись на не менее трагические события ХХ века, а также жизнь одного старинного и загадочного зеркала.




    Author: Звягинцев, Александр.

    Title: Естественный отбор

    ISBN: 9785386099039



    Естественный отбор

    Герой этого романа — «герой нашего времени», человек, прошедший суровую школу жизни, после длительных скитаний возвращается домой и оказывается один на один с суровой и непредсказуемой для него реальностью, в новой стране, так непохожей на ту прежнюю. Какова же теперь его Родина? На этот вопрос отвечает писатель, показывая сегодняшнюю Россию без прикрас, в которой естественный отбор происходит, увы, не всегда по Дарвину, ибо очень часто в нем выживает не сильнейший, а подлейший. (



    Author: Померанц, Григорий.

    Title: Записки гадкого утенка

    ISBN: 9785987126806



    Записки гадкого утенка

    Известный в России, и далеко за ее пределами эссеист, философ и филолог выступает на этот раз с мемуарной прозой. Григорий Померанц пережил и Сталинград, и лагеря, и диссидентство, но книга интересна не только и не столько событиями, сколько... (


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  • 01/18/18--13:29: Counterculture Reading List
  • Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of 1968, the Library is hosting an exploration of the many cultural changes that emerged from 1960–74 and how they carry forward into today’s environment of activism and political engagement. There are many opportunites to attend events at the Library.  You can also travel back to the sixties in the magic time machine that is literature. Here are a few titles to consider. 

    Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
    The electric Kool-Aid acid test
    On the Road
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest








    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

    On the Roadby Jack Kerouac
    Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    Trout Fishing In America
    The Fire Next Time
    The  Autobiography of Malcolm X


    Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan
    The Fire Next Timeby James Baldwin

     The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X 


    Understanding Media
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    The Female Eunuch
    If I Die In a Combat Zone








    Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 

    The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer 

    If I Die In a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien


    Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

    Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!



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     Remembering the 60s

    Discover the Counterculture of the 1960s and 70s in this comprehensive exhibition at the Library, You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering the 60s. Part of Carnegie Hall's citywide celebration of the 1960s, this exhibition explores the breadth and significance of this pivotal era—from communal living and forays into expanded consciousness to tensions around race, politics, sexuality, and the environment. Items on display, drawn exclusively from the Library's collections, include Timothy Leary's notes on acid trips, footage of the Woodstock music festival, and posters used in protest against the Vietnam War.

    Curator Isaac Gewirtz shares a Counterculture reading list below. 

    Influences on the Counterculture

    Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha. Holland, Ohio: Dreamscape Media, [2016]. First English translation 1954.

    Aldous Huxley. The Doors of Perception. New York: Harper and Row, 1964.

    Jack Kerouac. On the Road. New York: Viking, 2008. Transcribed from the 1950 scroll.

    Henry David Thoreau. Walden. Introduction and annotations by Bill McKibben. Boston: Beacon, [2017]. First published 1854.

    Alan Watts. The Way of Zen. New York: Vintage Books, 1999. First published 1957.

    Contemporary Accounts of the Counterculture

    Stephen Diamond. What the Trees Said: Life on a New Age Farm. New York: Delta, 1971.

    Wavy Gravy. The Hog Farm and Friends. New York: Links, 1974.

    Lucy Horton. Country Commune Cooking. New York: Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1972.

    Norman MailerThe Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. First published 1968.

    Charles A. Reich. The Greening of America. New York: Bantam, 1995. First published 1970.

    Ron E. Roberts. The New Communes: Coming Together in America. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1971.

    Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. New York: Modern Library, 1996. First published 1971.

    Tom Wolfe. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. New York: Bantam, 1999. First published 1968.

    Counterculture Fiction

    Richard Brautigan. Trout Fishing in America. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. First published 1967.

    Tom Robbins. Another Roadside Attraction. New York: Doubleday, 1971. 

    Counterculture Poetry

    Richard Brautigan. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. San Francisco: Communication Company, ca. 1967.

    Counterculture Memoirs

    Margot Adler. Heretic’s Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution. Boston: Beacon, 1997.

    Peter Coyote. Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1998.

    Robert Roskind. Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture. Blowing Rock, N.C.: One Love Press, 2001.

    About the Counterculture

    David Allyn. Make Love Not War: The Sexual Revolution, an Unfettered History. Boston: Little Brown, 2000.

    Nick Bromell. Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

    Chelsea Cain, ed. Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture. Seattle: Seal, 1999.

    Alice Echols. Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.

    Todd Gitlin. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. Toronto: New York: Bantam, 1987.

    Roger Kimball. The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America. San Francisco: Encounter, 2000.

    Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo. Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture. Lawrence, Kan.:  University Press of Kansas, 2009.

    Timothy Miller. The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1999.

    John Anthony Moretta. The Hippies: A 1960s History. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Co., 2017.

    Abe Peck. Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press. New York: Pantheon, 1985.


    Exhibition Information

    You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering the 60s is open at the Library's Stephen A. Schwartzman Building from January 19 through September 1, 2018. 


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    Andres Mendoza initially struggled to find a civilian career after leaving the Army. Today, he has found his calling, helping other veterans overcome barriers to employment. "I want to provide others the opportunity that was provided me," he says. "The system works.  I just point to my own story as  proof."

    You can learn more about Andres' story in a Department of Labor blog post, Vet Helps Others Transition to Civilian Jobs, written by Leo Kay, regional public affairs director for the Labor Department in San Francisco.

    Employment Programs

    Borough of Manhattan Community College Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Winter Open House: 25 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10004, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM and Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6 PM-8 PM. Learn about courses in Allied Health, Information Technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), Career Training, and Professional Development. Location: nbsp;

    RSVP at the BMCC website or call 212-346-8410.

    Interested in a career in healthcare? Now available: Free certified career training as an Emergency Medical Technician for High School graduates! One of the fastest-growing industries in NYC is now recruiting for classes beginning February 5, 2018. After free four-week work readiness and preparation training, enter the EMT training. One-on-one support, tutoring, and support to complete the program, plus Metro card, internship, and text book support. Job placement support when you complete the program successfully.

    For more information, please email

    The "Made in NY" Production Assistant (PA) Training Program is a free skills training program that serves low-income New Yorkers with barriers to employment, and leads to jobs in the dynamic New York City film and television industry. This PA Training Program partners with the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. No previous production experience is required.

    For more information, call 718-237-2017, x145.

    Queensborough Community College (QCC, CUNY), in partnership with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, is recruiting participants for the Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) training program. This free training program will prepare participants to take the IC&RC CRPA certification exam, apply to one of New York's two certification boards, and work as a CRPA. The program will also provide participants with case-management and employment services to ensure they receive the support needed to successfully complete the program and begin working as a CRPA.

    For more information, please contact Guiseppina Troia at 718-281-5535.

    The Chinese-American Planning Council Workforce Development Division offers education, training, placement, and post-placement support services to job seekers. Job training programs include BuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Hospitality Careers and LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail Training.

    YearUp aligns job training with corporate partner needs and market trends to ensure the skills students learn are in demand. Learn valuable technical and professional skills, and gain work experience during internships at top companies. Earn a stipend throughout the program (both while you train and during your internship), and complete courses eligible for college credits.

    NYC Career Center Events and Recruiting

    Intro to Social Media: Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. This workshop is for all interested job seekers who want to understand social media, and learn to use social media sites during a job search.

    Introduction to Services (Spanish): Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1 PM-2 PM,Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458. This is an informational session for all interested job seekers.

    Job Search  Planning: Tuesday, January  23, 2018, 2:15 PM-4:15 PM, Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road,  Bronx, NY 10458. Participants will learn or improve job search skills that can help in their job search process.

    Queens Mini Job Fair: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 10 AM-1 PM, Queens Career Center, 138 - 60 Barclay Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355. Participating businesses:  AHRC NYC, CyraCom International, Inc., General Human Outreach  in the Community, Inc., Miller & Milone P.C., Precision Pipeline Solutions, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Meet with businesses with job openings in: Language Interpreter Services, Non-Profit, Legal Services, Natural Gas & Electric Utilities, Lawn/Garden/Landscaping, and Health Benefits & Services.

    GVC II, Inc. will present a recruitment on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11 am - 2 pm for Commercial Driver (A/B/C) (10 openings) at Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458.  GVC ii is a Bronx-based demand -responsive Para-transit business, providing specialized transportation services for people with disabilities or special needs.

    Individual Resume Review / Career Advisement: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM, Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY  10458. Check-in 12:30 PM -1:00 PM. Space is limited, first come, first served. Must have resume in PDF format.

    Acing the Interview Workshop: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 1:30 PM-4 PM, Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458.  This workshop will help job seekers prepare for interviews, demonstrate how to conduct oneself during the interview, and understand the follow-up required to get a job.

    Basic Resume Writing  Workshop: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 1:30 PM-3 PM, Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Participants will learn about the purpose of a resume,  and chronological and combination resumes, and select the appropriate type for their specific needs. 

    Create a Resume Workshop: Friday, January 26, 2018, 1 PM-3 PM, Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458.  Must be computer-literate.

    Job Postings and Assistance

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1Job Search Central

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Available jobs via Brooklyn Community Board 14.

    The New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCE&TC) is an association of 200 community-based organizations, educational institutions, and labor unions that annually provide job training and employment services to over 750,000 New Yorkers, including welfare recipients, unemployed workers, low-wage workers, at-risk youth, the formerly incarcerated, immigrants and the mentally and physically disabled. View NYCE&TC Job Listings.

    Digital NYC is the official online hub of the New York City startup and technology ecosystem, bringing together every company, startup, investor, event, job, class, blog, video, workplace, accelerator, incubator, resource, and organization in the five boroughs. Search jobs by category on this site.

    St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development provides free job training and educational programs in Environmental Response and Remediation Tec (ERRT), Commercial Driver's License, Pest Control Technician Training (PCT), Employment Search, Prep Training and Job Placement, Earn Benefits, and Career Path Center. For information and assistance, please visit St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development or call 718-302-2057 ext. 202.

    Brooklyn Workforce Innovations helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement. Currently, BWI offers free job training programs in four industries: commercial driving, telecommunications cable installation, TV and film production, and skilled woodworking.

    CMP (formerly Chinatown Manpower Project) in lower Manhattan is now recruiting for free training in Quickbooks, Basic Accounting, and Excel. This training is open to anyone receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Classes run for eight weeks, followed by one-on-one meetings with a job developer.

    CMP also provides Free Home Health Aide Training for bilingual English/Cantonese speakers receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Training runs Mondays through Fridays for six weeks, and includes test prep and the HHA certification exam. Students learn about direct care techniques such as taking vital signs, and assisting with personal hygiene and nutrition.

    For more information on the above CMP training programs, email, call 212-571-1690, or visit the CMP website. CMP also provides tuition-based healthcare and business training free to students who are entitled to ACCESS funding.

    Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) trains women, and places them in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades. It helps women achieve economic independence and a secure future. For information call 212-627-6252, or register online.

    Grace Institute provides tuition-free, practical job training in a supportive learning community for underserved New York area women of all ages, and from many different backgrounds. For information, call 212-832-7605.

    Please note that this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of January 21  become available.


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    Since publishing our first post, the Archives Unit has successfully implemented ArchivesSpace as a data management system in daily operations.  Our implementation process was guided by the realities of day-to-day processing operations, best practices and standards, and the capabilities of our applications.

    Aerodrome of the Future
    NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID 407539

     Here's a refresher of our four guidelines:

    • How can we adapt the tool to meet our existing descriptive practices?
    • How ought we adapt our local practices to meet ArchivesSpace’s expectations?
    • How can we modify the application to expedite minimal processing?
    • How can we integrate ArchivesSpace into our metadata ecosystem?

    In this follow-up post, we'll explore those final two questions that guided our implementation.

    Adapting ArchivesSpace for processing

    The Archives Unit prides itself on applying a "More Product, Less Process" (MPLP) approach to archival processing, which applies broad minimal description to quickly provide access to collections. 

    During our evaluation of ArchivesSpace, we found that its maximalist approach to data entry was a barrier to using MPLP-style processing. ArchivesSpace provides fields that go into far deeper detail than NYPL would provide for description; while these allow for a degree of descriptive power, very few of these fields are used in an MPLP environment, and result in a cluttered interface.

    Here, you can compare the difference between the default ArchivesSpace interface and a modified version for The NYPL, and see further details below. 

    Screenshot of default ArchivesSpace staff interface
    Default ArchivesSpace staff interface


    Screenshot of modified ArchivesSpace interface for NYPL staff
    NYPL modified staff interface


    Our solution was to use ArchivesSpace’s built-in features to provide default values for commonly used fields. For example, because the Language of Description of our finding aids will almost always be English, this can be set as a default value. We also automated the generation of many descriptive elements, thus further expediting processing. In particular, we developed and implemented an automatic date parser, which generates machine-readable date metadata with no special input from archivists.

    In cases where a data entry field had a compelling but uncommon use case, such as Sponsor Notes and Physical Dimensions, we kept the field in the staff interface but documented its use (or lack thereof) in our local manual.

    In addition to processing via the ArchivesSpace staff interface, the Archives Unit developed a spreadsheet-based workflow for processing larger collections. This allows for minimal basic data entry as well as flexibility to shift/rename/rebox components easily during processing. While a spreadsheet will not contain comprehensive description (e.g., there are no fields for container profiles or collection-level metadata), the basic description can be enhanced within ArchivesSpace post-import.

    ArchivesSpace Integration

    One of ArchivesSpace’s primary advantages over a FileMaker-based system is its ability to easily exchange data with other systems. As a web-based application with an accessible API, ArchivesSpace can interact with our archival systems.

    Instead of doing a single large import of our existing finding aids into ArchivesSpace, the Archives Unit decided to bring collections in as needed. To expedite this process, and to provide fine metadata controls, we developed a collection-level import pipeline from our Archives Portal to ArchivesSpace. This integration allows archivists to import collections into ArchivesSpace for enhancement or additional material. While a direct integration between ArchivesSpace and the Archives Portal is not yet in place, we plan on adding this feature during 2018 to easily make finding aids accessible.

    To support our audiovisual digitization initiative, we also developed an integration pipeline for our Metadata Management System, which manages representations of digitized material. For the digitization initiative, archivists will link digital files to their descriptions within finding aids for publication. Because this linking will happen in ArchivesSpace, we needed to develop a data pipeline for digital asset metadata from our MMS into ArchivesSpace. To resolve this, we created an export function in our MMS that will create Digital Objects in ArchivesSpace for digital audiovisual material, which can then be linked to components.

    In all, our implementation of ArchivesSpace has been successful—we achieved our goal of rolling out the application while maintaining existing workflows and integrations, and took advantage of new opportunities to improve our processes and develop new pipelines between systems.  We look forward to continuing our work with ArchivesSpace through 2018 and beyond.



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  • 01/21/18--22:17: The Witches of YA
  • When The Crucible made its debut on January 22, 1953, Arthur Miller turned a Broadway spotlight on the story of the 17th-century Salem witch trials. Arthur Miller’s now-iconic play—about a group of girls who falsely accuse women in their Puritan town of practicing witchcraft—had serious resonance with his McCarthy-era audience.

    Tovah Feldshuh in a 1976 production of "The Crucible." From the Martha Swope Collections in NYPL's digital collections.

    Here in Readers Services, we decided to acknowledge the anniversary of the play’s premiere with a paean to young witches in books for teens. YA fiction has long held a special place in its collective heart for brujas, mages, and would-be spell-casters from Salem and far beyond.

    Today’s authors are writing teen witches like never before, and here are a few of our favorites. What are yours? Let us know in the comments. (And we know, we didn't include Hermione . . . but the Library classifies Harry Potter as children's literature and this list is only YA, so she missed it on a technicality!)

    Many thanks to YA fantasy experts Crystal Chen, Grace Dwyer, Katrina Ortega, Anne Rouyer, Susen Shi, Brian Stokes, and Grace Yamada for their contributions.

    Fantastical witches


    Alex and the Brooklyn brujas from Labyrinth Lostby Zoraida Cordova

    In this Latina tale of magical realism, Alex tries to reject her own powers. But when her attempts to rid herself of magic backfire during her Deathday celebration, she’s sucked into a magical otherworld to rescue her family.







    Sunny from the Akata Witch series by Nnedi Okorafor

    As the American-born albino daughter of Nigerian parents, Sunny has been called a witch many times—but it isn’t until her family returns to Nigeria that she realizes she really IS one. She uses her magic to help catch a serial killer (and, in the sequel, to save the entire world).







    Sefia from The Sea of Ink and Gold series by Traci Chee

    Sefia doesn’t quite fit the traditional definition of a witch, but she does have brand-new magical abilities. And she also has a dangerous secret: In a world where a book is an unknown entity . . . she can read.







    Iolanthe Seabourne from The Elemental trilogy by Sherry Thomas

    As an elemental mage, Iolante can summon lightning bolts at will—but her magical skills bring attention from a dangerous tyrant, and she must plot together with another mage in non-magical London to save their entire Realm.






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    Nathan from the Half Bad Trilogyby Sally Green

    In modern-day England, Nathan—the son of a good witch and an evil witch—is considered an abomination. He’s kept in a cage, starved, beaten, and trained to be a killer. If he wants to live, he’ll need to escape and find his father, the most evil and violent witch of all. Or is he? This book completely flips the narrative of what it means to be good or bad, and is one of the few witch stories we can think of that features with a male hero. 



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    Penelope Bunce from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

    In this Potter-inspired fantasy, Simon Snow gets most of the attention as he tries to save the world from the Insidious Humdrum, but his best friend is the smartest witch at Watford.





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    Sophie from the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins

    After a love spell goes awry, Sophie finds herself at “a boarding school for delinquent Prodigium (witches, warlocks, faeries, shape-shifters, and the occasional vampire).” 





    Court intrigue


    Arsinoe, Katharine, and Mirabella from the Three Dark Crownsseries by Kendare Blake

    The book’s central poem says it all:

    Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
    sweet little triplets
    will never be friends.

    Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen
    two to devour
    and one to be queen



    Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

    This epic series begins with Celeana, a fierce assassin, competing to become the king’s champion and eventually win her own freedom.






    The Nomeovides  from Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

    A whole tribe of witches falls in love with the same girl and unearth a time-traveling prince.






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    Ada and Corinne in Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

    Set in pre-Prohibitionist Boston, this historical fiction tells the story of two “hemopaths”—teens whose own blood gives them powers to manipulate and create illusions.


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    The Descendants in How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

    When Samantha has to move back to Salem, she’s initially shunned at school for her familial connection to Cotton Mather, who condemned the accused women in the 17th century. (Note the author’s last name.) Samantha has to face down the descendants of the accused witches . . . who may or may not be witches themselves.





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    Mary in Witch Child by Celia Rees

    After her grandmother is hanged for being a witch in England in 1659, Mary is spirited away and put on a boat full of Puritans bound for the American colonies. She’s told to never speak of her past, never do magic nor give anyone cause to think she’s a witch. For Mary that will be no easy task in Salem, Massachusetts. A fast paced piece of historical fiction with a strong female narrator. 




    Graphic Novels


    Nico from Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Adrian Alphona

    One librarian called Nico “the YA witch of my heart.” She’s the Japanese-American goth leader of a superhero team, equipped with a staff that can only cast each spell once. (The first volume of a reboot by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka is coming out later this year.)







    Sabrina from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, art by Robert Hack

    A horror comic about 16-year-old Sabrina’s choice to become mortal or join forces with some deeply creepy witches, after Madam Satan is raised from the depths of Hell. Not your Disney-fied Sabrina (and the first volume is even called The Crucible . . . )





    Abbie from M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

    Abbie—a deaf girl injured in a sandstorm—only reluctantly embraces her magical powers after she needs to protect the town that helped her recover.






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    Andy, Jolene, and Claire from Spell on Wheelsby Kate Leth, art by Megan Levens

    Don’t steal from witches. The end.






    Willow from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics

    True, this series is inspired by the TV show, but Willow is too important to leave off any list of teen witches. She started out as a regular nerd like the rest of us and became impossibly cool and powerful (but still kind). How’s that for aspirational?




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    Library Zine!: Voices from Across The New York Public Library is a publication that showcases work from the diverse communities that the Library serves. We call on our patrons to share their distinct and creative voices by submitting poetry, short stories, essays, and original artwork, all aligned with each issue's theme. The next issue's theme: All Are Welcome.

    This fits perfectly with the Library’s mission: all are welcome to the library. For the next issue of Library Zine!, we are looking for inventive and creative takes on this theme, which inspires reflections on community, construction, social awareness, and education. Do not take this theme literally—create your own interpretation! Make sure to stand out from the crowd and make your title unique to your work.

    For all submissions, please follow these guidelines:


    All written manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font with one-inch margins, and checked for spelling and grammar. At the top of your submission, please include your name, mailing address, primary phone number, and email.

    Manuscripts must be in .doc or .docx format, and/or readable in Google Drive and/or Microsoft Word. They can be written in any language.

    • Poetry should be single-spaced and not exceed 1,000 words.
    • Short stories can be 500-2,500 words and total 2-10 pages, double-spaced.
    • Non-fiction and essays should not exceed 2,500 words, and should total about 10 pages, double-spaced.

    Artwork and photography

    Physical copies of artwork (e.g. paintings, sculptures) or photos will not be accepted. Instead, photograph or scan your work into one of the following formats: JPG/JPEG, TIFF, and PNG. Images must be 300 pixels per inch (PPI). Images containing nudity will not be accepted.

    Along with your image, please attach a separate Word document with a description of your work and a short anecdote of what inspired it.

    Please Note

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    How to Submit Work

    The submission deadline is March 1, 2018. Limit five submissions per person.

    Please submit your work directly to our email address, After we receive your submission successfully, we will send you a consent form.

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    A memoir is a collection of memories. The author may focus on a particular period in their life, or an event, or a relationship,  but they are always reflective and often very candid. Beyond that, anything goes, and they are wide-ranging in style and tone. Here are a few you may enjoy.

    The Argonauts

    The Argonautsby Maggie Nelson

    Thought-provoking and refelctive. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of family-making.






    The Liar's Club

    The Liar's Club by Mary Karr

    Start at the beginning with this darkly humorous and candid author and poet as she recounts her difficult childhood growing up in a Texas oil town. 






    The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

    Haunting and spare. This is a portrait of marriage and motherhood and the struggle to come to terms with illness and grief. 

    Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala 

    A heartwrenching yet (somehow) hopeful memoir from an author who survived the 2004 tsunami that killed her parents, husband, and two young sons. 
    Just Kids
    Just Kids by Patti Smith 
    A gorgeous memoir about an extraordinary friendship between two artists set in New York in the late sixties and seventies. Patti Smith is one of the most natural writers we've ever read! 
    Bleak, gritty, and sobering. This is a firsthand account of a former child soldier caught up in a civil war in Sierra Leone. 






    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

    A hard, lyrical, inspiring recollection of the legendary author's childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums. 







    The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle by Jeanettte Walls 

    Witty and engaging. Walls discusses her nomadic upbringing during which her siblings fended for themselves while their parents tried to outwit bill collectors and the police.






    You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

    You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 

    Sardonic and stylistically complex. A mix of free verse poetry, essay, and family photos. Alexie examines his complicated relationship with his complicated mother growing up on a Native American reservation.






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    We asked our adult specialists which books due out in 2018 they are most looking forward to reading, and here is what they said. 


    Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands (January)

    "Combining deep history with scientific analyses and personal anecdotes, an archaeologist and medieval historian searches for the lost meaning of craft, taking us into the ancient world of traditional crafts where we will be connected with our human past, our sense of place and our extraordinary capacity to survive in the harshest of landscapes." - Publisher




    Shroud of Eternity

    Shroud of Eternityby Terry Goodkind (January)

    "The formidable sorceress Nicci and her companions―the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon―set out on another quest after driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay. Their mission: restore Nathan’s magic and, for Nicci, save the world." - Publisher

    The Nicci Chronicles
    1. Death's Mistress
    2. Shroud of Eternity

    Heart Berries
    Heart Berries by Terese marie Mailhot (February)
    "Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest." - Publisher

    "A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk - and lose - their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective."
    --Phil Klay
    The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg (March 2018)
    "A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic folk and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien." - Publisher 
    The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (April)
    "Expansive and wise, compassionate and witty, The Female Persuasion is about the spark we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time, and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light." - Publisher
    The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston (June)
    "A city threatened by unimaginable horrors must trust their most hated outcast, or lose everything, in this crushing epic fantasy debut." - Cameron Johnston
    My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (July)
    "A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in 
    narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature." - Publisher
    Thanks to the following NYPL staff for their contributions: Emily Nichols, Alex Mouyios, Aidan Flax-Clark, Judd Karlman, Gwen Glazer,  Jenny Chisnell, and Laura Stein.

    Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

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    For your listening pleasure, check out some of the most exciting, newly purchased CDs from our circulating collections. Just click on any album title to head over to the catalog and put that CD on hold—and don't forget the provided "PREVIEW" tracks below. Enjoy!


    The Infected Mass album cover"The Infected Mass" by Those Who Walk Away (2017)

    Somewhere nestled among the charming piazzas of Rome is a place known as the Capuchin Crypt, comprising small chapels, with altars, designs, and wall decorations made from the bones of 4,000 exhumed human skeletons. One altar is made entirely from the skeletons of priests, one room features a mandala wall design comprised of pelvic bones, and another room is made mostly from the bones of infants.
    Continue on to the adjoining museum and you will find a painting by the Italian master of shadow, Caravaggio: It is of St. Jerome, sitting alone by candlelight, staring at a human skull in his hands, contemplating death.
    In case you can't make out the picture on the cover of "The Infected Mass", it is an airplane plummeting to certain doom. Who has not boarded an airplane and had their own St. Jerome moment: contemplating their own mortality, if only for a moment?
    It is just that moment that this Mass explores. The quickened heartbeat, deliberate breathing, actual cockpit recordings of in-flight crises, droning tones, and the slowing down of time. It evokes what Caravaggio evokes, that life itself flickers like a candle, holding the shadows at bay; yet behind every face is a skull.



    The Art of the Chinese Lutes album cover"The Art of the Chinese Lutes" by Miao Xiaoyun (2017)

    Alone on the northern frontier, 
    I play my lute to cover my solitude with songs. 

    Autumn chills, maple leaves and reed flowers fall;
    The river reflects the moon through a veil of mist.

    I close my eyes, a figure of a golden phoenix appears, with flowers in its beak.
    The flowers flutter, and the phoenix sings;
    Lingering, filling the countryside. 
    An early snow begins to fall.

    I listen to the sound;
    It is like magic sent down from heaven.
    Something profound floats in the music; 
    It is beautiful and sad, a gateway to the mystery.
    My coat is soaked through with tears.

    On these snowy, moonlit nights in fall,
    I often sit and play alone. It keeps me warm.
    I drink wine by myself, and raise a toast to the beauty of this loneliness. 

    (freely compiled and rewritten by A. Wagstaff, from poems of the Tang Dynasty.)



    Little French Songs album cover"Little French Songs" by Carla Bruni (2013)

    Perhaps Carla Bruni's name is familiar to you—many know her as the woman who married then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 while he was in office (their daughter was also born during his tenure, in 2011) . However, such trivia should not eclipse the fact that Bruni has some serious musical talent, and one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard!

    Take, for instance, Bruni's cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" on her new cover album, "French Touch". There are some other wonderful songs on that 2017 cover album (don't miss her version of "Miss You"), which I could have easily made the focus of this entry. But there's a lovely song from "Little French Songs", her 2013 release, that I must highlight here.

    Bruni takes a lovely Chopin Waltz—"Valse Posthume no. 17 en la mineur"—and adds her own French lyrics, to great effect. The result is  a wonderfully light and sultry song that takes you back to some torch-lit sidewalk cafe in Paris, of some bygone era.



    Ribbons album cover"Ribbons" by Justin Adams (2017)

    This collection of sound paintings seems to combine the sonification of energy waves in outer space with an ancient music hidden deep within the earth, somewhere in the Middle East. It escapes the tyranny of musical trends of the present simply by drawing on the ancient past and the distant future. It is as relaxing as it is unique. 



    Eternal Tides album cover"Eternal Tides" by Joanne McIver & Alain Genty (2017)

    Joanne McIver has an undeniable passion for the traditional music of Scotland, and has geared her graceful musical talents and entire career toward exploring, performing, and composing it. The fact that she clearly lives and breathes this music is what makes it so compelling!

    McIver sings, often in Gaelic, and plays the flute, tin whistle, and Scottish pipes. My personal opinion about bagpipes is that they're great for parades, but not for my living room. However, McIver may be the only person to play the bagpipes in a way that is 100% enjoyable. (I like bagpipes now, and she did that!)

    In addition to "Eternal Tides", McIver released another album this year, a collaboration with harp player, Christophe Sauniere.Here's a video of McIver singing and playing the tin whistle on a song from that album. 

    Her composition style draws lovingly from the Scottish Gaelic tradition she identifies with but there is something else in her music, her own unique elements. That assertion of her own musical sensibilities is so subtle, so effortless and naturally in conjunction with tradition, that the music succeeds in being the most beautiful history of Scotland you'll ever have the pleasure to hear.  I wish she were better known. She should be. I do what I can. 



     Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album cover"Arrival: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" by Johann Johannsson (2016)

    Arrival was a 2016 science-fiction movie involving visitors from outer space. Yet, unlike many other films involving similar visits, the aliens don't use humans as hosts for their spawn, blow stuff up, or otherwise cause a bunch of on-screen havoc. Arrival is an elegantly paced, thought-provoking film whose main protagonist is a linguist professor—an atypical sci-fi hero for sure. Check out the DVD and keep in mind just how important music is for film. 
    A main plot point in the film focuses on language. How, for instance, could we begin to communicate with an alien life-form whose language shares none of the traits our earthly languages? The starting points, building blocks, and approach to language are just so completely different than our own that there are no motifs or structures from which to draw, even for the most gifted of polyglot linguist professors. 
    Most interesting about this film is that the composer's similar approach to the music. He seemingly steered clear of all musical conventions and tried to think of soundwaves, and of music, as something completely new. This approach mirrors the film's ideas about language and communication, that our structures and motifs are so familiar, it becomes challenging to even think of something outside of them.
    What would language be without vowels, hieroglyphs, verbs or nouns? How would you approach playing music if you couldn't use any instrument, or scales, that already exists? That's the best way I can describe the "Arrival" soundtrack. Actually, the composer is much more eloquent and informed about this approach, and breaks down his process, element by element, in this very interesting podcast. So listen to that, and then check out this mesmerizing track, titled "Heptapod B."  



    The Blue Notebooks album cover"The Blue Notebooks" by Max Richter (2004)

    The incredibly beautiful track that plays out the credits in Arrival is not from the film's composer, but from Max Richter. The piece is called "On The Nature of Daylight", and it is one of the most haunting pieces of music ever written. I'll put it there with Arvo Part's "Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten" (Find it in our catalog!) as the song I believe God will have the angels play when the world finally comes to an end, as it is truly magnificent. Okay, that's just my own imagined, larger-than-life scenario. Think of your own. 



    boyd meets girl album cover"boyd meets girl" by Rupert Boyd & Laura Metcalf (2017)

    Both these musicians have already been critically aclaimed, with The Washington Post all but comparing Boyd's playing to that of Andres Segovia. Allmusic's 5/5 star review of the Laura Metcalf-Matei Varga collaboration "First Day" (also on our shelves) claimed that "the listener is likely to have to be restrained from taking off into the stratosphere!" The review is referring specifically this Poulenc piece, but the whole album is wonderful! This year brings an equally wonderful collaboration, this time with cello and guitar. 



    Cousin Emmy and her Kinfolks album cover"Cousin Emmy and Her Kinfolks, 1939-1947"

    Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys get most of the credit for inventing bluegrass music, and it's perfectly warranted. The birth of bluegrass is usually set in December 1945, when guitarist Lester Flatt and banjo player Earl Scruggs joined the group and solidfied the instrumentation.

    But, as we all know, music—certainly any type of folk music—doesn't just appear out of nowhere. It draws on elements of music that came before it, and adds its own innovations. 

    When Cousin Emmy was teaching Grandpa Jones how to play the banjo, and gaining popularity playing the "Jamboree" live on the radio in the 1930s, Earl Scruggs was still a kid. Scruggs is rightly credited with his impressive and innovative 3-finger playing style (now called the "Scruggs Style") and Monroe's better-known Bluegrass Boys certainly codifed an instrumentation for an entire genre (mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle, stand-up bass).

    But playing the banjo at breakneck speed, getting everybody in the barn up and dancing, and singing about cornbread and beans and lonesome roads? That came to us from Cousin Emmy (and others as well). It is said she knew how to play 16 different instruments. She was one of the first female musicians to barnstorm into a male-dominated industry and never look back, she would brag that "she was the first hillbilly to own a Cadillac,"and she was among the many musicians to have a resurgence in popularity during the roots music revival of the 1960s—a new popularity that resulted in her performing at the Newport Folk Festivals. Cousin Emmy is a legend in country music and her music is always a jamboree!  



    Two Parts Viper album cover"Two Parts Viper" by '68 (2017)

    This one is loud and sweaty. It is screamed out of a garage as unsuspecting victims walk by, trying not to glance over at the monstrosity. "Are we in danger?! What if it comes after us? They can sense fear, and if they see us looking, they'll get even madder. Let's get out of here!"

    If you like raw, unpolished in-your-face rock and roll energy... I'm pretty sure these guys don't have a stylist on the ol' payroll. (Hey, if you play punk rock and have a stylist, you're not really punk.)

    But, is this punk? It is if you consider that punk came along and accused rock of being stale and boring and narcisistic and lacking energy and all that, sure. But it's really just straight ahead rock 'n' roll, served up as it should be, with a heaping side of attitude.  



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    Cover of The Most Dangerous Man In America Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon And The Hunt For The Fugitive King Of LSDTo help kick-off NYPL's look back at the counterculture movements of the 60s and 70s, we're taking a deep dive into the infamous life of one of the era's most controversial figures—how did a former Harvard professor turned counterculture icon become an international fugitive? Authors Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis explain the larger-than-life story of Timothy Leary, the middle-aged acid enthusiast of the early 1970s, who famously preached "turn on, tune in, drop out."

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    Our young-adult specialists are eagerly anticipating a flurry of upcoming releases this year! Check out the books and graphic novels that have them the most fired up.

    Thanks to the fabulous YA book experts who contributed to this list: Lauren Bradley, Amber Certain, Crystal Chen, Caitlyn Colman-McGaw, Frances Collado, Asuncion Cora, Melissa Crotti, Grace Dwyer, Kathleen Fais, Kaitlin Frick, Jeffrey Katz, Dhariyah Luqman, Jordan Mangual, Nanyamkah Mars, Chelsey Masterson, Leshawn Mcfarlan, Katrina Ortega, Izabela Owusu-Ansah, Joseph Pascullo, Anne Rouyer, Benjamin Sapadin, Hannah Spratt, and Shyiesha Watson.

    Which books are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments.


    january covers

    Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

    The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Let's Talk about Love by Claire Kann

    Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, art by Stephen Gilpin


    february covers

    A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

    I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter

    American Panda by Gloria Chao

    Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

    The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

    Winterfolk by Janel Kolby

    Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney

    Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce



    march covers

    The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

    Tyler James Was Here by Jay Coles

    Moonstruck by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth

    Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi

    The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk


    April & May

    april may covers

    Leah on the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli

    Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Antsey

    War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

    The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

    Ship It by Britta Lundin

    Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

    My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma


    June & July

    june july covers

    Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert

    How We Roll by Natasha Friend

    Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

    On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

    The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

    Spill Zone, vol. 2 by Scott Westerfeld, art by Alex Puvilland


    No pub date yet...

    A Story of War, A Story of Peace by Tanya Lee Stone

    A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

    The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

    Check, Please!by Ngozi Ukazu


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