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Picture book biographies

January 18, 2018

Product Details  Product DetailsProduct Details     A strong trend in children’s publishing is picture book biographies. Beautifully illustrated and around 32 pages, these introductions to famous and some not-so-famous people are a fun way to incorporate non-fiction into your child’s reading selection. New biographies out now are several about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2 about Jane Austen, Temple Grandin, Mae Jemison, architect Zaha Hadid,and Bobbi Gibb, the first female to run in the Boston marathon. I enjoy reading these with my children and I also get to learn about interesting people. Check them out!

 

Books and the 92nd Street Y

January 11, 2018

Book lovers of all types may be interested in the 92nd Street Y venue which hosts talks and lectures of current and past authors. Here are some upcoming events for 2018:

Author Camille Aubrey talks about her research for her book Cooking for Picasso which took her to the French Riviera; Dan Harris talks with Anderson Cooper about his book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics;  Rose McGowan talks with Ronan Farrow about her new book Brave and surviving Hollywood abuse; conversation with author Martin Amis; novelist Marilynne Robinson; Elizabeth Strout; poetry readings; Curtis Sittenfeld; Meg Wolitzer; and even cookbook talks.  Along with a wide variety of classes on offer, the 92nd Street Y has family events and themed tours of NYC to explore. Check it out!

‘Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk’

January 7, 2018

Top Check Outs of the Year

December 27, 2017

Image result for nypl  The end of a year means end-of-the-year Tops lists. Living near The City, I took a look at the NY Public Library lists of their top checked out books of 2017. For those of you who sneak looks at what people are reading on subways and in waiting rooms, here is what was  popular in NYC in 2017:

Top 10 Books Systemwide

  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  3. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  6. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  7. The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
  8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10.  Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett​

Top 10 Books in Manhattan

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  5. The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
  7. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  9. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  10. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

To take a look at the top check outs in the Bronx and Staten Island, click on the NYPL lion logo. Happy reading in 2018!

Ex Libris Anonymous

December 23, 2017

Image result for ex libris anonymousImage result for ex libris anonymous Another great source of book-related gift ideas is the Oregon-based company, Ex Libris Anonymous. They create notebooks by upcycling old books. Customers can choose from their stock or special order a particular title.  The store has an extensive inventory of Little Golden Books, cookbooks, Nancy Drews and other vintage titles. Visit: http://bookjournals.com/ to take a look. Happy Holidays!


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