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We know finding that next great read isn't easy, so we've been working hard at the Center to help you find the perfect book just for you! 

 

Over at our Book Recommendations page you can find lists of interesting and entertaining reads for your book club or for your own reading pleasure. 

 

Our new Author Picks section features recommendations from some of your favorite writers whether you're a mystery fan or you love historical fiction or you want to read about women behaving badly! 

 

Our Small Press Spotlight section features reviews, and excerpts from some under the radar titles. 

 

Junior Edition features reviews by book critic and arts writer Celia McGee guaranteed to get younger readers (or those young at heart) turning the pages.

 

Or if you're in New York City, we hope you'll stop by our bookstore or library where you can pick up a copy of the latest novel or a familiar classic. 

 

And if you're looking for a personal reading list we hope you'll consider a little bibliotherapy with our Novel Approach program. 

 

We hope we've made it fun and a little easier to find your next favorite book!

A NOVEL APPROACH

 

A Novel Approach

 

More Magazine writes, "In quaint headquarters, tucked among the blank towers of midtown Manhattan, the Center for Fiction feels like somewhere you'd be more likely to run ito Bartleby the Scrivener than your therapist—unless she's a "bibliotherapist" like Noreen Tomassi, the center's executive director, who manages a service called A Novel Approach. For $125, Tomassi will handpick 12 books, basing her choices on a 45-minute phone call, an e-mail exchange or, preferably, a face-to-face session with you..."READ MORE

 

For more on bibliotherapy or to schedule a session, please CLICK HERE

ESSENTIAL READING
New Library Acquisitions! 

Spring, a season of renewal, is a popular time for debuts in publishing and our latest acquisitions include several notable first novels. There’s Jonathan Lee’s High Dive, which re-imagines the IRA’s attempt to blow up Margaret Thatcher; Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear, in which a translator searches for a celebrated Brazilian writer who has gone AWOL; and Garth Greenwell’s intense novel of sexual obsession, What Belongs to You. Our latest additions also include works by established authors Elizabeth Nunez, Graham Swift, and Jim Harrison, who passed away earlier this year. More well-known names can be found among our new mysteries, which include books by Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Scottoline, and longtime friend of the Center, Peter Straub

Head over to our library page to learn more about the collection and we hope you'll stop by to check some of these great titles out! If you're not a member, you can find out more here

The Book That Made Me A Reader
Sara Paretsky on Louisa May Alcott and James Joyce


What do little women and a young man have to do with Sara Paretsky's reading habits? Find out in this new edition of The Book That Made Me a Reader by the creator of the iconic V. I. Warshawski. 

 

"I can’t remember the first books I read, although I do remember the first words I wasn’t able to sound out: 'city' and 'Penelope.' Perhaps I was reading a child’s history of the Trojan War. My older brother taught me to read and write as he was learning those things, so I don’t remember beginning, I only remember being in the middle."  READ MORE

    An excerpt from Ways to Disappear 
    by Idra Novey


    What happens when a famous author disappears up an almond tree with just a suitcase and a cigar? In the case of Idra Novey's much-buzzed-about new novel Ways to Disappear that means a translator, the author's children, a loan shark, and even the country of Brazil start looking for her. In this excerpt, we get a clue to the infamous Beatriz Yagoda's whereabouts. 

    "The esteemed literary publisher Roberto Rocha liked to test his steaks to see if the meat was worth what he had paid for it. The test had to do with the density of the smoke once the steaks began to sizzle. With the works of fiction he selected for his press, he tested for density as well, for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air." READ MORE

    Find out how Jane Austen's classic tale of 19th century England opened up a whole new world for twelve-year-old Elizabeth Nunez growing up in Trinidad, in this new edition of The Book That Made Me a Reader.

    "I grew up in colonial Trinidad, my education similar to that of a British public school, excellent, but clearly intended to reinforce the superiority of the British Empire. When I was an elementary schoolchild, I devoured the novels of the English mystery writer Enid Blyton. I loved the thrill of following the adventures of girls and boys my age who solved problems that baffled adults."  READ MORE
  1. Thieves of Language 

by Domnica Radulescu

 

The author of Country of Red Azaleas presents this list of recommended reading focused on women's journeys, voices, and visions.

 

"The French writer and feminist philosopher Hélène Cixous urged women to be thieves of language as well as to fly with language. The French language very conveniently offers such a beautiful semantic overlap as the word voler means both to steal and to fly." READ MORE

  1. JUNIOR EDITION: New Books for Younger Readers #29

by Celia McGee


JUNIOR EDITION: New Books for Younger Readers searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Writer, editor, and Center for Fiction board member Celia McGee covers four fantastic titles in this month's columnThe Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben & illustrated by Leah Tinari, The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire, and Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. We hope Celia's terrific choices inspire the kids in your life to pick up a book (and you may even find yourself flipping through these pages!)

 

 

We asked the author of the debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist to show us a section of his bookshelf. Here Sunil Yapa discusses the books that he turned to while writing his novel which centers around the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.

 

"This bookshelf sits above the desk I've written at for the last ten years. It is an IKEA jerker, easily assembled and disassembled, which is good because putting things together and taking them to pieces is something I've done a lot of in the last ten years." READ MORE

 

I don't care to munch for money. For money can't buy me love.... Learn how John Lennon's word play (whether real or not) influenced Elizabeth McKenzie, author of the much-buzzed-about novel The Portable Veblen, in this edition of The Book That Made Me a Reader

 

"Two of the first books that made me a reader were In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon. This was when I was about ten. I already perceived that the Beatles were great humorists and word benders." READ MORE