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NEED A GOOD BOOK?

 

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

 

At a crossroads? Getting married or having an affair, moving abroad, changing jobs or having a child? Get insight from great literature on life’s big moments. The Center for Fiction will handcraft a year’s worth of reading for you or your loved one based on a 45-minute personal consultation (in person or over the phone). And even if you don’t plan on having a big year, we can still help select books that will be perfect for wherever you are right now!

 

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

ESSENTIAL READING

The Book Drop: Entertain Me, Move Me, or Die.

by Jon Michaud

Escape from your family this weekend by reading the November Book Drop. Jon Michaud talks to author Peter Orner about throwing books (this might come in handy over the dinner table), the use of memory in fiction, and his new collection of essays, Am I Alone Here? from Catapult

 

"I asked Orner if he often turned the books he reads into projectiles. 'My god, all the time,' he responded. 'As a great Chicagoan once said about politics, reading ain’t beanbag. Entertain me, move me, or die.’ " READ

What Does It Mean to Be an American? 

 

Feeling a bit lost after recent events? Fiction has come to the rescue! Our bookshop window, curated by our library assistant Kris Santos, displays a collection of fiction that reminds us of the true American identity—a melting pot of cultures, races, belief systems, sexual orientations, and more.

 

Click through to read about Kris's process in selecting these fantastic books and to see the list. It includes classics like Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and the latest hits like Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad (winner of the 2016 National Book Award.) We hope you'll stop by the Center to pick one of these up!  READ

Five Questions for Torrey Maldonado

 

In October we welcomed Torrey Maldonado, a New York-based author who writes books for middle-grade and teen readers, to the Center for a KidsRead event. Torrey spoke to seventh graders from The Renaissance Charter School and the Ascend Charter School about his book Secret Saturdays, which all the students read as part of our KidsRead program.

 

The kids had such great questions that we thought we'd keep Torrey on his toes by asking him about being a teacher and a writer, and his work in conflict resolution training. READ

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #32

by Celia McGee

 

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction 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 column. The Water Princess by Susan Verde uses the story of a charming girl to bring attention to an important issue. Just in time for Halloween, Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles a Pirate by Georgia Pritchett will get kids and adults laughing. And two great novels, Riding Chance by Christine Kendall and Dark Horses by Cecily von Ziegesar, focus on the special bond between riders and horses. 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!) READ

The Book That Made Me a Reader and a Writer
Bonnie Nadzam on a Biography of Helen Keller


In this new edition of  The Book That Made Me a Reader, Bonnie Nadzam, the winner of our 2011 First Novel Prize, discusses the influence a biography of Helen Keller had on her life and how she learned words can be as slippery as water.  


"Maybe it’s instructive that I more or less recall the book but not the exact title or author of the book. It was a YA biography of Helen Keller, given to me in second grade by Sister Therese at what was then called St. Ann’s School, in Cleveland, Ohio." READ

Author Picks: Five Deeply Strange Reads

by Matt Bell


Shifts in time, changelings, organic buildings, levitating grandmothers, and all things odd inhabit this list from Matt Bell, author of A Tree or a Person or a Wall. Matt has selected five books from small presses that investigate the strange and challenge our notions of reality.


"...I've always thrilled at the weirdness of others, at the strangely beautiful or strangely terrifying things they've allowed themselves to write down upon the page and then to expose to their readers." READ