Ask the Experts: NYPL Librarians Choose Your Next Book

Big fan of these HBO adaptations? The librarians at The New York Public Library have some suggestions for you.


Sharp Objects

For readers interested in disturbing, intricately plotted psychological suspense.

by Patricia Highsmith

Herbert Greenleaf, a shipping magnate, sends Tom Ripley to Italy to convince his playboy son to return home.

by S.J. Watson

An accident 20 years ago altered Christine's memory; now, every morning, she wakes with no recollection of her husband, her son, or any of the time that’s passed since the accident.

by Dexter Palmer

Philip Steiner is working to develop a causality-violation device — a machine that will make it possible to visit and interact with the past.

by Stieg Larsson

A journalist joins hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate a forty-year-old disappearance.

Game of Thrones

For readers interested in dramatic, world-building, epic fantasy with large casts of characters.

by Brandon Sanderson

In this sweeping fantasy, the monstrous Lord Ruler teams up with the orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save the world.

by Zen Cho

Historical fantasy mixes with court intrigue in this fantastical tale of Zacharias Wythe, England’s newly appointed Sorcerer Royal.

by N.K. Jemisin

The first book in the formidable Broken Earth series, set in a richly detailed world inhabited by complex races and cultures undergoing a climate-change apocalypse.

by Ursula K. LeGuin

Discover a wizard academy that predates Hogwarts and check out the tale of Sparrowhawk, a sorcerer's apprentice who unwittingly unleashes evil.

George R.R. Martin's Recommendations

The author suggests these titles for GoT fans looking for more great reads.

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

A struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth, following Frodo the hobbit on a quest to destroy the Ring of Power.

Watership Down
by Richard Adams

An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world.

The Once and Future King
by T.H. White

A retelling of King Arthur's life from his childhood to the coronation, creation of the Round Table, and search for the Holy Grail.

by Roger Zelanzy

In a post-Apocalyptic world where a few technology-endowed immortals rule the Earth, one among them, Siddhartha, dares to oppose their tyranny.

My Brilliant Friend

For readers interested in leisurely paced, character-driven, reflective novels with a strong sense of place.

by Louise Erdrich

A lyrical, culturally diverse coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy who leaves his North Dakota reservation to find the person who attacked his mother.

by Marilynne Robinson

A bittersweet novel about a girl struggling to overcome haunting family memories in a small town in Idaho.

by Silvia Avallone

Travel back to Italy for another lush novel depicting the sometimes-volatile relationship between two teenage girls who grew up together.

by Nadia Hashimi

Set in Kabul in 2007, this novel tells the story of Rahima, who must dress as a boy if she wants to leave the house.

Show Me a Hero

For readers interested in history and cities.

by Jonathan Mahler

Another portrait of New York City, focusing on the shifting landscape of the city in 1977 through the lens of baseball and politics.

by Tyler Anbinder

The subtitle says it all: a comprehensive look at the history of the Five Points neighborhood (now the heart of Chinatown) in the 1800s.

by Natalie Y. Moore

Moore takes readers on a personal journey through her hometown of Chicago, one of the most racially segregated large cities in the United States.

by Holly Tucker

Twists and turns that take readers down to the dark underworld of 17th-century Paris, and up through the exalted halls of French royalty.

The Leftovers

For readers interested in apocalyptic novels with ordinary people surviving in a bleak world.

Karen Thompson Walker

A coming-of-age story meets a climate-change apocalypse.

by Claire Vaye Watkins

In the wake of a drought that destroys California, two holdouts embark on a perilous journey to find water.

by Peter Heller

After surviving a pandemic, a pilot holes up in an abandoned airport until he hears a radio transmission that compels him to seek out other survivors.

by Cormac McCarthy

After a cataclysmic event turns the world into a wasteland, a man and his son make their way toward the coast while dodging bands of cannibals and fighting off starvation.

Olive Kitteridge

For readers interested in interconnected short stories, and really great writing.

by Jamie Quatro

Darkly comic and genuinely spooky, these Southern Gothic short stories take readers deep into addiction, secrecy, families, and once-sacred moral grounds.

by Alice Munro

"Critically acclaimed" doesn't even begin to describe this Nobel Prize-winning collection of spare stories, which illuminate the lives of women in complex, realistic settings.

by Edward P. Jones

Melancholy, detail-rich, character-driven stories about life for African-American families in Washington, D.C.

by Gloria Naylor

Naylor describes the seven Black women at the heart of this collection as "hard-edged, soft-centered, brutally demanding, and easily pleased."

Big Little Lies

For readers interested in suburban malaise and trouble.

by Paulo Coelho

A woman tries to work through her midlife apathy by having an affair.

by Richard Yates

The Wheelers' seemingly idyllic life falls apart after a move to Connecticut.

by Abbi Waxman

The story of a stay-at-home mom living in a snarky, gossip-filled small town.

by Jeffrey Eugenides

A group of suburban neighborhood boys piece together the events leading to the suicides of the Lisbon girls.

Angels in America

For readers interested in impassioned, moving stories about LGBTQIA people.

by Andre Aciman

This coming-of-age narrative tells the story of the powerful attraction between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents' house on the Italian Riviera.

by Chinelo Okparanta

A moving story about a young Nigerian girl, displaced during the civil war, who falls in love with another refugee girl from a different community.

by James Baldwin

A historical classic about an American man in Paris after World War II, trying to decide whether to begin a relationship with an exciting Italian man or return to his conventional life at home.

by Leslie Feinberg

Set in 1970s New York, Stone Butch Blues tells the story of Jess Goldberg, a blue-collar worker and a union activist navigating community, survival, and shifting notions of sexuality and gender transition.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

For readers interested in narrative science writing.

By Hope Jahren

Go deep into the journey of a woman scientist with this autobiographical story about working with plants and conducting research.

by Susannah Cahalan

An account, at once both deeply personal and journalistically detailed, of one woman's experience with an autoimmune disease that attacked her brain.

by Deborah Blum

The first two forensic scientists in New York City handled a host of bizarre and fascinating poisoning cases, including a family's inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey's Blue Man, and the crumbling bones of factory workers.

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

This Pulitzer Prize-winner encompasses the full sweep of the disease, through ancient-world surgeries, the development of present-day treatments, and the scientific outlook for the future.

Fahrenheit 451

For readers interested in social science fiction with a dash of bleak dystopia.

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro

A reunion of classmates from a private school leads to an odyssey into memories of their time in a supposedly idyllic world.

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia Butler

After drug-addled pyromaniacs take over her neighborhood, Lauren and other refugees from a violent society escape to California to create their own society.

Oryx & Crake
by Margaret Atwood

Snowman embarks on a journey through a wilderness that was once a great city, until evil corporations began playing God.

by Emily St. John Mandel

Following an apocalyptic pandemic, a band of survivors travels through a dangerous wasteland inhabited by a prophet and his followers.