Ask the Experts: NYPL Librarians Choose Your Next Book
For readers interested in disturbing, intricately plotted psychological suspense.
Herbert Greenleaf, a shipping magnate, sends Tom Ripley to Italy to convince his playboy son to return home.
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.
Philip Steiner is working to develop a causality-violation device — a machine that will make it possible to visit and interact with the past.
Game of Thrones
For readers interested in dramatic, world-building, epic fantasy with large casts of characters.
In this sweeping fantasy, the monstrous Lord Ruler teams up with the orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save the world.
Historical fantasy mixes with court intrigue in this fantastical tale of Zacharias Wythe, England’s newly appointed Sorcerer Royal.
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.
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A struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth, following Frodo the hobbit on a quest to destroy the Ring of Power.
An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world.
A retelling of King Arthur's life from his childhood to the coronation, creation of the Round Table, and search for the Holy Grail.
My Brilliant Friend
For readers interested in leisurely paced, character-driven, reflective novels with a strong sense of place.
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.
A bittersweet novel about a girl struggling to overcome haunting family memories in a small town in Idaho.
Travel back to Italy for another lush novel depicting the sometimes-volatile relationship between two teenage girls who grew up together.
Show Me a Hero
For readers interested in history and cities.
Another portrait of New York City, focusing on the shifting landscape of the city in 1977 through the lens of baseball and politics.
The subtitle says it all: a comprehensive look at the history of the Five Points neighborhood (now the heart of Chinatown) in the 1800s.
Moore takes readers on a personal journey through her hometown of Chicago, one of the most racially segregated large cities in the United States.
Twists and turns that take readers down to the dark underworld of 17th-century Paris, and up through the exalted halls of French royalty.
For readers interested in apocalyptic novels with ordinary people surviving in a bleak world.
In the wake of a drought that destroys California, two holdouts embark on a perilous journey to find water.
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.
For readers interested in interconnected short stories, and really great writing.
Darkly comic and genuinely spooky, these Southern Gothic short stories take readers deep into addiction, secrecy, families, and once-sacred moral grounds.
"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.
Melancholy, detail-rich, character-driven stories about life for African-American families in Washington, D.C.
Big Little Lies
For readers interested in suburban malaise and trouble.
The Wheelers' seemingly idyllic life falls apart after a move to Connecticut.
The story of a stay-at-home mom living in a snarky, gossip-filled small town.
Angels in America
For readers interested in impassioned, moving stories about LGBTQIA people.
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.
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.
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.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
For readers interested in narrative science writing.
Go deep into the journey of a woman scientist with this autobiographical story about working with plants and conducting research.
An account, at once both deeply personal and journalistically detailed, of one woman's experience with an autoimmune disease that attacked her brain.
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.
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.
For readers interested in social science fiction with a dash of bleak dystopia.
A reunion of classmates from a private school leads to an odyssey into memories of their time in a supposedly idyllic world.
After drug-addled pyromaniacs take over her neighborhood, Lauren and other refugees from a violent society escape to California to create their own society.
Snowman embarks on a journey through a wilderness that was once a great city, until evil corporations began playing God.