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 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! 


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!



Throughout the year, The Center for Fiction gathers thousands of books for NYC schools for their classrooms and libraries. We're asking for your help in getting books into the hands of the next generation of readers. Click on the links below to see information about some of our participating schools and to see what books they're asking for!


The Academy for Young Writers 


Bronx Envision Academy


The Union Settlement Association


The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women 


And click here to find out more info about our programs for kids! 







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


The Book Drop:

From Aaron to Zyzak (and Back)

by Jon Michaud


For this month's Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud talks about every book lover's dream: exploring a collection with books dating back 200 years. The Center for Fiction, founded as the Mercantile Library in 1820, holds such gems as a first edition copy of Yeats's The Tower, a letter postmarked 1928, and century-old notes scrawled in the margins of books. Hear about the newly completed catalogue (a decade-long project!) and what has been found in the stacks along the way. READ

The Book That Made Me a Reader: 

Dina Nayeri on Behrangi, Golding, and Ishiguro


In this Book That Made Me a Reader, Dina Nayeri, author of the new novel Refuge, reflects on three different times she was inspired as a reader. Nayeri writes about discovering a veiled political allegory as a child in Iran, about reading an unforgettable classic in high school in Oklahoma, and finally being moved by the subtle words of Kazuo Ishiguro and how they changed the direction of her life.


"My copy of that book has a dozen notes on every page. Its spine is broken and pages folded. It was the dirtiest, wickedest thing I had ever read and I couldn’t get enough." READ MORE

Author Picks: Marcus Sakey’s Favorite Made-Up Genre

Whether you call this genre speculative fiction, alternate history or in Marcus Sakey's parlance, alt-fic, what these books have in common is that they're all great reads. The author of the new thriller Afterlife has selected six novels that present our recognizable world... but with a twist. From a financial thriller to the latest literary fiction hit, we're sure you'll find something to make you question reality. 


"What I love about alt-fic is that it is broad and recognizable. It feels familiar, and yet introduces a difference that changes everything. It’s a genre that allows writers to design compulsively readable thrillers around thoughtful ideas." read  

David Swinson’s Long Road from Cop to Crime Novelist

by Jon Michaud


In this month’s Book Drop, our librarian Jon Michaud speaks to crime fiction writer David Swinson, who worked as a nightclub promoter, movie producer, and policeman before publishing his first novel. Swinson discusses his unlikely connections to Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy, and considers how screenwriting and police work influenced his Frank Marr trilogy.


"Every aspiring writer takes his or her own unique path towards publication. Few writers have taken a route that is as convoluted as that of Swinson. He is the rare writer whose biography would make for excellent fiction." read more

Books Not to Give Dad on Father's Day 

(But Are Great for You!)


Okay, okay this may not be the most helpful list for Father’s Day, but you got him a tie anyway (#classicdadgift). From The Vegetarian to The Shining, this list features books we love, but they probably aren't the best gifts for your pop. 


"Yanagihara’s career took off with 2015’s A Little Life, but her first novel The People in the Trees is also a mesmerizing read. Unreliable narrator and scientist Norton Perina recalls his travels to a remote island on the hunt for a biological Fountain of Youth." READ ALL OF OUR PICKS

Shelf Life

by Jessie Chaffee


We asked debut author Jessie Chaffee to share a section of her bookshelf with us. Here, Chaffee talks about the books that she used for inspiration and research for her novel Florence in Ecstasy, and what she plans on reading next.


"I began Florence in Ecstasy in part as a response to work that I was reading at the time, novels by women that depict the interior lives of women who are on the fringes or isolated, butting up against societal constraints, and their own desires, addictions, and demons." read