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! 


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!



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 


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


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 


Chaffee will join us on May 31st with Kristopher Jansma and Garnette Cadogan for the event Writing Cities.

The Book Drop: Dueling Dystopias 

by Jon Michaud


In this month’s Book Drop column, our head librarian Jon Michaud takes a look at two new works of dystopian speculative fiction—Omar El Akkad’s American War and Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan—and considers how current events, history, and myth influence the fearful futures imagined by these authors. 


"It’s a heyday for dystopian speculative fiction and for the fears and anxieties behind those fictions. Two novels published this spring offer diverging but equally dark visions of life on (and off) Earth in the near future." READ

The Book That Made Me a Reader

by Jim Shepard

In this new Book That Made Me a Reader, Jim Shepard (The World to Come) recalls how he made his way to fiction by reading two very different authors. 

"I was the first in my family to go to college, and my father’s not-so-secret plan for getting me there involved A) my getting good grades, and B) his filling the house with books." read more

New Spring Library Books Are Here! 


Spring 2017 is the season of the short story. The past few weeks have seen the release of new collections from masters of the form Richard Bausch and Richard Russo, as well as new collections by Joshua Ferris, Edie Meidav and Syrian writer Osama Alomar, whose short-short fictions have been hailed by Lydia Davis. Looking for something longer and more suspenseful? We have the latest novels by Paula Hawkins, Donna Leon, and Greg Iles. Longer still are major new biographies of William Faulkner, Robert Lowell, and Angela Carter. Our new non-fiction titles also feature family memoirs by Richard Ford and Dani Shapiro. Short or long, you’re sure to find something rewarding in this list. see all the new books

Author Picks: Transporting Fiction

by Hala Alyan


Planning your summer vacation? Hala Alyan, author of the new novel Salt Houses, recommends five books sure to take you to another place.


"As someone that writes about place, I am often drawn to literature and poetry that evokes a particular landscape, city or neighborhood. I love writing that takes setting seriously, treating it with as much respect as any character." READ HER BOOK PICKS

Author Picks: Looking West

by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney


In this list of recommendations, L.A. transplant and author of the massive hit novel The Nest Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney writes about some of her favorite books that explore The Golden State.


"I love Los Angeles because it’s my present and my immediate future and because it’s a gorgeous mess of contradictions: a blossoming city built on the high desert always divining for water; a tinseled town hovering above deep fissures in the earth; a place where dreamers come to reinvent themselves and end up staying because life here is… nice." READ HER BOOK PICKS