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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!

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

 

 

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FOR READERS

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

 

Alyan will appear with her editor Lauren Wein of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to discuss her debut novel at the Center on May 3rd. RSVP here

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 

The Book That Made Me a Reader

Christina Baker Kline on Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

In this new Book That Made Me a Reader, Christina Baker Kline, author of the runaway hit novel Orphan Train, discusses how Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic Little House in the Big Woods helped her during a difficult point in her childhood.

 

"I am grateful that she was able to convey the sights and smells and sounds of her pioneer childhood in a way that triggered the imagination of this lonely six-year-old girl, turning her into a passionate reader." read more

Michael Knight’s Stories to Put in Your Pockets

by Jon Michaud

 

In this month's Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud talks to Michael Knight about his new short story collection Eveningland. The two discuss the difference between writing short stories and novels, embracing the influence of other authors, and how a collection of stories by John Cheever inspired his book. 

 

"We enter this book of stories, which are mostly about the gilded, well-to-do citizens of Mobile, Alabama, looking for jewels, only to be smashed across the head. Knight’s fictions are elegantly written and easy to read but they pack a punch." READ MORE 

Six Questions for Marina Budhos

 

Marina Budhos will join us at the Center this spring for a KidsRead event to discuss her award-winning Watched, a novel set in Queens about survelliance, immigrants and the issues facing Muslims in America. In this interview, we sat down with Marina to talk with her about writing for teenagers and adults, seeing her book turned into theater, and what she loves to read.

 

"This is how I often work—balancing the part of my brain that is attuned to politics and larger forces with the other side of me that seeks the emotional core of a story." read more

Shelf Life: Laura Joh Rowland

 

We asked the bestselling author of the Sano Ichiro mystery series, Laura Joh Rowland, to share a snapshot of her bookshelf with us. Here, Rowland talks about a classic graphic novel, how she was inspired both in literature and in fashion by a nonfiction book, and what she's working on next. 

 

"I have one area for work-related books, another for pleasure-reads. That’s my only organizing system. Within each area, chaos reigns. I mined the chaos and curated a selection of books that are special to me." READ NOW