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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 new 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

ESSENTIAL READING

To Bard or Not To Bard

by Jon Michaud

 

We've got an exciting new column on our site called The Book Drop by our head librarian, Jon Michaud! Jon is the author of When Tito Loved Clara, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Washington Post. We're thrilled to share his new monthly column with you, in which he'll discuss all things literary! For his first piece, Jon writes about the pleasures and perils of reinterpreting William Shakespeare, a challenge some of our favorite authors are taking on in a collection from Hogarth. READ

Queer Literature Top Five
by Sassafras Lowrey 


Sassafras Lowrey, Lambda Literary Emerging Writer and author of Lost Boi, picks five of hir favorites (at least for today) from LGBTQ fiction in this new book list.

"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) literature is a growing genre filled with a diverse array of novels that are pushing the literary envelope. These works of fiction challenge readers to explore worlds beyond conventional definitions and understandings of sexuality and gender identity/expression." READ MORE

Interested in more LGBTQ fiction? Sassafras Lowrey will lead a book group on this topic here at the Center starting on September 20th. Click here to learn more about this class and to sign up!
Five Fictions About Fiction
by Joshua Gaylord


Author Joshua Gaylord (When We Were Animals) goes "meta" with this new book list about fictional works that look back at themselves.

"I suppose what...readers admire about storytelling is its capacity to blend into real life, to erase the line between fiction and reality. But I’m not one of those readers. I like art because it’s art—because it’s different from reality—because it’s (all right, I’ll say it) better than reality." READ MORE  

Joshua Gaylord is leading our book group The Southern Gothic, starting on September 12th. Click here to learn more about this class and to sign up!

Unnatural Environments 

A Book List

 

With weather maps of the country blazing in the orange and red of high temperatures, California's drought still lingering despite good rainfall this year, and massive earthquakes predicted, we’re feeling a little bit, ummm, nervous these days. Normally we turn to fiction to feel better, but we’ve been seeing disasters pop up in pages these days too. Instead of hiding, we’ve become fascinated by this trend in fiction, called climate fiction or cli-fi. Here are a few novels that look at what happens when we don’t take care of our environment. Maybe we’ll even learn some survival tips….

 

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New Library Acquisitions for Summer! 

 

Summer is made for reading. Whether you’re covered by the dappled shade of a backyard tree, laid out on a sticky poolside recliner, or buckled into a seat on an overnight flight to some exotic escape, summer offers many venues for losing yourself in a book. The Center has your bookish needs covered from ambitious literary novels like Annie Proulx'sBarkskins to the latest Scandinavian noir, Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl. We hope you'll stop by to check out our latest acquisitions or to pick up an older favorite from our large collection. And it's easyto join if you're not a member already! 

 

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Announcing Our 2016 Fall Reading Groups

Readers, rejoice! It's time to announce the spectacular line-up of our 2016 Fall Reading Groups. This season, experience the literature of Russia with Sheila Kohler in Great Short Works of Russian Fiction, or dive in to a two-year Proust journey with Anka Muhlstein in Proust I. Check out groups focused on favorite authors like Henry James and David Foster Wallace, and groups that tackle larger themes like LGBT Fiction, Women and Identity, or Post-modern Detectives. FIND OUT MORE

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #30
by Celia McGee


JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Writer, editor, and Center for Fiction board member Celia McGee covers four fantastic titles in this month's columnSuite for Human Nature by Diane Lampert, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal written and illustrated by classic children's author Judith Kerr, Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, and The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. 

 

We hope Celia's terrific choices inspire the kids in your life to pick up a book (and you may even find yourself flipping through these pages!)

5 New Book Clubs (You’ve Never, Ever Heard Of)

 

If you're reading this, you're probably a good reader, zipping through the latest bestseller & diving into classics. But even voracious readers need to mix things up every once in a while. Over at O Magazine, they suggest a few original takes on the book clubyou may even be inspired to start a new one!