What We're Reading

This month, we’re focusing on the biography section of the library. Among the 100 featured titles include the critically acclaimed works of Joan Didion, Robert A. Caro, and Ron Chernow, the engaging travelogues of Frances Mayes and Cheryl Strayed, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoirs, and the evocative stories of performance artist Marina Abramovic and country […]

Dewey CenturyMiriam's Must-HavesWhat We're Reading

This month, we’re focusing on the Dewey 900s, the section of the library which houses books on geography, genealogy, travel, and history. Our recommended list features nearly 100 titles by award-winning authors including Nathaniel Philbrick, Art Spiegelman, Ron Chernow, and Barbara W. Tuchman. Which history titles do you suggest to your readers? Which books offer […]

Dewey CenturyMiriam's Must-HavesWhat We're Reading

This month, we’re focusing on the Dewey 800s—literature, rhetoric, drama, essays, poetry, and criticism. On the recommended list, you’ll find over 100 titles including essential writing guides (such as Lamott’s Bird By Bird, Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer); Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies; the Ancient Greek plays of Aeschylus and […]

What We're Reading

“Whenever I listen to music, I do so without preconceptions, simply opening my ears to the more wonderful passages and physically taking them in. When those wonderful passages are there, I feel joy, and when some parts are not so wonderful, I listen with a touch of regret.” —Haruki Murakami, Absolutely on Music This month, we’re focusing […]

Dewey CenturyMiriam's Must-HavesWhat We're Reading

“I think we forget sometimes that food is alive, and that we have to follow that intuition and treat food as a living thing.” In Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, the long-awaited memoir from culinary phenomenon Alice Waters proposes an entirely new way to cook and eat while recalling the […]

Dewey CenturyMiriam's Must-HavesWhat We're Reading

“What role do we have as human beings who perceive, make decisions, laugh, and cry, in this great fresco of the world as depicted by contemporary physics?,” asks the eminent Italian scientist Carlo Rovelli in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, adding, “If the world is a swarm of ephemeral quanta of space and matter, a […]

Dewey CenturyMiriam's Must-HavesWhat We're Reading

“To know a new language, to immerse yourself, you have to leave the shore. Without a life vest. Without depending on solid ground,” writes Jhumpa Lahiri in her captivating memoir, In Other Words. For the Pultizer prize-winning author, the process of learning Italian involves committing to grammatical exercises, pronunciation practices, and constant consultations of the […]

Dewey CenturyMiriam's Must-HavesWhat We're Reading

On our fourth trip through the Dewey Centuries, we’re focusing on the 300s—where under the big umbrella of social sciences, we find books on economics, education and ethnic studies, constitutional law, governments and urban planning. In this recommended list of 75 titles, you’ll find both classical works such as More’s Utopia and Marx’s Communist Manifesto […]