Books

Brooklyn Public Library creates government shutdown reading list

Monday marked the 16th day of the government shutdown, but even though your trip to a national park may have been postponed, you can still explore federal lands and learn what exactly those government agencies do when they’re actually open thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library. A librarian...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by the New York Public Library

The weather is about to get a lot colder, making it the perfect time to catch up on indoor activities besides watching Netflix — luckily, the New York Public Library just released its list of the Best Books of 2018.  Going just by bestsellers is fine if you just want to say you've...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:01pm

Leonard Library becomes lit landmark for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 75th anniversary

Seventy five years ago when A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was first published, the world was introduced to Francie Nolan, who visited Williamsburg’s Leonard Library and found that “from that time on, the world was hers for the reading.” Now, Leonard Library will be designated a...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 3:50pm

All we want is a really good spanking?

The fastest way to turn me on is to spank me. I don't know why I have such a Pavlovian response to a hand crashing down hard on my butt, but it's one of my favorite sexual activities ever. It's not like this is for everyone, but for me, just getting on my hands and knees — my...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

The 10 best NYC neighborhoods for bookworms: StreetEasy

New York is a literary hub, that’s for sure, but are some NYC neighborhoods better for bookworms than others? That’s the question StreetEasy aimed to answer with its latest report. October is National Book Month and in celebration, real estate site StreetEasy took a look at the best...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 5:02am

When does Bob Woodward's book about Trump come out?

This week, reports about Bob Woodward's upcoming book Fear caused a sensation for its depiction of the chaos within the Trump administration. Some reporters have been furnished with advance copies, but when will the rest of us get our hands on the book by Bob Woodward? When does the book by...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:05pm

Exclusive: Kevin Powell gets real about race in America, Trump and the 'Real World'

When Kevin Powell appeared on MTV’s “Real World: New York” in 1992, he brought an authentic discussion of race in America to TV screens across the nation — and he’s hasn’t stopped the conversation in the 26 years since.  The activist, speaker and author of...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 1:24pm

NYPL brings classic stories to Instagram Stories

Starting Wednesday, Instagram Stories won’t just be a clever name as the New York Public Library launches “Insta Novels” on the NYPL Instagram account. “Insta Novels” is a partnership between the NYPL and independent advertising and creative agency Mother in an effort...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:25am

Brooklyn Public Library helps you find that perfect BookMatch

Finding that perfect book to get lost in while you’re on vacation or doing your daily commute can be hard, but if you live in Brooklyn, you can take advantage of BookMatch, a program of the Brooklyn Public Library. Celebrating its fourth anniversary this month, BookMatch is a personalized,...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 4:31pm

Where is Sean Spicer now? Chasing the spotlight, with not much luck

When we last saw Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, he was stumbling out of the gate of a post-Trump career: He had been turned down for a Fox News commentator gig and was having trouble finding guests for a talk-show pilot named Common Ground. Adding to his woes: The buzz on the...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:58pm

Here's how the world becomes healthier if we stop drinking milk

The longest food fight in history has been the one over milk. Human beings started drinking milk about 10,000 years ago and remain the only animals that continue to drink milk after being weaned from our mothers — and certainly the only ones that drink other animals’ milk. And we’...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:41pm

The Handmaid’s Tale novel: What you need to know about the book that started it all

You’re so consumed by Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale that names like Gilead and Offred roll off your tongue now like they’re your first language, but we’re sure you still have questions about The Handmaid’s Tale novel — the book that started it all....

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:41pm

This man wrote a book about every man's nightmare: a broken penis

Ross Asdourian’s night was going well. He met an old friend at a bar and they eventually made their way back to his East Village apartment. They were in the midst of a rendezvous when something bad — no, really, really bad — happened. "We were basically approaching the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:45pm

How to get your hands on a copy of the James Comey book tomorrow

The much-talked-about James Comey book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," has made major headlines leading up to its release tomorrow, April 17. In The New York Times’ review of the book, critic Michiko Kakutani states that it "underscores just how outside...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:31pm

James Comey book tour stops in Boston this spring

The James Comey book tour finally hits the road this spring. Earlier this week, Axios revealed the schedule for the former FBI director's tour in support of his new book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership." According to the post, Comey will be travelling across the country...

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 3:17pm

E.L. James on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: ‘It’s all about fantasies’

As part of Metro's annual sex issue, we explore today's hottest trends both locally and nationally. For more of this year's theme — kink — check our 2012 sex poll and an interview with a New York City dominatrix. Writer Erika Leonard, better known as E.L. James, is a...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:38pm

WARNING: Pirated version of 'Fire and Fury' reported to contain malware

Fire and Fury took the nation by storm with its number-one-on-Amazon-worthy insider details that, frankly, made Trump look bad. Really bad. (But, despite how the book portrays the president — unhealthy, unstable and unamused by the Constitution — White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 5:10pm

Joe Biden says he didn't want to be VP

Joe Biden didn’t want to be Obama’s right hand — the Robin to his Batman, the VP to his P — and was upfront about it when the former president asked him in 2008. Huff Post reports that during a Tuesday event in San Francisco promoting his memoir, "Promise Me, Dad: A...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 1:20pm

Here are the books New Yorkers were reading most in 2017

New York City, you’re a woke town according to the public library's year-end tally of popular books. “Between the World and Me,” the award-winning bestseller by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was the most checked-out book of 2017 after debuting at No. 2 last year. Good job on keeping your...

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 12:59pm

Poland in Culture: Best books and films to check out

Film A 2017 film "Zookeeper's Wife” by Niki Caro tells an extraordinary story of how fearless Polish couple Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of "The Broken Circle Breakdown...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 1:48pm