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Your essential guide to NYC bookstores, author readings and book signings

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Interview: David Duchovny

The actor and erstwhile literary scholar turned his idea for a kids’ film into one brilliant, irreverent book

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Review: Find Me: A Novel

"What is memory but the telling of a story?" This could easily be the epigraph for Laura van den Berg’s debut novel but is, instead, a line found in her own book.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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10 erotic books hotter than Fifty Shades

Looking for steamy scenes and excellent writing? Skip E.L. James’s sex-filled trilogy and take these books to bed instead.

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Review: Girl in a Band

Experimental-rock icon Kim Gordon reflects on life before and after Sonic Youth

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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LIVE from the NYPL lineup

One of the city’s most prestigious and, simply, best talk and reading series returns for another brilliant season.

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New York's best bookstores and readings

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Best bookstores in New York City

The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find

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Best specialty bookstores in New York City

For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel

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Best reading series in New York City

From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots

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Best storytelling shows in New York City

If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.

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Find Me: A Novel

As victims across the country forget their names, one woman's memories won't let her go

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

The short-story master will bring out your inner voyeur in another collection of simple, entrancingly realistic fictions

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Loitering: New & Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

A cult essayist expands his oeuvre—and leaves no doubt about his talent—in this deeply relatable nonfiction collection 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Ugly Girls: A Novel by Lindsay Hunter

Two teens face a stalker and deal with their own failings in a richly detailed debut 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

Myths, metaphors and vampires: Eula Biss’s expansive exploration of vaccination will surprise you 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

This puzzle-like book, riddled with pulpy allusions, proves Darnielle’s narrative skill 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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To Kill a Mockingbird sequel

In what may be the biggest literary news of the 21st century so far, beloved one-hit wonder Harper Lee announced today that she will publish a second novel this summer, starring Scout Finch 20 years later

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Interview: Shaun Usher

Letters of Note editor and author Shaun Usher reveals that the best way to study history is to read other people’s letters

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10 new science-fiction and fantasy reads

Pick up these genre-bending works to indulge your lust for the unbelievable, without committing to a 14-part novel series

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Interview: Julia Cooke

The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today, from the trade embargo to the espresso

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Most anticipated books of early 2015

It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature

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