To celebrate our Centennial, we've created the Friends Bookshelf - a living collection of books that influenced some of the most important people in our City ... Friends of the Library like you who are united behind the belief that one book can change a life.

It's easy to share your favorite. Just make a donation to support the future of the Library's services, and then you'll be asked to dedicate the book that has inspired you the most.

     
 

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, Lauren Redniss

     
 
   

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Professional Women's Association

A story of love and science between Polish-born Marie and her husband Pierre who discovered new elements that impacted the world.

 
 
     
 

1776, David McCullough

     
 
   

Joyce M. Pilsner

Although I certainly knew "the story," the writing was so powerful that it had me in its grip till the last page.

 
 
     
 

A Bright Shining Lie, Neil Sheehan

     
 
   

The Aronson Russo Family

Journalistic non-fiction at its best: the epic failure of Vietnam as portrayed in the tragic life of John Paul Vann.

 
 
     
 

A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Lewis Stevenson

     
 
   

Myra Shapiro

I was what was called a sickly child, in bed often, and someone gave me this book of poems which somehow (especially "The Swing") lifted me.

 
 
     
 

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

     
 
   

Madeline Balmaceda

There is no other novel that portrays the oddest characters in the oddest settings than this posthumously awarded Pulitzer Prize Winner.

 
 
     
 

A Course in Miracles, Dr. Helen Schucman

     
 
   

Donna Slawsky

A profound mind and consciousness training for learning to choose love over fear.

 
 
     
 

A Death in the Family, James Agee

     
 
   

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schneider

Agee's anguish and pain at his father's death is powerfully captured in this book for all time.

 
 
     
 

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

     
 
   

Sandy Booklan

An inspiring epic novel about life in India that shows how the ability to adapt and change can overcome great adversity.

 
 
     
 

A Gesture Life (preferably a large print version), Chang-Rae Lee

     
 
   

Amy Estersohn

This is the last book my grandmother, a lifelong reader, ever read. It entertained and comforted her through pain.

 
 
     
 

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

     
 
   

Carolyn Black and Art Hightower

This book inspired us to bring back Christmas pageants to our small Episcopal parish to encourage our youth to always participate in activities despite your fears.

 
 
     
 

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

     
 
   

Chris Howe

Amazingly complex but still infinitely readable.

 
 
     
 

A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

     
 
   

Christopher S. Dann

Silent Spring suonded the alarm, but A Sand Country Almanac taught the course of ecological conservation.

 
 
     
 

A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

     
 
   

John. W. Easterbrook

Leopold evokes the pleasures of our daily interactions with the biotic community, as well as our responsibility to protect its diversity.

 
 
     
 

A Shropshire Lad, A. E. Houseman

     
 
   

Omit my name

I read it in my teens and it changed how I thought about living and loving.

 
 
     
 

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

     
 
   

Jan Whitman Ogden

This brilliant tale taught me about the depths of loyalty and true sacrifice.

 
 
     
 

A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History, Manuel de Landa

     
 
   

Elie Gamburg

An amazing combination of history, science and philosophy opens a new way forward for all three.

 
 
     
 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

     
 
   

Frances Edwards

The courage and endurance of the human spirit

 
 
     
 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

     
 
   

Jean Passanante

This book pulled me in with its attention to detail and terrific characterization, allowed me to identify with a another imaginative little girl who loved books, and started my love affair with New York.

 
 
     
 

Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner

     
 
   

Lisa Chambers

Because it's the most beautifully written American novel in which we learn the past isn't dead, it isn't even past.

 
 
     
 

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

     
 
   

Ekaterina Sukhanova

Getting me interested in the relationship between language and reality at an early age.

 
 
     
 

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

     
 
   

Edward and Linda Roesner

Best anti-war novel ever!

 
 
     
 

All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Marshall Berman

     
 
   

Shellie Sclan

New York embodies Berman's illuminating vision of modernity as a continuous cycle of destruction and creation.

 
 
     
 

Allegory - Theory of a Symbolic Mode, Angus Fletcher

     
 
   

Paul Murray

An excellent canonical critic for the common man.

 
 
     
 

American Creation, Joseph J. Ellis

     
 
   

Roberta Schneiderman

This comprehensive study--less than 250 pages--details the gradual coming together of the daring but also the disparate views of the founders, and how they forged a government that was the first of its kind and yet designed to serve a future land and society.

 
 
     
 

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Mohandas K. Gandhi

     
 
   

Doris M. kling

Reading Gandhi's autobiography in college changed the rest of my life as it has changed the lives of many others.

 
 
     
 

An Episode of Sparrows, Rumer Godden

     
 
   

Cheryl Wolf

It speaks to the power, intelligence, and resilience of children.

 
 
     
 

An Interrupted Life, Etty Hillesum

     
 
   

Mr. Kevin Curley

The diary of a young Jewish woman in Amsterdam at the outset of World War II, who ultimately died at Westbork, spoke eloquently to our search for God and peace with one another.

 
 
     
 

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

     
 
   

Richard Yoder

The crown jewel of the greatest detective story writer of all.

 
 
     
 

Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

     
 
   

Claire Ianno

Reading this book was a great experience.

 
 
     
 

Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

     
 
   

Suzanne DeVito

One of the best books about the West written by one of America's greatest authors.

 
 
     
 

Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

     
 
   

Judith and Alan Appelbaum

Because it illuminates the complexities of marriage and other mysterious relationships between human beings.

 
 
     
 

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

     
 
   

Helen Tannenbaum

Her amazing intelligence, insightfulness, and optimism in the face of the most horrific circumstances made me appreciate every day of life.

 
 
     
 

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

     
 
   

Alannah E. Leonini

To honor my grandparents who had no money, but took me to the public library to borrow this book as a birthday gift.

 
 
     
 

Another Day of Life, Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski

     
 
   

Mr. Ed Kirtz

My introduction to Kapu?ci?ski stunned me - as did his gift in capturing a scene and a mood and a time through the subtleties of details.

 
 
     
 

Anthem, Ayn Rand

     
 
   

Mr. Robert Poulson

As a college student in the 60s, I believedt hat all threats to freedom came from the political right; but this book taught me that opposition can come from anywhere on the political spectrum.

 
 
     
 

Arabian Nights, Various

     
 
   

M. E. Roye-Taheri

During World War II, as a little girl, this book took me on a magic carpet to a mythical and fantastic land of tales.

 
 
     
 

Art Through the Ages, Helen Gardner

     
 
   

Ms. Jackie Bain

It opened my eyes to the world of art history at an early age.

 
 
     
 

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

     
 
   

Joeann Cabrese

My interpretation of art is something that forces us to ask questions that challenge our assumed idealogical positions and this novel presents these challenges through careful juxtapositions of strong characters that stand the test of time.

 
 
     
 

Beau Geste, P.C. Wren

     
 
   

Peter Seymour

Inspired me to understand the meaning of unselfish nobility in the context of a stirring tale of adventure.

 
 
     
 

Beautiful Blackbird, Ashley Bryan

     
 
   

Lotte Blaustein

Beautiful illustrations show how someone a little different from others can be accepted for his/her special qualities and talents.

 
 
     
 

Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Doeblin

     
 
   

Norbert Klause

It?s quite a good story, like DosPassos Manhattan transfer. I love this "Berlin-narrative".

 
 
     
 

Blade of Tyshalle, Matthew Stover

     
 
   

El Loh

Social criticism, mythology, violence, technology, fantasy and vivid, ambiguous characters all rolled into one compelling package.

 
 
     
 

Book Row: History of the Antiquarian Book Trade, Marvin Mondlin and Roy Meador

     
 
   

Mr. Marvin Mondlin

This is the first and, until now, the only book written about the trade of such lasting importance to libraries and scholars concerned with such matters.

 
 
     
 

Bratislava, Pressburg, Pozsony: Jewish Secular Endeavors (1867-1938), A. Robert Neurath

     
 
   

Dr. A. Robert Neurath

 

 
 
     
 

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

     
 
   

Clifford Jackson

This book strengthened my belief that technology has a dark side and that it will change the future world for the worse.

 
 
     
 

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote

     
 
   

Ingrid F. Maughan

The novel was so good, it became a great movie.

 
 
     
 

Broken Open, Elizabeth Lesser

     
 
   

Leslie Shalom

How to use emotional pain for spiritual growth.

 
 
     
 

Bury My heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown

     
 
   

John M. Polcari

At a young age, the book gave new meaning to my understanding of the adage that there are many sides to the same story.

 
 
     
 

Call It Sleep, Henry Roth

     
 
   

Ms. Mari Langer

A penetrating account of childhood and immigrant experience.

 
 
     
 

Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

     
 
   

Margaret and David Kaplan

A story about what may come fom our technology if it advances too far beyond our humanity - a must read for all aspirinf science and engineering students!

 
 
     
 

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

     
 
   

Ann Duddy-Accetta

In high school, I read Catch-22 - this book showed me that when satire is done well, it pushes comedy to a level to invoke meaning; a truly sublime experience.

 
 
     
 

Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

     
 
   

Elaine Desimone

This famous children's book shows that friendship can be found in many places and is very "special" and enduring.

 
 
     
 

Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M. Auel

     
 
   

Carole Klein

Aroused interest in prehistoric history.

 
 
     
 

Claude and Camille, Stephanie Cowell

     
 
   

Mr. Michael Dischiavi

Claude and Camille is a superb example of what historical fiction should be.

 
 
     
 

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

     
 
   

John Athanasourelis

This is a breeathtaking, amazingly structured work of genius.

 
 
     
 

Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody

     
 
   

Judith Barrett

Her novel opened a door to an American experience I needed to see.

 
 
     
 

Constantine's Sword, James Carroll

     
 
   

Milton Horowitz

Here is a cornucopia of the history of Judaism, Christianity and related culture found, I think, nowhere else in one book.

 
 
     
 

Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

     
 
   

Estelle Abrahamson

A story of revenge which was a favorite of my childhood.

 
 
     
 

Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell

     
 
   

Eileen Glickstein

A wonderful 12 volume series that can be read again and again.

 
 
     
 

Deadwood, Pete Dexter

     
 
   

Jeff Gerecke

Captures the darkness and humor on the fringes of the American Dream.

 
 
     
 

Dewey, Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

     
 
   

Mrs. Marilyn Paul

Every library should be lucky enough to have a kitten like Dewey deposited in their return book slot. He brought joy to all he met in the library.

 
 
     
 

Disquisisiones Arithmeticae, Carl Friedrich Gauss

     
 
   

Rosalind Guaraldo

One of the greatest mathematical achievements of all time.

 
 
     
 

Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes

     
 
   

Dr. Alexandra Sununu

The only book which made me laugh out loud and cry real tears as it forever changed how I see the world and my fellow man.

 
 
     
 

Dragonsinger, Anne McCaffrey

     
 
   

J. Maxfield

As a teenager, discovering this book was my entree into a whole new world; one set on a distant planet, but one where a misunderstood girl, like me, was valued and appreciated for what it was that set her apart - her love of music.

 
 
     
 

Dragonsong (Part 1 of Harper Hall Trilogy), Anne McCaffrey

     
 
   

Dianne Richards

A wonderful book with a strong, young female character - this should be higher on required reading lists to encourage girls that they can be whoever they want to be.

 
 
     
 

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

     
 
   

Helen M. Kline

He led me to become a vegetarian.

 
 
     
 

El Periquillo Sarniento, José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi

     
 
   

Lilian Alvarez Arellano

This was the beginning of Mexican literature, as well as of educational thought and social critique, a novel that studies with a watchful and empathetic eye the ways and language of the Mexican people.

 
 
     
 

Ellen Tebbits, Beverly Cleary

     
 
   

Kathryn Havemann

Of all the extraordinary and inspiring books I've read, this book about an 8-year-old girl wishing for a best friend, fending off schoolyard bullies, and embarrassed by her mother's rules, is the only one I kept taking out of the library to read over and over again.

 
 
     
 

Emma, Jane Austen

     
 
   

Robin Tzannes

Every time I read it, I learn something new about myself.

 
 
     
 

Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

     
 
   

Caleb Kelly

This book inspired me to strive for greatness even in the face of overwhelming odds

 
 
     
 

Enemies, A Love Story, Issac Bashevis Singer

     
 
   

Rhoda Barnat

When I read Issac Bashevis Singer I hear the voice of my grandmother once again.

 
 
     
 

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley

     
 
   

Lisa Feder-Feitel

A quintessential New York City book by a woman whose sure voice, spot-on sense of humor, and deep understanding of human nature inspired--and continues to inspire--me to be a better observer and appreciate my history, heritage, present and future.

 
 
     
 

Eternal Heartland: Country Road, Eber and Wein Publishing

     
 
   

Diomedes Despues Dalde

It contains humanities, imaginations and truths individually set for life and beyond; with hunches like the complex minds but stays subdued within the amorality of our hearts.

 
 
     
 

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Tom Robbins

     
 
   

Shannon Webb

As a teenager, Cowgirls gave voice to the restlessness I felt in my small town and the wonder I had for what lay outside it.

 
 
     
 

Faithful, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King

     
 
   

Julia Schwartz

For all the Bostonians who waited until next year and are now in NYC - you are not alone!

 
 
     
 

Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow, Margaret Clapp

     
 
   

John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler

Biography of my great-great grandfather, John Bigelow, who was the creative force behind the creation of the NY Public Library.

 
 
     
 

Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

     
 
   

Rebecca Salzer

A book that teaches me something new each time I read it

 
 
     
 

From Street Fair to Medical Home, Dorothy and Tom Hoobler

     
 
   

John K. Li, M.D.

40th Anniversary of the founding of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

 
 
     
 

Geetanjali, Rabindranath Tagore

     
 
   

Rashmi Kudesia

Poems to inspire and uplift the soul.

 
 
     
 

Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindberg

     
 
   

Alice D. Kaplan

Gift From the Sea taught me the value and importance of reflection - of separating from time to time from the pressures of everyday life.

 
 
     
 

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

     
 
   

Pamela Pantages

A true epic that allowed me as a 13-year old to create the imagery in my head of Scarlett's Twelve Oaks barbeque dress, Rhett's kiss as he left to join the fighting & the burning of Atlanta long before I ever saw the movie.

 
 
     
 

Gracie, George Burns

     
 
   

Karen Morely-Westcott

His life spanned a century; his love for Gracie almost as long; the lived the American dream and came into our homes and hearts on the radio and then tv.

 
 
     
 

Great Negotiations, Agreements that Changed the Modern World, Fredrik Stanton

     
 
   

Tricia Vulliez

An excellent account of negotiations past and present that help in understanding history and politics.

 
 
     
 

Guns Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond

     
 
   

Susan Susman

Considering history, anthropology, metallurgy, agriculture, climate and more, this book reverses our assumptions in a can't-put-this-down format.

 
 
     
 

Harrry the Dirty Dog, Gene Zion

     
 
   

Rosalie Shields

Delighted 3 generations in my family to learn to read.

 
 
     
 

Heidi, Johanna Spyri

     
 
   

Priscilla H. Hoffman

The story and setting were so warm with a perfect ending.

 
 
     
 

Hendersonia, Walter C. Allen

     
 
   

Joan Malin

Before computers, Allen conveyed an encyclopedic passion for the Fletcher Henderson band with 1,000 pages of documentation on its music. There has still been no greater tribute to such artistry.

 
 
     
 

Henry James, Leon Edel

     
 
   

Ms. Elizabeth A. Jones

An exceptional illustration of the period in which James grew up and his life and death in England.

 
 
     
 

Historic Costume for the Stage, Lucy Barton

     
 
   

Cathy Small

I got this book at the public library one weekend in high school because I thought I wanted to be a designer - and I have been one for 26 years.

 
 
     
 

Holy Bible, God

     
 
   

Eugene Ross, Sr.

One lord, one faith, one baptism, one god and father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 
 
     
 

House on the Prairie Series, Laura Ingalls Wilder

     
 
   

Marcia Goldstein

Girls were portrayed on an unusual light for grown-up 1950s girls.

 
 
     
 

How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn

     
 
   

Roz Rosenbluth

It showed me how beautiful the English Language can be.

 
 
     
 

I Go With My Family to Grandma's, Riki Levinson

     
 
   

Marie Vogliano

It erminds me of our family get togethers and I love the illustrations.

 
 
     
 

I Wonder As I Wander, Langston Hughes

     
 
   

Juanita Shell-Peterson

It is captivating, historical, and inspiring to read - a true learning experience.

 
 
     
 

I and Thou, Martin Buber

     
 
   

Betsy McCully

Buber made me aware of how modern human's alienation from nature and our fellow human beings arises out of a profound detachment and depersonalization rooted in our language.

 
 
     
 

In Search of Time Lost, Marcel Proust

     
 
   

Barbara Gerber Krasner and Seymour Krasner

This is a beautifully written novel with an encyclopedic scope relating a personal narrative in the broader social context of early twentieth century events.

 
 
     
 

Irish Fairy Tales, James Stephens

     
 
   

Judith Martin

The tales are rendered with beautiful clarity, intelligence and wit and never fail to delight.

 
 
     
 

Ishmael, Daniel Quinn

     
 
   

Joshua Cole

This book is lifechanging.

 
 
     
 

It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis

     
 
   

Christine and Henry Beechhold

Lewis was prescient; but it has happened here.

 
 
     
 

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

     
 
   

Christine Halem

This book was a gentle introduction to feminism that statted me on a long journey in that subject.

 
 
     
 

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

     
 
   

Charlotte Oestreicher Ganberg

Little Jane had only herself to rely on in a hostile environment, yet she overcame her obstacles and grew up to be an independent young woman. We should all have her strength and tenacity.

 
 
     
 

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

     
 
   

Hilary Johnson

An unforgettable heroine, hero, and love story.

 
 
     
 

Joshua and Isadora, Michael Benanav

     
 
   

Ms. Ruth T. Benanav

If ever we forget, someone will repeat the genocide.

 
 
     
 

Kablouna, Gontran de Poncins

     
 
   

Mrs. Giovanna Suhl

This - the first book my soon-to-be husband gave me to read many years ago - is as much about the sense of time and the sense for life as it is about a band of Inuit living joyously in the darkest Arctic.

 
 
     
 

Khyber - British India and North West Frontier, Charles Miller

     
 
   

Dorothy Bass

This book introduced me to a fascinating litle known (to America) phase of history known as the Great Game -- the cold war between Great Britain and Russian for the control of Central Asia in the 19th century, and inspired me to travel to India, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

 
 
     
 

Killer Angels, Michael Shaara

     
 
   

Ms. Vera L. Silverman

A great insight into war.

 
 
     
 

Lamb, Christopher Moore

     
 
   

Bettina L. Hollis

This amusing and endearing story about Jesus (and his best friend Biff) put humanity back in religion and made me feel closer (than years of church school) to God.

 
 
     
 

Latino History, Himilce Novas

     
 
   

Ms. Alba Carter

Latin American and United States politics.

 
 
     
 

Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

     
 
   

Peter Cott

"It's odd that what is really the humblest of great books began - in its first form - with the startling egotism: 'I celebrate myself.'" - Whitman

 
 
     
 

Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza

     
 
   

Ms. Ira Edwards

I was struck by the author's integrity and her capacioty for forgiveness of her family's killer.

 
 
     
 

Letters From the Earth, Mark Twain

     
 
   

Hilda L. Jaffe

 

 
 
     
 

Liberal Education, Mark Van Doren

     
 
   

Winifred T. Hall

It inspired me to attend the University of Chicago, which was life-changing.

 
 
     
 

Light in August, William Faulkner

     
 
   

Barbara D. Seiger

Faulkner is the writer who has most affected my creative life.

 
 
     
 

Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

     
 
   

Diana Perez

As a child, this book provided me with countless good memories and hope that whatever I was going through would get better.

 
 
     
 

Little Women , Louisa May Alcott

     
 
   

Dr. Ellen Ferranti

My Mom, Dee, gave me this book as a child and fostered my lifelong love of the NYC libraries.

 
 
     
 

Little Women , Louisa May Alcott

     
 
   

Heather Wood

After reading for the first time when I was eight, this book is the reason I became a reader.

 
 
     
 

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

     
 
   

Carrie Kancilia

Lolita is the book I have read the most times and with the greatest and most consistent affection. Each page is musical perfection.

 
 
     
 

Looking Backward, Edward Bellamy

     
 
   

Mr. Herman Benson

Gave me the helpful illusion that the world could fairly easily be made a far more decent and just place.

 
 
     
 

Love You Forever, Robert Munsch

     
 
   

Jose Nicolas and Esteban Ramos

I became a father for the first time at age 46. This book inspires the great love that my son and I have for each other.

 
 
     
 

Mad in America, Robert Whitaker

     
 
   

Melissa Farrell

To enlighten people about the plight of the mentally ill in this country going back centuries.

 
 
     
 

Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmaus

     
 
   

Ms. Beth Goehring

Even though the Paris setting very exotic to a little girl from Chicago, Madeline and her schoolmates' antics proved little girls are the same the world over.

 
 
     
 

Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

     
 
   

Yilin Shen

This book changed my perspective on life and was one of the first that opened the joy and rewards of reading to me.

 
 
     
 

Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl

     
 
   

Bryant Hayes

This is an astonishing and inspirational physical and spiritual adventure.

 
 
     
 

Medieval People, Eileen Power

     
 
   

Donna R. Barnes

Presenting six amusing, entertaining, informative vignettes of medieval characters from Bodo the Peasant to Marco Polo, Powers mined the "kitchens of history" for a page-turner.

 
 
     
 

Middlemarch, George Eliot

     
 
   

Deborah Washburn

Middlemarch showed me that individuals can have a positive impact on others and their communities if they struggle to cultivate mental, moral, and emotional clarity.

 
 
     
 

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

     
 
   

Peter S. Cox

Man's struggle to dominate and control the forces of nature.

 
 
     
 

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

     
 
   

Mrs. Robert G. Schuur

I chose this book because it was my first experience of having something taught by a teacher who loved it, and that made me love it too.

 
 
     
 

Momo, Michael Ende

     
 
   

Athena Shapiro

This is one of the books my mother read out loud with my sister and I which we loved - we got it from the NYPL - it is not for sale in the US any more.

 
 
     
 

Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard & Florence Atwater/illus. Robert Lawson

     
 
   

Seymour Simon

I became passionate about penguins when I first read this book as a child and when I wrote my own children's book about PENGUINS I hoped children growing up these days would be similarly delighted.

 
 
     
 

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

     
 
   

Dan Icolari

Expanded my idea of what fiction could do, or aspire to do.

 
 
     
 

Mrs. Pigglwiggle, Betty MacDonald

     
 
   

Ms. Susan Wilson Bynum

Such a fun way to get perspective on what you were supposed to do.

 
 
     
 

Muddy Boots and Red Socks, Malcolm W. Browne

     
 
   

Le Lieu Browne

Life and experience of a war correspondent during late 20th century.

 
 
     
 

My Mother, My Friend, Mary Marcdante

     
 
   

Jessica and Jose

Because my mom always helps me.

 
 
     
 

My Name Is Asher Lev, Chiam Potok

     
 
   

Barry L. Gross

It taught me that, because life is finite, every day is a precious gift.

 
 
     
 

Mémoires de Madame de Staal, ecrits par elle-même; ou Anecdotes de la Régence. (Amsterdam, Arkstee et Markus, 1756), Staal, Marguerite-Jeanne, baronne de, 1684-1750

     
 
   

Dr. Margery A. Crumpacker

A poignant and sensitive autobiography of a fascinating 18th century author whose life and career were stofled by the aristocratic mores of the time. She was one of three women writers whose work I examined with great interest at the New York Public Library for my 1997 dissertation on the struggle of contravene authority.

 
 
     
 

Native Son, Richard Wright

     
 
   

Dr. Carl Mazza

Taught me about alienation and feeling alone among others. I became a social worker and later professor partially because of Native Son

 
 
     
 

Nellie Bly, First Woman Reporter, Iris Noble

     
 
   

Arlene Bessenoff

This book helped me decide, at an early age, that I wanted to work with words (and I subsequently became an editor); ironically, I now live on Roosevelt Island, the scene of Nellie's groundbreaking article.

 
 
     
 

New York Times Cookbook, Craig Claiborne

     
 
   

Roger Blaugh

Introduced me by my sister-in-law in 1972, the New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne launched me into a lifetime of spectacular food experiences that I shared with friends and family over the decades that followed and which I still regard as the easiest to read and fundamental cookbook of the hundreds that I have acquired since.

 
 
     
 

Oblomov, Ivan Goncharov

     
 
   

In loving memory of Arnold Apelson

This masterpiece of human insights into a lovable and flawed human being inspires tolerance and love.

 
 
     
 

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

     
 
   

Leonard Greenberg

I think it is the best novel ever written!

 
 
     
 

One Simple Act, Debbie Macomber

     
 
   

Jean Bennett

It has changed my life: made me more generous.

 
 
     
 

Outsider in Amsterdam, Janwillem Lincoln van de Wetering

     
 
   

Julie Zuckerbraun

A perfect book to share - a mystery in a foreign place, learning about a culture.

 
 
     
 

Packing the Court, James MacGregor Burns

     
 
   

Mr. John F. Leary

The judicial branch and the Supreme Court is the least understood branch of the government and must act as an effective check on the other two branches.

 
 
     
 

Paradiso, Kjose Lezama Lima

     
 
   

Ms. Margarita Fazzolari

This is a book about how Cemi found paradise in poetry.

 
 
     
 

Paris Stories, Mavis Gallant

     
 
   

Timothy Sternberg

A rare, quiet set of human and intimate little gems of stories.

 
 
     
 

Path to Rome, Hilaire Belloc

     
 
   

Sean Rooney

My current e-book - fun and beautifully done.

 
 
     
 

Perfidy, Ben Hecht

     
 
   

Marlene Litwin

This magnificent book is about the very best and the very worst in human beings.

 
 
     
 

Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, Bill Mollison

     
 
   

Mark Anderson

A mind opening bible of permaculture; practical, sustainable philosophy and design approaches to living life in harmony with nature.

 
 
     
 

Personal History, Katharine Graham

     
 
   

Mr. Wallace D. Merserau

This book tells the surprisingly frank story of the life of an extraordinary American in a most interesting way.

 
 
     
 

Piffle It's Only a Sniffle (100 Plays for Children), "Byrack" Plays Inc.

     
 
   

Julia (Kaufman) Cassuto, Mark Cassuto and children in memory of Theodore T. Kaufman.

In the book "One Hundred Plays for Children," My father, Theodore Kaufman, wrote one play, "Piffle It's Only a Sniffle." Page 151.

 
 
     
 

Plants, Man and Life, Dr. Edgar Anderson

     
 
   

Miss Dorothy A. Brockoff

Brilliant writer and botanist.

 
 
     
 

Post Office, Charles Bukowski

     
 
   

Gerald Fritz

Best description of bureucracy ever!

 
 
     
 

Power on Earth, Nick Toshes

     
 
   

Linda Morano

The world of finance has always intrigued me.

 
 
     
 

Rabbit, Run, John Updike

     
 
   

Michael Lindgren

Proof that grandeur and pain can be found in the most ordinary of lives, this novel opened my eyes to the possibilities of fiction.

 
 
     
 

Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary

     
 
   

Rachel Fremmer

This book (and the series of which it is a part) inspired my daughter to learn to read!

 
 
     
 

Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust

     
 
   

Dr. Gretchen R. Besser

Encompasses all the great human questions - love, society, art, music, literature, and the unhalting passage of time.

 
 
     
 

Sand and Foam, Kahlil Gibran

     
 
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John Carne

Given to me in 1978 by a dear friend...made me realize the beauty and endless possibilities of the life in front of me.

 
 
     
 

Sartor Resartus, Thomas Carlyle

     
 
   

John Tribelli

A unique, humorously ridiculous story framed in extraordinary use of the English language.

 
 
     
 

Second-hand Coat, Ruth Stone

     
 
   

Lisa Katcher

My favorite poetry book.

 
 
     
 

Seen Dimly at Dawn, Nigel Balchin

     
 
   

Nancy Dunnan

Happy Mother's Day Nancy love Jeff, Barb and families

 
 
     
 

Sensual Math, Alice Fulton

     
 
   

M. Carol Leber

Incredible poetry.

 
 
     
 

Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

     
 
   

Ms. Soleil Nathwani

Because it showed me the value of being peaceful when life flows against the current of your desires.

 
 
     
 

Silver Pennies, Blanche Jennigs Thompson

     
 
   

Meg Davidson

My earliest memories of the joy of reading are captured in this book.

 
 
     
 

Skippack School, Marguerite De Angeli

     
 
   

James Cross Giblin

This historical story of a boy in a Quaker school in pioneer Pennsylvania nourished a love of history that I've pursued in my own books for children.

 
 
     
 

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

     
 
   

Raymond Lynn

Forgive, Remember, Don't Dwell.

 
 
     
 

Small World, David Lodge

     
 
   

William Keogan

Provides hilarious insight into the world of academia.

 
 
     
 

So Big, Edna Ferber

     
 
   

Marianne E. Muggenburg

I like it because it taught me to see beauty in simple things.

 
 
     
 

So Long, See you Tomorrow, William Maxwell

     
 
   

Susan Kagan

This sensitive novella by one of America's finest writers both captures a picture of the American midwest in the early twentieth century and tells a beautiful and tragic story.

 
 
     
 

Story of My Life, George Sand

     
 
   

Maria Eugenia Murillo

Every single day she inspires me to be an independent woman in a man's world.

 
 
     
 

That They May Face the Rising Sun, John McGahern

     
 
   

Geraldine Mc Allister

For the simple beauty of McGahern's writing and his perfect description of happiness.

 
 
     
 

The Accidental Observer, Lola Koundakjian

     
 
   

Rosana Koundakjian

It's a multilingual poetry book

 
 
     
 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

     
 
   

Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Calise

It teaches that life is a journey on which we face obstacles, need friends, overcome htred, and can't pray a lie.

 
 
     
 

The Adventures of Symmy the Square and the Land of Shapes, Dr. Anne Walsh

     
 
   

Edwin Roman

A math story book is a unique way to interest students in geometry.

 
 
     
 

The Alienist, Caleb Carr

     
 
   

Krista Jansen

Even in just the first chapter, The Alienist forever changed the way I enjoyed reading books.

 
 
     
 

The Baseball Encyclopedia: The Complete and Official Record of Major League Baseball, Editor: Joseph L. Reichler

     
 
   

Denise Levine

In memory of my beloved husband, Dr. Ed Levine, a great baseball fan and lover of stats!

 
 
     
 

The Bell Ringers, Henry Porter

     
 
   

Carolyn Reimers

This is an enjoyable mystery that is fast paced and interesting.

 
 
     
 

The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett

     
 
   

Ms. Betty C. Listello

A reminder of a better time.

 
 
     
 

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

     
 
   

Doris Bergman

It took me so far out of my life - it expanded my literary world at age 18.

 
 
     
 

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

     
 
   

Kellie Miller

Because it taught me to be an individual.

 
 
     
 

The Cloud of Unknowing, Unknown

     
 
   

Ms. Diana Trebbi

It had a profound impact on my life.

 
 
     
 

The Collected Poems of Robert Burns, Robert Burns

     
 
   

John W. Carroll

Very good.

 
 
     
 

The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Laurie Garrett

     
 
   

Laurie Garrett

I wrote this and I am proudt hat it's part of the NY Public Library collection.

 
 
     
 

The Common Law, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

     
 
   

H. Richard and Katherine Schumacher

Provided me early on with a sense of the depth and stability of our legal tradition.

 
 
     
 

The Complete Nancy Drew Series, Carolyn Keene

     
 
   

J. Bonica

As a young girl reading the series, it ignited my passion for reading and visiting my local public library.

 
 
     
 

The Complete Works of Lao Tzu, Tao The Ching and Hua Hu Ching., Translation and elucidation by Hua-Ching Ni

     
 
   

Ms. Margarita Goldsmith

I like reading this book because of its wisdom.

 
 
     
 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

     
 
   

Sharon Greenberg

This was my late husband's favorite book. He always thought another remake of the film should be done. It is a great story of revenge, redemption and the power of love.

 
 
     
 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

     
 
   

Sharon Greenberg in memory of Sam Bernard

My late husband, Sam Bernard, loved this story about true love and how doing well is the best revenge.

 
 
     
 

The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

     
 
   

Claire and Bernie Sorkin

Ms. Tey most entertainingly introduced me to a complex and important period of English history.

 
 
     
 

The Dollmaker, Harriet Arnow

     
 
   

Amy Cherry

On the clash of Appalachian Southerners moving to Northern factories during WWII, it transported me so that I expected to see snow falling despite it being a summer day.

 
 
     
 

The Easter Parade, Richard Yates

     
 
   

Nancy A. Gendimenico

A beautifully written and heartbreaking story of two sisters that has not received the recognition the book and author deserve.

 
 
     
 

The Elements of Style, Strunk and White

     
 
   

Sara Ackerman Frey

As teacher of history and principal of a high school, married to a linguist who did considerable writing, this "powerful little book" has given us comfort and guidance for over 50 years.

 
 
     
 

The Essays, Montaigne

     
 
   

Bernard Salanie

"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."

 
 
     
 

The Essays of Francis Bacon, Francis Bacon

     
 
   

Joel S. Simon

Great writing makes for great reading.

 
 
     
 

The Exile and The Kingdom, Albert Camus

     
 
   

Mr. Warren Soiffer

He writes magnificent stories about pre-independence Algeria.

 
 
     
 

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan

     
 
   

Betsy F. Ashton

The book opened my adolescent eyes to possibilities, and opened doors nationwide to a wide range of careers for women.

 
 
     
 

The First Man, Albert Camus

     
 
   

Kathleen A. Carroll

It shows how education opens up the world to you.

 
 
     
 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom

     
 
   

Regina C. Gelormino

Was one of my wife's favorite books.

 
 
     
 

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

     
 
   

Rudolf E. Urban

I enjoyed the book very much.

 
 
     
 

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

     
 
   

Lara Lauchheimer

"Howard Roark laughed."

 
 
     
 

The Gift of Years, Joan Chittister

     
 
   

Ms. Marie Harrington

I want readers of all ages to embrace aging as a natural part of life, and the author helps us understand that by aging gracefully we can become more fully alive than ever.

 
 
     
 

The Ginger Tree, Oswald Wynd

     
 
   

Rosalind R. Zuger

The courageous survival of a Western woman in a horrendous situation in an Eastern culture.

 
 
     
 

The Giving Tree, Shell Silverstein

     
 
   

Nyree Dixon

To give in abundance you receive in abundance.

 
 
     
 

The Godfather, Mario Puzo

     
 
   

Myra Colon, LCSW-BCD

The ultimate crime drama that encompasses theraputic dynamics involving family relationships.

 
 
     
 

The Good Earth, Pearl Buck

     
 
   

Dr. Elizabeth C. Dooling

The book introduced me to people with different backgrounds and influenced me in diversity issues.

 
 
     
 

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

     
 
   

Lynn Lane

It's a wonderful novel written by a great American writer.

 
 
     
 

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

     
 
   

Virginia Simonson Bushart

I have read this book once a decade for 5 decades, and for me each reading has illuminated the mastery of this novel to a higher magnitude as I continually discover new dimensions in both characrters and plot from a perspective that has evolved with experience.

 
 
     
 

The Hare With Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal

     
 
   

Ms. Susan D. Ralston

 

 
 
     
 

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

     
 
   

Judith Russell

Helped me thru difficult teen age times.

 
 
     
 

The Heart of an Assassin, Tony Bertot

     
 
   

Anonymous

At age 62 (2009), after retiring, decided to write a trilogy, which inspired me to return to school at age 65.

 
 
     
 

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

     
 
   

Ms. Dorothy Sylver

It's the "truth" and you know the rest - truth will set you free.

 
 
     
 

The History of Love, Nicole Krauss

     
 
   

Jill Du Boff

This book brought me such calm in a time of turmoil and helped me see love in a whole new light.

 
 
     
 

The Holy Bible - King James Version,

     
 
   

Ms. Charnicia Huggins

This book is an inspiration, consolation and source of edification for myself and countless others.

 
 
     
 

The House by the Sea, May Sarton

     
 
   

Susan E Linder

So very well written.

 
 
     
 

The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes

     
 
   

Elizabeth Cappellini

This was the very first book I read as a child, and its message had such an impact on me, it inspired me to become an avid reader for the past 70 years.

 
 
     
 

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

     
 
   

Sara Varon

This is my most recent favorite.

 
 
     
 

The Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer

     
 
   

Mr. Harry F. Kaplan

These twin epics aer a time machine, letting the reader feel "you are there" in ancient Greece.

 
 
     
 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

     
 
   

.M. Bartok

This is the best non-fiction book of any year!

 
 
     
 

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

     
 
   

Anonymous

Wilde's books were the first to teach me the value of reading for reading's sake.

 
 
     
 

The Importance of Disappointment, Ian Craib

     
 
   

William Eaton Warner

Insightful, iconoclastic book that has not been given sufficient attention.

 
 
     
 

The Information, James Gleick

     
 
   

Caroline Birenbaum

An extraordinary accomplishment elegantly, cogentlyand concisely presenting the development of human knowledge and expression from pre-literate to cybernetic times including mathematics and physics. This is the book I would bring with me to the proverbial desert island.

 
 
     
 

The Iron Heel, Jack London

     
 
   

Angie Franklin

In imagining the world of the future as different, you get hope that it is possible for the people to win and society solely to serve them. You get inspired as Bucky Fuller inspired - that a world working for 100 percent of humanity was possible, and not only possible, but could be right here, right now since we already have all the resources and technology to make it so.

 
 
     
 

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

     
 
   

Judy Coppola

I was introduced to a world that I knew nothing, and left with knowledge that I'll never forget.

 
 
     
 

The Killer's Tears, Anne-Laure Bondoux

     
 
   

Bobbie Xuereb

A beautiful and strangle fable.

 
 
     
 

The Land Where The Blues Began, Alan Lomax

     
 
   

Kevin Yazell

A great social and musical history lesson all in one.

 
 
     
 

The Land of Plenty, Robert Cantwell

     
 
   

Eda Fraenkel

Proletarian novel.

 
 
     
 

The Last Algonquin, Theodore L. Kazimiroff

     
 
   

Drs. David and Jean Balderston

I was moved to tears by this reconstruction of the life story of our city's last Native American, discovered in a cave in Pelham Bay Park by a boy a hundred years ago.

 
 
     
 

The Last of Her Kind, Ingrid Nunez

     
 
   

Irene Fusco

The author captures the landscape of the '60's turbulent years through her characters and of New York City as the background of the story.

 
 
     
 

The Last of the Mohicans, James Fennimore Cooper

     
 
   

Peter F. Vallone, Former Speaker N.Y. City Council (1986-2001)

First book I withdrew from the library on my own. Opened up a new world of history, adventure, honor and bravery.

 
 
     
 

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Julie Edwards

     
 
   

Lacey Drucker

This is the kind of book that makes children discover how magical reading can be.

 
 
     
 

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin

     
 
   

Ms. Cynthia D. Crawford

As an award-winning (Nebula 1969 and Hugo 1970) work of "feminist science fiction" literature, it raises the question of what society might be like if humans were not so consumed by/with their sexual identity.

 
 
     
 

The Letters of Virginia Woolf Volume 1, Nigel Nicholson Joanne Tautmann

     
 
   

Liza Fiorentinos

My father gave me this book 30 years ago and her letters are absolutely magical...inspiring me to be a letter writer my whole life!

 
 
     
 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

     
 
   

Barbara Woods

This book will inspire your imagination and includes a wish to create a better world.

 
 
     
 

The Lions of God, Glenn Feingold

     
 
   

Patricia Mangiacapre

This book sheds light on the root causes of the Crusades 1000 years ago when a French pope declared holy war against the infidel and the Muslim world responded with jihad that can provide a link to the 9/11 attacks.

 
 
     
 

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

     
 
   

Betty Cooper Wallerstein

A book that may be read on several levels by children as we as adults, a beautiful story of life's true values.

 
 
     
 

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkein

     
 
   

James H. Olander

Too many reasons to choose only one: Tolkein's trilogy is one of the great books of the 20th century.

 
 
     
 

The Lost Village of Central Park, Hope Lourie Killcoyne

     
 
   

Hope Killcoyne

At the risk of seeming self-serving, I'm dedicating this, my own (first) book, written about the city that I love: New York --a book which, by the way, could not have been written without the wonderful reference resources at NYPL's flagship library itself.

 
 
     
 

The Lunar Nodes - Crisis and Redemption, Kamilla Sutton

     
 
   

Ms. Virginia Thomas

My hope is that this book will inspire people to inquire and learn about the profound truths contained in the study and wisdom of astrological thought. May this knowledge be used to heal others and for loving purposes.

 
 
     
 

The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead

     
 
   

Ms. Reva Fox

A book to touch and teach the mind and heart.

 
 
     
 

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

     
 
   

Ohad Giladi

"... who are you, then? I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good."

 
 
     
 

The Meaning of Treason, Rebecca West

     
 
   

Selwyn Raab

The title explains it all.

 
 
     
 

The Mysterye of the Lost Title - The Declaration of Independence, Robert H. Savage (illustrated by Ingeborg Schlingoff)

     
 
   

Robert H. Savage

This is the firs description and detailed authentication of Thomas Jefferson's handwritten Original Draught of the Declaration of independence, our greatest founding document, lost for more than 200 years before reappearing in an abandoned safety deposit box of a bank vault in 1984.

 
 
     
 

The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

     
 
   

Joseph harris

 

 
 
     
 

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

     
 
   

Ms. Judith A. Hinds

Explains how our mass incarceration system is creating a permanent under-caste for people of color and how to work to change it.

 
 
     
 

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

     
 
   

Charles S. Hayes

A classic hero tale of hubris, retribution and redemption narrated with simple eloquence.

 
 
     
 

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

     
 
   

Stephanie and Juan V. Ruiz

"What others leave to massive proportions, I polish into a tiny gem." - E.H.

 
 
     
 

The Once and Future King, T.H. White

     
 
   

Caryl Hudson Baron

White's combination of fantasy with a profound love and knowledge of nature has influenced me to care for the earth and all its living creatures throughout my life.

 
 
     
 

The Once and Future King, T. H. White

     
 
   

Marla Schlenoff

Fueled my love for reading as a teenager!

 
 
     
 

The Other America, Michael Harrington

     
 
   

Stef and Mary Krieger

As teenagers, our eyes were opened to an America we never learned about in school. That book motivated both of us to dedicate our lives to addressing the poor and disadvantaged.

 
 
     
 

The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis, Tom Buk-Swienty

     
 
   

Frank Brathwaite

I learned about preserverance.

 
 
     
 

The Peasant Prince, Alex Storozynski

     
 
   

Krystyna Gutt

A hero of the American Revolution, Thaddeus Kosciuszko fortified West Point and was a fierce opponent of slavery.

 
 
     
 

The Perennial Philosophy, Aldonis Huxley

     
 
   

Barbara M. V. H. Martindale

 

 
 
     
 

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

     
 
   

Fuat Baran

I've read thousands of books, but this most memorable book from my childhood teaches one to appreciate language and to think.

 
 
     
 

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

     
 
   

Michael Rothstein

A wonderful adventure that would bring anyone back to childhood.

 
 
     
 

The Portrait of Jennifer, Unknown

     
 
   

Ms. Carol Flood

My first library card at Dyckman St. library, my first report for my English class.

 
 
     
 

The Railway Man, Eric Lomax

     
 
   

"May you find forgiveness as one man did." -- Lynn C. Valenti

It is one man's personal story of forgiveness, which is so freeing and healing.

 
 
     
 

The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy

     
 
   

Tom Cowan

This book sparked my love of classic British fiction and inspired me to become an English Literature major in college.

 
 
     
 

The Rings of Saturn, WG Sebald

     
 
   

Elizabeth Clare Kiem

It altered my mind's eye irrevocably.

 
 
     
 

The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir

     
 
   

Honie Berko

It changed every woman's life in 1950?

 
 
     
 

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

     
 
   

Christopher Grant

Reignited my love of books as a young adult.

 
 
     
 

The Seven Story Mountain, Thomas Merton

     
 
   

Sheila Flynn DeCosse

Awakeed my realization of the presence of God and the riches of prayer in everyday life.

 
 
     
 

The Signet Book of American Essays, Helen and M. Jerry Weiss

     
 
   

Eileen B. Weiss

This book will entertain, educate, provoke thought, discussion and writing (and it's by my parents)!

 
 
     
 

The Singing Tree, Kate Seredy

     
 
   

Ms. Mary Johnson

I love this book because it gives hope; it's a beautiful vision of peace and the brotherhood of man in a Europe ravaged by war.

 
 
     
 

The Snow Goose, Paul Gallico

     
 
   

Ms. Deirdre M. Cossman

It is a lovely story of a girl who befriends an outcast through their mutual love of animals. A favorite of my mother's and now of mine.

 
 
     
 

The Solomon Secret, Bruce Fleet

     
 
   

Omar L. Branch

Illustrates biblical principles on how to save and operate successfully with finances.

 
 
     
 

The Sonnets, William Shakespeare

     
 
   

David J. Glassman

It's the most beautiful poetry ever written.

 
 
     
 

The Southpaw, Mark Harris

     
 
   

Elinor Nauen

First in a quartet (Bang the Drum Slowly, Ticket for a Seamstitch, It Looked Like For Ever) that together are the best fiction ever about baseball - they get me through the long winter without games.

 
 
     
 

The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting

     
 
   

Lucy Wilson Benson

Delightful story, full of miracles and totally imaginary, to a child - captivating.

 
 
     
 

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn

     
 
   

Marisa Olson

This book transcends science in relating how the whole world thinks and operates--or melts the difference between the two.

 
 
     
 

The Tale of Genji, Lady Marasaki, translated by Arthur Waley

     
 
   

Donald Keene

Reading his book, quite by accident, directly led to my decision to devote my life to the study of Japanese literature.

 
 
     
 

The Temple: Saved Poems and Private Ejaculations, George Herbert

     
 
   

Brijraj Singh

The deepest expression of religious feeling I know, the poems are also consummate works of art and exhibit an intelligence both complex and humble.

 
 
     
 

The Texas Legacy Project, David Todd and David Weisman

     
 
   

Mr. George C. Stoney

Very inspiring.

 
 
     
 

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

     
 
   

Ruth and Manny Hillman

The passage when the time machine lands in the far distant future is one of the most beautifully written in all literature. I included a reference to it in a children's book that I wrote.

 
 
     
 

The Time of Their Lives, Al Silverman

     
 
   

Mr. and Mrs. Al Silverman

A book I wrote, published in 2008.

 
 
     
 

The Urantia Book, Urantia Fellowship

     
 
   

Joan Wentworth

This is the most intelligent, comprehensive, and inspiring cosmology of the current era.

 
 
     
 

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

     
 
   

Bayla K. Faber

One can erad about the "specialness" of love and friendship.

 
 
     
 

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco

     
 
   

Sylvia Khan

Of the many books I've cherished over a long lifetime, none has been closer to my heart than this sweet story.

 
 
     
 

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

     
 
   

Elenita Gomez

This book embraces the magic and wonder of childhood while also demonstrating the power of an innocent, true love and the significance of a loyal friendship.

 
 
     
 

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

     
 
   

Ms. Ellen Brathwaite

The epic story of the decades-long migration of black citizens fleeting the South for Northern and Western cities in search of a better life.

 
 
     
 

The Warmth of Other suns, Isabel Wilkerson

     
 
   

Larry and Clarita Wilson

The most beautiful and loving story of hope and passion, for equal opportunity and respect.

 
 
     
 

The Way Of All Flesh, Samuel Butler

     
 
   

Cidele Curo

His language moved me!!!!

 
 
     
 

The Women's Room, Marilyn French

     
 
   

Katherine Davidson

I read it at the exact right moment in my life when what she wrote mirrored what I was thinking, but not saying out loud.

 
 
     
 

The World of Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse

     
 
   

Irene Saenger Gottlieb

It made me laugh out loud when I needed most to laugh.

 
 
     
 

The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard

     
 
   

Elizabeth Ellen Brewer

Extraordinary writing with an eye for beauty and friendship under the most difficult physical and mental circumstances

 
 
     
 

The Year of the French, Thomas Flanagan

     
 
   

Eileen F. Donoghue

One element that makes this historical novel an outstanding creative work is the author's artistry in revealing an essense of the poetic process.

 
 
     
 

Then Everything Changed, Jeff Greenfield

     
 
   

Max McCauslin

Small events lead to significant change.

 
 
     
 

They Abide, Elizabeth Dougherty Dolan

     
 
   

Ann Dougherty

It is a poetry book written by my sister.

 
 
     
 

This Honorable Court: A History of the United States Supreme Court, Leo Pfeffer

     
 
   

Raphael Samuel, in remembrance of Sarah Samuel

Leo Pfeffer was the professor who was most influential in my career choice.

 
 
     
 

This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

     
 
   

Clyde E. Rankin, III

The combination of my fondness for Fitzgerald's writing and for Princeton University.

 
 
     
 

Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson

     
 
   

Isabel Taylor Ashouizadegan

Only through education will peace ever be achieved; one book at a time.

 
 
     
 

Time and Again, Jack Finney

     
 
   

Elizabeth Rand

I love envisioning NYC in the 1800s and seeing through the eyes of someone from our time - I can read it over and over.

 
 
     
 

Time and Again, Jack Finney

     
 
   

Laura Gellert

My mother, who was a librarian, gave me this book to read when I was 10 years old and in so doing provided me with a new way to look at New York City through the years.

 
 
     
 

Time and Again, Jack Finney

     
 
   

Ms. Mary P. McGlynn

New York's past with a hope for the future.

 
 
     
 

Time and Again, Jack Finney

     
 
   

Jung Chun

As a child in suburban Maryland, Time and Again ignited my curiosity and passion to explore Manhattan.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Catherine S. Brinker

It teaches justice and tolerance in a novel memorable for its warmth, humor and compassion.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Veronica Kopilak

It clearly shows the best and worst in all of us; and a child is the narrator.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Janelle Sandford

Lovely coming of age story, deceptively simple, yet so complex, beautifully written and well told.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Katie Devlin

It's a classic for the ages.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Felicia Ann Roque

It is a beautiful story of life, love, family and man's imperfections.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Irma Sandra Scharz

Atticus believes that all human beings should be treated equally and instills his values in his children.

 
 
     
 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

     
 
   

Maxinne Rhea Leighton

Opened my heart to compassion in sixth grade by understanding, walking in other people's shoes.

 
 
     
 

To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

     
 
   

Kate Culkin

A book that inspired me to think about women's lives and how they negotiate the world, both day to day and through great changes.

 
 
     
 

Tokyo, Mo Hader

     
 
   

Mikey Gemell

The first book I read since leaving school in 1996, it inspired me to travel the world and to learn about life, with my hopes and dreams leading to New York.

 
 
     
 

Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

     
 
   

Carmelo Bellia

I took this book out from the library in 1950 and loved it.

 
 
     
 

Too Big to Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin

     
 
   

Ms. Marianne Vlazny

Behind the scenes account of greed that fueled irrationality.

 
 
     
 

Truman, David McCullough

     
 
   

Lila Belanoff

Truman's courage, wisdom and integrity in the face of the most difficult decisions the world has known were inspirational.

 
 
     
 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, Jules Verne, illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville

     
 
   

Pavol Juhas

Made me dream, as a child, of splendid machines and awesome adventures. I wish I could get as many moments of complete, joyous amazement now.

 
 
     
 

Two Cheers for Democracy, E. M. Forster

     
 
   

Gordon Rogoff

Superbly wrought essays throughout. One essay -- "What I Believe" -- begins with the sentence that changed my life: "I do not believe in belief." In a period in which "beliefs" kill people, most of them immune to facts, that sentence alone has given me the freedom to think for myself, and nothing is more valuable than that.

 
 
     
 

Two Old Women, Velma Wallis

     
 
   

Erma "Bonnie" Phelps

These two dear souls epitomized devotion, fortitude, forgiveness - great story!

 
 
     
 

Ulysses, James Joyce

     
 
   

Vincent Tritto

Because above all it's a love story.

 
 
     
 

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

     
 
   

Patrick and Helle Hanley

No matter from where or what, never give up.

 
 
     
 

Untitled,

     
 
   

Mr. Jackson schecterson

Any book referencing Parkinson's disease.

 
 
     
 

Untitled, Sarah Palin

     
 
   

Miss Rose M. Volpe

Very inspirational.

 
 
     
 

Up in the Old Hotel and other stories, Joseph Mitchell

     
 
   

Joan Doll

It presents various fascinating stories of old New York City, some of them fictional stories but mostly non-fiction, as researched and incredibly well-told by the author.

 
 
     
 

Vilette, Charlotte Brontë

     
 
   

Howard Chase

How individuals develop and position themselves in the world.

 
 
     
 

Vivas En Su Jardin, Dede Mirabal

     
 
   

mrs. Petra M. Cruz-Ramos

No violence against women 11/25. The real story of the Mirabal sisters.

 
 
     
 

Walden, Henry David Thoreau

     
 
   

Jeannine Lydston Hanibal

It taught me to find peace and salvation in nature.

 
 
     
 

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

     
 
   

Irma B. Jaffe

It is one of the greatest books in Western Literature; it provokes thinking about the most serious questions one can ask about the meaning of human life.

 
 
     
 

Webster's International Dictionary of the English Language,

     
 
   

Claire Morris Stern

From my teenage years, a student in the high school of Springfield, MA, where I was taught to use this massive book of data by my teacher in English and writing to this day of my professional writing!

 
 
     
 

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

     
 
   

Ms. Erika L. Steininger

Every child should have a chance to develop an appreciation of both the absurd and the poignant through humorous poetry - that's what the book did for me.

 
 
     
 

Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

     
 
   

Russel Duino

Pilot and poet, Saint-Exupéry shared with us the joy and wonder of flight, and gave us a new perspective on the world.

 
 
     
 

Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne

     
 
   

Ruthe and Max Brimberg

My first book… on my first library card. I was 5 years old.

 
 
     
 

Winnie-the-Pooh - The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne

     
 
   

Laura B. Friedman.

It took me to a wonderful place to visit with the most excellent friends - especially Pooh and Piglet!

 
 
     
 

Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin

     
 
   

Kathleen Reilly

A mesmerizing story in New York City through time - fitting for this occasion.

 
 
     
 

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

     
 
   

Liam Lacey

This is a book of extraordinary passions & intrigue ...love, hatred and so on, interwoven into a wonderful story

 
 
     
 

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

     
 
   

Barbara Barr

This was my first actual book that I was allowed to take froom my library at Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd street. I'm still reading it.

 
 

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