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Recommended reading lists

Every now and then, we come across an article highlighting an author's bookshelf or an annotated list of books by theme. Here, we've highlighted books in our collections that appear in these lists. Happy reading!

Exit West Locking up our own The Power Prairie fires

Best books of 2017

The New York Times Book Review top 10 picks for the year — all available to read through CUNY Libraries!


Between the World and Me The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign against Lynching  Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

Recommended reading from Ta-Nehisi Coates

Texts mentioned by Coates during a 2015 program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. (List via the New York Public Library)



Great books by refugees

Fiction and nonfiction by refugees who came to live in the U.S. (List via the New York Times)



Dystopian classics

A recent New York Times article notes that many classic dystopian novels are rising to the top of sales lists in early 2017. (List via the New York Times)


President Obama's reading list

Books mentioned in a January 2017 conversation with then-President Obama. (List via the New York Times)


"Recommended reading lists" is an ongoing project.

See also: Library Exhibits