A NEW HOME, by Tania de Regil, Candlewick Press

As a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City ponder moving to each other's locale, it becomes clear that the two cities -- and the two children -- are more alike than they might think. But I'm not sure I want to leave my home. I'm going to miss so much. … Continue reading A NEW HOME, by Tania de Regil, Candlewick Press

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THE HEAVENS, by Sandra Newman, Grove Press, Grove Atlantic, Publishers Group West, Raincoast Books

A work of rare literary brilliance and emotional power, The Heavens is a mesmerizing novel of love and time, of dreams and politics, that asks how we come to inhabit our world New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have … Continue reading THE HEAVENS, by Sandra Newman, Grove Press, Grove Atlantic, Publishers Group West, Raincoast Books

A GREEN PLACE TO BE: THE CREATION OF CENTRAL PARK, by Ashley Benham Yazdani, Candlewick Press

How did Central Park become a vibrant gem in the heart of New York City? Follow the visionaries behind the plan as it springs to green life. In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to swallow up the remaining open space. The people needed a green … Continue reading A GREEN PLACE TO BE: THE CREATION OF CENTRAL PARK, by Ashley Benham Yazdani, Candlewick Press

DAMNATION ISLAND, POOR, SICK, MAD, & CRIMINAL IN THE 19TH-CENTURY NEW YORK, by Stacy Horn, Algonquin Books

DESCRIPTION: Today it is known as Roosevelt Island. In 1828, when New York City purchased this narrow, two-mile-long island in the East River, it was called Blackwell’s Island. There, over the next hundred years, the city would send its insane, indigent, sick, and criminal. Told through the gripping voices of Blackwell’s inhabitants, as well as … Continue reading DAMNATION ISLAND, POOR, SICK, MAD, & CRIMINAL IN THE 19TH-CENTURY NEW YORK, by Stacy Horn, Algonquin Books