February 18, 2018

NY Librarians Pick 21 New Classics for 21st Century

A select cadre of librarians representing New York City’s three public library systems have released their hand-picked list of “21 new classics for the 21st century.” The list was comprised at the behest of organizers of the annual New York Is Book Country (NYIBC) celebration to honor its 21st anniversary. The theme for this year’s NYIBC festival, to be held September 22-26, is Y2KREAD, which the organization says “ties together the act, love, and importance of reading with the approach of the new millennium.”

The librarians who selected the titles were Barbara A. Genco, director of collection development, and Wayne Roylance, adult new materials specialist for the Brooklyn Public Library; Richard Tirotta, adult materials specialist for the Branch Libraries, the New York Public Library; and Kathleen Cotter, coordinator of collection development, and Ronnie Swett, assistant coordinator of collection development for the Queens Borough Public Library. And their picks are:

  • And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts
  • Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X with Alex Haley
  • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Chaos: Making a New Science, James Gleick
  • The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition, Anne Frank
  • Down These Mean Streets, Piri Thomas
  • The Elements of Style, 4th edition, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
  • The Fortunate Pilgrim, Mario Puzo
  • The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
  • The Great Bridge, David McCullough
  • How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
  • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  • Maus, Art Spiegelman
  • The Middleman and Other Stories, Bharati Mukherjee
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Power Broker, Robert Caro
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • A Walker in the City, Alfred Kazin
  • The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
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