Underground New York Public Library

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.
This project is not affiliated with The New York Public Library

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"Notes from the Underground," by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Borrow I Read

"Disgrace," by J. M. Coetzee 
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February 2013 Highlights From the Underground New York Public Library

  1. “THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS,” BY URSULA K. LE GUIN
  2. E-READER
  3. Ц-ЛЕС,” BY АНАТОЛИЙ КИМ
  4. “TROPIC OF CANCER,” BY HENRY MILLER
  5. STAR WARS (THE OLD REPUBLIC): REVAN,” BY DREW KARPYSHYN
  6. “HERE COMES EVERYBODY,” BY CLAY SHIRKY
  7. “THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING,” BY JOAN DIDION
  8. “PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD,” BY MARJANE SATRAPI
  9. “The Mummy, The Will And The Crypt,” by John Bellairs and “Ribsy,” by Beverly Cleary
  10. “POLITICS,” BY ARISTOTLE

See Other UNYPL Selections

Fine Art Prints

"The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times," by Pema Chodron
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"Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations," by Clay Shirky

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"The Left Hand of Darkness," by Ursula K. Le Guin

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"The Metamorphosis and Other Stories,’ by Franz Kafka

Translated by Stanley Applebaum

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"This Is How You Lose Her," by Junot Díaz

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I saw Junot Díaz on Wednesday night at Symphony Space. He was interesting, both bold and reserved too, somehow like his stories. An actor read “The Cheater’s Guide to Love,” a story from this collection, and I was gripped throughout. 

"Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, No. 7)," by L.M. Montgomery

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"German Made Simple: Learn to speak and understand German quickly and easily," by Arnold Leitner Ph.D

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On the left he’s reading "The Atrocity Archives," by Charles Stross. On the right he’s reading "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories," by Charles Bukowski.

The Atrocity Archives: Borrow I Read

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories: Borrow I Read

"Life, Love & Loneliness," by Crystal Lacey Winslow

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"Northern Lights," by Philip Pullman

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2012 Highlights from the Underground New York Public Library

Here are ten highlights from almost one thousand photographs that have become part of the UNYPL in 2012. Each photo posted in the library is beloved. The Reading-Riders have thoroughly inspired me, in their presence and in their act of transcendence. Photographing and interacting with them in the past year has impacted me as a photographer and as a person.To them, Thank you!

Sharing the UNYPL has been so rewarding. It became part of everyday to hear from those who were inspired in one way or another by the people in the photographs. I love the idea that we inspire each other, that we experience others and we become greater for it. Thank you to everyone who has liked, shared, responded and written over the past year. You helped me build this library and I’m looking forward to taking it into 2013.

New posts will begin after Jan. 1st. A Happy and fulfilling New Year to everyone!

  1. "Ask the Dust," by John Fante
  2. "Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good", by Kevin Smith
  3.  "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued," by Ann Crittenden 
  4. "Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits," by Jack Murnighan 
  5. "Othello" by William Shakespeare 
  6.  "To the Finland Station ," by Edmund Wilson
  7. "Bared to You," by Sylvia Day
  8. "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," by Harriet Jacobs
  9. "Don’t Be Sad," by Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni
  10. "The Savage Detectives," by Roberto Bolaño

UNYPL in 2012: The Walkers

It’s a unique moment when I come across the walking readers. I see them suddenly, and then there are just a few strides left to take the picture candidly. Most of the time I catch up with them after they’ve already passed me by, to find out what they’re reading. Here they are from the past year, the walkers of the Underground Library: 

  1. "A Clash of Kings," by George R.R. Martin 
  2. "Devil’s Gate," by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  3. "The Casual Vacancy," by J. K. Rowling
  4. "Mary, Mary," by James Patterson
  5. "Madame Bovary," by Gustave Flaubert
  6. "The Summer Book," by Tove Jansson
  7. "The Mother-Daughter Book Club," by Heather Vogel Frederick
  8. "Savor the Moment," by Nora Roberts 
  9. "Playing for Pizza", by John Grisham
  10. "The Proposal," by Mary Balogh 

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