Books and Literature

Do you like to read biographies, history, science, travel adventures, mysteries, fantasy, romance?

Whatever your interests, check out our new e-mail newsletter service which will send great book suggestions by email. Each newsletter includes new books that may be of interest and some older ones that you may have missed, with links to the library catalog so you can see what’s available and place requests for books you want to read. There are over twenty lists for readers of all ages, and you can preview them all online before subscribing.

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General Book-Related Resources

Book Clubs

Online Booksellers

  • BookSense — BookSense.com is a cooperative project of independent-bookseller websites and the American Booksellers Association
  • Amazon — One of the first and best-known online booksellers
  • Barnes and Noble — Online version of the book superstore chain
  • BookFinder.com — Simultaneously search many the online catalogs of many different new and used booksellers

Resources by Genre

Reading Group and Study Guides

Literature

  • English Literature (from Voice of the Shuttle) — The Voice of the Shuttle, a large, organized collection of web resources in the humanities, from the University of California at Santa Barbara
  • The Modern English Collection — The University of Virginia Library presents this large, well-organized and meticulously maintained collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters and other documents from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author’s last name or by category of interest, as part of their Electronic Text Archive.
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare — A searchable Shakespeare archive
  • Native American Authors — This collection from the Internet Public Library includes bibliographies, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites
  • BBC: Books — Includes an excellent collection of brief biographies of links about prominent authors, with links to related websites, audio files, and other resources
  • Online Literary Criticism Collection — A collection of biographical and critical information about authors and their works, from the Internet Public Library
  • Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color — A collection of biographical and critical information on authors and their works, from the University of Minnesota
  • Hawthorne In Salem — Information, documents, research and photographs related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s days in Salem, Massachusetts

Poetry

  • The Academy of American Poets — Information on the Academy and its programs as well as collections, exhibits, biographies and sound files of poets reading their own works
  • Bartleby.com Verse — A large, searchable collection of poetry
  • American Verse Project — A large, searchable collection of American poetry from the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative
  • Poetry Foundation — “The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.” Their website includes articles, audio and video, a search tool and other poetry resources.
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