Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100

Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100 Review

From Laurie Anderson to Vampire Weekend, Roy Blount, Jr., to Renée Fleming, Stephen Colbert to Bill T. Jones—more than 100 luminaries reflect on the treasures of America’s favorite public library.

Marking the centennial of The New York Public Library’s Beaux-Arts landmark at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, now called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Know the Past, Find the Future harnesses the thoughts of an eclectic assortment of notable people as they ponder an even more eclectic assortment of objects. From among the Library’s vast collections, these writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, musicians, athletes, architects, choreographers, and journalists—as well as some of the curators who have preserved these riches—each select an item and describe its unique significance. The result, in words and photographs, is a glimpse of what a great library can be.

Published by Penguin Classics for The New York Public Library

Title:Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100
Edition Language:English

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  • Chris

    There has to be something off because this book about the love of the printed word is a book I read on my Kindle. I have also never been to the New York Public Library. Hey, I love in Philadelphia and...

  • Gina

    Five stars for the New York Public Library, two stars for this book, which has some gems, but overall is a little on the dull side. Not everyone asked to contribute is a writer and it showed. However,...

  • Kate

    Here is a little book celebrating the New York Public Library's 100th birthday. Filled with photographs (and essays) of notables with their selections of the one item out of the library's vast collect...

  • Jonathan

    An interesting book, free from Apple's iBookstore. I skipped around to the objects and people I was interested in. Contributors include Tom Stoppard, Yoko Ono, and Stephen Colbert....

  • Theresahpir

    I absolutely love the idea of this book. Having a love and respect for libraries, I found it fascinating to see all the wonderful treasures, besides what you'd normally expect to find in a library, th...

  • Lizabeth Tucker

    The centennial was in 2011. In honor of that and Penguin Books' 65th Anniversary, we've been given a collection of 100 notable figures who talk about what items mean the most from the many collections...

  • Doc Kinne

    This was a surprisingly inspirational book! Libraries are among the holiest objects made by man, and the NY Public Library is a cathedral amongst these churches. It was a treat having some first order...

  • Nate

    Great book. 100 people describe their favorite thing at the New York Public Library. There were several items that I was totally geeking out over: The REAL Winnie-The-Pooh, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, Unide...

  • Teri Pre

    Not at all what I expected. I thought it would be a history of the NYPL but instead it was about various collections and artifacts that different famous people found fascinating. I read this on my Kin...

  • Joseph Cognard

    Was passed this book by a friend who knows I often do research there. Very interesting read to see all things available on record, and to see how certain things have touched certain peple.If you ever ...