Staying on the Close this summer and looking for a good read? While it is primarily focused on providing theological research material, the Keller Library also holds some classic and contemporary literature, often with religious or philosophical themes. Literature is held in the classification PR-PZ in the stacks. These call numbers include British literature (PR), American literature (PS), works in translation, and even some children’s books (PZ).
If you’re looking for some classics, we hold everything from the collected Jane Austen to Graham Green’s The Power and the Glory, from Crime and Punishment to Death of a Salesman, as well as some plays and poetry.
For some easy reading, we suggest P.D. James’s murder mystery Death in Holy Orders, The Da Vinci Code, Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, or for science fiction lovers, Dune or the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
If you prefer non-fiction, we have titles like Under the Banner of Heaven (Jon Krakaeur’s investigation into fundamentalist Mormonism), Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Malcolm X’s Autobiography, or Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, as well as some cookbooks and art books. Non-fiction is held throughout the library.
The library also holds popular children’s series, like Harry Potter, the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, as well as a few picture books and early chapter books by GTS alumni.
And now that it’s summer, be sure to register for a New York Public Library card. The closest library is located on 23rd Street near 7th Avenue. Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of their collections and many programs.
The Keller Library staff is here all summer–be sure to stop by if you have any questions!