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Fiction and Nonfiction Selections on Opening New Doors, Going on Adventures, and Managing Hard Things in the Year AheadBrooklyn Public Library Releases Best Books to Ring in the New Year 

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) released a new year’s themed book list just in time for the arrival of 2023. The list includes fiction, nonfiction, and memoir with themes of renewal, adventure, and opportunity.

“A woman who changed her life for love (or maybe let love change her life). Hard choices and endless possibilities, fearless elders and meditative runners and one brave girl in Fairyland,” said Librarian Jess Harwick. “This time of year is one of reflection and potential change. If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, or just permission to be vulnerable, these characters and humans just might give you the hope that you need to take the leap.”

The list includes several books which explore the theme of opening doors and windows, including Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, winner of the BPL Book Prize, and the aptly named The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. In the whimsical tale titled The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the resident of a nursing home tries to escape his own birthday party.

In the nonfiction category, Untamed by Glennon Doyle offers advice about how to manage the many hard things we may encounter in the next year, from caring for family members to setting boundaries with friends to fighting for justice. Haruki Murakami writes about the power of taking small steps and establishing a routine whether you want to run or start anything new in What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

In the fiction category, readers will meet a twelve-year-old girl named September who discovers her life is far from ordinary, a man who realizes regrets can lead to possibilities, and characters moving forward against all odds. 

You can view the entire list here. And if you want to try something new in 2023, at the Library, you can learn a new languageborrow a musical instrument, take a fitness classget help finding a new job or starting a small business and much more, all for free.

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