Earth Day | Sustainability Reading List

I, like many other house-bound folks during quarantine, have promised myself that I want to spend time doing something OTHER than Netflix: work out, maybe even start baking bread? One thing that’s definitely on the list is reading.

For transparency sake, reading also made an appearance on my ‘new year resolution’ list, but trust me – this time, it’s different.

This month is NYU Earth Month. NYU Libraries has compiled a guide to relevant ebooks, online videos, virtual tours, conferences and festivals, and citizen science projects.

We picked a list of environmental must-reads. Some are fiction, some are fact, but all of them are fantastic.

01. Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer shares her knowledge as an indigenous scientist through topics like ecological knowledge and teachings that can be found through plants.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, she emphasizes how plants and animals are our oldest teachers, and the traditional wisdom we can learn from them.


02. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for the Green New Deal

Naomi Klein makes the case for a Green New Deal—explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.

On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the fiery energy of a rising political movement demanding a catalytic Green New Deal.


03. New York 2140 

This climate fiction book is mostly set in a fictional future New York City, which has been flooded by two major rises in seawater levels caused by climate change.

Most of New York City is permanently underwater, however, people still live in the upper floors of the buildings, much like in the Venice of today.


04. Drawdown 20 Review

Project Drawdown conducts an ongoing review and analysis of climate solutions—the practices and technologies that can stem and begin to reduce the excess of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere—to provide the world with a current and robust resource.

The publication of the best-selling book Drawdown was the organisation’s inaugural body of work on climate solutions.


Books to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Our understanding of Black History is conceived broadly, and we seek to celebrate a global black history – you’ll find works of Black American authors as well as those hailing from countries across the African continent and worldwide.Therefore, we compile a list of literature and artworks to honor and celebrate Black History month, and you’re invited to help us grow, maintain, and organize it!Is there a poet, author, or artist whose works you’d like added to this list? Please email us and make a suggestion to

Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Main Collection: PS3515.U789 T5 2006

Physical copy available

I love myself when I am laughing … : a Zora Neale Hurston reader by Alice Walker

Main Collection: PS3515.U789 T5 2006

Physical copy available

The paintings and drawings of Clarence Major by Clarence Major

Main Collection: N6537.M337 A4 2019

Physical copy available

Reggie Burrows Hodges

Main Collection: N6537.H63 A4 2021

Physical copy available

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Ebook available

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Main Collection: PS3573.A425 C6 1992

Physical copy available

Open City by Teju Cole

Main Collection: PR9387.9.C67 O64 2012

Physical copy and Ebook available

Azanian bridges by Nick Walker

Leisure Collection: PR9369.4.W656 A9 2016

Physical copy available

You don’t have to go to Mars for love by Yona Harvey

Ebook available

For more information and resources about the poetry, literature, and fine art books available at NYU Shanghai, click this link for the non-comprehensive list!

Books about Mental Health Recommendation

Either speaking out loud or pondering it silently with our minds, we always believe in the strength of words when taking care of our Mental Health.

Take a deep breath inside the sea of words, and you will find an exclusive space reserved where you can resonate spiritually with the ones who have similar experiences.

NYU Shanghai community members across the campus thoughtfully picked up their favorites of readings about Mental Health, with some of them currently featured on the Staff Picks shelf on the 4th floor inside the Library. Before you go in there, we would like to invite you to enjoy a preview of what we have on the shelf and hear what the referrers have to say about them.

Additional related readings and media are also available in New York at the Bobst Library, in Abu Dhabi at the Library on Saadiyat Island campus, and online at the NYU Libraries database. See the full recommendation list here.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

“When you feel overwhelmed by peer pressure and inability to reach your full potential, it might be helpful to take a step back and recognize all the privileges you hold and all the resources you can feel grateful for.”

– Dr. Clare Jinzhao Zhao, Global Wellness Counselor


Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure

“This book is the story of a toad falling into depression and went for ten counseling sessions. This book is a very good medium for people to learn more about counseling and what to expect from counseling. I also think this book is therapeutic in a way it made me feel the warmth and positivity in life.”

– Amie, CO24 Liberal Studies student


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“How do you define an “Optimal Experience”? Feel fulfilled after spending several hours on homework? Or feel cohesively attached to every single second of participation at a basketball game? This book tells me how and why sometimes I feel like getting on a fantastic trip and forgetting about time when I am immersed in certain things.”

– Edison, CO24 IMB & Social Science student

Peek into the World’s Greatest Economic Minds: Selected Books by Nobel Prize Winners

Peek into some of the wisdom from the latest winners of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

We have selected a few of their amazing books prepared for you.

Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality

Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality rigorously explores shifts in population trends, labor market competition, and socioeconomic segregation to investigate how the recent rise in immigration affects economic disadvantage in the United States. – Goodreads


Causal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences: An Introduction

Most questions in social and biomedical sciences are causal in nature: what would happen to individuals, or to groups, if part of their environment were changed? In this groundbreaking text, two world-renowned experts present statistical methods for studying such questions. – Goodreads


Mastering ‘Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect

Applied econometrics, known to aficionados as ‘metrics, is the original data science. ‘Metrics encompasses the statistical methods economists use to untangle cause and effect in human affairs. Through accessible discussion and with a dose of kung fu–themed humor, Mastering ‘Metrics presents the essential tools of econometric research and demonstrates why econometrics is exciting and useful. – Goodreads

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A Bite for Food Lover – Spotlight Display

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the delicious Chinese cuisines? What makes the wonderful collision of various flavors?

Come and check out some books and videos about food & culture!

Walk into the Library and you will see a shelf specially dedicated to NYU Shanghai Reads program to enrich your reading experience.

What’s the feeling of Tasting Paradise on Earth?

Come and try out The Chile Peper in China!

You can even have A bite of China 品尝舌尖上的中国!

Explore The Land of the Five Flavors.

Take a peek into The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Shanghai!

Learn how to make the Authentic Red Oil 四川红油.

Mastering Career Fair: E-Books and Videos

Ready for the Fall Career Fair this Friday? We have some books and courses to help you prepare for it.

When Can You Start? the insider’s guide to job search and career success.

When Can You Start? shows job seekers:

  • What they are really selling
  • How to identify success using a skill set
  • The best ways to conduct a proactive job search
  • Effective evaluation and negotiation tactics to earn optimum compensation and benefits

Read Here

Interview Questions in Business Analytics

This book contains more than 200 questions based on consultations with hiring managers and technical professionals already working in analytics. – Goodreads

Read Here

Become a Successful Job Hunter

Plan your career path.

Discover and identify job opportunities.

Learn the most effective interview techniques.

This is a learning path of 11 useful, free courses

Click to access LinkedIn Learning

Helpful Books and Courses for Finance

Get ready for Finance campus recruitment?

Check out some helpful resources for you!

金融求职宝典: 玩转金融业的正确姿势

<Job hunting guide: how to get a great job in finance>

From campus recruitment to internship, this is an industry map to guide your tour in the major sectors of Finance.

Interview Tips for Finance Professionals

Join career coach and former financial professional Jena Viviano in this course, get primed and polished for your next interview. 

Breaks down the three most common types of roles and explains what hiring managers are looking for in the right candidate. 

Get tips to keep your nerves at bay and help your personality and talent shine through.

*To access LinkedIn Learning, click here

Vault Guide to Finance Interviews

A must-have resource for anyone seeking a job with an investment bank, mutual fund, hedge fund, commercial bank, or other financial institution.


If you have questions about business resources, please email Henry Huang, Business Librarian at

New Changes in Library

Welcome and welcome back for Fall 2021! No matter where you are, we are excited to meet you on the 4th floor in the Academic Building, at Shinmay, or remotely online. We have new resources and services ready for you:

The Wire China 

The  Library  now subscribes to The Wire China, a weekly news magazine dedicated to understanding and explaining China’s economic rise, and its influence on global business, finance, trade, labor and the environment.

Caixin (财新) Chinese Edition 

Many have asked about Caixin’s Chinese edition. It’s available now! Caixin’s English and Chinese editions offer unique content, as well as some duplicate articles.

Career Development Collection

Planning to take a test for graduate school? Working on your resume and interview skills? Exploring majors and careers? Stop by this expanded collection curated by the Library and CDC for inspiration. 

Enter the Library with Digital ID 

Tap your phone to enter the Library! Our entrance now supports both physical campus card and the new digital ID.

 Roary is back!

Some of you may remember Roary, the Library’s newest member! This semester, Roary will bring back the popular Libroary Thursdays with new games, activities and SWAG! Stay tuned to Library’s WeChat and Engage event page for Roary’s return. 

Beyond Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper

Have you read Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper? Stop by the Library’s display to taste this sweet-sour memoir, this year’s NYU Shanghai Reads selection. Explore additional books and videos curated here, or watch this video tutorial to discover other Library materials to whet your appetite for the year ahead! 

Films and books from Asian American Perspectives

Have you ever wondered about your own culture?
Are you curious about your neighbor’s history?
A series of Asian-related books & films are on display or available online

American Chinese Stories:

Other East Asian related

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Noteworthy Social Science titles

These Social Science titles have interdisciplinary appeal.  More recent titles are on their way.  If you are looking for a specific title, email Jennifer to explore options.

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Lake writes for The Economist, Time, Salon, etc.  After living in China for five years, her research, demographic and historical, includes interviews with four individual women and their current experiences.  Reviews available on Goodreads.



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Kunka introduces readers to the genre, including key texts, history, glossary, and annotated guides.  Graphic novels bring biographies to life and encourage deeper research via bibliographies.  Celebrate visual literacy by including a graphic format in suggested readings.  Several are available electronically.


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Schreiber explores activism and documentation, empowerment and visibility.  Schreiber contends migrants combine genres, mixing aesthetics while challenging surveillance and claiming protection.  Applicable for politics, media, sociology, and social service readers.