Water Cooler Readers’ Advisory | Wyatt’s World

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Imagine the service desk as a water cooler; the likely topics of conversation that surround it, from politics to pop culture, support varied and interesting book suggestions. Here are five titles to tie the collection into what’s hot.

Paging Through History | RA Crossroads

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In this accessible and wide-ranging account, Kurlansky’s narrative moves through time and across the globe investigating the reign of paper and its far reach.

Fantasy Reading | Wyatt’s World

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More tales from the world of the Abercrombie’s “First Law” books, a new collection of lyrical fantasy tales from Aiken, the latest entry in Brooke’s stand-alone series, Cronin’s much-anticipated trilogy conclusion, a beloved Beast

Reading Crime | Wyatt’s World

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Crime appears to be the topic of the moment. Launched anew in 2012 by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and 2014’s podcast Serial and fed by a cavalcade of interest, the genre’s diversity proves the range of its appeal. Here are five titles to suggest.

Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

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Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.

Artistic Explorations | Wyatt’s World

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A blend of interview and memoir from Anderson and Vanderbilt; National Book Award winner McBride on James Brown; the musical Hamilton finally gets a print tie-in edition; Prentiss’s debut is a vibrant portrait of 1980s NYC; Spillman’s memoir takes readers to Berlin and back

April Is National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

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To celebrate National Poetry Month, here are five new collections. Several make iconic work accessible once again; one volume shows how verse connects us to both past and present, and yet another title features the delights of well-regarded favorites.

Claire Harman’s Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart; What To Read, Listen to, Watch Next | RA Crossroads

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In this column, the life of Charlotte Brontë and her creation Jane Eyre lead me down a winding path

The Shimmering Lure of Science | Wyatt’s World

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Books on science, one of the hardest topics to comprehend, routinely capture readers’ imaginations and interest. Here are five spring titles likely to be in demand.

Flower Power | Wyatt’s World

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Flower books float in and out of the publishing cycle. These offerings are hot once again. Here are five current and forthcoming titles to consider.