Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2015

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Playing a part in fiction, weather is an element that can infuse a novel with an icy punch, a damp slap, or a languid shimmer—as the following six novels ably prove.

Fiction RA Picks 2014: A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

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These five titles are likely to satisfy readers endlessly and can serve as long-term RA standards.

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Are Dreaming Spies | RA Crossroads

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Astute, precise, and elegant writing, great attention to time and place, and beautifully realized characters comprise King’s mystery series that is at once intelligent, reflective, and action filled (if not fast paced).

Year-End Review: ARRT Favorites from 2014 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2014

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From Denfeld’s debut, The Enchanted to Bouman’s down-to-earth first-person mystery, Dry Bones in the Valley to Lepucki’s very different postapocalyptic ­vision, California.

Nonfiction RA Picks 2014 : A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

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Among the “best-of” lists are Biss’s On Immunity, Johnson’s How We Got to Now, Kolbert’s Sixth Extinction, Mead’s Life in Middlemarch, and Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice.

Books on Books for the Giving Season | Wyatt’s World

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From Novel Interiors to Novel Living, these five offerings will inspire the imagination.

Russian Reading | Wyatt’s World

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There seems to be a sudden flurry of books about Russia right now. From Limonov to Stalin, these five titles attest to epic journeys, lives, and a country’s past and present.

Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library | RA Crossroads

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Libraries become dangerous places in Murakami’s dark fairy tale of an unnamed boy imprisoned by a librarian intent on devouring his brain. Adding to the disquiet is Chip Kidd’s deft production and design. A brief and eerie ode to the most forbidding expressions of the Brothers Grimm.

The Countdown Ends in Your Kitchen: Home Cooking | Wyatt’s World

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From Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Fast and Cowin’s Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen to the playbook for Dinner, these cookbooks will teach you how to prepare a delicious meal.

Regional Foodways: Travel by Way of Skillet, Dutch Oven, or Oyster Knife | Wyatt’s World

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Here are five titles that offer the twin pleasures of travel and food—and perhaps a gentle nudge to try something brand new this Thanksgiving (more than one book includes a recipe using pumpkins).

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