Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

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Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

Cookbook Countdown: Baking | Wyatt’s World

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For those who want either to move beyond the pumpkin or pecan pie or simply learn to bake better before tackling a new version, these five books will both instruct and inspire.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

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The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Discover Our Past: From Lives in Ruins to Indiana Jones | RA Crossroads

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Taking readers across centuries and around the planet, Johnson provides a collection of linked essays and character portraits centered on the archaeologists who toil in obscurity to discover our past in Lives in Ruins.

Countdown to Thanksgiving: A Four-Week Tour of Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

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Five key 2014 cookbooks about which every collection development librarian and readers’ advisor should know.

Horror Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

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Readers might need to consider short stories to fit in some frights before the season passes them by; here are five collections that should please fans and intrigue those dipping into the horror genre for the first time.

Vintage Finds | Wyatt’s World

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The allure of decades-old fashion and design is still going strong; here are five titles to consider adding to your collection.

Short on Pages, Long on Pleasure | Wyatt’s World

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Atwood’s tales of imagination, biting wit, and power; the heady, fantastic, and fantastical Calvino; a feast of the “Best American” short stories; Munro is a sure bet; and Rash’s talents include gems of atmosphere and description.

The City of Lights: Paris in Books | The Reader’s Shelf

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Paris seems a perfect destination for an in-place journey—language barriers fall aside, time periods pose little problem, and the nuances of the intoxicating city are revealed in all their glory.

Portrait of the Artist: Art in Novels | The Reader’s Shelf

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These six books mix history with speculation and masterpieces with the characters that surround them, producing compelling tales of vision and purpose.

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