Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

Foodies Rejoice | Wyatt’s World

On June 16, The Great British Baking Show returns to PBS with Season 4, marking the perfect time to display new summer cookbooks and the best sure-bet titles. Here are four fresh choices plus one classic to accompany the series.

Summer Listening | Wyatt’s World

June is audiobook month, which nicely coincides with the start of summer reading. Here are five must-listens, perfect for hot commutes or epic road trips.

Summer Reading, A Running Start | Wyatt’s World

One of the hottest reading seasons of the year is about to begin, and the delights are plentiful. From Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness to Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body to several killer thrillers, readers have some prime choices, with plenty more are on the way.

Timely Titles: FBI Fiction | Wyatt’s World

From Margaret Truman to Thomas Harris to James Patterson, authors of FBI fiction continue to build on a rich tradition and a long backlist. Considering recent headlines, now is a good time to generate a display and suggest titles. Below are some newer novels and one classic.

Short Stories for Distracted Minds | Wyatt’s World

A long novel can provide the perfect escape, sometimes a weeks-long fall into story, character, and place. But other times such needed focus is in short supply, and what readers really crave are brief pieces that can recenter their thinking—like boot camp meditation. Here are five collections to do just that.

Intoxicating Reads, Listens, and Views: Begin with Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork” | RA Crossroads

As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations?” Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, wine leads me down a winding path.

Collection Check for Free Comic Book Day | Wyatt’s World

Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day. Use the occasion to share the riches of graphic novel collections and build patrons’ TBR lists. Here are five essential volumes to have in the stacks or on order.

Celebrating National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

Close out April, National Poetry Month, by sharing and reading poems new and old. From backlist favorites to debut works to titles not yet on the shelves, here are five books to underscore the vibrant power of the poet and poetry reader.

Spring Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

With holiday feast days, the opening of farmers markets, and longed-for seasonal favorites finally showing up in stores, spring is an excellent time to reevaluate cookbook collections.