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.

Must-Have Books on Syria: Check Your Collection | Wyatt’s World

The fractured country of Syria is once again front-page news, making this a moment to attend to the collection. Here are five essential titles to help readers understand past and current events in the war-torn region.

The Dark Is Rising | Wyatt’s World

Even as daylight lingers longer each evening, many releases of early spring are plenty dark. Here are five examples, ranging from true crime to debut thrillers to the current “it” book.

Gardens Big and Small | Wyatt’s World

Spring is here, and even if the weather across the country doesn’t prove that point, the focus on gardens and flowers in the bevy of new books on the topic announce that it’s time to get working on our outdoor spaces (or tiny indoor gardens). Here are just a few from the fresh crop of which to choose.

Spring Clean Reads: Five New Books To Help with the Mess | Wyatt’s World

It seems that books on cleaning are becoming the new cookbooks—guides readers are as happy to page through and dream over as they are to use. Regardless of patron intentions, here are five titles to assist with a superclean.

Beauty and the Beast Redux | RA Crossroads

The story of Beauty and the Beast, first published by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, is a fraught one, oft used as an example of repulsive messaging toward women and argued over by scholars.

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.