Waxing Poetic | The Reader’s Shelf

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Author Colum McCann wrote in the Guardian that “poets have their fingers on a different pulse.” The creators of the following novels skillfully position poetry at the center of their tales, putting their own fingers on that very beat.

Spring Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Irish Reads | Wyatt’s World

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The shelves of American libraries are full of Irish narratives. Indeed, the story of America itself is strongly shaped by the Irish. Celebrate today—and every day of the year—with examples of Ireland’s extraordinary literary gifts to readers. Here are but five choices.

A Contemporary Haunting and a Roving Monster-Bear | Books for Dudes

Collecting the Dead

This month, Doug reviews crime fiction, a new edition of a trusted triathlon training book, and, in his words, “sf so undeniably imaginative it has reinvigorated my cold, dead heart.”