A Running Start | The Reader’s Shelf, August 1, 2016

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Running competitions are the most elemental of Olympic events, with a pedigree dating back to the Classical Games and ­Pheidippides’s legendary trek from Marathon to Athens. Readers seeking to immerse themselves in the lore and feel of the sport have a wealth of titles to choose from that will sweep them up into Rudyard Kipling’s “unforgiving minute” filled “with sixty seconds of distance run.”

Destinations: U.S. National Parks | RA Crossroads

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In her thoughtful, graceful, and intimate evocation of America’s national parks, Williams offers readers an armchair tour that is as much a history lesson as it is an ode to space, as much a reminder of our shared responsibility of stewardship as it is a travel memoir, as much poetry as it is prose.

Reading as Counterprogramming | Wyatt’s World

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Politics has likely dominated many conversations this week and will continue to do so in the days and months to follow. For readers who need to step away for a bit, here’s an eclectic group of choices.

Librarians Day & Bradford | RWA 2016

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The Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference kicks off with Librarians Day, a full complement of panels for local librarians, a luncheon, and a networking hour with authors and editors

Baking Is Back | Wyatt’s World

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To the delight of many, PBS’s The Great British Baking Show returns for its third season. Celebrate and connect with readers by diving into the stacks and putting your best baking books on display. Here are a few new works to consider as well.

Working Vacations | Wyatt’s World

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As many patrons prepare to take summer vacations, consider suggesting books about the working life of others. Here are five recent examples to get started, covering a range of jobs and types of reading.

Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Celebrate July 4th with the Hamilton cast album and show tie-in (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution) and consider some other recent works on the era.

Summer Days, Reading Away | The Reader’s Shelf, July 1, 2016

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Just the term summer reading is evocative, promising all kinds of thrills, from quick, immersive jaunts to literary experiments. These debuts span that range to fill a day on the beach, a few hours tucked up on a porch, or a longer period of concentrated reading time.

Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World

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Round out audiobook month with a selection of summer listens—aural experiences perfect for taking a road trip, lounging the afternoon away, or sunning on a beach.

Tyler’s Vinegar Girl, Fully Tamed | RA Crossroads

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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, William Shakespeare leads me down a winding path.