New Mysteries Starring Familiar Faces | Wyatt’s World

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Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.

Magazine Rack Readers’ Advisory: Summer Cooking | Wyatt’s World

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For pie fans Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love; meat lovers Franklin Barbecue, gardeners The Good Cook’s Book of Tomatoes; ice cream fans Van Leeuwen Artisan; and Essential Pépin

Pushing Boundaries, Getting Lost, Cooking Like a Man | Books for Dudes

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Heavy BFD favorite categories and books that push our boundaries in this month’s column.

Reading by the Numbers | Wyatt’s World

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A grand literary historical debut, gripping stories told from multiple perspectives, the summer’s biggest must-read, a tale of family secrets that mixes Southern Gothic with suspense

A Personal Touch: Debut Memoirs | The Reader’s Shelf, July 2015

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These debut memoirs, while told by very different people, mine the most powerful aspects of common stories—life and death, creativity and perseverance, loss and hope.

Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Every year about this time, a desire for history and context about the founding of our nation bubbles forth. Satisfy readers with these five titles. And have a Happy 4th

Listening Trip: Audiobooks Set in San Francisco | Wyatt’s World

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Wrapping up audiobook month are selections for road, train, and plane warriors heading off to the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in San Francisco, each title well set in the foggy and hilly city.

Mars: The Re(a)d Planet | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2015

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Sf writers and their fans have been drawn to the Red Planet for decades. Here are some of the best intergalactic adventures published between 1950 and 2014.

A New Adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell | 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, two magicians lead me down a winding path.

Modern “Radio” Dramas: Audio Stories for 21st-Century Listeners | Wyatt’s World

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Radio dramas have given way to podcasts, and this new form of storytelling is as addictive and immersive as its early predecessor. Here are five to consider.