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.

Irish Reads | Wyatt’s World

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

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.”

Writing Her Story | Wyatt’s World

There are many ways to celebrate Women’s History month. Here are five suggestions, from novels about women by women to nonfiction marking important moments and figures, both past and present.

Lincoln in the Bardo (What To Read, Listen to Next) | RA Crossroads

In his first novel, Saunders creates a kind of polyphonic spree, with more than 100 different voices telling a tale of pain, loss, and anger but also love and communion.

Thought-Leader Reader | Wyatt’s World

As with romance, memoirs, and horror novels, the large and wide-ranging “thought-leader” bookshelf comprises a genre with its own landscape and appeal. Here are five titles that illustrate its spread and varying approaches—from wicked-smart indictment to cautionary tale to contextual warring.

Stories About Stories | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2017

From Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran to the film You’ve Got Mail, stories influenced by books, magazines, and authors are unfailing joys. The six works of fiction and nonfiction below further prove the point.

World War II Stories | Wyatt’s World

With the trailers arriving for Their Finest and The Zookeeper’s Wife, and the news that the British drama series Home Fires is returning to PBS, it’s a good time to build a World War II display. There are plenty of new books to add to the wealth of backlist titles.

Crime Fiction, a Cozy Corner Read, and Woodland Survival Tips | Books for Dudes

This month BFD reviews an unthrilling thriller, an unromantic romance, sips a cuppa tea in the rocker with a Cozy Corner read, “discovers” an already famous talent, and more.

Foodie TV Returns | Wyatt’s World

Netflix’s Chef’s Table, Season 3, begins Friday, February 17. Help your readers meet the new chefs and get in the mood for cooking with these recently released and backlist selections.