What To Read (and Watch) After “1984”

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Fiction, both classic and contemporary; nonfiction; and film and TV for readers who have finished George Orwell’s 1984 and still hunger for more titles to give them perspective on the current social and political climate.

Awoke Reading: Celebrating African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture hosting record crowds, and a swath of important achievements by various artists and authors, Black History Month is particularly meaningful this year.

No Longer Hidden Figures | RA Crossroads

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Simultaneously joyful, smart, immensely entertaining, and elegantly confrontational of the prejudices women endured, Hidden Figures speeds by with the magnetic pull of achievement.

The Nordic Way to Happy | Wyatt’s World

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On the heels of calm interventions such as adult coloring books and only keeping possessions that spark joy, a new lifestyle movement is afoot. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages finding meaning in the everyday.

Reading Novels One, Two, Three | Wyatt’s World

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Debut novels are delightful because they promise future works to follow. Second books then confirm the hope of the first, while third novels launch a career. Here are five titles that combine such offerings, introducing readers to fresh voices and proving the power of authors who have more to say.

An Unlikely Mix: Tall Tales and Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

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As 2017 unfolds, the range of fresh works for readers to discover is wide and divergent, including new short story collections from beloved authors and grand tales by masters of adrenaline.

Ring in the New with a Debut | Wyatt’s World

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Earnest resolutions are not the only way to begin a new year—try a debut novelist. These five recently released and forthcoming titles introduce a plethora of possibilities.

Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | 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, the Norse gods lead me down a winding path.

Back Pocket RA: The Year Concludes with Memorable Fiction | Wyatt’s World

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As 2016 nods its head in farewell, here are five novels that will long be read, well into next year, and the years beyond.

Ten Years of Lists—and Counting | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2017

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In 2007, the first Reading List Council began work. To mark its tenth anniversary, the original members of the committee revisit some of their favorite winners.