A Year in Books: Student Picks from 2015 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 1, 2015

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Mary Wilkes Towner and students in her Adult Popular Literature class at the School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, share their favorite titles of 2015.

Getting Ready for the Force Awakens | Wyatt’s World

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For many Star Wars fans, Christmas comes a week early when The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. Feed their desire to experience the film and the full movie franchise with a range of works.

What To Read After Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | RA Crossroads

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Marking its sesquicentennial in 2015 with global celebratory events taking place through late fall, Carroll’s poetic mix of nonsense, whimsy, and charming threat remains evergreen.

Sweets at the End | Wyatt’s World

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All good things come to a close, and with Thanksgiving upon us, so does the Great Fall Cookbook Countdown. Fittingly, the final week’s selections look at baking—from breads to cakes to dream-worthy cookies.

The Future of Crime: SF Thrillers | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2015

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At the intersection of “What If?” and “Whodunit?” are sf mysteries and thrillers. The following titles combine suspense and speculative fiction in surprising and innovative ways.

Have Cookbook, Will Travel | Wyatt’s World

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The Great Fall Cookbook Countdown rounds the corner to its homestretch (Thanksgiving Day) with a look at recipes that take readers far away, cookbooks that explore place.

Vicarious Restaurant Visits | Wyatt’s World

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The Great Fall Cookbook Countdown continues with restaurant books, collections of recipes, and images of dishes from those hot and hip places that define destination dining

Memoirs, Chick Lit…Dude, What Is Going on Here? | Books for Dudes

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We read it all here at BFD: memoir, travel, SF, mystery, a book on sports hooliganism. There’s even something approaching chick lit.

Cookbook Countdown Kickoff | Wyatt’s World

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Back again for 2015 is the Great Fall Cookbook Countdown leading up to Thanksgiving Day: five cookbooks a week, five different themes, five different ways of highlighting your collection. The kickoff begins with big-name books.

Recent Jewish Fiction: Celebrate Jewish Book Month with These 11 Titles and Read-Alikes

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Jewish Book Month, November 6–December 6, provides the perfect opportunity to explore the varied themes presented here.