Staff from Oregon’s Multnomah County Library share their favorite 2012 titles.
If you miss Career Day at your child’s school or wish instead of taking your child to the office, or that you could intern at someone else’s place for a day, pine no more. Nonfiction offers many opportunities to explore the work of others. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington (Random). Want to know what [...]
As a counter measure to the immediacy and bustle of the holidays, some readers may want books that support a longer and more retrospective view. Suggest these history titles as an anecdote to the holiday countdown clock. The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford (Bloomsbury) Iron Curtain: The [...]
As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations?” Welcome to RA Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection reader’s advisory service goes where it may. In this column, all things James Bond lead me down a winding path. Begin: Skyfall. 143 [...]
Thanksgiving week demands last-minute cookbook consultations. Here are some suggestions for panicking cooks, ranging from handholding guidance to pure inspiration. Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel (Artisan). Aside from achieving a tasty centerpiece turkey, attempting a great dessert is often the second most important food hurdle of the day. This book both teaches [...]
Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln biopic opens nationwide this week, and with the growing buzz about the film comes more focused interest in the President. The movie draws from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, but there are many other titles that provide insight into the character and times of Lincoln, such as the five core works [...]
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (Houghton Harcourt. ISBN 9780547242101), as selected by Tom Perrotta, has just been published and with it comes a reminder that the shorter forms of fiction offer lengthy rewards. Here are five recent collections that prove the point. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (Riverhead: Penguin Group) [...]
October 24 is Food Day, a day to support (and consume) healthy and sustainable food choices. The contemporary book interest in such options can be traced back to writers such as Michael Pollen, Alice Waters, and Eric Schlosser. Such interests currently intersect with a number of nonfiction subjects including gardening, cooking, and politics. Here are [...]