Skyfaring with Mark Vanhoenacker | RA Crossroads

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Vanhoenacker is a pilot, but he could well be a philosopher poet. His memoir is as much a story of impressions and wordplay, of history, geography, and literature, as it is an explanation of a career in the sky.

McLain’s Circling the Sun Soars | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to RA Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection readers’ advisory (RA) service goes where it may. In this column, Beryl Markham leads me down a winding path.

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.

McCullough’s Wright Brothers Take Flight | RA Crossroads

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Blending social history, scientific innovation, and dual biography, McCullough offers a resonating account of American invention, hard work, and determination.

Kurson’s Pirate Hunters Lead the Quest for Buried Treasure | 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, pirate treasure leads me down a winding path.

Stibbe’s Man at the Helm | RA Crossroads

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The joy of Stibbe’s first novel, after her highly praised memoir, Love, Nina is how funny and sly it is, how gracefully it advances, and how perfectly and rather suddenly it all ends.

After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

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On May 7, 1915, one of the largest passenger ships ever built, the Lusitania, while traveling from New York to Liverpool, fell prey to a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland that sank it with a single torpedo shot.

Franklin and Norman’s Siege Winter | RA Crossroads

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The final book written by Ariana Franklin and assuredly completed by her daughter Samantha Norman, is a grand yet intimate historic adventure that weaves the fates of three women and highlights the full force of the Anarchy of England.

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Are Dreaming Spies | RA Crossroads

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Astute, precise, and elegant writing, great attention to time and place, and beautifully realized characters comprise King’s mystery series that is at once intelligent, reflective, and action filled (if not fast paced).

Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library | RA Crossroads

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Libraries become dangerous places in Murakami’s dark fairy tale of an unnamed boy imprisoned by a librarian intent on devouring his brain. Adding to the disquiet is Chip Kidd’s deft production and design. A brief and eerie ode to the most forbidding expressions of the Brothers Grimm.