World War II Secret Agents | RA Crossroads

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Gross’s tense and harrowing story portrays how one extraordinarily brave soldier attempts the unthinkable, producing nail-biting suspense, a mournful ode to those who endured the camps, and an exploration of what constitutes a civil and spiritual life.

Destinations: U.S. National Parks | RA Crossroads

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In her thoughtful, graceful, and intimate evocation of America’s national parks, Williams offers readers an armchair tour that is as much a history lesson as it is an ode to space, as much a reminder of our shared responsibility of stewardship as it is a travel memoir, as much poetry as it is prose.

Tyler’s Vinegar Girl, Fully Tamed | 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, William Shakespeare leads me down a winding path.

Joe Hill’s “Fireman,” Apocalyptic Terror | RA Crossroads

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With engrossing, stay-up-all-night pacing, stock characters worth cheering for, spellbinding worldbuilding, and a well-balanced mix of outrage, mourning, and hope, Hill’s novel places his fellowship into one troubling incident after another.

Paging Through History | RA Crossroads

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In this accessible and wide-ranging account, Kurlansky’s narrative moves through time and across the globe investigating the reign of paper and its far reach.

Claire Harman’s Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart; What To Read, Listen to, Watch Next | RA Crossroads

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In this column, the life of Charlotte Brontë and her creation Jane Eyre lead me down a winding path

A Fashionable Romance: Loretta Chase’s Silk Is for Seduction | RA Crossroads

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In this column, the intersection of fashion and romance leads me down a winding path

Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling | RA Crossroads

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As Bryson fans would expect, this adventure around William Shakespeare’s blessed plot is at times riotously funny, at others warmly descriptive of place and quickly paced.

Inspiring Ideas from Martha Stewart’s Wedding Magazine | RA Crossroads

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Nearly 30 years after Stewart’s first book on weddings wowed readers with its lavish content, a slimmed down, elegant but no less extravagant new title makes its appearance.

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.