Resilient Rulers: From Victoria to Cixi to Catherine the Great | RA Crossroads

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, Queen Victoria leads me down a winding path.

Bridget Jones, Before and Beyond | RA Crossroads

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, all things Bridget Jones and the chick lit backlist lead me down a winding path.

World War II Secret Agents | RA Crossroads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.