After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

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

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

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

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.

Discover Our Past: From Lives in Ruins to Indiana Jones | RA Crossroads

Taking readers across centuries and around the planet, Johnson provides a collection of linked essays and character portraits centered on the archaeologists who toil in obscurity to discover our past in Lives in Ruins.

The Poet and the Vampyre | RA Crossroads

Stott’s darkly engrossing soap opera of a tale has very little to do with mythic monsters and instead investigates the iconic poets of the romantic age who sucked the life out of many of those around them…offering a story that is richly described in both place and character, compelling despite its leisurely pace.

STARZ Outlander | RA Crossroads

With misty rain, the swirl of a kilt, and eye contact that speaks volumes, the STARZ series holds the promise of converting a new set of viewers into devoted Diana Gabaldon fans.

In the Kingdom of Ice | RA Crossroads

In the Kingdom of Ice

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. Here the quest for the fabled open polar seas leads me down a winding path.

Iggulden’s Stormbird: Battling Kings and Their Comrades | RA Crossroads

Wars of the Roses

Richly set and vividly realized, Iggulden’s opening account of the long-waged battle for England’s crown is engrossing and deftly achieved.

From Cosmos to the Universe Within | RA Crossroads

Cosmos

Readers’ advisory (RA) recommends Cosmos, from the discoveries that led to the invention of motors to explanations of evolution and extinction. Lead patrons to a richly mixed universe of watch-alikes, read-arounds, & more