Fright, Fever, Flu: Absorbing but Scary Medical Histories | The Reader’s Shelf

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A public fascination with the plague and disease in general has resulted in some fine science writing; the six titles gathered here demonstrate the impact these diseases have had on humanity, but they also highlight the key developments in science and public health that have driven down the rates of infection. From the April 1 issue.

Trashy Pulps Spun into Literary Gold | The Reader’s Shelf

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Their beat goes on; writers who changed the landscape of pop fiction

Hold the Bonbons, Add the Adventures | The Reader’s Shelf

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This Valentine’s Day explore the adventurous side of romances with these perilous quests—in which falling in love is a side benefit to staying alive.

Let’s Get Graphic: Creating Comics in Novel Ways | The Reader’s Shelf

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LJ contributor Tom Batten on innovative storytelling combining pictures and words

From the Horse’s Mouth: CCPL’s Favorite Books of 2013 | The Reader’s Shelf

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In celebration of the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 90th anniversary, its dedicated group of librarians share their favorite titles of 2013.

The Reader’s Shelf | It Takes a Thief: True Art Crimes

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True crime is not just about blood and bodies. It also encompasses art theft. These titles explore permanent losses and recovered works.

Telling Stories Through Food

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These recent narrative cookbooks combine the twin pleasures of cooking and reading

Horror Gems for the Haunting Season

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It’s that time of the year again, when other­wise mild-mannered readers turn into ravenous fiends searching for a terrifying fix. Instead of just turning to old standbys, why not try one of these 21st-­century options.

Celebrate National Reading Group Month | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2013

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Titles that shine a light on reading in company.

Anchors Aweigh! A Flotilla of Good Reading | The Reader’s Shelf

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A ship is a symbol of adventure, freedom, and exploration. Even landlubbers will want to launch their own voyages of discovery with these journeys.

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