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.

Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2016


Anne ­Tyler’s Vinegar Girl gives us the story of Kate Battista, a no-nonsense young woman who doesn’t aim to please, brusquely voicing her opinions at her job as preschool teacher and at home as housekeeper for her feckless scientist father and airheaded little sister.

LibraryReads June 2016


The June LibraryReads list is headlined by a delightful, modern reinvention of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler | LJ Review


The Taming of the Shrew meets Green Card in this delightful reinvention that owes as much to Tyler’s quirky sensibilities as it does to its literary forebear.

A Year in Books: Student Picks from 2015 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 1, 2015


Mary Wilkes Towner and students in her Adult Popular Literature class at the School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, share their favorite titles of 2015.

Spotlight on Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2015

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler talks about her new novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, and her “continuing interest in…those cobbled-­together households that you see sometimes, getting along just as happily as many biological families.”

Kate Alcott, Yasmina Khadra, Olen Steinhauer, Anne Tyler, & Others | Fiction Reviews, February 1, 2015


Reading groups will devour Khadra’s excellent work; Steinhauer’s genre-bending spy novel takes Hitchcockian suspense to new heights; Tyler continues to dazzle; Buckingham spins a tense, modern thriller; Alcott tackles Hollywood.

New releases from Anne Tyler, Matthew Quick, & Laura Lippman | Feb. 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction


Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Alphabet House. Penguin. ISBN 9781611763645. Read by Graeme Malcolm. In the “Department Q” series author’s first stand-alone novel, British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young’s plane is shot down and they know they will be executed if captured. They manage to jump aboard a train reserved for wounded SS soldiers. In a moment […]

Unreliables, Trains, Spools, Girls, and Help for the Haunted | What We’re Reading


Here’s what LJ staffers can’t stop reading this week.

The Reader’s Shelf | February 1, 2013


Books exploring the concept of place