Judicious Reading: The Supreme Court Rules the Page | Wyatt’s World


The U.S. Supreme Court Justices seem to be everywhere right now: from debate topics to late-night broadcasts. Here are five books on the court, its issues, and its role in American life.

LJ Reference Reviews: September 15, 2015


New reference titles, from Nixon Tapes to Folksongs to the World Cheese Book, plus eReviews of The Churchill Archive, Judaic Scholar Digital Reference Library, and Quetzal.

TV Readers’ Advisory (RA) | Wyatt’s World


The fall television season is about to begin, making it a perfect time to pair books with broadcasts. Here is a list for fans of Project Runway.

Bill Nye, Carly Simon, & a Biography of Joan Didion | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Nonfiction


Bingham, Emily. Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham. Tantor. ISBN 9781494567972. Read by Christina Delaine. Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: […]

Skyfaring with Mark Vanhoenacker | RA Crossroads


Vanhoenacker is a pilot, but he could well be a philosopher poet. His memoir is as much a story of impressions and wordplay, of history, geography, and literature, as it is an explanation of a career in the sky.

Love, History, Language, Tragedy | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2016, Pt. 4


Buckley, Gail Lumet. The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family. Atlantic Monthly. Feb. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780802124548. $26. BIOGRAPHY/CULTURAL HERITAGE The daughter of actress Lena Horne, Buckley traces her roots back to great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave given that rare chance to obtain an education who […]

In Office: This Season’s Presidential and Political Picks


A pragmatic political partnership; a moving portrayal of the Washingtons’ devoted relationship; Winik delivers a book of capital historical importance; a significant alliance in America’s founding; an unequaled biography of Henry Kissinger

Back to School | Wyatt’s World


Read in the school year with subject-aligned nonfiction. Be it history, math, art, or literature, there are a plethora of choices no matter the interest. Here are a wide-ranging five.

Diana Nyad, Notorious RBG, & Luc Sante’s Paris | Audio in Advance October 2015 | Nonfiction


Barrymore, Drew. Wildflower. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780147520715. Read by the author. Barrymore’s memoir, the first book she’s written about her life since the age of 14, includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, […]

Prize-Worthy Aboulela, Screen-Worthy Cornwell & Endo, Thatcher’s Continuing Biography, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4


Aboulela, Leila. The Kindness of Enemies. Grove. Jan. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780802124487. $26. LITERARY FICTION Sudanese-born, Scotland-based, and relentlessly prize-worthy, Aboulela grabbed the Caine Prize for African Writing with a story from the collection Coloured Lights and the Scottish Book Award for her most recent novel, Lyrics Alley; that novel and her two others, The […]