Best Books 2012: Thrillers

By Jeff Ayers Barclay, Linwood. Trust Your Eyes. NAL: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780451237903. $25.95; eISBN 9781101602713. Ray Kilbride cares for his schizophrenic brother, Thomas, who is obsessed with a computer program similar to Google Street View called When Thomas witnesses a murder online, the brothers uncover a deadly conspiracy. An exhilarating and breathtaking […]

Poetry Out of Context: Notes from the 6th Annual Academy of American Poets Forum

When Whitman declares in “Native Moments,” “I will play a part no longer, why should I exile myself / from my companions? / I come forthwith in your midst, I will be your poet, / I will be more to you than to any of the rest,” he defines, in one context, the innermost desire […]

Call the Midwives | Wyatt’s World

Now that American viewers have had seen the new PBS series Call the Midwife, there might be demand for titles about midwifery and requests for other TV series with the same kind of resonance. Here are two novels, two memoirs, and another PBS program to suggest. And don’t forget to offer the memoir the series […]

Professional Media Review, September 15, 2012

Spratford, Becky Siegel. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. 2nd ed. ALA. 2012. 184p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838911129. pap. $48. PRO MEDIA Here is an excellent readers’ advisory book for those unfamiliar with the horror genre as well as those who want to round out their collections. Spratford coauthored the first edition in 2004, and […]

Graphic Novel Reviews, September 15, 2012

Graphic novels with protagonists ranging from superheroes to everyman to Abraham Lincoln

Reference BackTalk: A Focus on the Family, September 15, 2012

Librarians from the Tacoma Public Library discuss their library’s intergenerational Introduction to Genealogy class

Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Today being Julia Child’s 100th birthday, I was doing some idle Child online research, and came across the delightful site, What’s Cooking? Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian, which describes how the Smithsonian acquired the kitchen from Ms. Child, along with audio clips of Child telling stories about her kitchen and diary entries recorded by […]

Wyatt’s World: Alternative Reading for College Core Courses

Millions of college kids soon will head off to school, taking with them extralong twin sheets, shiny new computers, and ramen noodles. They have likely already bought their course books, but for added context, and to support blooming interests, here are some subject-specific books librarians can offer to engage students in the wider applications of […]

Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2012: Librarians Day

Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2012: Librarians Day

Barbara’s Picks: Jan. 2013, Pt. 2: Memoirs by Amanda Knox & Sonia Sotomayer; a Debut Thriller from Law & Order’s Dick Wolf

Barbara’s Picks: Jan. 2013, Pt. 2: Memoirs by Amanda Knox & Sonia Sotomayer; a Debut Thriller from Law & Order’s Dick Wolf