RA for your Friday 10/11/19


Not too much news to share as we head into the holiday weekend, but I'd like to kick off today's email with a post from Becky Spratford about RA for cookbook readers:

"When I first started out in RA Service, one of the requests I was completely unprepared for was helping readers who liked to read cookbooks for fun to find more they would also enjoy. I knew about reading travel guides for fun more than to prep for a trip because it was something I have always enjoyed. But the idea of reading a cookbook for more than the recipes was foreign to me. Well, I quickly learned that there was a sizable group of patrons for whom cookbooks was their go-to leisure reading genre.

Booklist has had a spotlight issue on cookbooks for many years, and this month along with lists of the top cookbooks and core collection articles on Foundational Cookbooks and YA for Foodies there is also this excellent piece by Susan Maguire [my fabulous editor] on Cookbook Advisory. Past Becky could have used this, but all of us can use it now..."

In book club news, three of the four new book club in a bag titles I promoted in this flyer are now available! As of today, you can borrow The Great Believers, The Feather Thief, and There There from The Warehouse. Look for American Wolf and Women Rowing North soon!

In fall reading list news, we've got picks from NPR, and Oprah, and looking ahead to next month, the November Indie Next preview is out.

In awards news, the finalists for the National Book Awards are here, and the Nobel Prize(s) for Literature have been announced.

Finally, #FridayReads: I've decided to go all in with the season and pick up The Poison Thread, by Laura Purcell. "A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill..." Victorian! Gothic! Seamstress! Yes. The answer is yes. Happy reading!