RA for your Friday 3/29/19

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Well, the rain has washed the crystallized salt off of my car, and if that's not the first sign of spring, then I don't know what is. Perhaps it's something different for you, like tiny green shoots poking up through your garden or an undeniable urge to clean out your closets. Or maybe it's a boatload of lists recommending the best reads of spring...?

Let's kick things off with the New York Public Library's Spring 2019 Staff Picks. Customize to your interests by choosing Adult, YA, or Children's titles, and then filter using the tags on the left side of the screen. I love that these picks include new releases and gems from the backlist - we have stacks full of wonderful, older titles; let's make sure we're promoting them!

We've also got best books of spring lists from BuzzFeed, Esquire, Tor, and Vulture. Meanwhile, Lit Hub has 5 Great Audiobooks for Spring, Eater has the Best Cookbooks of Spring, and the LA Times features 7 debut novels to check out this spring.

In awards news, we've got the RITA finalists, the James Beard Award nominees, the Whiting Award winners, and the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science.

For all you book clubs out there, LibraryReads has teamed up with ALA Book Central to bring you recommendations for your book club. Check out their lists of Debut Authors and Historical Fiction!

And finally, #FridayReads: I've been reading cookbooks like it's my job. Last week, it was America's Test Kitchen's Cook It in Your Dutch Oven; this week it's been American Cookie, by Anne Byrn, which I first heard about on the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. But I do have a novel on deck - Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik - and in my earbuds is Circe by Madeline Miller, which I'll be listening to as I take a practice run at the pie I'll be bringing to Easter dinner - the elusive lemon meringue. Happy reading/listening/baking!