Get Personalized Book Recommendations from Experts
I'm excited to announce that we have some additions to the Book section of Questionland: I'm going to be joined by five booksellers from Third Place Books. Each of these booksellers is an expert in a different field.
is our new cookbook/travel book expert
. She's been a bookseller for ten years now. Some of her favorite cookbooks include Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
by Deborah Madison, Just a Pinch of Russian
("my grandmother's tattered plastic comb-bound Russian Orthodox church cookbook from 1950s Cleveland"), and Rustic Fruit Desserts
by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. She's an avid traveler (she calls Google Maps "pretty much my favorite thing on the internet") and some of her favorite recent travel books include The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner, Country Driving
by Peter Hessler, and Lunch in Paris
by Elizabeth Bard.
Greg Kindall specializes in history books, though he loves good historical fiction, too. He says "At the moment I'm reading Edmund Wilson's Patriotic Gore."
One of the biggest gaps in my books knowledge is kid's books; aside from the books I read as a kid (The Monster at the End of This Book
is a postmodern classic, dammit), I haven't kept up on books for toddlers, kids, and teenagers. Rene Holderman
will be our children's book expert
, and Sarah Meister
will be rocking the young adult books
And I've known our sci-fi & fantasy expert, Steve Winter, for over a decade now. He's got an encyclopedic understanding of anything rocket-ship- or chain-mail-bra-related. Steve has successfully recommended more sci-fi books to me than anyone else on the planet; whether you're looking for literary-quality science fiction or an enormous 20-book saga about a gay elf who has to return a magical sword to a slug-infested swamp, he's your guy.
If you have a question about a certain type of book, you can ask these booksellers directly, but we'll all be chiming in regularly over in the books section of Questionland. If you ask a question on our main page, we'll all see it. If you're tired of Amazon's too-literal (and too-lateral) suggestion platform and you're looking to branch out, or if you're looking for Christmas books for family members, or if you'd just like a personalized recommendation from someone who loves books, we hope you'll ask us a question sometime soon.
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