Introducing Match Book, a New Literary Advice Column2 min read

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Trying to figure out which book to read next? Searching for a book you loved years ago but can’t fully remember? Want to know where to start in a prolific author’s oeuvre?

The New York Times Book Review wants to hear from you. Our new literary advice column, Match Book, written by Nicole Lamy, will start in April and we need your questions.

You’re invited to email matchbook@nytimes.com with details about your reading habits — old favorites, new books that exceeded your expectations, and those that fell short. The weekly column will connect readers with book suggestions based on their questions, their tastes, their literary needs and desires.

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Each column will offer personalized suggestions to one reader. Match Book will field queries from readers looking for books for any reason: for themselves, for research, for work, to give as gifts — for adults and kids — and for members of book groups looking for their next big read. All letters from all stripes of passionate readers are welcome: Lovers of fiction, thrillers, memoirs, essays, cozies, art books, biographies, children’s books, history, audiobooks, graphic novels.

Lamy has written about books, food, parenting, photography, dance, and movies for a variety of publications. She has served as books editor of the Boston Globe and previously as an editor at The Harvard Review, Transition Magazine and the Boston Book Review. She recently described for us the role she hopes the column will play in readers’ lives.

“When I was a young reader with a library card, I relied on those lists at the end of paperbacks to help me make my way through the stacks,” she said. “‘Also by This Author’ or ‘More Titles From This Publisher’ — I considered these to-do lists, and checked off the titles as I read them. Those lists were a piece of marketing genius, catching readers at their most vulnerable just as the strange, post-book mix of exhilaration and melancholy takes hold. I hope the next time last-page blues set in, readers turn to Match Book for a list of what to read next.”

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Lamy also said her favorite questions will be those that “leave me absolutely at sea,” so send your most vexing book dilemmas to her at matchbook@nytimes.com.

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