Neal Wyatt

About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

Summer Days, Reading Away | The Reader’s Shelf, July 1, 2016

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Just the term summer reading is evocative, promising all kinds of thrills, from quick, immersive jaunts to literary experiments. These debuts span that range to fill a day on the beach, a few hours tucked up on a porch, or a longer period of concentrated reading time.

Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World

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Round out audiobook month with a selection of summer listens—aural experiences perfect for taking a road trip, lounging the afternoon away, or sunning on a beach.

Tyler’s Vinegar Girl, Fully Tamed | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, William Shakespeare leads me down a winding path.

Audio Only | Wyatt’s World

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Celebrate audiobook month with an intriguing format—audio only. Written to be heard rather than read, these works offer listeners uniquely transporting experiences.

Gripping Nonfiction To Sweep Readers Away | Wyatt’s World

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Summer reading tends to lean heavily toward fiction, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of engrossing and mind-blowing nonfiction to take to the beach or consume while the air conditioner is blasting away. Here are five examples.

Island Life | Wyatt’s World

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As summer sweeps in with its thunderstorms and heat waves, many readers might find themselves vacationing on an island. Here are five new novels, representing a range of genres, that take place on those most intriguing of destinations.

All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World

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Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic, and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

Debuts Beyond Genre | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2016

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It is becoming increasingly clear that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand. Blends, crossovers, and mixes quickly muddy the waters, while authors more often resist the constraints of a label. Here are six debuts in that vein.

Self-Help Across Subjects | Wyatt’s World

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The desire to live a more fulfilling life is a perennially favorite subject of many authors, no matter where their books fall on the Dewey decimal range. Below are current examples that illustrate the breadth of the topic—from cookbooks and craft guides to memoirs and scientific studies.

Joe Hill’s “Fireman,” Apocalyptic Terror | RA Crossroads

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With engrossing, stay-up-all-night pacing, stock characters worth cheering for, spellbinding worldbuilding, and a well-balanced mix of outrage, mourning, and hope, Hill’s novel places his fellowship into one troubling incident after another.