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

Fall Expectations: New Ventures | Wyatt’s World

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Coming this fall (either around the corner or in a few weeks) are some riveting works that introduce new perspectives from well-known names.

Family Dynamics: Debuts in Domestic Struggles | The Reader’s Shelf, September 1, 2015

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Tolstoy tells us that every unhappy family suffers a unique despondency. These debuts, each addressing a family on the point of dissolution, prove his point.

Skyfaring with Mark Vanhoenacker | RA Crossroads

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Vanhoenacker is a pilot, but he could well be a philosopher poet. His memoir is as much a story of impressions and wordplay, of history, geography, and literature, as it is an explanation of a career in the sky.

Continuation Novels, Homages, and Other Ways To Revisit Beloved Characters | Wyatt’s World

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Sherlock Holmes, Jeeves and Wooster, and a zombie-plagued Elizabeth Bennet are but three of the characters brought back from their literary graves to be born again in the pages of a book. Here are five more.

Back to School | Wyatt’s World

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Read in the school year with subject-aligned nonfiction. Be it history, math, art, or literature, there are a plethora of choices no matter the interest. Here are a wide-ranging five.

Summer Reading Last Call | Wyatt’s World

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End-of-summer reading is upon us. What to pick? Here are five suggestions.

Time for Tea | Wyatt’s World

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Tea is hot right now. From magazine features to specialty shops to tea sommeliers, more and more people are savoring the pleasures of a good cuppa. Here are five books to support your readers’ habit.

Postscript: Life in Letters | The Reader’s Shelf, August 2015

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Between paeans to the practice itself, collections of correspondence, and novels in letters, there is an embarrassment of riches out there for epistolary readers.

McLain’s Circling the Sun Soars | RA Crossroads

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

New Mysteries Starring Familiar Faces | Wyatt’s World

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Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.