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

Books for the Bounty | Wyatt’s World

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Help patrons find new vegetable-centered cookbooks, from Root to Leaf to The Broad Fork, readers will feel At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

McCullough’s Wright Brothers Take Flight | RA Crossroads

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Blending social history, scientific innovation, and dual biography, McCullough offers a resonating account of American invention, hard work, and determination.

Early Summer Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Like most celebrations, summer reading starts earlier and earlier each year. One might as well begin reading in the mode of the season sooner rather than later. Here are five ways to devise a plan of action.

Survival and Rescue | Wyatt’s World

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The bravery, luck, resourcefulness, and generosity of individuals facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances—personal, cultural, and natural—have long fascinated readers. Here are five titles to suggest to fans of the genre.

Mysteries of the Past: Historical Crime Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2015

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Ranging from the plague-riddled 1300s to a World War II–era village in England, each of these stories masterfully conjures time and place while also ensnaring readers in mysteries most violent, most thrilling, and most startling.

Kurson’s Pirate Hunters Lead the Quest for Buried Treasure | 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, pirate treasure leads me down a winding path.

Book Display Readers’ Advisory: Circus Stories | Wyatt’s World

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Here are three new titles to put on display, plus two 2014 releases that might be languishing in the stacks, just waiting for companion works to give them a bit of shine.

Book Display Readers’ Advisory: Assemble Grown-Up Picture Books | Wyatt’s World

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Build a book display of fine children’s books, or gather grown-up picture books—graphic novels, illustrated books, exhibition catalogs—that celebrate the pure delight of looking at a book as well as reading it.

Halfway to Horror: Halloween Previews | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2015

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From Jennifer Egan’s The Keep to Scott Smith’s The Ruins, this collection of titles brings plenty of ambiance to set a horrific tone, parodies of current times, looks to the future, and art that is both beautiful and scary.

Needle and Thread: Five Books To Refresh Your Collections | Wyatt’s World

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“Sewing” books range from dress patterns to appliqué, from needlepoint to embroidery. Here are five key titles that will update collections and please sewists of all kinds.