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

Musical Memoirs | Wyatt’s World

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Memoirs take a musical turn this fall, with a number of high-profile singers turning to the page rather than the microphone to tell their tales. Here are five essential titles as an overture.

The Mystery of Love | The Reader’s Shelf, September 15, 2016

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The start of the school year might prompt a new reading plan, such as working through a series one has always wanted to try. For fans of mystery and romance, there are plenty of choices to be had.

Keep the Reading Going for Fall | Wyatt’s World

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Part of providing readers’ advisory (RA) services with ease is having books at the forefront of your mind to offer patrons with a range of interests. The bevy of fall reading lists supply plenty of choices. Here are five titles making such lists, paired with a secondary offering to keep the reading going.

Armchair Travel: Place and Time | Wyatt’s World

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For armchair travelers, these five titles will transport them in time and place.

New Discoveries: A Variety of Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, September 1, 2016

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Finding a debut author is a special delight for bibliophiles, regardless of their preferred reading matter: fiction, nonfiction, or specific genre. Here are six titles that would never be shelved together but do offer up the delightful promise of a new author.

Tie-In TV | Wyatt’s World

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Typically, media tie-ins come out several weeks, if not months, before an expected big-screen success—with splashy covers featuring the stars of the show. Fans of the small screen, however, often have to search the stacks to find a hook. Give them a hand by displaying TV-related works.

World War II Secret Agents | RA Crossroads

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Gross’s tense and harrowing story portrays how one extraordinarily brave soldier attempts the unthinkable, producing nail-biting suspense, a mournful ode to those who endured the camps, and an exploration of what constitutes a civil and spiritual life.

Nonfiction Picks | Wyatt’s World

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As the last days of summer slip away, amid back-to-school commercials and pool closings, readers can ease into returning to the classroom with this selection of nonfiction.

Water Cooler RA 2.0 | Wyatt’s World

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is dominating the book conversation this week (and likely beyond), yet also making headlines at the moment are a wealth of other titles pertaining to the current cultural climate. Here are five to suggest, all fitting nicely into the present dialog.

Long-Awaited Reading | Wyatt’s World

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The frenzy over J.K. Rowling et al.’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues to dominate book headlines. However, there are a number of other works out this month that give proof to the phrase “better late than never.”