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

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.

Reflecting on Animals: Five Timely Titles | Wyatt’s World

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It seems that books on the nature, intellect, and soul of animals are on the rise, with several new titles joining hits such as Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus and Virginia Morell’s Animal Wise Here are five suggestions for already published and forthcoming works.

Water Cooler Readers’ Advisory | Wyatt’s World

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Imagine the service desk as a water cooler; the likely topics of conversation that surround it, from politics to pop culture, support varied and interesting book suggestions. Here are five titles to tie the collection into what’s hot.

Paging Through History | RA Crossroads

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In this accessible and wide-ranging account, Kurlansky’s narrative moves through time and across the globe investigating the reign of paper and its far reach.

Fantasy Reading | Wyatt’s World

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More tales from the world of the Abercrombie’s “First Law” books, a new collection of lyrical fantasy tales from Aiken, the latest entry in Brooke’s stand-alone series, Cronin’s much-anticipated trilogy conclusion, a beloved Beast

Reading Crime | Wyatt’s World

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Crime appears to be the topic of the moment. Launched anew in 2012 by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and 2014’s podcast Serial and fed by a cavalcade of interest, the genre’s diversity proves the range of its appeal. Here are five titles to suggest.

Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

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Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.