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

The Cookbook Countdown Begins | Wyatt’s World

It’s that time of year, when readers turn to the culinary collection to guide them through preparing those upcoming special meals. Start highlighting the richness of your holdings with books that get readers thinking about the cooking life of others—and their own.

Short Takes | Wyatt’s World

As we enter the heart of the fall book season, some of the biggest titles just happen to be made up of smaller pieces. Here are five collections getting attention.

Remember These Names | Wyatt’s World

October ushers in the heart of the “big book” season, and for any author, especially those just breaking in, landing a fall publication date is impressive. Here are five who have earned such an honor and deserve attention this month and beyond.

Drink Up | Wyatt’s World

As the fall cookbook season gets underway—look for the annual Cookbook Countdown starting November 3—don’t forget the many titles focused on beverages, from bourbon to tea. These picks combine bar food and drinks, flash fiction and cocktails, and even famous distillery cats. Here are six covering swills of all sorts.

Politics in Prose | Wyatt’s World

We’re just a handful of weeks away from a new round of consequential elections around the world, and with the wounds of 2016 still raw, a fresh wave of books on politics and political concerns hits the shelves. Here are five examples from those with firsthand experience and those who will fuel future elections to come.

Two by Two: Doubles, Seconds, and Pairs | Wyatt’s World

Be it the fate of twins, an author’s second novel, braided narratives, or literary twosomes, September brings a number of titles concerned with the concept of two.

Dunkirk: The Battle That Altered History | RA Crossroads

In his storytelling approach to the events, figures, and actions of the start of World War II and the Battle of Dunkirk in the summer of 1940, Korda pulls readers in with a mix of history and his own family’s experience of war.

Tie-Ins: To Buy and DIY | Wyatt’s World

The fall movie and TV season is starting, bringing with it plenty of adaptations and tie-in editions to refresh the collection. Other page-to-screen versions demand that librarians make their own tie-in accompaniments and search for titles that connect to and expand upon the film or show.

For the Sake of Reading | Wyatt’s World

Just as the new school year gets underway, acclaimed author and Princeton University professor John McPhee publishes his latest title on writing nonfiction, Draft No. 4. Use both occasions to gather the most recent wave of books about books into a display highlighting the pure pleasures of reading.

Short Stories: The Collected Edition | Wyatt’s World

Among the fine, newly released story collections of summer/fall are James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul , Josh Weil’s The Age of Perpetual Light, and Paul Yoon’s The Mountain. With such ripe conditions, it’s an ideal time to consider new anthologies of short fiction. Here are five worth noting and sharing.