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

Getting Ready for the Force Awakens | Wyatt’s World


For many Star Wars fans, Christmas comes a week early when The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. Feed their desire to experience the film and the full movie franchise with a range of works.

What To Read After Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | RA Crossroads


Marking its sesquicentennial in 2015 with global celebratory events taking place through late fall, Carroll’s poetic mix of nonsense, whimsy, and charming threat remains evergreen.

Sweets at the End | Wyatt’s World


All good things come to a close, and with Thanksgiving upon us, so does the Great Fall Cookbook Countdown. Fittingly, the final week’s selections look at baking—from breads to cakes to dream-worthy cookies.

Q&A: Natasha Pulley | Debut Spotlight, November 15, 2015


An enthralling, immersive story about a watchmaker who remembers the future and a telegraphist forced to turn spy, Natasha Pulley’s debut, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, is a brilliant example of speculative fiction

Have Cookbook, Will Travel | Wyatt’s World


The Great Fall Cookbook Countdown rounds the corner to its homestretch (Thanksgiving Day) with a look at recipes that take readers far away, cookbooks that explore place.

Vicarious Restaurant Visits | Wyatt’s World


The Great Fall Cookbook Countdown continues with restaurant books, collections of recipes, and images of dishes from those hot and hip places that define destination dining

Cookbook Countdown Kickoff | Wyatt’s World


Back again for 2015 is the Great Fall Cookbook Countdown leading up to Thanksgiving Day: five cookbooks a week, five different themes, five different ways of highlighting your collection. The kickoff begins with big-name books.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 | RA Crossroads


Schiff wades into the malice, fear, power play, and seething resentment that fueled the Salem witch trials, detailing the central figures and offering a play-by-play of the hearings’ key moments.

Writing About Writers | Wyatt’s World


These histories, autobiographies, and imaginings about well-known writers’ lives resonate with authenticity, following as they do the age-old adage to new authors—write what you know.

An Illustrated Halloween Reading List | Wyatt’s World


These modern classics of horror graphic novels and comics provide layers of chill-inducing menace with their gripping combinations of art, text, and layout. Here are five more suggestions for the Halloween season.