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

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.

Q&A: Laura van den Berg | Debut Spotlight, April 15, 2015

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Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, published after two well-received story collections, is getting rave reviews. In this interview, the author discusses the world she creates, the popularity of dystopian fiction, and more.

Poetical Nonfiction: Five Books for National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

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Appreciating poetry often means looking beyond the poems themselves. Here are five nonfiction titles that explore the way the craft works, the lives of poets, and the meaning of verse in our lives and the world.

A Strange Magic: Debuts in Magical Realism | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2015

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Logan blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse; Swyler’s melancholy and engrossing Book of Speculation; Swanson’s fast-paced Bookseller, Zourkova’s mix of mystery, a love triangle, and Greek mythology.

National Poetry Month: Five Suggestions | Wyatt’s World

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Important new collections from poets to know.

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