Revisiting the Vietnam War | Wyatt’s World

On September 17, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will launch a ten-part PBS film documentary series The Vietnam War, providing plenty of ideas for what to reach for in the collection, such as Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Sympathizer, and Nothing Ever Dies.

August Genre Highlights | Wyatt’s World

From new and established authors alike, plenty of genre books are published in August, just in time for a final, savor-the-summer-day read. These examples span romance, historical fiction, suspense, and more.

Reading Through Time | The Reader’s Shelf

There are many ways to travel in time once inside a book—from those set in the past or future to those that are not satisfied with just one temporal plane. These six books explore the many threads of time.

Celebrating Jane Austen | RA Crossroads

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death on July 18, 1817. A proper celebration of the author’s life must begin with her iconic novels.

Summer Reading Final Call | Wyatt’s World

As August begins the slow slide into fall, back-to-school commercials toll doom for students and the baseball season rounds the corner into an extended homestretch. Make the most of the final month of vacations with a last look at summer reading.

Soccer, Sunshine, and Secret Agents | Books for Dudes

This month’s reviews include guides to soccer terminology and reconnecting with nature, fiction about secret agents, and a moving true story of arson in rural Virginia.

Reading Diana, Princess of Wales | Wyatt’s World

On Monday, July 27, HBO aired the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, marking a run of special broadcasts leading up to the 20th anniversary of the princess’s death on August 31, 1997. For readers interested in learning more about Diana and the royal family, these excellent backlist titles and new releases will have strong appeal. They also make great additions to displays and booklists.

Book Lit: Five Looks at Reading | Wyatt’s World

Reading about reading is the best kind of busman’s holiday. These five titles convey the power and solace of literature and the intrigue of favorite characters made new. Plenty of backlist titles are also available, making this topic a reliable display idea.

Domestic Affairs | Wyatt’s World

Tales of families never fail to fascinate. Whether a story of zany characters or of bonds unraveled, how mothers, fathers, and siblings navigate their unions is always rich reading. Here are four novels and one memoir that solidify these points.

Light from Shadow: Books on Eclipses | The Reader’s Shelf

On August 21, a wide swath of the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse…. A host of books awaits those seeking to enrich the viewing experience by learning the lore of this rare spectacle.