Books for Thought | The Reader’s Shelf

Some of the best novels are those that get people talking. By introducing a new perspective, featuring gripping plots, and tackling ethical dilemmas, they become perfect catalysts for discussion among bibliophiles.

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.

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.