Music and Lyric | Wyatt’s World


Autumn will see the publication of a horde of music books, from National Book Award winner Patti Smith’s next memoir to titles by or about Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Sam Phillips, and Carly Simon. Here are five to get the music playing, each accompanied by playlist suggestions.

Notable Nonfiction (and Some Fiction!) | Books for Dudes

Good and Cheap

Dudes love their nonfiction, and six of this month’s BFD picks are in that mighty NF genre.

Fall Expectations: New Ventures | Wyatt’s World


Coming this fall (either around the corner or in a few weeks) are some riveting works that introduce new perspectives from well-known names.

Family Dynamics: Debuts in Domestic Struggles | The Reader’s Shelf, September 1, 2015


Tolstoy tells us that every unhappy family suffers a unique despondency. These debuts, each addressing a family on the point of dissolution, prove his point.

Skyfaring with Mark Vanhoenacker | RA Crossroads


Vanhoenacker is a pilot, but he could well be a philosopher poet. His memoir is as much a story of impressions and wordplay, of history, geography, and literature, as it is an explanation of a career in the sky.

Continuation Novels, Homages, and Other Ways To Revisit Beloved Characters | Wyatt’s World


Sherlock Holmes, Jeeves and Wooster, and a zombie-plagued Elizabeth Bennet are but three of the characters brought back from their literary graves to be born again in the pages of a book. Here are five more.

Back to School | Wyatt’s World


Read in the school year with subject-aligned nonfiction. Be it history, math, art, or literature, there are a plethora of choices no matter the interest. Here are a wide-ranging five.

Summer Reading Last Call | Wyatt’s World


End-of-summer reading is upon us. What to pick? Here are five suggestions.

Time for Tea | Wyatt’s World


Tea is hot right now. From magazine features to specialty shops to tea sommeliers, more and more people are savoring the pleasures of a good cuppa. Here are five books to support your readers’ habit.

Postscript: Life in Letters | The Reader’s Shelf, August 2015


Between paeans to the practice itself, collections of correspondence, and novels in letters, there is an embarrassment of riches out there for epistolary readers.