Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World


Round out audiobook month with a selection of summer listens—aural experiences perfect for taking a road trip, lounging the afternoon away, or sunning on a beach.

Tyler’s Vinegar Girl, Fully Tamed | RA Crossroads


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, William Shakespeare leads me down a winding path.

Audio Only | Wyatt’s World


Celebrate audiobook month with an intriguing format—audio only. Written to be heard rather than read, these works offer listeners uniquely transporting experiences.

This Old House | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2016

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When you pass an abandoned mansion, are you immediately transported back to a time when people were elegant and skeletons were hidden in every closet? Here are seven books that feature those fascinating edifices, with an atmospheric feel and parallel narratives that switch between time lines.

Gripping Nonfiction To Sweep Readers Away | Wyatt’s World


Summer reading tends to lean heavily toward fiction, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of engrossing and mind-blowing nonfiction to take to the beach or consume while the air conditioner is blasting away. Here are five examples.

Island Life | Wyatt’s World


As summer sweeps in with its thunderstorms and heat waves, many readers might find themselves vacationing on an island. Here are five new novels, representing a range of genres, that take place on those most intriguing of destinations.

GPS, Gumshoes, and a Ghost Story | Books for Dudes


This month I reread Mary Roach’s Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and damn if I didn’t revisit the whole raison d’être of Books for Dudes, because, jeez, did Roach ever pen the grandmammy of all books for dudes.

All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World


Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic, and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

Debuts Beyond Genre | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2016


It is becoming increasingly clear that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand. Blends, crossovers, and mixes quickly muddy the waters, while authors more often resist the constraints of a label. Here are six debuts in that vein.

Self-Help Across Subjects | Wyatt’s World


The desire to live a more fulfilling life is a perennially favorite subject of many authors, no matter where their books fall on the Dewey decimal range. Below are current examples that illustrate the breadth of the topic—from cookbooks and craft guides to memoirs and scientific studies.