Nonfiction Picks | Wyatt’s World

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As the last days of summer slip away, amid back-to-school commercials and pool closings, readers can ease into returning to the classroom with this selection of nonfiction.

Water Cooler RA 2.0 | Wyatt’s World

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is dominating the book conversation this week (and likely beyond), yet also making headlines at the moment are a wealth of other titles pertaining to the current cultural climate. Here are five to suggest, all fitting nicely into the present dialog.

Long-Awaited Reading | Wyatt’s World

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The frenzy over J.K. Rowling et al.’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues to dominate book headlines. However, there are a number of other works out this month that give proof to the phrase “better late than never.”

Harry Potter: The Backlist | Wyatt’s World

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Just as Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, with authors John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, has looked to stories past to create the latest entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, readers’ advisers can reach into the stacks and pull out plenty of Potter read-alikes to share.

Olympic Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Starting August 5, media broadcasts turn their attention from the divisiveness of American politics to the united and global celebration of sport. There are plenty of titles to provide parallel reading. Here are five starting examples.

Reading as Counterprogramming | Wyatt’s World

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Politics has likely dominated many conversations this week and will continue to do so in the days and months to follow. For readers who need to step away for a bit, here’s an eclectic group of choices.

Baking Is Back | Wyatt’s World

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To the delight of many, PBS’s The Great British Baking Show returns for its third season. Celebrate and connect with readers by diving into the stacks and putting your best baking books on display. Here are a few new works to consider as well.

Working Vacations | Wyatt’s World

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As many patrons prepare to take summer vacations, consider suggesting books about the working life of others. Here are five recent examples to get started, covering a range of jobs and types of reading.

Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Celebrate July 4th with the Hamilton cast album and show tie-in (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution) and consider some other recent works on the era.

Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World

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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.