Wyatt’s World: Essays for Idiosyncratic Exploration

Essays are a very particular and concentrated form of writing. As such, they are often a place where writers feel free to follow their own idiosyncratic explorations. Collections, therefore, often make for strange and wonderful company and are particularly useful for getting a sense of a writer. These five, a newly minted National Book Critics Circle Award (NBCC) winner and four new or soon-to-be-published works, hold great promise to delight, challenge, and surprise.

  • John Barth’s Final Fridays (Counterpoint)
  • Geoff Dyer’s Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, winner of the 2012 NBCC Award for criticism (Graywolf)
  • Jonathan Franzen’s Farther Away (Farrar)
  • William Gibson’s Distrust That Particular Flavor (Putnam)
  • Marilynne Robinson’s When I Was a Child I Read Books (Farrar)
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net