Reading as Counterprogramming | Wyatt’s World

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

  • The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (Crown).trulymadlyguilty.jpg72216
    What once felt like salvation, being found when lost in the woods, turns to sheer horror as Elka discovers her rescuer is a killer. Now, she’s on the run, and the man who taught her how to survive is on her trail.
  • Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron: Macmillan).
    A backyard barbecue becomes a tangled pivot point in the lives of three couples as what happened, and its fall out, is told in shifts between the event itself and its aftermath.
  • A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl (Viking).
    The world of comic cons, comics creators, and fandom serves as the rich setting for this road trip about a mother and son as they hopscotch across the country toward a moment long delayed.
  • The Black Widow by Daniel Silva (Harper).
    Superspy Gabriel Allon is finally about to fill his role as chief of Israel’s secret intelligence agency, but ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq) has larger plans, and new plots pull him back to France and the United States, luring his newest recruit into the heart of the caliphate.
  • Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature. ed. by Jacob Weisman (Tachyon).
    Authors such as Junot Díaz, George Saunders, and Molly Gloss are gathered in this anthology highlighting stories of alien invasion, first contact, and more—offering further proof, if any more were necessary, that the line between genre and literary fiction is simply speculative.
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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