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

Marking May’s Celebrations | Wyatt’s World

May marks Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Older Americans Month. While there are many ways to celebrate, reading is always an optimal choice. Here are five novels to share with patrons.

Considering Nonfiction: Science, Writing, and Travel | Wyatt’s World

Spring marks the arrival of some great nonfiction works, from Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture to Lorrie Moore’s See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary and Sloane Crosley’s Look Alive Out There: Essays. Here are five more, focused on science, writing, and travel.

Sweet Reading | Wyatt’s World

The newest season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table has begun, this time with a focus on pastry. Feed your readers’ sweet tooth with these delicious choice offerings.

Gardening Blooms | Wyatt’s World

In April, scores of readers will head to the local plant store. Get them into the library, too, with books about gardening, from lush dwellings worth dreaming over to utilitarian plans for building flourishing spaces of their own.

When in Rome | The Reader’s Shelf

Those yearning to travel to Rome via airplane or armchair can relish these books suitable for vacation reading.

Spring Decorating | Wyatt’s World

Forget the drudgery of spring cleaning and focus on what readers really want to do—live in rooms they love. Here are five books to inspire and create those kinds of spaces.

For Fans of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Watch- and Read-Alikes Aplenty | RA Crossroads

This Golden Globe darling (winner of the Best Television Series and Best Actress in a Television Series) is a vivacious and bright delight, the kind of series that will trigger a binge and bear up under repeat watching.

Women’s History Month: Read On | Wyatt’s World

Nonfiction explorations, a grand collection of comics portraits, and a welcome anthology of reimagined tales are just some of the books that help readers celebrate the history and achievements of women.

Culinary Crossroads | Wyatt’s World

The metaphor that America is a melting pot is made concrete in its layered and various foodways. Here are five books that prove this point.

Celebrating Black History Month | Wyatt’s World

As February unfolds and readers set out to mark the celebration of Black History Month, support their efforts with a selection of critical and powerful new works published in recent months.