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

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.

Romance Novels, Spies, and Women Doctors | Readers’ Advisory (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, romance novels, spies, and women doctors lead me down a winding path.

The Art of Craft | Wyatt’s World

While January still motivates readers to begin (or at least ponder) fresh approaches, consider displaying a wide range of books on the nature of craft.

Varied Firsts of the New Year | Wyatt’s World

These authors offer fresh perspectives for 2018 with stories that kick off new series, provide novel takes on long-established genres, and will likely launch the writer to new heights.

A New Look at Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express | RA Crossroads

Agatha Christie wrote a number of mysteries featuring the eccentric and honorable Hercule Poirot before putting the famous Belgian detective on a train in Istanbul. Here, actor and director Kenneth Branagh steps into the indelible investigator’s shoes and creates a visually arresting cinematic experience.

The Cookbook Countdown Begins | Wyatt’s World

It’s that time of year, when readers turn to the culinary collection to guide them through preparing those upcoming special meals. Start highlighting the richness of your holdings with books that get readers thinking about the cooking life of others—and their own.

Short Takes | Wyatt’s World

As we enter the heart of the fall book season, some of the biggest titles just happen to be made up of smaller pieces. Here are five collections getting attention.

Remember These Names | Wyatt’s World

October ushers in the heart of the “big book” season, and for any author, especially those just breaking in, landing a fall publication date is impressive. Here are five who have earned such an honor and deserve attention this month and beyond.