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The Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide
     

The Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide

by Linda Parent Lesher
 

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This reader’s guide provides uniquely organized and up-to-date information on the most important and enjoyable contemporary English-language novels. Offering critically substantiated reading recommendations, careful cross-referencing, and extensive indexing, this book is appropriate for both the weekend reader looking for the best new mystery and the

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This reader’s guide provides uniquely organized and up-to-date information on the most important and enjoyable contemporary English-language novels. Offering critically substantiated reading recommendations, careful cross-referencing, and extensive indexing, this book is appropriate for both the weekend reader looking for the best new mystery and the full-time graduate student hoping to survey the latest in magical realism. More than 1,000 titles are included, each entry citing major reviews and giving a brief description for each book.

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Library Journal
concise, well-written entries.... Superbly detailed author, title, and subject indexes complete this winning reference work. [The competition] is not as comprehensive or date-specific as Lesher's and does not contain the useful list of reviews or the thematic breakdown. Recommended for all public libraries
Booklist
[Lesher's] superbly organized overview offers a broad-based selection of 1,033 end-of-the-century titles
VOYA
an excellent foundation for collection development at the high school level, as well as a resource to share with the young adult reader
From the Publisher
“concise, well-written entries.... Superbly detailed author, title, and subject indexes complete this winning reference work. [The competition] is not as comprehensive or date-specific as Lesher’s and does not contain the useful list of reviews or the thematic breakdown. Recommended for all public libraries”—Library Journal; “[Lesher’s] superbly organized overview offers a broad-based selection of 1,033 end-of-the-century titles”—Booklist; “an excellent foundation for collection development at the high school level, as well as a resource to share with the young adult reader”—VOYA; “useful”—Choice; “remarkable...a lot to enjoy in this book...highly recommended”—ARBA.
VOYA - Voya Reviews
This reader's guide to approximately one thousand novels written between 1990 and 1998 is an excellent foundation for collection development at the high school level, as well as a resource to share with the young adult reader who has moved beyond the mass-market adult novel. More than one hundred review sources were examined to compile the list of titles, most of which had been reviewed positively in the three or more sources that are cited with each entry. The seven hundred-plus international novelists, whose novels were in print in the United States at the time this resource was written, range from Michael Morris to Salman Rushdie. Each title entry includes a short summary, as well as excerpts from the novels and/or reviews, and clearly indicates if the main character is a young adult. The titles are arranged in eight categories spanning different themes, such as "The Ties that Bind"--books with "the bedrock themes of love, friendship, family, and community"--to "The Innovators"--novels that push the boundaries of narrative style. Other titles are divided by "Geographical Identifiers," from the American South to international regions such as New Zealand and Australia. A majority of the novels included in this reader's guide will not be found in a high school library media center or the YA section in a public library. Having this resource available, however, will help open the door to adult titles for those YA readers who want a more challenging read than the latest Grisham novel. Index. Appendix. 2000, McFarland, Ages Adult, 488p, $39.95 Oversize pb. Reviewer: Ruth E. Cox
Booknews
Writer, editor, and lifelong bibliophile Linda Lescher provides guidance on choosing from the many novels published from 1990 through 1998 and available from US publishers. Each of the 1,000 entries by 710 novelists includes a brief plot description, critical commentary, recognition received, cross-referencing, and extensive indexing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786407422
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Parent Lesher, writer, editor, book discussion group member, and lifelong bibliophile, has more than 20 years’ experience in scientific research and database management. She holds degrees from Fordham University and from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Washington, D.C.

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