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Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests
     

Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests

by Rosalind Reisner
 

Jewish American literature covers a broad range of genres and literary works. Some of the United States' most compelling literature centers on the American Jewish experience; some of the most acclaimed authors write from the heart of their experience as Jewish Americans. This ground-breaking work is intended to guide readers and those who advise readers in

Overview

Jewish American literature covers a broad range of genres and literary works. Some of the United States' most compelling literature centers on the American Jewish experience; some of the most acclaimed authors write from the heart of their experience as Jewish Americans. This ground-breaking work is intended to guide readers and those who advise readers in selecting fiction and nonfiction books that match specific reading interests. It is the first readers' advisory guide to Jewish American literature. Like other titles in the Genreflecting Advisory Series, the book organizes titles by genre—mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, stories of romance, and literary fiction. In addition, there are chapters on holocaust literature and on biography/autobiography. More than 700 titles are categorized and described. Each chapter is further organized by subgenre and theme. Award-winning titles are noted, as are books that appeal to young adult readers and titles appropriate for book clubs and reading discussions. In addition, the author presents guidelines for building and maintaining a collection of Jewish literature, tips for advising readers, and lists of further resources for exploring the genre; making this a thorough and practical resource. Young adult and adult - Grades 9 and up.

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From the Publisher
Reisner's guide—informative, true to its intended scope, and well indexed—is not only a useful tool for inquiring minds but will make its way as a list-lover's favorite. A brief, well-written introduction explains the book's organization, and entries are concisely annotated….Recommended. All library collections, teachers, and book selectors. - Choice

"The latest entry in the Genreflecting Advisory Series is this superb bibliography of Jewish American fiction…. Reisner thoroughly examines Jewish literary fiction, using the series' subcategories of character, story, setting, and language to distinguish major works; she also identifies a canon of major literary and classic authors…. The breadth and depth of Reisner's knowledge are exceptional…. This timely, well-researched, well-indexed volume is necessary for all public libraries." - Library Journal, Starred Review

This work has already been awarded the 2005 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards prize from the Research and Special Libraries Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries and one can do no better than quote their accolade for the book. This book aids collection development and reader advisory services ranging from public, synagogue, community centre, and school libraries to academic and research institutions. - Reference Reviews

At last, a perfect readers' advisory for Jewish American literature! This compendium will be a godsend to librarians, booksellers, and the reading public….[Reisner] has provided us with a treasure trove of worthwhile information in an attractive and accessible format. - Jewish Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563089848
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
10/30/2004
Series:
Genreflecting Advisory Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 10.42(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

ROSALIND REISNER has worked in public, academic, special, and school libraries for over 25 years. She is currently the Program Coordinator at Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative in Freehold, New Jersey, and serves on the Editorial Board of Judaica Librarianship, published by the Association of Jewish Libraries. She writes and speaks about synagogue library management, collection development, and readers' advisory services.

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