The Readers' Advisory Guide To Genre Fiction / Edition 2

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VOYA - Elsworth Rockefeller
Building on the first edition published eight years ago, this revision includes updated genre descriptions and author/title lists but does not shy away from presenting classic texts and older materials, which makes the text feel fresh but well grounded. Whole collection readers' advisory (RA) is discussed in an accessible way, as are other tips for effectively using RA in reference interviews and beyond. Grouping her subject into four main genre types ("adrenaline," "emotions," "intellect," and "landscape"), Saricks gives readers an immediate orientation to the contents. Each section includes three or four specific genres ("women's lives and relationships," historical fiction," "romantic suspense"), and features a definition and introduction to the genre, the characteristics of the genre's appeal, suggested authors and titles, and other practical information. Well-crafted back matter add to the ease of navigation. This very readable text employs a playful tone that reflects Saricks's love of her work and will inspire readers to use RA techniques in a variety of ways. A useful tool for both new library employees and established practitioners, this book is a must-have in public service areas. Professionals at different levels will find diverse kinds of value here. Those new to the field or untrained in RA will benefit from the easy-to-navigate lists of authors and titles by genre, whereas those already comfortable and confident in RA work will undoubtedly learn new strategies and feel energized by the high-energy writing in this important and engaging tool. Reviewer: Elsworth Rockefeller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909898
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 1,048,740
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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