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Ramsdell's book responds to the tremendous growth in and diversification of romance fiction over the past decade and to the demand for a thorough guide to the literature. After a fascinating overview of the genre as a whole (e.g., definition, history, reasons for appeal), the author discusses each of its major subgenres, listing and describing the titles in each and offering tips for readers' advisory and collection development. A revision of Happily Ever After: A Guide to Reading Interests in Romance Fiction, ...

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Overview

Ramsdell's book responds to the tremendous growth in and diversification of romance fiction over the past decade and to the demand for a thorough guide to the literature. After a fascinating overview of the genre as a whole (e.g., definition, history, reasons for appeal), the author discusses each of its major subgenres, listing and describing the titles in each and offering tips for readers' advisory and collection development. A revision of Happily Ever After: A Guide to Reading Interests in Romance Fiction, this book has been entirely updated and rewritten. It includes new sections on Alternative Reality Romance (e.g., time travel, angels, vampires), Ethnic/Multicultural Romance, and Developing the Collection-with a suggested core collection list. Substantial additions have been made to the Research Aids section, and major revisions have been made to the historical and contemporary romance sections. A list of recommended titles for YAs appears in an appendix. A must buy for librarians inv

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Chapters are easy to read and entirely accessible…Bibliography is gratifyingly comprehensive.

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Contra Costa Times

Well organized and easy to use…Reasonably priced and would be welcome in collections of romance literature.

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Choice

This is an essential book for public libraries.

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Booklist

Review of previouse edition: Ramsdell's guide is a godsend for librarians.

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Booklist

Librarians new to reader's advisory and unfamiliar with the…romance genre will find [this] guide very helpful…Thoroughly covers the genre from early classics to contemporary novels.

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Library Journal

"A thorough and definitive guide to the literature…covering titles from the early classics up through present publications. Descriptions of thousands of books are grouped by categories, with background notes on each subgenre."

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Reference & Research Book News

Clearly written, up-to-date tome.

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School Library Journal

Covers thousands of titles from the early classics up through present publications.

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Teacher-librarian

Review of previous edition: Possibly setting the standard for genre-specific professional tools, Ramsdell does just about everything here, all of it useful to the working librarian. A superb book.

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VOYA

Public librarians and those dealing with young adults will find this a very complete resource.

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Education Libraries

"If you can only afford one romance readers' advisory reference this is the book to buy (due out in 2011 in an updated edition)….Ramsdell's book is part of Library Unlimited's extremely useful Readers Advisory series…"

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563083358
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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