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VOYAAGERANGE: Ages 11 to Adult.
With an obvious passion for her subject, Wyatt crafts an impressively detailed, truly readable guide for effectively using nonfiction within the framework of an entire library collection. Far more than a collection of topical lists or generic readers' advisory (RA) practices, this volume is essentially a complete guide to nonfiction RA. The first chapters orient the reader to the general practice of nonfiction RA and detail strategies for incorporating new skills with existing RA abilities. The middle chapters clearly show how to apply these strategies within significant nonfiction subjects (food and cooking, memoirs, sports, true adventure, etc.) and provide examples of different types of resources available in these subject areas, as well as ways to tie in items from other subject areas and parts of a larger collection. Each subject-oriented chapter includes a well-balanced list of important authors and titles, including a "benchmark" text and read-alike options. A major strength of the text is found in the final sections, where ideas for marketing a nonfiction collection and providing "whole collection" RA are explored. Appendixes offer tools that many librarians will find helpful, including ideas for compiling nonfiction subject guides, locating and using award lists, and a nonfiction reading plan. Part of the publisher's Readers' Advisory Series, this text offers an empowering take on nonfiction RA that is sure to inspire new ways of combining resources from all sections of the collection. Reference and readers' advisory providers in public and academic libraries will find it extremely useful. Reviewer: Elsworth Rockefeller
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No.1)