Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction

Overview

Popular nonfiction is widely read, and is increasingly prominent in the curriculum. This guide helps students, teachers, and librarians identify popular works of nonfiction related to particular themes. Included are alphabetically arranged entries on 50 themes, such as Animals, Exploration, Genocide, Immigrants, Poverty, and Race Relations. Each entry begins with a definition and discussion of the theme, followed by critical summaries of three or four works of nonfiction. The entries conclude with lists of ...

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Overview

Popular nonfiction is widely read, and is increasingly prominent in the curriculum. This guide helps students, teachers, and librarians identify popular works of nonfiction related to particular themes. Included are alphabetically arranged entries on 50 themes, such as Animals, Exploration, Genocide, Immigrants, Poverty, and Race Relations. Each entry begins with a definition and discussion of the theme, followed by critical summaries of three or four works of nonfiction. The entries conclude with lists of additional nonfiction for further reading, and the Guide closes with lists of additional themes and related works, along with a bibliography of works on popular nonfiction.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Whether it is labeled creative nonfiction, factual fiction, literary journalism or new journalism, the practice of presenting fact through the technique of fiction by concentrating on immediacy within such forms as autobiography, memoir, biography, essay, journal, science writing and travel writing. Adamson offers over 50 themes and over 150 works to provide an overview of creative nonfiction, covering such topics as adolescent girls, African life, beginnings, change, conservation, desire, the earth, education, exploration, genocide, illness, leadership, murder, poverty, sports dreams, survival, work and writers. She provides brief descriptions of works and themes for each topic, along with a list of other suggested reading. The result is not only informative but both inspirational and cautionary for aspiring high school and college nonfiction writers."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This work aims to guide librarians and teachers in selecting the most outstanding works on various themes. Popular nonfiction means works with an enduring readership that present a personal viewpoint on topics, but not from a scholarly perspective. Adamson divides the field into 50 categories ranging from Adolescent Females to World War II. Each section begins with a very short bibliographic essay and then presents at length the merits of three to four titles. For the section Race Relations, Adamson selected W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, John Howard Griffin's Black like Me, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. For each she gives a useful synopsis of the work, helpful when searching for titles that delineate the theme in a significant way and that are appropriate for students. At the end of a section is usually a short list of other titles of merit….Highly recommended. Librarians/libraries serving high school or young adult readers."

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Choice

"In her preface, author Adamson explains that this guide discusses books sometimes called creative nonfiction, nonfiction novels, or other similar terms. It was written for high-school and college teachers teachers who need to identify nonfiction works that can be used in courses in various disciplines….The heart of each chapter is the analysis of the chosen books and how they exemplify the theme. The discussion for each book is a page and one-half and covers not only the content in the book but also the literary devices used, the author's style and use of language, plot devices, setting, and approach to theme. The discussions are quite complete and will let teachers easily see if a book would be appropriate for their courses….High-school and college teachers will find the guide very useful, and for this reason school and college libraries should purchase it. Public libraries can purchase as need demands."

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Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"[T]his title achieves its aims consistently and admirably… Teachers at … high school and college level have here a useful resource to choose books and themes to work with their pupils. Interested students have also a resource to help them widen their reading and and make that reading even more informed and productive. Any such work is to be welcomed."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313328558
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNDA G. ADAMSON is Professor Emeritus of Literature, Prince George's Community College, where she has taught American, Children's, and Comparative Literature courses. Her many books include Thematic Guide to the American Novel (2002), Notable Women in American History (1999), and Recreating the Past: A Guide to American and World Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults (1994), all available from Greenwood Press.

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Table of Contents

Adolescent females 1
African life 7
American dream 13
Animals 19
Beginnings 25
Brothers 31
Change 37
Commerce 45
Conservation 53
Cooperation 59
Death 65
Desire 71
The Earth 77
Education 83
The environment 89
Expatriate experiences 95
Exploration 101
Family 107
Fathers and sons 115
Female identity 121
Fishermen 127
Genocide 133
Illness 139
Immigrants 147
Investigations 153
Islamic women 159
Journalists 165
Latinas in America 171
Leadership 177
Mavericks 183
The mind 189
Mothers and sons 195
Murder 201
Mysteries 209
Perseverance 217
Poverty 223
Power 229
Prisons 235
Race relations 241
Roaming 247
Rocket science 255
Sports dreams 261
Survival 267
Technology 273
Traveling to Tibet 279
Vietnam war encounters 285
Women of Chinese ancestry 291
Work 299
World War II 307
Writers 313
App. A Themes and books included in the chapters 321
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