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Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978-1998 (Genreflecting Advisory)
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Recommending books to readers of contemporary mainstream, or literary, fiction is perhaps the most challenging of all endeavors for readers' advisors. Pearl and her co-authors attempt to ease the process with this helpful guide to the most elusive genre. Covering 1,000 novels, many of them award winners, the book organizes titles according to their major appeal characteristics (e.g., language, setting, story, and character) as delineated by Saricks and Brown in their standard text, Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library, 2d ed., (ALA, 1997). For each book there is a plot summary, indications on the book's suitability for book discussion groups, and recommendations of similar titles. Awards are cited as well, and all titles mentioned are indexed by title, author, and subject. Describing some of the best literature published in the United States and abroad in recent years, this book is an essential guide for readers' advisors, and a helpful collection development tool.
This one-of-a-kind guide covers 1,000 novels, many of them award winners. Titles are organized according to their major appeal characteristics (e.g., language, setting, story, and character), and each book is accompanied by a plot summary, indications on suitability for book discussion groups, and recommendations of similar titles. It also notes awards and Oprah selections.
About the Author
NANCY PEARL is Director, Washington Center for the Book, and Collection Development Specialist at Seattle Public Library, Washington.
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