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The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Nonfiction
Neal Wyatt
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0936-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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336 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0936-2
Year Published: 2007
AP Categories: A, C, I
Navigating what at she calls the “ extravagantly rich world of nonfiction,” renowned readers’ advisor (RA) Wyatt builds readers’ advisory bridges from fiction to compelling and increasingly popular nonfiction to encompass the library’s entire collection. She focuses on eight popular categories: history, true crime, true adventure, science, memoir, food/cooking, travel, and sports. Within each, she explains the scope, popularity, style, major authors and works, and the subject’s position in readers’ advisory interviews.

Wyatt addresses who is reading nonfiction and why, while providing RAs with the tools and language to incorporate nonfiction into discussions that point readers to what to read next. In easy-to-follow steps, Wyatt

  • Explains the hows and whys of offering fiction and nonfiction suggestions together
  • Illustrates ways to get up to speed fast in nonfiction
  • Shows how to lead readers to a variety of books using her “read-around” and “reading map” strategies
  • Provides tools to build nonfiction subject guides for the collection

    This hands-on guide includes nonfiction bibliography, key authors, benchmark books with annotations, and core collections. It is destined to become the nonfiction ‘bible’ for readers’ advisory and collection development, helping librarians, library workers, and patrons select great reading from the entire library collection!

    About the Author

    Neal Wyatt is a collection development and readers’ advisory librarian from Virgina. She edits Library Journal’s “Reader’s Shelf” column and compiles the online “Wyatt’s World.” She is the editor of the Reference and User Services Quarterly’s “Alert Collector” column, contributes to NoveList, and reviews for Booklist. A frequent popular speaker at ALA, PLA, and regional events, she has designed and taught RUSA’s Web Continuing Education course on Readers’ Advisory Services. Her MSLS is from The Catholic University, where she formerly taught as adjunct professor. She was recipient of the 2013 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, the highest honor for significant contributions to the field of reference librarianship presented by the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA).


    "[A] terrific book...Count on this."

    "Excellent use of examples...Recommended for public libraries."
    --Library Journal

    "Especially strong in its coverage of methods...highly recommended."

    "This is an exceptional guide to navigating the literary world of nonfiction. An incomparable tool for librarians and patrons alike."
    --Queens Library (Best of Reference, 2008)

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