The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition--eEditions e-book

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This revised edition provides a way of understanding the vast universe of genre fiction in an easy-to-use format. Expert readers' advisor Joyce Saricks offers groundbreaking reconsideration of the connections among genres, providing

  • Key authors and themes within 15 genres
  • An explanation as to how the different genres overlap
  • The elements of fiction most likely to entice readers

Provocative and spirited, The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition offers hands-on strategies for librarians who want to become experts at figuring out what their readers are seeking and how to match books with those interests.

List of Figures
1 Understanding the Appeal of Genre Fiction

Part 1 Adrenaline Genres
2 Adventure
3 Romantic Suspense
4 Suspense
5 Thrillers

Part 2 Emotions Genres
6 Gentle Reads
7 Horror
8 Romance
9 Women's Lives and Relationships

Part 3 Intellect Genres
10 Literary Fiction
11 Mysteries
12 Psychological Suspense
13 Science Fiction

Part 4 Landscape Genres
14 Fantasy
15 Historical Fiction
16 Westerns

Appendix: The Five-Book Challenge

Joyce G. Saricks

Joyce G. Saricks worked as coordinator of the Literature and Audio Services Department at the Downers Grove Public Library from 1983 to 2004. In addition to authoring Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library (3rd ed., ALA, 2005), she has written numerous articles on readers' advisory, presented workshops on that topic for public libraries and library systems, and spoken at state, regional, and national library conferences. In 1989 she won the Public Library Association's Allie Beth Martin Award, and in 2000 she was named Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America. Currently she serves as read-alike coordinator (and author) for EBSCO's NoveList and columnist and audio reviewer for Booklist. She also teaches readers' advisory at Dominican University's School of Library and Information Science (Illinois).

"This book is brilliant, accessible, and quite useful … for librarians and readers alike."

"This book is also a great read! It is highly recommended for public libraries and anyone helping readers select books for enjoyment and leisure reading."
--The Australian Library Journal

"The book makes a real contribution to the field and is useful both to its intended audience of librarians and to nonprofessionals who are aficionados of genre literature."
--Internet Reference Services Quarterly

"Saricks has written a thoroughly enjoyable readers' advisory guide. Of equal use to professional librarians and library science students, this easy-to-navigate comprehensive guide is an invaluable resource tool for learning how to connect readers with the right book."
--Catholic Library World