The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

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$57.00
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$ 51.30
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0936-2
Published: 
2007
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
336
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, C, I
  • Description
  • About the Author
  • Reviews

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!

  • Neal Wyatt

    Neal Wyatt is a contributing editor and the readers' advisory columnist for Library Journal. She has served as President of The American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), chair of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section, and as chair of the Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Committee, The Notable Books Council, The Reading List Council, and The Listen List Committee, the last two of which she founded. She was instrumental in the creation of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, the Sophie Brody Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Award and is the founder of the Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Forum. She won RUSA's Margaret E. Monroe Award (2012) and the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award (2013). She is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction as well as numerous articles and several book chapters. She holds a PhD in Media, Art, and Text.

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

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

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

    "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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