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.
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Relationship Fiction focuses on emotional stories filled with characters seeking to find balance, accept loss, or start anew. Story lines recount moments of inner conflict and domestic discord played out on a small, intimate scale. The problems in these books are rarely too big to overcome and even in the edgier titles there can be a somewhat comforting ethos. Readers enjoy that these stories are meaningful and reveal the core of a situation, character, or issue — and impart lessons learned.
Drawn from the insights of RA experts Neal Wyatt and Joyce G. Saricks, these grab-and-go pamphlets for readers will help your library’s users find their next favorite book.
Beginning with a quick overview of the genre, the pamphlet offers a list of key authors, both past and current, with recommended titles for getting started. It concludes with a list of suggested titles in other genres that will encourage readers to expand their horizons. Designed to fit in commonly sized literature racks, they're also useful tools for your next RA interview. Patrons will be eager to start exploring your library’s collection even before they reach the last page!
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