The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

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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!

ISBN: 978-0-8389-0936-2
Published: 2007
Publisher: ALA Editions

Sku: 9780838909362

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