Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit
Street lit is also known to its enthusiastic readers as "urban fiction," "ghetto lit," "hip-hop lit," and "gangsta lit." No matter what it's called, it remains one of the most significant and increasingly popular forms of modern literature.
This text provides a much-needed resource guide to this vibrant genre. In this title, more than 400 entries appear in eleven chapters, each focusing on a different subgenre of street lit. The author has organized titles by popular subgenres and themes, such as prison life and urban erotica, to help librarians more easily identify read-alikes. "Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit" also contains practical tips on integrating these books into an existing collection or library program and meeting challenges that may arise in the process.
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Urban Grit: A Guide to Street LitUser Review - Book Verdict
Responding to the growth of urban and hip-hop literature known as street lit, Honig (YA collections specialist, NYPL) makes a strong case for its inclusion in library collections. As the first guide to thoroughly present the genre's defining titles, its 11 chapters are organized by theme or genre, such as "Prison," "Thrillers," "Love Stories," even "Erotica." Within each chapter, entries are organized by author name, with title, bibliographic data, and succinct plot summaries following. Four appendixes, three featuring valuable core collection suggestions for adult and YA readers, round out the book. An indispensable genre guide, Honig's book also skillfully broaches the thorny complexities brought by incorporating street lit into conventional library collections. Her shelving recommendations and practical advice for handling patron concerns (e.g., about explicit language) further enhance the book's value for librarians. VERDICT Recommended for professional reading shelves as well as for researchers who will find value in Honig's defining the genre. This should be the definitive choice on the subject, with Andrew Ratner's practical teaching and classroom guide Street Lit: Teaching and Reading Fiction in Urban Schools as a good complement.—Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Libs., Washington, DC
Review: Urban Grit: A Guide to Street LitUser Review - Goodreads
While weeding through my "to-read" list, I realized I had "read" this. Useful tool for librarians, especially in her "core collection" lists.