The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

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American Library Association, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 318 pages
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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;
 

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For librarians hoping to provide readers' advisory (RA) for nonfiction, Wyatt, editor of LJ's The Reader's Shelf column and author of its online Wyatt's World, starts with an overview of the genre's ... Read full review

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Contents

A Readers Advisory Approach to Nonfiction
1
Offering the Service
26
Food and Cooking
46
Science Mathematics and Nature Writing
60
Memories
82
Sports
100
True Crime
120
Travel
138
General Nonfiction
190
Learning and Marketing the Collection
217
Whole Collection Readers Advisory Service
230
How to Built a Nonfiction Subject Guide
247
A Nonfiction Reading Plan The Ten Books from Each Subject Area to Consider Reading
254
Annotation Form
260
Reading Notes
264
The Readers Advisory Matrix
267

True Adventure
151
History and Historical Biography
168

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About the author (2007)

Neal Wyatt is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. She edits Library Journal's "Reader's Shelf" column and compiles the online "Wyatt's World." She is the editor of the Reference and User Services Quarterly's "Alert Collector" column, contributes to NoveList, and reviews for Booklist. Her MSLS is from the Catholic Universality, where she formerly taught as adjunct professor.

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