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Nonfiction Readers' Advisory

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The readers' advisory renaissance of the past few decades has focused almost exclusively on fiction. However, many readers relish nonfiction, not just for the information it imparts, but for reading pleasure. In fact, the concepts of genres and appeal features can be applied to nonfiction, just as they are applied to novels. This ground-breaking work addresses the issue of ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 30th 2004 by Libraries Unlimited
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Erin Boyington
Every reference librarian should recognize the value of suggesting nonfiction to patrons. Ultimately, the fiction/nonfiction divide, useful though it might be, is still an artificial one.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on nonfiction for school libraries. I myself only started enjoying nonfiction as an adult after I read two excellent books: Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, both books that showed me the power of nonfiction storytelling. I did r
Jan 04, 2008 Ellee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Myleen, Montana
I read this collection of essays to enrich my readers' advisory skills, which I use nigh daily in my role as a public librarian. I found these essays interesting, enjoyable, as well as helpful in carrying out one of my roles as a librarian. Very insightful.

Very highly recommended for all public librarians!!
Aug 26, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
A very good overview of nonfiction readers advisory. I know a lot more about how to help readers find what they would enjoy. It also explained well the difference between narrative nonfiction and informational nonfiction.
Jan 03, 2008 Angel rated it really liked it
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Dec 12, 2014 L.A. rated it it was amazing
The first book to address recommending non-fic in a systemic way. A valuable item for RA librarians who want to be well-rounded and sharp.
Aug 05, 2016 Cheryl marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Just essays/ articles for actual librarians - only one very short list of actual titles, not annotated.
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