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Genreflecting

A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, Seventh Edition

by Cynthia Orr and Diana Tixier Herald, Editors

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Abortion in the United States

April 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 622
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools
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Description

The gold standard for readers' advisory, this book represents an essential resource for LIS students and practicing librarians who want to better understand readers, reading interests, and fiction and nonfiction genres.

For readers' advisory librarians with patrons looking for their next great read, professors teaching readers' advisory service, or even enthusiastic readers who prefer to help themselves, Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests serves all of their needs. A new introductory section covering the role of readers' advisory service in the library and the basics of readers' advisory service is followed by chapters that list best-known titles organized by subgenres, identifying popular genres, describing their characteristics, and explaining their appeal.

This seventh edition expands on the previous with chapters on nonfiction, mainstream fiction, and women's lives; as well as on emerging genres and formats such as urban lit, graphic novels, and Christian fiction. The expanded coverage makes the book an ideal text and resource for students in library school classes on readers' advisory service or introduction to genres as well as to trainers working with new library staff.

Features

  • Provides an outstanding introduction to readers' advisory service, updated to reflect changing trends in popular reading
  • Serves as a textbook or supplementary text for classes regarding popular reading, readers' advisory service, or reference
  • Helps readers' advisors identify read-alikes for patrons' favorite titles
Author Info

Cynthia Orr is a library consultant with over 30 years of experience in public libraries. She works with libraries and vendors; speaks extensively on the subject of readers' advisory service, collection development, and technical services; teaches a class on readers' advisory service at Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science; and edits the monthly Collection Development columns in Library Journal. She has held various positions in public libraries, including reference librarian, department head, deputy director, library manager, collection manager, and interim technical services director, and has worked in two very large star-rated multi-branch urban and suburban public libraries, as well as a smaller suburban library and an exurban system. Orr is editor of the Reader's Advisor Online Blog, and was the 2004 winner of the ALA/RUSA Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award.

Diana Tixier Herald, winner of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, is program and outreach manager at Delta County Libraries, Delta, CO, and an author, readers' advisory consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker. At age ten she began working as a library volunteer and has since been a bookseller, a library assistant, a library director, head of a public library popular materials center, and administrator for 38 school libraries. She holds a master's degree in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver. She is the author of several other readers' advisory guides, including Teen Genreflecting 3: A Guide to Reading Interests; Fluent in Fantasy: The Next Generation; and Strictly Science Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests , all published by Libraries Unlimited. Herald is an avid reader who typically reads more than 400 books per year.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface by Diana Tixier Herald
Introduction by Cynthia Orr

PART I: READERS’ ADVISORY SERVICE IN THE LIBRARY
Chapter 1: Reading and Libraries
Cynthia Orr
Chapter 2: Understanding the Reader
Cynthia Orr
Chapter 3: Understanding the Literature
Cynthia Orr

PART II: READERS’ ADVISORY SERVICE BASICS
Chapter 4: Working with the Literature
Cynthia Orr
Chapter 5: Working with Readers
Cynthia Orr
Chapter 6: The RA Environment: Building Your Library’s Brand
Cynthia Orr

PART III: THE GENRES
Chapter 7: Historical Fiction
Sarah Johnson
Traditional Historical Novels
Prehistoric
Ancient Civilizations
Europe and the British Isles
The United States
The Middle East
Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes
Multi-Period Epics
Romantic Historical Novels
Sagas
Historical Adventure
Literary Historical Novels
Ancient Civilizations
Europe and the British Isles
The United States
Canada, Greenland, and the Arctic
Latin America and the Caribbean
The Middle East
Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes
Alternate History

Chapter 8: Crime/Mystery Fiction
Lesa Holstine
Traditional Mysteries
Cozy Mysteries
Historical Mysteries
Procedurals
Private Investigators
Crime Capers
Genreblends

Chapter 9: Thrillers/Adventure
Andrew Smith
Adventure
Crime
Conspiracy
Espionage
Religious
Cyber
Financial
Forensic
Law Enforcement
Legal
Medical
Military
Political
Psychological Suspense
Religious
Vigilante

Chapter 10: Westerns
Diana Tixier Herald
Traditional Westerns
Native Americans
Rooted in Reality
Literary Westerns
The New West
Genreblends

Chapter 11: Romance Fiction
John Charles and Shelley Mosley
Contemporary Romance
Romantic Suspense
Historical Romance
Regency Romance
Paranormal Romance
Inspirational Romance

Chapter 12: Women’s Lives
Rebecca Vnuk
General Women’s Fiction
Romantic
Chick Lit
Mommy Lit
Women of a Certain Age
Issue-Driven
Humorous
Gentle
Family Sagas
Family Fiction

Chapter 13: Fantasy
Lynn Wiandt and Diana Tixier Herald
Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales
Epic Fantasy
Alternate and Parallel Worlds
Urban Fantasy
Humor and Satire
Magic
Mythic Reality
World of Faerie
Genreblending
Anthologies and Collections

Chapter 14: Horror Fiction
Kelly Fann
Gothic
Paranormal
Psychological
Visceral
Humor

Chapter 15: Science Fiction
Maura Heaphy
Space Opera
Hard SF
Military SF
Time Travel
Steampunk
Techno SF
Slipstream and the New Weird
Future Society
Doomsday, Apocalypse, & After
Dystopias and Utopias
Alternate History and Parallel Realities
Near Future and “Mundane”
Earth’s Children
Aliens and Alien Invasions
Genreblending

Chapter 16: Mainstream Fiction
Hannah Parker
Language
Character
Story
Setting

Chapter 17: Nonfiction
Sarah Statz Cords
True Adventure
General
War, Intrigue, and Espionage
Travel
General
Expatriate Life
True Crime
Environmental Writing
Science and Math
History
General
Micro-Histories
Biography
General
Historical Biography
Memoirs
Investigative Writing
General
Immersion Journalism
Big Think Books

Chapter 18: Other Popular Reading Interests
Inspirational/Christian Fiction – Terry Beck
Contemporary Christian Life
Christian Romance
Christian Historical Fiction
Christian Suspense/Thriller/Crime
Christian Mystery
Urban Fiction – David Wright
Street Fiction
Urban Erotica
Urban Nonfiction
Graphic Novels – Abby Bass and Jack Baur
Superheroes
Realistic Fiction
Historical Fiction
Memoir
Crime
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Horror
Nonfiction

Index

Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series


Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.

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