ABC-CLIO

Going Places

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narrative

by Robert Burgin

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January 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 572
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
Description

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

Just as savvy travelers make use of guidebooks to help navigate the hundreds of countries around the globe, smart librarians need a guidebook that makes sense of the world of travel narratives. Going Places: A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives meets that demand, helping librarians assist patrons in finding the nonfiction books that most interest them. It will also serve to help users better understand the genre and their own reading interests.

The book examines the subgenres of the travel narrative genre in its seven chapters, categorizing and describing approximately 600 titles according to genres and broad reading interests, and identifying hundreds of other fiction and nonfiction titles as read-alikes and related reads by shared key topics. The author has also identified award-winning titles and spotlighted further resources on travel lit, making this work an ideal guide for readers' advisors as well a book general readers will enjoy browsing.

Highlights

  • Lists, describes, and tags more than 500 popular travel narratives
  • Maps titles according to genre and appeal, grouping titles according to areas of reading interest
  • Detailed indexes provide access by destination or setting, as well as by author, title, and subject
Author Info

Robert Burgin, PhD, is a consultant to libraries and a former professor at North Carolina Central University's School of Library and Information Sciences. He edited Libraries Unlimited's Nonfiction Readers' Advisory and coedited The Readers' Advisor's Companion. He also served as the first editor of Libraries Unlimited's Real Stories series. Burgin earned his a doctorate in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Another must-have for readers’ advisors. . . . The excellent definitions and annotations will help librarians and readers understand and find books on this popular subject."
—Booklist

Series Description

Real Stories


Readers love true stories. Whether in the genre of true crime, life stories, sports narratives, or true adventure, the factual element brings excitement and relevance to nonfiction narratives. Now you can break the nonfiction barrier in your readers' advisory work.

This series provides titles that help librarians and other professionals who work with readers identify nonfiction titles that their patrons or customers will enjoy.

Volumes in the Real Stories series are targeted to help librarians and other professionals evaluate and build their collections in various nonfiction genres. Similar to titles in Libraries Unlimited's Genreflecting Advisory Series, each book in this series focuses on a popular nonfiction genre. Individual guides organize and describe approximately 500-1,000 titles each and include definitions of the genre and its subgenres, as well as a discussion of the appeal of the genre and its subgenres.

Information about awards for books in the genres, resources for further information, as well as practical guidelines for advising readers are also included. In addition, annotations contain bibliographic information (author, title, series if applicable, publisher, date of publication, and ISBN) plus a brief annotation. Lists of subject headings and recommendations of other nonfiction books and fiction read-alikes are also provided for each title.

Highlights

  • Helps librarians integrate nonfiction titles into readers' advisory work, and make connections between fiction and nonfiction reading interests.
  • A great collection development tool—provides accessible, easy-to-understand genre analysis for professionals wishing to develop their nonfiction collections
  • Covers a wide variety of nonfiction genres and popular subject areas, offering topics applicable to many audiences and tastes
  • Offers vital information about each book, making it easy to make excellent selections

Features

  • Describes approximately 500-1,000 titles in each volume
  • Includes definitions of the genre and its subgenres
  • Offers information about awards for books in the genres, resources for further information, as well as practical guidelines for advising readers
  • Provides annotations of bibliographic information— author, title, series if applicable, publisher, date of publication, and ISBN— plus lists of subject headings and recommendations of other nonfiction books and fiction read-alikes
  • Each chapter includes a short list of titles for readers' advisors to “start with”
  • Helps librarians integrate nonfiction titles into readers' advisory work, and make connections between fiction and nonfiction reading interests

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