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The Inside Scoop

A Guide to Nonfiction Investigative Writing and Exposés

by Sarah Statz Cords

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February 2009

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 449
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

Investigative writing—from exposés and immersion journalism to political and business reporting—is an American tradition that has come into its own, with authors such as Barbara Ehrenreich, Tracy Kidder, William Langwiesche, and Samantha Power regularly rousing critical acclaim, and claiming spots on best-seller lists. Often controversial, and written by some of our best writers, these are generally titles with high visibility in the media and high appeal to readers. Take a closer look at more than 500 current and classic examples of investigative writing with this guide that describes and organizes titles according to popular subgenres and themes. The author provides descriptive annotations, lists of subjects, fiction and nonfiction read-alikes, and more. An essential guide for readers' advisors and reference librarians, this is also an important resource for libraries that serve journalism programs.

Author Info

Sarah Statz Cords has worked in an engineering library and at the reference desk in a public library, is the author of the nonfiction lit blog Citizen Reader, and is currently associate editor of the Readers' Advisor Online blog.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

". . . will be welcomed by librarians who are adding nonfiction to their readers’-advisory repertoire. It is the first in a new Real Stories series, which will also cover biography, travel, sports, and more."—Booklist

"The Inside Scoop features several reads that are sure to promote argument, debate, and maybe stimulate some powerful writing across blogs and Internet by that group of students ready and willing to go national and global. They deserve our attention too! Bottom line: Recommended."—Teacher Librarian

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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