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Life Stories

A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

by Maureen O'Connor

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August 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 723
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

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles.

The popularity of this body of literature has grown in recent years, and it has also diversified in terms of the types of stories being told—and persons telling them. In the past, readers' advisors have depended on access by names or Dewey classifications and subjects to help readers find autobiographies they will enjoy. This guide offers an alternative, organizing the literature according to popular genres, subgenres, and themes that reflect common reading interests.

Describing titles that range from travel and adventure classics and celebrity autobiographies to foodie memoirs and environmental reads, Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries presents a unique overview of the genre that specifically addresses the needs of readers' advisors and others who work with readers in finding books.

Features

  • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title
  • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources
  • Detailed indexes provide further points of access
Author Info

Maureen O’Connor is a freelance author and editor with 35 years of experience as a public librarian specializing in reference and readers’ advisory. In addition, she is the English-language chair of the Canadian Culinary Cookbook Awards, sponsored by Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited’s Canadian Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests.

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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