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Real Lives Revealed

A Guide to Reading Interests in Biography

by Rick Roche

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June 2009

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 601
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

Explore the readers' advisory possibilities of biography with this guide that covers some 600 titles.

Biographies span the extremes, ranging from meaty and meticulous renderings to flamboyant sketches; from fast-paced adventure and mind-bending reassessments to gentle, nostalgic reflections. For the lover of biography, the quest is not always just for a book about a specific person, but often for a character-driven story with particular genre elements, appeals, and themes.

This guide for those who work with readers not only maps the genre, but describes and organizes some 600 biographies into such categories as Adventurous Lives, Lives of Crime, Sporting Lives, and Group Biographies. For each title, a list of read-alikes is given, along with subjects, indication of awards, and more. Real Lives Revealed: A Guide to Reading Interests in Biography is an essential resource for reader's advisors, as well as a great tool for those evaluating, building, developing, or promoting their biography collections.

Features

  • Lists subjects covered
  • Lists read-alikes
  • Lists awards received

Highlights

  • Offers the first and only readers' advisory guide to biography
  • Is a superb tool for those evaluating, building, developing, or promoting their biography collections
  • Includes details on approximately 600 titles
  • Organizes titles by appeals and themes, covering a genre that offers something for every reader
Author Info

Rick Roche is a reference librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Western Springs, IL. He also sponsors a blog, RickLibrarian, where he reviews books and films and carries on a conversation with fellow librarians. A new feature of this blog is "revoogle", which links users to reviews written by other librarians.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"An excellent addition to the Real Stories series as well as an outstanding contribution in the pool of readers’ advisory resources. With more than 70 percent of the books published from 2000–2008, professionals will consider this a welcome publication. . . . Roche’s expertise and first-hand experience are evident by the subject areas covered and his straightforward language. Librarians and readers alike have a credible source in this public librarian’s well-organized and thorough resource that reveals 600 biographies to the modern reader. Real Lives Revealed is an absolute must for public libraries and for academic libraries that recognize the value of readers’ advisory support for their patrons."—ARBAonline

"This guide to approximately 600 biographical titles is designed for reader’s advisors, librarians and book collectors who need a survey of genre themes, elements and critical opinions. Roche, a librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Illinois, arranges these titles into sections such as war biographies, adventure biographies, true crime biographies
and celebrity biographies and offers a definition of each genre and its appeal before making specific recommendations. Appendices include titles that have won awards, top biographers, a survey of biography series and a chronological index."—Reference & Research Book News

"Libraries Unlimited has added a new and very needed book to its Real Stories series for nonfiction readers’ advisory. . . . an outstanding work that will be welcomed by anyone doing readers’ advisory."—Booklist

". . . an extremely useful resource for nonfiction readers' advisory. . . . Real Lives fills a need for a readers' advisory source for nonfiction biographies well, and is an invaluable resource for public librarians interested in building and promoting biographical collections."—Public Libraries

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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