Profiles of and reading lists for 100 of today's most popular adult nonfiction authors have been gathered together in this affordable single source and research tool.
Profiles of and reading lists for 100 of today's most popular nonfiction authors have been gathered together in this affordable, single source reference, which covers representatives from all major nonfiction genres—true adventure, true crime, travel and environmental narrative, science, history, life stories, and investigative writing. While focusing on such contemporary authors as Sebastian Junger, Frances Mayes, Joan Didion, Bill Bryson, and Anne Lamott, a few classics whose works are still in print and widely read (e.g., Truman Capote, M.F.K. Fisher, and Carl Sagan) are also included. In addition to information about the personal and writing lives of this fascinating and diverse group, users will find a list of their published works.
Introduction Edward Abbey Diane Ackerman Caroline Alexander Stephen Ambrose Maya Angelou Dave Barry Rick Bass Wendell Berry Mark Bowden Taylor Branch Bill Bryson Tim Cahill Truman Capote Rachel Carson Jung Chang Deepak Chopra Ted Conover Richard Dawkins Jared Diamond Joan Didion Annie Dillard W.E.B. Du Bois Pete Earley Barbara Ehrenreich Tim F. Flannery Thomas Fleming John Hope Franklin Ian Frazier Henry Louis Gates Jane Goodall Doris Kearns Goodwin Linda Greenlaw Lee Gutkind David Halberstam Pete Hamill Stephen Hawking William Least Heat-Moon James Herriott John Hersey Seymour Hersh Laura Hillenbrand bell hooks Tony Horwitz Pico Iyer Sebastian Junger Michio Kaku Tracy Kidder Jonathan Kozol Jon Krakauer Jane Kramer Mark Kurlansky Annie LaBastille Annie LaMott William Langeweische Erik Larson Michael Lewis Robert Lindsey Barry Lopez Peter Maas Dave Marsh Peter Matthiessen Frances Mayes Peter Mayle Frank McCourt David McCullough Joe McGinniss Bill McKibben John McPhee Ved Mehta Farley Mowat Susan Orlean Nathaniel Philbrick George Plimpton Michael Pollan Ron Powers Beth Powning Richard Preston Ruth Reichl Mary Roach Ann Rule Carl Sagan David Sedaris Tim Severin Dava Sobel Art Spiegelman Robert Sullivan Gay Talese Deborah Tannen Paul Theroux Hunter S. Thompson Henry Thoreau Calvin Trillin Barbara Tuchman Sarah Vowell Andrew Weil Cornel West Simon Winchester Tom Wolfe Tobias Wolff Bob Woodward Genre Index Author/Title Index
Reviews "This book would be invaluable to library school students and public librarians who want to familiarize themselves with well-known, prominent, and heavily requested nonfiction authors."—Public Libraries
"The reader of 100 Most Popular Nonfiction Authors will find useful information on researchable subjects and could be surprised to see how many nonfiction writers like Anne Dillard also produce fiction. This volume is easy to use and should be of wide interest and value to students and leisure readers alike. It is highly recommended."—ARBA
"This is a timely reference book . . . The moderate length and clear layout of the articles and the publishers usual high standard of book design and production make this an inviting reference book for both browsing and the quick retrieval of information. It is recommended for public libraries, both for librarians and for patrons."—The Australian Library Journal
"100 Most Popular Nonfiction Authors would be a useful tool for librarians doing reader advisory work and collection development. The book should also help students looking for background information and sources for further reading about the authors included. This book is an appropriate choice for high school and public library reference collections."—Catholic Library World
"The brief, informative biographies collected here are insightful and clearly written, and the lists of works and sources of further information are helpful."—School Library Journal
"This collection of biographical sketches complete with lists of works written and sources for further information provides a guide to the major nonfiction authors of our time. . . . A fine guide to the adult literature our teends should be familar with before they go to college or into a specialty area. . . . Recommended."—Teacher Librarian
"The purpose of this title is to provide librarians and other users with background information about the authors to aid in selection and collection development to meet reader interest. It might also come in handy for Book Clubs and as a reference for students. An extensive Author/Title Index is included as well as a Genre Index."—Colorado Association of Libraries
"The authors, chosen by means of consultations with librarians, are those whose impact has been seen mostly in the last half century, among them Diane Ackerman, John Krakauer, David McCullough, and Cornel West. Entries are headed by author's birth year and birthplace, and, if applicable, date of death and by signature work and primary genres, such as environmental writing or travel narratives. The biographical sketches are around 850 words and are followed by selected lists of works broken down into such categories as nonfiction, fiction, and teleplays. Each entry also has a listing of print and Internet resources for futher information."—Booklist