The Inside Scoop

A Guide to Nonfiction Investigative Writing and Exposés

by Sarah Statz Cords


Take a closer look at investigative writing with this guide that describes and organizes hundreds of titles according popular subgenres and themes.

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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

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.



". . . 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

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