Street lit is also known to its enthusiastic readers as “urban fiction,” “ghetto lit,” “hip-hop lit,” and “gangsta lit.” No matter what it’s called, it remains one of the most significant and increasingly popular forms of modern literature.
This text provides a much-needed resource guide to this vibrant genre. In this title, more than 400 entries appear in eleven chapters, each focusing on a different subgenre of street lit. The author has organized titles by popular subgenres and themes, such as prison life and urban erotica, to help librarians more easily identify read-alikes. Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit also contains practical tips on integrating these books into an existing collection or library program and meeting challenges that may arise in the process.
- More than 400 titles fully described and organized according to subgenre, making it easy to identify read-alikes
- Explains the history and evolution of the street lit genre and its appeal to readers
- Contains a comprehensive bibliography of core collections for adults and young adults in public libraries that lists street lit titles by theme