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Contents Preface by Diana Tixier Herald Introduction by Cynthia Orr PART I: READERS' ADVISORY SERVICE IN THE LIBRARY Chapter 1: Reading and Libraries Cynthia Orr Chapter 2: Understanding the Reader Cynthia Orr Chapter 3: Understanding the Literature Cynthia Orr PART II: READERS' ADVISORY SERVICE BASICS Chapter 4: Working with the Literature Cynthia Orr Chapter 5: Working with Readers Cynthia Orr Chapter 6: The RA Environment: Building Your Library's Brand Cynthia Orr PART III: THE GENRES Chapter 7: Historical Fiction Sarah Johnson Traditional Historical Novels Prehistoric Ancient Civilizations Europe and the British Isles The United States The Middle East Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes Multi-Period Epics Romantic Historical Novels Sagas Historical Adventure Literary Historical Novels Ancient Civilizations Europe and the British Isles The United States Canada, Greenland, and the Arctic Latin America and the Caribbean The Middle East Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes Alternate History Chapter 8: Crime/Mystery Fiction Lesa Holstine Traditional Mysteries Cozy Mysteries Historical Mysteries Procedurals Private Investigators Crime Capers Genreblends Chapter 9: Thrillers/Adventure Andrew Smith Adventure Crime Conspiracy Espionage Religious Cyber Financial Forensic Law Enforcement Legal Medical Military Political Psychological Suspense Religious Vigilante Chapter 10: Westerns Diana Tixier Herald Traditional Westerns Native Americans Rooted in Reality Literary Westerns The New West Genreblends Chapter 11: Romance Fiction John Charles and Shelley Mosley Contemporary Romance Romantic Suspense Historical Romance Regency Romance Paranormal Romance Inspirational Romance Chapter 12: Women's Lives Rebecca Vnuk General Women's Fiction Romantic Chick Lit Mommy Lit Women of a Certain Age Issue-Driven Humorous Gentle Family Sagas Family Fiction Chapter 13: Fantasy Lynn Wiandt and Diana Tixier Herald Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales Epic Fantasy Alternate and Parallel Worlds Urban Fantasy Humor and Satire Magic Mythic Reality World of Faerie Genreblending Anthologies and Collections Chapter 14: Horror Fiction Kelly Fann Gothic Paranormal Psychological Visceral Humor Chapter 15: Science Fiction Maura Heaphy Space Opera Hard SF Military SF Time Travel Steampunk Techno SF Slipstream and the New Weird Future Society Doomsday, Apocalypse, & After Dystopias and Utopias Alternate History and Parallel Realities Near Future and "Mundane" Earth's Children Aliens and Alien Invasions Genreblending Chapter 16: Mainstream Fiction Hannah Parker Language Character Story Setting Chapter 17: Nonfiction Sarah Statz Cords True Adventure General War, Intrigue, and Espionage Travel General Expatriate Life True Crime Environmental Writing Science and Math History General Micro-Histories Biography General Historical Biography Memoirs Investigative Writing General Immersion Journalism Big Think Books Chapter 18: Other Popular Reading Interests Inspirational/Christian Fiction - Terry Beck Contemporary Christian Life Christian Romance Christian Historical Fiction Christian Suspense/Thriller/Crime Christian Mystery Urban Fiction - David Wright Street Fiction Urban Erotica Urban Nonfiction Graphic Novels - Abby Bass and Jack Baur Superheroes Realistic Fiction Historical Fiction Memoir Crime Science Fiction Fantasy Horror Nonfiction Index

About the Author

Cynthia Orr is a library consultant with over 30 years of experience in public libraries and editor of the Reader's Advisor Online Blog.Diana Tixier Herald , winner of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, is program and outreach manager at Delta County Libraries, Delta, CO, and an author, readers' advisory consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker.


"Libraries looking to add a compact readers'-advisory training resource for staff that can do double-duty at the public service desk for patrons have a solid choice in this volume." - Booklist Online
"Current library workers in RA as well as today's library students will benefit from all that this book provides." - Library Journal
"Genreflecting remains a useful reference source for libraries, especially for public and school libraries." - ARBA

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