From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—Some books belong in print and others are better covered online. The brief, informative biographies collected here are insightful and clearly written, and the lists of works and sources of further information are helpful, but most of the authors introduced (from Diane Ackerman and Stephen Ambrose to Tobias Wolff and Bob Woodward) can be found in Gale's Literature Resource Center (specifically, in the "Contemporary Authors" file). What this book does well is collect a group of authors for serendipitous browsing and offer interesting insight into their overall oeuvre, but where it fails is in adding new value. Several of the entries don't include a picture. A genre index includes only the page numbers; there is no index listing authors by genre. Though this book isn't everything readers would hope for, it may be of some use in libraries without access to Gale or other similar databases.—Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
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This work, part of the Libraries Unlimited Popular Authors series, is a companion to 100 Most Popular Genre Fiction Authors (2005). 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 further information. --Jennifer Dawson