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Read On...Life Stories: Reading Lists for Every Taste (Read On Series) Paperback – September 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1591587668 ISBN-10: 1591587662 Edition: 1st

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Who sits around and reads a bibliography? Unlikely as it seems, pretty much anyone who picks up this entry in the Read On . . . series. For all those who enjoy reading memoirs, the 450 cogent annotations in this collection offer a wealth of options. The book is divided into five sections by defining characteristic—“Character,” “Story,” “Setting,” “Language,” and “Mood”—and more specific subsections further narrow the type of memoir. Categories include “Passage to Adulthood: Coming-of-Age Memoirs,” “Dishing: Stories from the Kitchen,” and “Taking It on Faith: Spiritual Journeys.” The recommended authors range from the absolutely classic (Mark Twain) to the contemporary (Augusten Burroughs), and all are annotated in stylish, attention-grabbing prose that could sell pretty much any book. Like others in the series, this is a readers’-advisory title that could be handed off to patrons to browse on their own—if you can get it away from the librarian. With both a detailed table of contents and an excellent index, this is a must-have tool for public libraries. --Ann Welton


• Helps readers who enjoy life stories discover books they will love

• Categorizes memoirs in ways that speak to readers' taste

• Provides a useful reference source for book clubs, as well as readers' advisors in public and school libraries

• Nearly 450 brief descriptions of memoirs, categorized to help readers find the life stories that intrigue them most

• An index covering authors, titles, locations, eras, professions, ethnicity, and genres

"Useful as a reference for readers' advisors in public and school libraries, this work offers brief descriptions of about 450 published memoirs, from classic to recent bestsellers. Titles are grouped together by their emphasis on character, story, setting, language, and mood, and further divided into sections on topics such as unusual childhoods, coming of age, life-altering experiences, life in rural America, various occupations, travel, spiritual journeys, family relationships, and struggling with mental illness. The book is indexed by author, title, location, era, profession, ethnicity, and genre. Reisner is a librarian specializing in readers' advisory services."


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"Like others in the series, this is a readers'-advisory title that could be handed off to patrons to browse on their own—if you can get it away from the librarian. With both a detailed table of contents and an excellent index, this is a must-have tool for public libraries."



"Award-winning author Reisner, drawing on her experience and familiarity with the genre, provides with this annotated bibliography an especially useful addition to Libraries Unlimited's readers' advisory series Read On. . . . a good . . . resource for public libraries of all sizes for both reference and collection development."


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