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May 11, 2004

Reader's Advisory: Says Who?

Half the time, "reader's advisory" appears to mean "recommended fiction." Have you noticed that nonfiction often gets the short end of the stick in terms of reader services?

Posted by kgs at May 11, 2004 10:30 PM

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Well, except for true crime.

Posted by: Ruth at May 12, 2004 09:33 AM

And maybe biography.

Posted by: Ruth at May 12, 2004 09:34 AM

Sure, but how often do patrons ask about non-fiction that isn't true crime or biography, as Ruth noted? I work in an academic library, and to my knowledge, we've never had someone come up and ask us to recommend some good physics books.

Posted by: Anna at May 12, 2004 12:19 PM

Actually, with the recent spate of popular science and popular history books focusing on a narrow subject, we are getting a few more requests for "a book like 'Longitude' or 'Cod' or 'Salt.'" Or, for physics, "A Brief History of Time."

Posted by: Ruth at May 13, 2004 11:26 AM

Yeah, my days consists usually of people asking me for similar writers for Nora Robert and Danielle Steel, but never for Stephen Hawkings.

Posted by: nat at May 14, 2004 12:51 AM