Real Lives Revealed: A Guide to Reading Interests in Biography


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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7.1 X 10.1 X 1.7 inches | 3.25 pounds

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About the Author

Rick Roche is head of the Adult Services Department at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Western Springs, IL.


"An excellent addition to the Real Stories series as well as an outstanding contribution in the pool of readers' advisory resources. With more than 70 percent of the books published from 2000-2008, professionals will consider this a welcome publication. . . . Roche's expertise and first-hand experience are evident by the subject areas covered and his straightforward language. Librarians and readers alike have a credible source in this public librarian's well-organized and thorough resource that reveals 600 biographies to the modern reader. Real Lives Revealed is an absolute must for public libraries and for academic libraries that recognize the value of readers' advisory support for their patrons." --ARBAonline

"This guide to approximately 600 biographical titles is designed for reader's advisors, librarians and book collectors who need a survey of genre themes, elements and critical opinions. Roche, a librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Illinois, arranges these titles into sections such as war biographies, adventure biographies, true crime biographies
and celebrity biographies and offers a definition of each genre and its appeal before making specific recommendations. Appendices include titles that have won awards, top biographers, a survey of biography series and a chronological index." --Reference & Research Book News

"Libraries Unlimited has added a new and very needed book to its Real Stories series for nonfiction readers' advisory. . . . an outstanding work that will be welcomed by anyone doing readers' advisory." --Booklist

". . . an extremely useful resource for nonfiction readers' advisory. . . . Real Lives fills a need for a readers' advisory source for nonfiction biographies well, and is an invaluable resource for public librarians interested in building and promoting biographical collections." --Public Libraries