Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers

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Thoroughly revised and updated, the new 23rd edition of this Bowker classic recommends 3,000 enduring nonfiction and fiction titles, and is an ideal source for collection development and patron assistance. Entries are indexed under 5 major subject headings: Historical Periods-from ancient Greece to the 18th century; Regional and American Minority Cultures - from Middle Eastern to Chicano-Hispanic literature; Literary Types - from the novel and short story to language and communications; Humanities and Social Sciences - from the fine and performing arts to psychology, economic and women's studies: and Sciences - from biology to mathematics. A special section on references books is also included. Featured are all-new chapters on science fiction, mystery, fiction, and computer science. The core list of 101 Significant Books is now supplemented with separate lists suggesting books to read before entering college, while on vacation, and after retiring.

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This title should become a standby for public and academic libraries. It recommends and briefly annotates about 2500 books in over 100 periods, genres, and subjects; selections and brief bibliographic essays were done by 30 experts, mostly academics. It is most thorough in literature (half the entries) and in the more theoretical studies (e.g., including "Economics" rather than "Business"). Because these areas don't date as quickly as more practical studies, owners of the previous (1985) edition may find it less than imperative to buy the new one. They should note, however, that the guide has been updated throughout, with several sections redone entirely. Meant to help lay readers find a way into new fields of study, this guide can also assist library book selectors. Quite a bargain!-- Donald Ray, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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