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Whether it's set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guide ◗◗ Provides an overview of historical fict Whether it's set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guide ◗◗ Provides an overview of historical fiction's roots, highlighting foundational classics, as well as covering the latest and most popular authors and titles ◗◗ Explores the genre in terms of its scope, style, and appeal ◗◗ Includes lists of recommendations, with a compendium of print and web-based resources ◗◗ Offers marketing tips for getting the word out to readers. Emphasizing an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focusing on what fans enjoy, this guide provides a fresh take on a durable genre.


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Whether it's set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guide ◗◗ Provides an overview of historical fict Whether it's set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guide ◗◗ Provides an overview of historical fiction's roots, highlighting foundational classics, as well as covering the latest and most popular authors and titles ◗◗ Explores the genre in terms of its scope, style, and appeal ◗◗ Includes lists of recommendations, with a compendium of print and web-based resources ◗◗ Offers marketing tips for getting the word out to readers. Emphasizing an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focusing on what fans enjoy, this guide provides a fresh take on a durable genre.

31 review for The Readers' Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    My review appears in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Public Libraries magazine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I don't know if it's because I'm an avid reader, or because of my time as a librarian, but I have a great affinity for books about all the books I should read. I started exploring readers' advisory books a few years ago, and when I saw this one was going to be coming out, it immediately went onto my to-read list. Historical fiction is an interesting "genre." It encompasses not only a lot of places and times, but also many other genres, and Baker is clearly very aware of this as she writes. Overa I don't know if it's because I'm an avid reader, or because of my time as a librarian, but I have a great affinity for books about all the books I should read. I started exploring readers' advisory books a few years ago, and when I saw this one was going to be coming out, it immediately went onto my to-read list. Historical fiction is an interesting "genre." It encompasses not only a lot of places and times, but also many other genres, and Baker is clearly very aware of this as she writes. Overall the suggestions were strong. She not only outlined the benchmark works for several types and settings of historical fiction, but included a handy list of keywords for why works might be appealing, and took that further by setting up a format of "Here's a great suggestion... and here are suggestions that have something key in common with it!" There is a very heavy emphasis on English and American historical fiction. I've come to expect this, though I can't say I'm not sometimes disappointed. I have my favourite areas - usually Asian (in many different time periods), medieval Europe, and Asian-American immigration - but part of what has drawn me to historical fiction is being able to experience a time and place that is completely foreign to me. Because of that, I'm often hoping to run across a great suggestion in an uncommonly portrayed country. I also had high hopes of finding Indian historical literature, but the section is mostly brushed off with a note that Indian-American literature is rare, and most historical fiction involves Britain instead. I would have loved to have some suggestions there! Religion, culture, and LGBT could have perhaps been their own chapters (and with an exploration of more religion than Judaism and Christianity, though I appreciated finding new suggestions on Islam as well). As a whole experience, this was a great readers' advisory book. The format and suggestions are great, and can help librarians and readers alike. Baker is clearly well-researched and does an admiral job at tackling what is otherwise a very unorganized genre.

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