The third in the Now Read This series, Pearl & Cords's guide briefly describes and organizes approximately 500 of the most popular and current contemporary, mainstream fiction titles according to their primary appeal features-character, setting, language, and story. It also notes award-winning titles and those appropriate for book clubs; and it offers users suggestions for related reads. Focus is on titles published since 2000, and all annotations are new to this volume. This is the standard readers' advisory guide to mainstream fiction, and an essential tool for readers' advisors.
Nancy Pearl, former director of Washington Center for the Book, is a best-selling author, literary critic, speaker, and consultant. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the PNBA Lifetime Achievement Award, Library Journal's Librarian of the Year, ALA's Margaret E. Monroe Adult Services Award, and the Women's National Book Association Award.
Sarah Statz Cords has worked in an engineering library and at the reference desk in a public library, is the author of the nonfiction lit blog Citizen Reader, and is currently associate editor of the Readers' Advisor Online blog.