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The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Romance

ALA Editions Mar. 2023. 120p. ISBN 9780838938676. pap. $54.99. PRO MEDIA
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Romance readers are often treated with disdain for their chosen genre, which may translate into less-than-satisfactory readers’ advisory interactions. As the genre begins to receive the recognition it deserves, updated guidebooks for assisting those less familiar with romance are more in demand. Librarian and advocate Bradford’s thoughtful how-to guide offers information to help readers find their next great romance. Bradford provides a comprehensive overview of the genre, covering its history, definitions, and how it has evolved. Sections on subgenres are especially useful, addressing topics such as what readers enjoy about different types of romance, key authors and titles, and a list of other authors to try (and why). In another chapter, Bradford delves into romance tropes, describing each one and suggesting titles to go with them. Going beyond authors and titles, Bradford has suggestions on keeping current with the genre and handling patron complaints about spicier titles.
VERDICT This is an excellent tool for those unfamiliar with the genre, but even experienced romance readers and professional readers’ advisors will find helpful information and reminders. This title is part of ALA’s readers’ advisory series, which is coedited by LJ Reviews Editor Neal Wyatt.
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