Part of the Now Read This series, this guide describes and organizes around 500 of the most popular 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 offers users suggestions for related reads.
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.