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Non-Fiction Genres: Facts

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Calling all non-fiction leisure readers!  Want to find new reads but not sure what to ask for? Check this non-fiction genre map out for new ways to think about non-fiction.

The Facts genre covers a variety of topics (and Dewey Decimal ranges), but is united by the focus on informative but engaging narrative treatment of subject matter.  These titles are less utilitarian and more readable than the How-To genre, but generally tend to be less focused on personal stories than genres such as True Lives and Uplifting.  There may be a personal story that forms a narrative matrix for the information presented (think “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: the path to a better way of death”, or “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum”), but the main focus on the book is less on the individual, personal story.  As it is a factual subject of high (and often specific) interest, History was given its own genre by this librarian.  The trivia/encyclopedia subgenre would include books written in an encyclopedic style on subjects such as popular movies, video games, literature, etc. or are books of facts about a special topic such as sports, pets, crafts, etc.  This might be a place to point readers who enjoy particular subjects but want something less utilitarian than their topical counterparts in the How-To genre or less personal/confessional than similar books in the Ripped From the Headlines, Thrills or Current Events genres.

Here are some examples of new books in the Facts sub-genres…click on each sub-genre for a link to our catalog.

Hyrule Historia United States on the road 100 Things Colts Should Know and Do Before They Die & Hendricks County Radiation: What it is, what you need to know David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; The Age of Insight by Eric Kandel Saving Normal: an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis...
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