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Non-Fiction Genres: How-To/Reference/Informational

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.

This area of the non-fiction map is sometimes referred to as “utilitarian non-fiction”…the kind of book you go to for answers to a specific question.  How do I fix my car? How do I sew curtains? What’s the recipe for beurre blanc? How do I improve my finances, find inner peace, travel to Bolivia, build a deck, practice calculus, write a resume, start a garden, train for a marathon, inter alia, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.  But many readers enjoy these books as recreational reading as well.  Cooking enthusiasts (of which This Librarian is one) may enjoy curling up with a good cookbook; collectors may pore over the latest catalog of their favorite collectible; Car Guys may leaf nostalgically through repair manuals; fitness buffs will snatch up (or clean and jerk) the latest exercises guides.  These books are generally not narrative in pacing or tone (although there is the occasional narrative-reference hybrid).  Readers of other information-heavy subgenres like Facts or History may crossover into this subgenre in subjects that interest them, but mostly, this is a subgenre to which readers are drawn by content more than form or tone.

Here are some examples of new books in the How-To/Reference sub-genres…click on each sub-genre for a link to our catalog

Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women and Money Fluent in Three Months Leaders Eat Last Barron's AP Calculus Ground breaking food gardens Zero waste home Never been stitched Lunch! Dumbbell Training Warman's Antiques and Collectibles 2015