From the publisher: Created to offer a different perspective on women's fiction and to reach a broad reading audience, this book categorizes and lists hundreds of popular women's fiction titles based on various appeal factors.
From the publisher: With 100 titles fully featured and over 500 recommended, there is something for everyone, the selection drawn from a wide range of genres: crime, thrillers, cult classics, classics, biography and non-fiction.
So many books, so little time-so which of the countless titles should a hungry reader pick out and devour? Pearl, a longtime reader, book reviewer and public librarian, presents a hundred or so of her favorites in this novel guide to finding the right book for the right mood. From Publishers Weekly.
Ephron's latest creation will be a pure delight for book lovers. Herein, she recommends fiction and nonfiction titles for all the expected moods--e.g., "for thrills," "for chills"--but also for the unexpected, e.g., "to bend your mind" and "to satisfy your curiosity." In total, she accounts for some 70 moods. Along with notations for major awards, Ephron provides a unique rating system to highlight each title's qualities. These ratings cover such characteristics as the book's literary merit, influence, difficulty, and humor. From Library Journal.
Smart and bracingly funny, novelists Mittelmark and Newman collaborate a second time on a rollicking addition to the reading group guide genre... the authors pepper their book descriptions with intriguing morsels of literary gossip, like V.S. Naipaul's adultery, and historical trivia regarding eunuchs. Their picks are unexpected and diverse, spanning a multitude of genres, from literary fiction and non-fiction to romance, mystery, and sci-fi. The 500-book list is organized by theme (love, politics, and humor to name a few), making this an easy one to dip into. Yet readers may find themselves enjoying this book cover to cover, carried along by a lively and nimble voice and a treasure trove of once-famous, now-forgotten titles. From Publishers Weekly.