Review by Choice Review
Literary scholars Hamilton and Jones catalog the best-selling authors of popular fiction from the past 30 years of publishing history. The authors they treat write in many genres, including romance, science fiction, mystery, crime, fantasy, and horror, and have appeared near the top 10 on The New York Times and Publishers Weekly best sellers lists. The encyclopedia consists of both title and author entries. Title entries provide context, summary, excerpts, and a bibliography; author entries include biographical information and a summary of the author's corpus. Hamilton and Jones define popular fiction as "first rate story telling," and claim that popular fiction "speaks to the people directly"--a matter of opinion, but a clear indication of the passion of the compilers. An index provides access to authors, titles, genres, topics, and themes. This reviewer notes the lack of a number of best-selling African American authors: Walter Mosley, J. California Cooper, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Omar Tyree, Jamaica Kincaid, and Venise Berry, to name a handful. Those who buy this title also may wish to purchase Bernard Drew's 100 Most Popular African American Authors (2007). Summing Up: Recommended. Public libraries and libraries supporting popular culture studies; lower-level undergraduates and above, and general readers. R. Stuhr Grinnell College
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