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New Fiction in Collins Library

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Boundaries - Elizabeth Nunez
Call Number: PS3564.U48 B68 2011 Print books
ISBN: 9781617750335
Publication Date: 2011
As Caribbean American Anna Sinclair, the head of a publishing imprint that focuses on ethnic writers, faces challenges at work, she struggles with her mother's cancer diagnosis and starts dating her mother's oncologist.

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The Flight of Gemma Hardy - Margot Livesey
Call Number: PR9199.3.L563 F58 2012 Print books
ISBN: 9780062064226
Publication Date: 2012
Set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and 60s, The Flight of Gemma Hardy--a captivating homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre--is a sweeping saga that resurrects the timeless themes of the original but is destined to become a classic all its own.

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Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
Call Number: PS3553.H15 T45 2012 Print books
ISBN: 9780061493348
Publication Date: 2012
As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there--longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland.


Where's the fiction section?

Where is the fiction section at Collins Library? Unlike a public library or a bookstore, there is not a distinct "fiction section" in the library, but rest assured, there's plenty of fiction to find and read!

In college and university libraries, fiction books are classified by language and chronological period, and the fiction and criticism are kept next to each other. The Library of Congress classification system is designed this way so you can more easily research a work of literature. However, you can make this structure work for your leisure reading, too!

Just think about what type of books you want. Did you want to read modern Latin American authors? Eighteenth-century British classics? Soul-searching novels of the American 1950s?  Follow the catalog searching tips below to find your next novel to read!


Searching for Fiction by Subject or Theme

One way to search the catalog for fiction is to select a subject--any subject, really--and then add the word fiction after it.  So, let's say you have a hankering to read fiction where the setting is India, or you enjoy reading novels that explore the theme of travel.  If that's the case, search the catalog by subject:

India -- fiction

Travel - fiction

Although this method is not always successful, it's usually worth a try.  Do you think there's fiction involving plagues?  How about fiction related to the civil rights movement?  How about novels concerning opium?  If you answered yes, you're right. Take a look:

Plague -- fiction

Civil rights movement -- fiction

Opium -- fiction


Searching for Fiction by Genre

Since 1990, catalogers have had the option of cataloging fiction by popular genre.  This can be an especially useful search strategy when you want to find more recent fiction in a particular genre like horror or science fiction.  To search the catalog by genre, use the abbreviation "ge:" followed by the name of the genre:

ge: psychological fiction

ge: horror

ge: fantasy fiction

ge: historical fiction


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