1. The characters ARE the story;
2. Predictable storyline;
2. Writing style and focus differ widely (something for everyone);
4. Subject is very important here too.
A. Scott Berg, Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Ron Chernow, Joseph Ellis, Eleanor Herman, Walter Isaacson, Kitty Kelley, Mark Kriegel, David McCullough, Cokie Roberts, Claire Tomalin, Alison Weir
1. Consider the different TYPES of biographies: short, long, popular, academic, definitive, focused, collective, hagiographic, critical, celebrity/tell-all.
2. Know your collection and system.
3. Track current events.
4. Mix biographies with other displays; mine the children's and YA sections as well.
Award lists: ALA Notables; Pulitzer Prizes; New York Times Notables
O'Connor, Maureen. Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries. Libraries Unlimited: 2011.
Roche, Rick. Real Lives Revealed. Libraries Unlimited: 2010.