GoodReads 2022 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2022. The Texas Talking Book Program has a number of them in our collection.

Are you looking for something scary? Goodreads members chose HIDDEN PICTURES by Jason Rekulak (DB 108427) as their favorite horror book for this past year.

Or are you more interested in non-fiction? ATLAS OF THE HEART by Brene Brown (DB 106540, LB 13602) was chosen as the best non-fiction book.

  Perhaps you’ve had a busy holiday season and don’t want to tackle an entire novel. Goodreads readers declared CALL US WHAT WE CARRY by Amanda Gorman (DB 106426, LB 13601) as the best poetry collection.

No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fiction-books-2022


Short Stories for Shorter Days

Winter is here. The days are shorter, and you’re still recovering from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so ease back into reading with these quick and accessible novellas and short story collections:

TENTH OF DECEMBER: STORIES by SAUNDERS, GEORGE (DB 76097, BR 19818; 5 hours 46 minutes)
Collection of ten short stories by the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner. In “Home” a veteran deals with reuniting with family members who have no clue about the man he has become. In the title story a suicidal cancer patient crosses paths with an imaginative boy. Strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

SWIMMERS: A NOVEL by OTSUKA, JULIE (DB 107007 and LB 13711; 4 hours 8 minutes)
The swimmers are unknown to one another except through their private routines (slow lane, medium lane, fast lane) and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: STORIES by ARIMAH, LESLEY NNEKA (DBC 27201; 5 hours 20 minutes)
A collection of stories exploring the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers, and friends to one another and to the places they call home. Commercial audiobook. Adult. Unrated.

CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS by NATSUKAWA, SOSUKE (DB 106176 and LB 13877; 5 hours 8 minutes)
Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookstore he inherited from his beloved bookworm grandfather. Then, a talking cat named Tiger appears and demands the teenager’s help in saving misused books. Translated from the original 2017 Japanese edition. Unrated. 2021.

WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS by OYEYEMI, HELEN (DB 85048 and BR 23506; 7 hours 42 minutes)
Themes of keys and locks abound in this collection of nine loosely linked short stories. In “Books and Roses,” a baby is left at a monastery with a golden key around her neck. Some strong language. 2016.

BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD by KAWAGUCHI, TOSHIKAZU (DB 102743; 6 hours 54 minutes)
In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop also offers the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers hope to make that journey. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

FIVE TUESDAYS IN WINTER: STORIES by KING, LILY (DB 106197 and LB 13872; 6 hours 12 minutes)
A collection of short stories both fresh and previously published from the author of WRITERS & LOVERS (DB 98766) and EUFORIA (DB 103589). The author explores themes of desire and heartache, loss and discovery, moments of jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love. Unrated. 2021.

HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by ADAMS, DOUGLAS (DB 18339 and BR 14438; 5 hours 49 minutes)
When the Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, sole earth survivor Arthur Dent is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos with the aid of an alien friend and a book called “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Deadpan science fiction parody.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE: STORIES by ELLIS, HELEN (DB 83382; 3 hours 48 minutes)
A collection of short stories exploring the dark world of domesticity, and featuring, among others, murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and a bra fitter. The story settings include a haunted prewar apartment building, a book club initiation ritual, and a pageant princess’s getaway car. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

GIRL WHO READS ON THE METRO by FERET-FLEURY, CHRISTINE (DB 97251 and BR 23536; 4 hours 49 minutes)
One morning in Paris, Juliette walks through a rusty gate wedged open with a book, into the bizarre and enchanting lives of Soliman and his young daughter, Zaide. Soliman hires Juliette to take used books into the world and match them with readers. Translated from the 2017 French edition. 2019.

TBP Book Club Title Announced for January 2023!

Image of books, audio book on cell phone, and headphones, with text "Talking Book Program Phone-In Book Club," 1-800-252-9605

Please join us on Thursday January 26 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of GOODBYE TO A RIVER by John Graves.

We host our Book Club meetings via Zoom, however all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, we will provide a telephone number for you to dial. If you have a smart phone we will email you an easy “one click” number you can use to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer. This information will be sent to all patrons who RSVP a week prior to the book club meeting.

To register, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.

GOODBYE TO A RIVER is available by mail as a digital cartridge. It is also available to download on BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Be courteous and respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.

Goodbye to a River by John Graves: John Graves leads us through an exciting three-week trip down the Brazos River in this classic narrative. An excellent history of the early inhabitants along the river is well woven into this engrossing book, with memories of events in Texas history that took place along that river. Unrated. 1960.

We look forward to having you join us on January 26!

12 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

An eclectic mix of Texas icons highlight this selection of locally produced titles recently added to BARD. Audie Murphy, LBJ, and Janis Joplin share the spotlight, with a cameo by Bear Bryant. Add an underground classic, a collection of short stories as varied as the Lone Star state, and a touch of romantic suspense, and you have a blockbuster of reading.

AUDIE MURPHY, AMERICAN SOLDIER by Harold B. Simpson
DBC 26801
Audie Murphy, a Texas farm boy, became the highest decorated soldier in American history and went on to win additional fame as movie actor, song writer, and poet before his early death in a plane crash.

BEYOND DANGER by Kat Martin
DBC 26721
Texas mogul Beau Reese is furious. All six feet three obscenely wealthy, good-looking inches of him. His sixty-year-old father, Stewart, a former state senator no less, has impregnated a teenager. Barely able to contain his anger, Beau is in for another surprise. It appears that Stewart has moved an entirely different woman into the house. Beau assumes that stunning Cassidy Jones is his father’s mistress. At least she’s of age. But those concerns take a sudden backseat when he finds Stewart in a pool of blood on the floor of his study—and Cassidy walks in to find Beau with his hand on the murder weapon. The shocks just keep coming. Someone was following Stewart, and Cassidy is the detective hired to find out who and why. Now she’ll have to find his killer instead. Her gut tells her it wasn’t Beau. And Beau’s instincts tell him it wasn’t Cassidy. Determined to track down the truth, they form an uneasy alliance—one that will bring them closer to each other—closer to danger and beyond. Commercial audiobook. Unrated. 2018.

BEYOND REASON by Kat Martin
DBC 26720
Five weeks ago, Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm. But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close…and fight like hell. Commercial audiobook. Unrated. 2017.

DEMASIADOS MUERTOS by M.L. Estefania
DBC 26807
Una novela de vaquera de clase bolsilibro. DEMASIADOS MUERTOS (Too Many Dead Folks) is an example of a popular form of the western novel from Mexico called a bolsilibro (pocketbook).

LAST DAYS OF LOUISIANA RED by Ishmael Reed
DBC 26840
Reed’s highly acclaimed literary achievement is one of the most outspoken satires ever published in America. An underground classic, it exposes the hypocrisy of our contemporary political and social scenes.

LEGEND OF BEAR BRYANT by Mickey Herskowitz
DBC 26778
Ten years after the death of Coach Paul (Bear) Bryant in 1983, this is a re-issue of Houston Post sports columnist Mickey Herskowitz’s classic legacy of the remarkable coach who led both Texas A&M University and the University of Alabama. It is an honest portrait of the legendary football coach who was also one of the most complex and controversial personalities in the world of sports. Includes an Afterword written for this 1993 revised edition. Strong language.

PEARL: THE OBSESSIONS AND PASSIONS OF JANIS JOPLIN: A BIOGRAPHY by Ellis Amburn
DBC 26782
The author explores the life of Texas native Janis Joplin, one of the greatest rock stars of the 1960s counterculture. Through interviews with scores of people who knew her, the author relates Joplin’s trendsetting ways in San Francisco’s back-to-the-roots movement, and her ultimately doomed search for happiness in sex and drugs, money and fame. Descriptions of sex and strong language.

SEMI-PRIVATE ROOMS by Jim Sanderson
DBC 26793
The source of these stories are the antique beauty parlors, honky-tonks, and Texas Dairy Queens, as well as glass high rises and football stands. Cowboy wannabes, roughnecks, single mothers, illegal aliens, witches, and day laborers populate a fatalistic, ironic, and transient Texas landscape. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language.

STONE BRUISE by James C. McCormick
DBC 26749
This semi-autobiographical, earnest first novel offers an engaging view of American life during the past few decades. The protagonist rises from Depression-era poverty to vast wealth and power, yet his life is marred by a spiritual emptiness. Ultimately, personal tragedy and a pilgrimage guide him toward a closer relationship with God and afford him a greater sense of inner peace.

STRANGE PEACHES: A NOVEL by Edwin Shrake
DBC 26809
A TV western star quits his successful series and returns to Dallas to make a documentary film that reveals the truth about his hometown. His quest forces him to learn if he is capable of using his six-gun for real as he moves from booze and radical politics in oil men’s palaces into the infamous Carousel Club and the underworld of arms and dope smuggling in a city ripe for the murder of a President. Some sex and some profanity.

SUMMER STOCK: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH LBJ IN ‘48: RECOLLECTIONS OF A POLITICAL DRAMA by Joe Phipps
DBC 24993
An insightful and funny look inside LBJ’s 1948 Senate campaign—the race that put him in the national political fast lane—by an aide-de-camp with a good memory and a flair for the descriptive. Strong language. For adult readers.

VETERANO RURAL by Fred Dennis
DBC 26806
Una novela de vaquera de clase bolsilibro. VETERANO RURAL (The Old-Timer) is an example of the popular form of western novel from Mexico called bolsilibro (pocketbook).

Announcing Our NEW Youth Book Club

We are excited to announce our first ever youth book club selections! Below you will find the dates, times, titles, and recommended age ranges for each event. If you need to do some more digging into the contents of each book, we recommend checking commonsensemedia.org if our descriptions are not in-depth enough. The age ranges are just recommendations. If you are interested in a book that is not in your age range, you are welcome to join anyway-just double check those descriptions!

These will take place on password protected Zoom calls. You can join with a computer, smartphone, or by calling in.

Once you register for the book clubs you’d like to join, we will approve the registration and you’ll get an email confirmation with all the details.


February 7, 2023 (Tuesday)= YA Book Club. Recommended for 9th grade and older

6:00-6:45 pm on Zoom  

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Melinda Lo

DB 104015; BR 24064

Length: 12 hours 36 minutes listening time

1954. McCarthyism and the Red Scare are genuine threats to Lily’s family; her father is already at risk of deportation despite his valid citizenship. Lily, who is Chinese American, could lose everything just for dating anyone white–let alone another girl–but she could lose herself if she isn’t true to her feelings. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Why we picked it:

This book has won so many awards that the print cover is barely visible! Includes the National Book Award, Stonewall Award, and Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ugpzksEtwCp7oI96sgEiBfL2PZYoun


April 6, 2023 (Thursday)= Middle Grade Book Club. Recommended for 4th– 8th graders

4:30- 5:00 pm on Zoom

GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Regan Barnhill

DB 85739; BR 21836; LB 09158

Length: 8 hours 30 minutes listening time

Every year a community leaves a baby as an offering to a powerful, yet misunderstood witch named Xan. One infant–now a young girl–is being raised by the witch and must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. For grades 4-7. 2016. Rated: no sex, profanity, or violence.

Why we picked it:

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal!

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdeqpqT0jH9b9kB6rGI5-Zu8fVeIKpCnx


June 13, 20203 (Tuesday)= Summer Reading Program Book Club (all youth participants)

5:00- 5:45 pm on Zoom

TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff

DB 105462

Length: 4 hours 30 minutes listening time

In the summer before middle school, eleven-year-old Bug must contend with best friend Moira suddenly caring about clothes, makeup, and boys; a ghostly haunting; and the truth about Bug’s gender identity. Rated commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2021. Rated: no sex, profanity, or violence.

Why we picked it:

Summer reading theme is friendship! National Book Award Finalist 2021, Stonewall Book Award 2021, Newbery Honor Book 2021.  

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvc-GhqTwuG9ctNY3qR1ihWMiLlQEhWvZE


August 8, 2023 (Tuesday)= YA Book Club. Recommended for 9th grade and older

6:00-6:45 pm on Zoom

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green

DB 89542; BR 22186; LB 11298

Length: 7 hours 15 minutes listening time

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake, and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. Meanwhile, Aza obsesses about everything. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Why we picked it:

New York Times Bestseller, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdumqqDssEtH-8fTxaEgoQgfcNl-He0dl


October 10, 2023 (Tuesday)= YA Book Club. Recommended for 9th grade and older

6:00-6:45 pm on Zoom

SO MANY BEGINNINGS by Bethany Morrow

DB 105273

Length: 8 hours 16 minutes listening time

At the Freedpeople Colony at Roanoke, a haven for the recently emancipated, the four March sisters–Meg, Joanna, Bethlehem, and Amethyst–come into their own as independent young Black women, together facing love, sickness, heartbreak, and new horizons. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Why we picked it:

A Little Women remix. Part of Remixed Classics series. American Library Association Rise Top 10 Selection in 2022.

Register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdeGrrD8qEtJRbseIyWsFDcqJP26jOHgY


December 7, 2023 (Thursday)= Middle Grade Book Club. Recommended for 4th-8th graders

4:30- 5:00 pm on Zoom

INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS by Dusti Bowling

DB 89430; BR 22120

Length: 5 hours 26 minutes listening time

Born without arms, spunky thirteen-year-old Aven worries about making friends at her new school after her family moves to Arizona to manage the run-down Stagecoach Pass theme park. Aven bonds with classmate Connor, and the two soon find themselves immersed in a mystery at the park. For grades 5-8. 2017. Rated: no sex, profanity, or violence.

Why we picked it:

Library of Congress’s 52 Great Reads List 2017 and Reading the West Award Winner.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocO6uqjwiEtVvgiydPS8boXB5PBRbSS6r

Bluebonnet Award Voting is Now Open!

Bluebonnet Award Logo

For 3rd – 6th graders

The Texas Library Association offers “a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure for students in grades 3 – 6.” Each year a committee of librarians and teachers nominates several titles for people in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 to read and then vote for their favorite.

Link to Bluebonnet Nominee List

Read 5, then decide!

Vote using the link below for your favorite Bluebonnet title by February 9!

https://forms.gle/3RBjaJDM7jFHraLc8

Your votes will be tallied on February 9 and submitted to the committee on February 11.

NPR’s Book Concierge 2022

National Public Radio (NPR) has just released the Book Concierge for 2022. This is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. They compile their list by requesting staffers and trusted critics to nominate their favorite books of the year. Then, the editors and producers at NPR Books sit down and select their favorites. 

The books on this list cover a variety of genres such as biographies, book club ideas, and nonfiction as well as the more traditional categories like mysteries and thrillers, and historical fiction. We have indicated the categories that NPR assigned each book beneath the title in BOLD.

The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. No matter which genre you enjoy, the staff at National Public Radio have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=covers&year=2022

Here are all of the selections in the NLS collection:

AFRICAN TOWN by Irene Latham (DB 106657)
(Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks, Young Adult)
 
ALL MY RAGE by Sabaa Tahir (DB 107414)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In, Young Adult)
 
ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT by Sarah Thankam Mathews (DB 110526)
(Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, The States We’re In)
 
AMERICAN MURDERER: THE PARASITE THAT HAUNTED THE SOUTH by Gail Jarrow (DB 110750)
(Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, Kids’ Books, Nonfiction, Science!)
 
ARROW TO THE MOON by Emily X. R. Pan (DB 107822)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Staff Picks, Young Adult)
 
ANCESTOR TROUBLE: A RECKONING AND A RECONCILIATION by Maud Newton (DB 108855)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science!, The States We’re In)
 
ANGEL OF ROME: AND OTHER STORIES by Jess Walter (DB 109657)
(Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks)
 
BABEL: OR THE NECESSITY OF VIOLENCE: AN ARCANE HISTORY OF THE OXFORD TRANSLATORS’ REBELLION by R. F. Kuang (DB 110624)
(Book Club Ideas, For History Lovers, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)
 
BALLADZ by Sharon Olds (DB 110528)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry)
 
BETTER THAN FICTION by Alexa Martin (IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories)
 
BLACK CAKE by Charmaine Wilkerson (DB 106558; BR 24489)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
 
BOMB SHELTER: LOVE, TIME, AND OTHER EXPLOSIVES by Mary Laura Philpott (DB 108683)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, The States We’re In)
 
BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry (DB 107926, BR 24476)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Love Stories, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
BOOK OF GOOSE by Yiyun Li (IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)
 
BOOKS OF JACOB by Olga Tokarczuk (DB 106615)
(Eye-Opening Read, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
 
BOOTH by Karen Joy Fowler (DB 107075)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
 
CAMERA MAN: BUSTER KEATON, THE DAWN OF CINEMA, AND THE INVENTION OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Dana Stevens (DB 106782)
(Biography & Memoir, For History Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan (DB 107786, BR 24483)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, It’s All Geek To Me, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
 
CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB 109886)
(Family Matters, For Sports Lovers, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
POETA CHILENO by Alejandro Zambra (DB 103745)
(Spanish Language, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
 
COMPANION PIECE by Ali Smith (DB 110110)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
CONSTRUCTING A NERVOUS SYSTEM by Margo Jefferson (DB 108514)
(Biography & Memory, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DB 109499)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
 
DEAD-END MEMORIES by Banana Yoshimoto (DB 110967)
(Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Tales From Around The World)
 
DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver (DB 110786)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
DIARY OF A MISFIT: A MEMOIR AND A MYSTERY by Casey Parks (DB 110353)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Read, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)
 
DIFFERENT KINDS OF FRUIT by Kyle Lukoff (DB 107929)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Realistic Fiction)
 
DILLA TIME: THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF J. DILLA, THE HIP-HOP PRODUCER WHO REINVENTED RHYTHM by Dan Charnas (DB 109791
(Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
 
DINOSAURS by Lydia Millet (DB 110803)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
EITHER/OR by Elif Batuman (DB 108417)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction)
 
FAMILY CHAO by Lan Samantha Chang (DB 106766)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, The States We’re In)
 
FELLOWSHIP POINT by Alice Elliott Dark (DB 109461)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
FERVOR by Alma Katsu (DB 107806)
(Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
 
FIONA AND JANE by Jean Chen Ho (DB 109449)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World, The States We’re In)
 
FIRST KENNEDYS: THE HUMBLE ROOTS OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY by Neal Thompson (DB 108796)
(Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
FIRST TO DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera (IN PROCESS)
(Love Stories, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, Young Adult)
 
FLYING SOLO by Linda Holmes (DB 108713, BR 24463)
(Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, The States We’re In)
 
FRENCH BRAID by Anne Tyler (DB 107336, BR 24117)
(Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, The States We’re In)
 
GLORY by NoViolet Bulawayo (DB 109637)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
 
GODS OF WANT by K-Ming Chang (DB 110153)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry)
 
GOLIATH by Tochi Onyebuchi (DB 108246, BR 24527)
(Eye-Opening Read, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
GOOD INSIDE: A GUIDE TO BECOMING THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE by Becky Kennedy (IN PROCESS)
(Eye-Opening, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
HACIENDA by Isabel Cañas (DB 107997)
(Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
 
HEARTBROKE by Chelsea Bieker (DB 109137)
(Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
 
HELL’S HALF-ACRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BENDERS, A SERIAL KILLER FAMILY ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER by Susan Jonusas (DB 107236)
(Eye-Opening Read, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
 
HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD: ONE MAN’S LIFE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE by Robert Samuels (DBC 26540)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
HONEY AND SPICE by Bolu Babalola (DB 109265)
(For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World)
 
HONEYS by Ryan La Sala (DB 110575)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, Young Adult)

HOUSE BETWEEN EARTH AND THE MOON by REBECCA SCHERM (DB 110351)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Science!)

HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK by Sequoia Nagamatsu (DB 106990)
(Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark)
 
I AM GOLDEN by Eva Chen (DB 106996)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books)
 
I MUST BETRAY YOU by Ruta Sepetys (DB 106794)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World, Young Adult)
 
I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy (DB 110152)
(Biography & Memoir, Family Matters, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
I’M NOT BROKEN by Jesse Leon (DB 110109)
(Biography & Memoir, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)
 
IF I SURVIVE YOU by Jonathan Escoffery (DB 110662)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
IN LOVE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LOSS by Amy Bloom (DB 107411, BR 24515)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Love Stories, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
INVISIBLE KINGDOM: REIMAGINING CHRONIC ILLNESS by Meghan O’Rourke (DB 107431)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Science!, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AND I’M IN MY BATHING SUIT by Justin A. Reynolds (DB 108227)
(Funny Stuff, Kids’ Books)
 
JOAN IS OKAY by Weike Wang (DB 106795)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE by Deanna Raybourn (DB 110076)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, The Dark Side)
 
KOSHERSOUL: THE FAITH AND FOOD JOURNEY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN JEW by Michael W. Twitty (DB 110375, DB 110343)
(Biography & Memoir, Cookbooks & Food, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)

LADY FOR A DUKE by Alexis Hall (DB 108910)
(Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Rather Long, Tales from Around the World)

LADY JUSTICE: WOMEN, THE LAW, AND THE BATTLE TO SAVE AMERICA by Dahlia Lithwick (DB 110632)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Books, For History Lovers, Ladies First, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)
 
LAPVONA by Ottessa Moshfegh (DB 109093)
(Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
 
LAST CALL AT THE HOTEL IMPERIAL: REPORTERS WHO TOOK ON A WORLD AT WAR by Deborah Cohen (DB 109450)
(For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales from Around The World)
 
LAST SLAVE SHIP: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW CLOTILDA WAS FOUND, HER DESCENDANTS, AND AN EXTRAORDINARY RECKONING by Ben Raines (DB 108376)
(For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
LAST WHITE MAN by Mohsin Hamid (DB 109620)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
LATECOMER by Jean Hanff Korelitz (DB 108806)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
LEFT ON TENTH: A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE by Delia Ephron (DB 107810)
(Biography & Memoir, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Love Stories, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
LESS IS LOST by Andrew Sean Greer (DB 110413)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
LESSONS FROM THE EDGE by Marie Yovanovitch (DB 107845)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around The World, The States We’re In)
 
LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus (DB 107538)
(Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Science!, Staff Picks)
 
LESSONS by Ian McEwan (DB 110290)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
LOST & FOUND by Kathryn Schulz (IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)
 
LOVE MARRIAGE by Monica Ali (DB 108293)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Tales from Around The World)
 
LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood (DB 109787, BR 24522)
(Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Science!, Staff Picks)
 
LUCY BY THE SEA by Elizabeth Stout (DB 110266)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The State We’re In)
 
LUTE by Jennifer Marie Thorne (IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Tales from Around The World, The Dark Side)
 
EL HOMBRE QUE MOVIA LAS NUBES by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (DB 110725)
(Spanish Language, Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales from Around The World)
 
MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell (DB 110129)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Tales from Around The World, The Dark Side)
 
MECCA by Susan Straight (IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
MEMORY LIBRARIAN by Janelle Monae (DB 108252)
(For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, It’s All Geek to Me, Ladies First, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry)
 
MEMPHIS by Tara M. Stringfellow (DB 107634, LB 13713)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS by Anthony Marra (DB 109568)
(Historical Fiction, No Biz Like Show Biz, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)

MERRY LITTLE MEET CUTE by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone (DB 110541)
(Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)

MOON WITCH, SPIDER KING by Marlon James (DB 107012)
(Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
MOTHERCARE by Lynne Tillman (DB 110102)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Staff Picks)
 
MOUTH TO MOUTH by Antoine Wilson (DB 109488)
(For Art Lovers, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
 
NETTLE & BONE by T. Kingfisher (DB 107704)
(Ladies First, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)
 
NIGHTCRAWLING by Leila Mottley (DB 108554, BR 24264)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Let’s Talk About Sex, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
NINETIES by Chuck Klosterman (DB 107084)
(For History Lovers, For Music Lovers, For Sports Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
NO-SHOW by Beth O’Leary (DB 107812)
(Funny Stuff, Love Stories)
 
NOMAD CENTURY: HOW CLIMATE MIGRATION WILL RESHAPE OUR WORLD by Gaia Vince (DB 110156)
(Eye-Opening Reads, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Science!, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
 
NONA THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (DB 110625)
(Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
 
NOTES ON YOUR SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE by Alison Espach (DB 108390)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez (DB 106303)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
ON THE ROOFTOP by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
ONE TRUE LOVES by Elise Bryant (DB 107017)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Staff Picks)
 
OPHELIA AFTER ALL by Racquel Marie (DB 108392)
(Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult)
 
ORDINARY MONSTERS by J. M. Miro (DB 109454)
(Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

ORIGIN: A GENETIC HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS by Jennifer Raff (DB 106693)
(For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science!)
 
OUR LAST DAYS IN BARCELONA by Chanel Cleeton (DB 108553)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Tales From Around The World)
 
OUR MISSING HEARTS by Celeste Ng (DB 110518)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
 
PALLBEARERS CLUB by Paul Tremblay (DB 109665)
(Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
 
PARADAIS by Fernanda Melchor (DB 109089)
(Spanish Language, Eye-Opening Reads, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)
 
PARADOX HOTEL by Rob Hart (DB 110402)
(It’s All Geek To Me, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)
 
PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley (DB 107433)
(Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)
 
PARTNERS IN CRIME by Alisha Rai (DB 110784)
(Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
 
PASSENGER by Cormac McCarthy (DB 110806)
(Family Matters, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
PORTRAIT OF A THIEF by Grace D. Li (DB 107563)
(For Art Lovers, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks)
 
POWER OF REGRET: HOW LOOKING BACKWARD MOVES US FORWARD by Daniel Pink (DB 106696)
(Eye-Opening Reads, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Science!)
 
RABBIT HUTCH by Tess Gunty (DB 109788)
(Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
RAINBOW RAINBOW by Lydia Conklin (DB 109331)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry)
 
RECITATIF by Toni Morrison (DB 106803)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
RED PALACE by June Hur (DB 106804)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World, Young Adult)
 
RIVER OF THE GODS: GENIUS, COURAGE, AND BETRAYAL IN THE SEARCH FOR THE SOURCE OF THE NILE by Candice Millard (DB 107566)
(Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
 
ROGUES: TRUE STORIES OF GRIFTERS, KILLERS, REBELS, AND CROOKS by Patrick Radden Keefe (DB 108725)
(Book Club ideas, For History Lovers, Mysteries & Thrillers, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry)
 
RUST IN THE ROOT by Justina Ireland (IN PROCESS)
(For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, Young Adult)
  
SCATTER OF LIGHT by Malinda Lo (DB 110501)
(Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult)

SCENES FROM MY LIFE by Michael K. Williams (DB 109789)
(Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
 
SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS by Jessamine Chan (DB 106410)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, States We’re In)
 
SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel (DB 107705, BR 24500)
(Book Club Ideas, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
 
SECRET IDENTITY by Alex Segura (DB 107273)
(For Art Lovers, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, The States We’re In)
 
SIREN QUEEN by Nghi Vo (DB 109310)
(Book Club ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, No Biz Like Show Biz, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
 
SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK by Deb Perelman (DB 108757, BR 24349)
(Cookbooks & Food, Staff Picks)
 
SOLITO by Javier Zamora (DB 110163)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The States We’re In, Young Adult)
 
STAR CHILD: A BIOGRAPHICAL CONSTELLATION OF OCTAVIA ESTELLE BUTLER by Ibi Zoboi (DB 106570)
(Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, It’s All Geek To Me, Kids’ Books, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Young Adult)
 
STAY TRUE by Hua Hsu (DB 110669)
(Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)
 
STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS by Sidik Fofana (DB 110968)
(Book Club Ideas, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
STRANGERS TO OURSELVES: UNSETTLED MINDS AND THE STORIES THAT MAKE US by Rachel Aviv (DB 110614)
(Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science!, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM by Laura Warrell (DB 110508)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For Music Lovers, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
SWIMMERS by Julie Otsuka (DB 107007, BR 24126)
(Family Matters, Ladies First, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
TAKE MY HAND by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (DB 107639)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
TIME IS A MOTHER by Ocean Vuong (DB 110297)
(Family Matters, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks)
 
TO PARADISE by Hanya Yanagihara (DB 106323)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin (DB 109032)
(Book Club Ideas, For Art Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, Love Stories, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
TRAYVON GENERATION by Elizabeth Alexander (DB 109009)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks)
 
TREELINE: THE LAST FOREST AND THE FUTURE OF LIFE ON EARTH by Ben Rawlence (DB 107726)
(Eye-Opening Reads, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Science!, Tales From Around The World)
 
TRUE BIZ by Sara Novic (DB 107579)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
 
TRUST by Hernan Diaz (DB 107949)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
TUMBLE by Celia C. Perez (DB 110366)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Staff Picks, Young Adult)
 
UNDER THE SKIN: THE HIDDEN TOLL OF RACISM ON AMERICAN LIVES AND ON THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION by Linda Villarosa (DB 109112, DB 109687)
(Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
VERIFIERS by Jane Pek (DB 107727)
(Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
 
VIOLIN CONSPIRACY by Brendan N. Slocumb (DB 106851)
(Family Matters, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks)
 
VLADIMIR by Julia May Jonas (DB 106953)
(Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
 
WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Tiffany D. Jackson (DB 110288)
(Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, The Dark Side, Young Adult)
 
WHAT MY BONES KNOW: A MEMOIR OF HEALING FROM COMPLEX TRAUMA by Stephanie Foo (DB 107612)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science!, Staff Picks)
 
WHEN WE WERE BIRDS by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (DB 110558)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Love Stories, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Tales From Around The World)
 
WHEN IN ROME by Sarah Adams (IN PROCESS)
(Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Staff Picks)
 
WINTER WORK by Dan Fesperman (DB 109777)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World)
 
WOK: RECIPES AND TECHNIQUES by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (DB 109226, BR 24304)
(Cookbooks & Food)
 
YEAR OF THE TIGER: AN ACTIVIST’S LIFE by Alice Wong (DB 110670)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry)
 
YONDER by Jabari Asim (DB 107157, BR 24092)
(Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
 
YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY by Akwaeke Emezi (DB 109362)
(Book Club Ideas, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories)
 
YOU’RE INVITED by Amanda Jayatissa (DB 110284)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
 
YOUNG MUNGO by Douglas Stuart (DB 107722)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
 
 

15 Texas Titles Now Available on BARD!

Texas, in all of its big, wonderful, bright, and tragic glory, is at the heart of this allotment of locally produced titles newly available on BARD.

Stephen Harrigan, Dick “Night Train” Lane, and Italian POWs in Umbarger are among the cast of characters who speak to the essence of being Texas.

A dash of courtroom drama, bulldogging school, romantic suspense, and a passel of infamous gunfighters complete this appetizing buffet of Lone Star literature.

BEING TEXAN: ESSAYS, RECIPES, AND ADVICE FOR THE LONE STAR WAY OF LIFE by the editors of Texas Monthly
DBC 26463

From the editors of Texas Monthly, a book of essays and recipes, covering everything you’ve ever wanted to know about being Texan. Commercial audiobook. Some strong language. 2021.

BEYOND CONTROL by Kit Martin
DBC 26722

When Victoria Bradford got engaged, she told herself to give love a chance. Six months later, she’s on the run from her angry, abusive ex-fiancé with her four-year-old daughter and nowhere to go. Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere. That’s what its new owner, Josh Cain, wanted when he came back from Afghanistan. Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble. One look tells Josh the pretty redhead with the adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But he’s seen trouble before, and he doesn’t scare easy. Not when “accidents” start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend back in Phoenix is abducted and brutalized. Not even when it looks like their current problems are only the tip of the iceberg. But if he gets too close to fierce, determined Tory, Josh knows his nights are going to be anything but quiet. And that’s one possibility no amount of training can prepare him for. Commercial audiobook. Unrated. 2018.

BIG WONDERFUL THING: A HISTORY OF TEXAS by Stephen Harrigan
DBC 18807

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. “I couldn’t believe Texas was real,” the painter Georgia O’Keeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, “the same big, wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are. BIG WONDERFUL THING invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texas’s evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artists―all of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes, it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2019.

BRIGHT TRAGIC THING: A TALE OF CIVIL WAR TEXAS by L.D. Clark
DBC 26847

This novel recreates the lynching of more than 40 Union men by Confederate extremists in a kangaroo court—an incident known to history as the “Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas.” For the narrator, this two-week period was pivotal in his long life. The author is a Professor Emeritus of English and adept at bringing to life the dialects of rural Texas. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language and violence.

CUADRILLA DE TRUHANES by Keith Luger
DBC 26808

CUADRILLA DE TRUHANES (A Band of Outlaws) is an example of a popular form of the western novel from Mexico called a bolsilibro (pocketbook).

“FACTS AS I REMEMBER THEM”: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RUFE LEFORS by Rufe LeFors
DBC 26805

The autobiography of a West Texas pioneer whose life spanned the period from the Civil War to the early 20th century. In his time LeFors was a trail driver, pony express rider and rancher. He traveled with Arrington’s Texas Rangers and was sheriff in the wild west town of Old Mobeetie. With a sharp eye for detail and a keen ear for language and timing, he creates a narrative that captures the flavor of his life and those exciting times. Contains some profanity.

FADE THE HEAT by Jay Brandon
DBC 26843

The newly elected district attorney of San Antonio has a problem: his son has been arrested for sexual assault and his new political career is suddenly on the line. Should he prosecute the son he realizes he hardly knows, or should he “fade the heat” from his son and protect his family? This is a courtroom drama about the lengths to which a man will go to protect what matters most. Strong language.

FAREWELL: A MEMOIR OF A TEXAS CHILDHOOD by Horton Foote
DBC 26889

The prize-winning writer of drama and screenplays reminisces about his family experiences in Wharton, a small Texas town. Describes his parents’ circumstances at the time of his birth in 1916 and continues until he leaves home at age seventeen to attend the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

GENERATIONS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES by Bryan Woolley
DBC 26797

This third collection of stories from journalist and novelist Bryan Woolley begins with the deeply moving title story, followed by twenty-six more stories and personality profiles which originally appeared in “The Dallas Morning News.” The author recalls the lost golden age of Mineral Wells, Texas, attends a bulldogging school in Madisonville, Texas, meets the Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club, and visits Roswell, New Mexico, site of an alleged UFO crash in 1947. His portraits of places and people are warm, sometimes funny but always genuine.

INDIANS, CATTLE, SHIPS, AND OIL: THE STORY OF W.M.D. LEE by Donald F. Schofield
DBC 26842

William McDole Lee moved from Wisconsin to Kansas to Texas in the early years of the frontier to forge a life for himself. Expertly chronicled in this work, Lee became an Indian trader, rancher, harbor developer and oil impresario and garnered the resources necessary to shape the financial destinies of disparate groups throughout the state.

INTERLUDE IN UMBARGER: ITALIAN POWS AND A TEXAS CHURCH by Donald Mace Williams
DBC 26851

During World War II, in the Texas Panhandle, 3,000 Italian prisoners of war were interned in a camp. In the last year of the war, the prisoners’ food rations were cut back, and only a handful of prisoners found a way to supplement their meager meals. Franco Di Bello, an Italian officer who spoke English, and a small band of fellow artists agreed to decorate St. Mary’s Church in Umbarger. This is their story.

MAXIMILIAN & THE BINGO REMATCH by Xavier Garza
DBC 18861

Edición bilingüe en inglés y español. Para grados 4 a 7 y lectores mayores.
Everybody is fighting in sixth-grader Maximilian’s world as his elderly aunts battle for the Queen Bingo trophy, his masked uncles wrestle for the tag-team title of the world, and his sweetheart and the “new girl” battle for Max’s heart. For grades 4-7 and older readers.
Bilingual: English and Spanish.

NIGHT TRAIN LANE: THE LIFE OF NFL HALL OF FAMER RICHARD “NIGHT TRAIN” LANE by Mike Burns
DBC 26215

Biography of Hall of Famer Richard “Night Train” Lane. He was born in Austin to a prostitute who left him in a dumpster when he was three months old. A nearby neighbor heard him crying, rescued him, and raised him. Lane went on to become a famous football player.

PAREJAS FELICES, CUENTAS EN ORDEN: 5 PASOS PARA TU ARMONIA FINANCIERA by Elaine King
DBC 18588

Un plan estratégica que ayuda a la parejas a fortalecer su relación por medio de una administración financiera inteligente y planificada. Vivir en pareja es un paso muy importante en la vida de todo ser humano, es suficientemente misterioso comprendernos a nosotros mismos, imagínate lo interesante que será́; entender a tu pareja. Cada persona posee una base de datos, depósitos de valores, experiencias, tendencias y actitudes hacia la vida y el dinero. Se dice que el 50% de las parejas que se casan terminan divorciándose, y el 70% de las parejas que se divorcian, lo hacen debido a algo que empezó́; con un malentendido financiero. Es imprescindible romper ese ciclo y prevenir que más parejas se separen por algo que puede mejorarse. Es por eso que las parejas de hoy deben tener un kit de sobrevivencia para enfrentar cualquier situación. Con preparación y capacitación adecuada, las parejas pueden incrementar las probabilidades de permanecer juntos por muchos años con un entendimiento mutuo del propósito del dinero de acuerdo a los valores de ambos.
Living as a couple is a very important step in the life of any human being, it is mysterious enough to understand ourselves, imagine how interesting will be to understand your partner. Each person brings along a database, values, experiences, trends and attitudes toward life and money. About 50% of all marriages end in divorce, and 70% of those couples got divorced due to something that started with a financial misunderstanding. It is essential to break this cycle and prevent that more couples are separated by something that can be improved. That is why couples should have a survival kit for facing any situation, with the right tools, couples may increase their chances of staying together longer with a mutual understanding of the purpose of money according to the values of both. Spanish language. Unrated. 2017.

TRIGGERNOMETRY: A GALLERY OF GUNFIGHTERS: WITH TECHNICAL NOTES ON LEATHER SLAPPING AS A FINE ART, GATHERED FROM MANY A LOOSE HOLSTERED EXPERT OVER THE YEARS by Eugene Cunningham
DBC 26756

The author gives a short biography of 18 gunfighters of the old west, including John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, Sam Bass and Butch Cassidy. Years of research, study, writing and revising resulted in this book, which is factual and authoritative, but also as interesting as a good novel. Good and bad and mixed of nature are shown here. But all played their part in the building of the western country.

Watched the Hallmark Holiday Movie? Now Read the Book!

Tis the season for holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel! Maybe you’ve heard about the movie from a friend or maybe you’ve already watched it, but you want to see how the book differs from the show? Here are some books that inspired Hallmark Channel holiday movies.

ANGEL TREE by Daphne Benedis-Grab (DB 80225)

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it; but nobody knows where the tree comes from. This year, four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree. For grades 4-7. 2014.

CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber (DB 73685, LB 06530)

While working in the toy department of a New York City store, Mrs. Miracle meets Holly, who is searching for a robot for her nephew. Mrs. Miracle plays matchmaker for Holly and the store owner’s son Jake. Includes recipes. Sequel to MRS. MIRACLE (DB 70101). Commercial audiobook. A Hallmark Channel Original Movie. 2010.

CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas (DB 72388, DBC 16819)

San Juan Island, Washington. Bachelor Mark Nolan has custody of his late sister’s six-year-old daughter Holly, who hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death. But Holly opens up for toy-store owner Maggie Conroy, a young widow who yearns for companionship, and the three slowly bond. Some descriptions of sex. 2010.

CHRISTMAS TOWN by Donna Vanliere (DB 86731)

Former foster child Lauren Gabriel is not a fan of the Christmas season, but when she witnesses a car accident, she is drawn into the small town of Grandon. She is recruited to help raise money for Glory’s Place—a center for single mothers and families in need. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

CHRISTMAS TRAIN by David Baldacci (DB 55045, BR 14463, LB 10834)

Journalist Tom Langdon takes a cross-country train from the East Coast to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his girlfriend. On the trip he meets a host of zany characters, including one who happens to be his former lover. Sparks fly until Tom’s girlfriend shows up in Chicago. Bestseller. 2002.

DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS by Gregory D. Kincaid (DBC 01593)

Discovering that a local shelter is looking for temporary homes for their dogs over the Christmas holidays, Todd, a developmentally challenged young man, persuades his reluctant family to take in a special canine named Christmas, who teaches an entire community a lesson in the transforming power of love and goodwill. First book in the Christmas Dogs series. Followed by “Christmas with Tucker.” Unrated. 2008.

MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS by Susan Mallery (DB 83806)

Bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug agrees to plan the Christmas wedding for a local groom whose bride is out of town. The bride’s brother, movie star Jonny Blaze, steps in to help, with romantic results. Some descriptions of sex. 2015.

MISTLETOE PROMISE by Richard Paul Evans (DB 80430, BR 20624, LB 08564)

Three years after Elise divorced her husband for cheating, another holiday season rolls around, sending her into a funk. Then Nicholas Derr approaches her in the food court where they both eat and offers a contract in which they pretend to be in a relationship. Neither expects the consequences. Bestseller. A Hallmark Original Movie. 2014.

SILVER BELLS: A HOLIDAY TALE by Luanne Rice (DB 59402, BR 15767)

Widowed Canadian farmer Christopher Byrne journeys to New York City every December to sell Christmas trees. Last year his teenaged son stayed on to pursue a photography career. Manhattan librarian Catherine Tierney buys her trees from Chris and looks out for the boy. Love is soon in the air. 2004.

TRADING CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber (DB 73827, BT 13340)

Widowed Emily Spring of Leavenworth, Washington, swaps houses with Charles Brewster of Boston for Christmas. Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith travels to Leavenworth to visit her and Charles’s brother Ray shows up at the house in Boston. Unexpected romances ensue in both locations. Commercial audiobook. A Hallmark Channel Original Movie. 2011.

Discovering King Tut

November 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of British archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. In celebration, here are books in our collection that deal with both the life of the enigmatic pharaoh and the discovery of his intact tomb over three thousand years after his untimely death.

Adult Nonfiction

MURDER OF KING TUT: THE PLOT TO KILL THE CHILD KING; A NONFICTION THRILLER by James Patterson (DB 69595)

Research into the life and death of eighteen-year-old Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen, the stepson of Queen Nefertiti. Discusses Tut’s marriage to his half-sister and suggests reasons for his demise. Details the activities of British Egyptologist Howard Carter, who discovered Tut’s tomb in 1922. Bestseller.  2009.

MURDER OF TUTANKHAMEN: A TRUE STORY by Bob Brier (DB 47024)

Combining modern forensic technological evidence with historical facts, Brier proposes that the eighteen-year-old pharaoh was murdered. He supports his theory by detailing circumstantial evidence gleaned from reviewing Tutankhamen’s remains and Brier’s studies of the interaction of society and religion with the role of rulers in Ancient Egypt. 1998.

TUTANKAMON by Olga Alvarez Herrero (DB 61040)

Traces what is known about the short-lived Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, information principally derived from the 1922 archaeological discovery of his undisturbed tomb. Describes efforts to preserve the burial site’s priceless treasures and artifacts, which reveal a penetrating portrait of life in ancient Egypt. Spanish language. 2004.

TUTANKHAMEN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE BOY-KING by Christine El Mahdy (DB 52444)

Egyptologist examines archaeological and historical evidence to reconstruct the life of the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh. El Mahdy separates fact from legend as she describes Egyptian civilization based on evidence from Luxor in the fourteenth century B.C. Also provides details of British archaeologist Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. 1999.

Adult Fiction

MURDER IN THE PLACE OF ANUBIS by Lynda Suzanne Robinson (DBC 24921, BR 10186)

This story is set in ancient Egypt during the reign of fourteen-year-old Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Meren, young, but mature enough to serve as counselor to the king, finds it his duty to learn the truth about a scribe whose body is found in the sacred Place of Anubis with an embalming knife protruding from his neck. Meren is torn by loyalty to the king, respect for the embalming priests, and suspicion of those who would take advantage of the youthful pharaoh. First book in the Lord Meren Series. 1995.

Juvenile Nonfiction

CURSE OF THE MUMMY: UNCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB by Candace Fleming (DB 105841, BR 23998)

During the reign of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun ruled and died tragically young. An award-winning author recounts the true story of the search for Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Western public’s belief that the dig was cursed, and the battle for ownership of the treasures within. For grades 4-7. 2021.

KING TUTANKHAMUN TELLS ALL! by Chris Naunton (DB 107870)

An Egyptologist chronicles the life of King Tutankhamun, and how he became the ruler of ancient Egypt at the tender age of nine. Naunton speculates what it was like for King Tutankhamun to be rudely awakened from the afterlife by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922. For grades 2-4. 2021.

TUTANKHAMUN: THE MYSTERY OF THE BOY KING by Daphne Benedis-Grab (DB 63537)

Presents the background to archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Discusses what Tutankhamun’s mummy and the numerous objects found in his tomb have revealed about the young pharaoh’s life and mysterious death. For grades 4-7. 2005.

WHO WAS KING TUT? by Roberta Edwards (BT 03549)

Explains the life and times of this ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of the tomb’s discovery, as well as myths and stories of mummy curses. For grades 4-7. 2006.