African American Authors – Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs

From classic African American authors from the early 20th century like James Baldwin and Langston Hughes to newer authors such as Saeed Jones and Nnedi Okorafor, the National Library Service (NLS) has books that tell the stories of their lives.

Biographies

ALICE WALKER: A LIFE
WHITE, EVELYN C.
Chronicles the life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple (DB 58842, BR 12265). Traces Walker’s experiences as the daughter of Georgia sharecroppers, an acclaimed writer, and wife of a white NAACP lawyer. Explores her feminist and civil rights activism. Strong language. 2004.
DB 59554
 
CHESTER HIMES: A LIFE
SALLIS, JAMES
Discusses the African American novelist’s Missouri childhood, the inception of his writing career from prison, and the failure of his early works in a racially charged climate. Explains that Himes became famous writing crime stories while an expatriate in Europe. Some strong language.
DB 52754
 
LIFE OF LANGSTON HUGHES, VOLUME 1: 1902-1941. I, TOO, SING AMERICA
RAMPERSAD, ARNOLD
Rampersad’s biography of the American poet and writer takes Hughes from a tumultuous childhood in the Midwest, through worldwide travels and ramblings, to the early literary successes in New York. Tracing Hughes’s development and experiences, the book highlights the character of the artist, portraying him as a driven man devoted to his writing. 1986. Followed by LIFE OF LANGSTON HUGHES: VOLUME 2, 1941-1967: I DREAM A WORLD which continues the story of the noted poet (DB 28699)
DB 27535
 
LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: THE RADIANT AND RADICAL LIFE OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY
PERRY, IMANI
A portrait of the activist and writer best known for A Raisin in the Sun (DB 15750). Discusses Hansberry’s bold stances on civil rights, the prominent figures with whom she associated, her involvement in one of the nation’s first lesbian organizations, and the attention she drew from the FBI. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB 92981
 
NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT: THE RISE OF TYLER PERRY, THE MOST POWERFUL ENTERTAINER IN BLACK AMERICA (AND WHAT IT REALLY TOOK HIM TO GET THERE)
CHILDS, MELVIN
Entertainment producer describes the rise of African American comedian Tyler Perry as his career expanded from the “chitlin’ circuit” of black Southern clubs into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. Highlights the financial side of show business and the author’s estrangement from Perry. Strong language. 2012.
BR 19674
 
RALPH ELLISON: A BIOGRAPHY
RAMPERSAD, ARNOLD
Professor analyzes the life of African American writer Ralph Ellison, whose only novel, Invisible Man (DB 56346, BR 14988), won the 1953 National Book Award. Uses Ellison’s correspondence to detail the personal and artistic struggles he endured, as well as his social and cultural milieu. 2007.
DB 65148
 
RICHARD WRIGHT: THE LIFE AND TIMES
ROWLEY, HAZEL
Interweaving journals, letters, and personal recollections, biographer Rowley illuminates the important African American novelist’s life, work, and ideas. Portrays Wright as a self-taught intellectual, an independent thinker, and an outspoken critic of racism. Examines his relationships with other writers, such as Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes. Bestseller.
DB 53071
 
STREET POISON: THE BIOGRAPHY OF ICEBERG SLIM
GIFFORD, JUSTIN
Literature professor chronicles the life of Robert Beck (1918-1992), better known as Iceberg Slim, author of Pimp (DB 79726), Doom Fox (DB 80092), and Trick Baby (DB 80284). Discusses Slim’s criminal lifestyle and how it influenced his later writings, and appraises his significance in popular culture. Strong language. 2015.
DB 83628
 
SORROW’S KITCHEN: THE LIFE AND FOLKLORE OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON
LYONS, MARY E.
Lyons inserts samples of Hurston’s fiction, autobiography, and folklore collected in Florida, Louisiana, and the West Indies into this account of the African American anthropologist and Harlem Renaissance writer of stories, plays, essays, and articles.
DB 41455
 
SURPRISED QUEENHOOD IN THE NEW BLACK SUN: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS
JACKSON, ANGELA
Biography of author of Bronzeville Boys and Girls (DB 63916). Discusses Brooks’ early years in Chicago, personal relationships, racism she experienced, and publishing career. Examines the influence of her experiences on specific pieces of her work. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
DB 88823

Autobiographies and Memoirs

AMERICAN HUNGER
WRIGHT, RICHARD
Compelling autobiographical continuation of BLACK BOY (DB 20415, BR 04398) covering Wright’s struggle to make his way in Chicago and New York. Traces his experience with poverty and racism, his development as a writer, and his conversion to and estrangement from the Communist Party. Some strong language.
DB 10660
 
BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES: FINDING CREATIVITY IN THE UNEXPECTED
OKORAFOR, NNEDI
The author recounts how a simple operation took her from track star to paralyzed. Confined in a hospital bed for months, she began to imagine fantastical things and turn those experiences into writing. Also discusses her childhood and other authors who have used hardship to fuel their work. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB 96603
 
FATHERALONG: A MEDITATION ON FATHERS AND SONS, RACE AND SOCIETY
WIDEMAN, JOHN EDGAR
A collection of six essays examining a strained father son relationship in terms of social issues about race and family. Wideman, an award-winning novelist who wrote about his brother and himself in “Brothers and Keepers” (DB 23360), here combines a memoir of his father with observations about African-American life. Some strong language.
DB 40624
 
HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES: A MEMOIR
JONES, SAEED
A poet describes his experiences growing up as black and gay in the American South through a series of vignettes. Describes familial relationships, romantic flings, and friendships. Examines what people do for and to each other in the search for identity. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.  Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB 98361; BR 21014)
 
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
ANGELOU, MAYA
The first book in an autobiographical series. The author describes the childhood and adolescence of a black girl in rural Arkansas, St. Louis, and San Francisco.  She is a strong and sensitive young woman who endures and overcomes many horrors in her life. 1969. Followed by GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME (DB 56481; BR 16910).
DB 24959; BR 15665)
 
NO NAME IN THE STREET
BALDWIN, JAMES
Best known for GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (DB 33488, BR 08734 ), in this personal statement Baldwin tells of his years of self- exile and renewal abroad, of his activities in the civil rights movement, and his road back to complete involvement in the cause of black people in America.
DB 25147
 
REGION NOT HOME: REFLECTIONS FROM EXILE
MCPHERSON, JAMES ALAN
First African American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for ELBOW ROOM (DB 16996; BR 12600), in this collection of essays the author discusses his pursuits, from the segregated South to Morris Brown College, Harvard Law School, the University of Virginia, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Reflects on his love for his daughter, the experiences of Americans, life’s sorrows and delights, and works by other authors. Some strong language.
DB 52007
 
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED: A MEMOIR
HARRIS, E. LYNN
Autobiography by gay, African American, bestselling author of Invisible Life (DB 38731). Describes his humble beginnings in Arkansas, his career development, failed romantic relationships, bouts with depression, and deep faith in God. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2003.
DB 56881

NPR’s Book Concierge 2020

National Public Radio (NPR) has just released the Book Concierge for 2020. 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 summer reads, 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/

Here are all of the selections in the NLS collection:

BURNING by MEGHA MAJUMDAR (DB 99956; BR 23156) (Book Club Ideas, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

CHILDREN’S BIBLE by LYDIA MILLET (DB 99892; BR 23169) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Sci-Fi Fantasy and Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

GAME OF FOX & SQUIRRELS by JENN REESE (DB 100744 IN PROCESS) (Family Matters, Kids’ Books, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)  

GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by THERESE FOWLER (DB 98910) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity and Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

PROMISED LAND by BARACK OBAMA (DB 100966) (Biography & Memoir, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

SHADOW INTELLIGENCE by OLIVER HARRIS (IN PROCESS) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World, The Dark Side)  

SONG BELOW WATER by BETH MORROW (DB 100195) (Identity & Culture, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

AGENCY by WILLIAM GIBSON (DB 98628) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Tales from Around the World, The Dark Side)  

ALIEN OCEANS: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE DEPTHS OF SPACE by KEVIN HAND (DB 100326) (Eye-Opening Reads, It’s all Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Science, Staff Picks)  

ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER by TAMI CHARLES (DB 100925 IN PROCESS) (For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books)  

AMERICAN OLIGARCHS: THE KUSHNERS, THE TRUMPS, AND THE MARRIAGE OF MONEY AND POWER by AMANDA BERNSTEIN (DB 98451) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

AMNESTY by ARAVIND ADIGA (DB 98787; BR 23043) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

AND I DO NOT FORGIVE YOU: STORIES AND OTHER REVENGES by AMBER SPARKS (DB 98786) (Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry)  

ANTKIND by CHARLIE KAUFMAN (DB 100090) (It’s all Geek to Me, No Biz Like Show Biz, Rather Long, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)  

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by FREDRIK BACKMAN (DB 100531) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

BARN 8 by DEB OLIN UNFERTH (DB 98859) (Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

BARRY SONNENFELD, CALL YOUR MOTHER: MEMOIRS OF A NEUROTIC FILMMAKER by BARRY SONNENFELD (DB 98953) (Biography & Memoir, Family Matters, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

BEACH READ by EMILY HENRY (DB 99724) (Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

BEFORE THE EVER AFTER by JACQUELINE WOODSON (DB 100643) (Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For Sport Lovers, Kids’ Books, Seriously Great Writing, Young Adult)  

BESTIARY: A NOVEL by K-MING CHANG (IN PROCESS) (Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Love Stories, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales from Around the World, The States We’re In)  

BETWEEN TWO FIRES: TRUTH, AMBITION, AND COMPROMISE IN PUTIN’S RUSSIA by JOSHUA YAFFA (DB 98134) (Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

BIG FRIENDSHIP: HOW WE KEEP EACH OTHER CLOSE by AMINATOU SOW, AMINATOU (DB 100404) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS by ALICE RANDALL (DB 100828) (Eye-Opening Reads, For Music Lovers, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

BLACKTOP WASTELAND by S. A. COSBY (DB 100242) (Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, The States We’re In)  

BOATMAN’S DAUGHTER by ANDY DAVIDSON (DB 98593) (Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

BOOK OF V. by ANNA SOLOMON, ANNA (DB 99498) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First)  

BOYFRIEND PROJECT by FARRAH ROCHON, FARRAH (DB 99855) (Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction)  

BREATH: THE NEW SCIENCE OF A LOST ART by JAMES NESTOR (DB 99870) (Eye-Opening Reads, For Sports Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Science! Staff Picks)  

BROKEN FAITH: INSIDE THE WORD OF FAITH FELLOWSHIP, ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS CULTS by MITCH WEISS (DB 98634) (Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

CACTUS LEAGUE by EMILY NEMENS (DB 98762; BR 23028) (For Sports Lovers, Realistic Fiction, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The States We’re In)  

CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY by THOMAS PIKETTY (DB 98934) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)  

CARE AND FEEDING OF WASPISH WIDOWS by OLIVIA WAITE (IN PROCESS) (For History Lovers, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Seriously Great Writing)  

CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS by ISABEL WILKERSON (DB 100088; BR 23343) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

CATHERINE HOUSE by ELISABETH THOMAS (DB 99407) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

CHIFFON TRENCHES: A MEMOIR by ANDRE LEON TALLEY (DB 99833) (Biography & Memoir, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

CHILDREN OF THE LAND by MARCELO HERNANDEZ CASTILLO (DB 98683) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)  

CITY WE BECAME by N. K. JEMISIN (DB 98901) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by ELIZABETH ACEVEDO (DB 99823) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Young Adult)  

CLEAN: THE NEW SCIENCE OF SKIN by JAMES HAMBLIN (DB 100410) (Eye-Opening Reads, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Science, Staff Picks)  

CLEANNESS by GARTH GREENWELL (DB 98150) (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

CONJURE WOMEN by AFIA ATAKORA (DB 99224) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

CROOKED HALLELUHAH by KELLI JO FORD (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

DEACON KING KONG by JAMES MCBRIDE (DB 98819) (Book Club Ideas, For Music Lovers, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

DEAD ARE ARISING: THE LIFE OF MALCOLM X by LES PAYNE (IN PROCESS) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing)  

DEAR JUSTYCE by NIC STONE (DB 100931) (Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

DEATH OF VIVEK OJI  by AKWAEKE EMEZI (DB 100235) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

DESERT NOTEBOOKS: A ROAD MAP FOR THE END OF TIME by BEN EHRENREICH (DB 100164) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Science, The States We’re In)  

DIRT: ADVENTURES IN LYON AS A CHEF IN TRAINING, FATHER, AND SLEUTH LOOKING FOR THE SECRET OF FRENCH COOKING by BILL BUFORD (DB 99959) (Biography & Memoir, Cookbooks & Food, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)

DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE  by DEEPA ANAPPARA (DB 98647) (Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

EACH OF US A DESERT  by MARK OSHIRO (DB 100866) (Ladies First, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, Young Adult)  

EAT A PEACH: A MEMOIR by DAVID CHANG (DB 100830) (Biography & Memoir, Cookbooks & Food, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

ECHO MOUNTAIN by LAUREN WOLK (DB 99827) (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Kids’ Books, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

ELATSOE by DARCIE LITTLE BADGER (IN PROCESS) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE  by NGHI VO (BR 23267) (Book Club Ideas, Rather Short, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

EVEN AS WE BREATHE by ANNETTE SAUNOOKE CLAPSADDLE (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T  by SARA FUJIMURA (DB 99186) (Family Matters, For Sports Lovers, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult)  

FAITHLESS HAWK by MARGARET OWEN (DB 100140) (Ladies First, Love Stories, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

FATHER OF LIONS: ONE MAN’S REMARKABLE QUEST TO SAVE THE MOSUL ZOO by LOUISE CALLAGHAN (DB 98132) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

FLYAWAY by KATHLEEN JENNINGS (DB 100178) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Rather Short, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales from Around the World, The Dark Side)  

FOLLOWERS by MEGAN ANGELO (DB 98623) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

FOUL IS FAIR  by HANNAH CAPIN (DB 98615) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side, Young Adult)  

FREEDOM ARTIST by BEN OKRI (DB 98627) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)  

FUNNY WEATHER: ART IN AN EMERGENCY by OLIVIA LAING (DB 101071) (For Art Lovers, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The Dark Side)  

GIRL GONE VIRAL by ALISHA RAI (DB 100903) (Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

GLASS HOTEL by EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL (DB 98955; BR 23151; LB 12966) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)  

GODSHOT by CHELSEA BIEKER (DB 99121) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)  

GORDON RAMSAY QUICK AND DELICIOUS: 100 RECIPES TO COOK IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS by GORDON RAMSAY (IN PROCESS) (Cookbooks & Food)  

HAMNET by MAGGIE O’FARRELL (DB 100166) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

HARROW THE NINTH by TAMSYN MUIR (DB 100538) (Ladies First, Rather Long, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)  

HAVING AND BEING HAD by EULA BISS (DB 100522) (Book Club Ideas, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)  

HEADLINERS  by LUCY PARKER (DB 98733) (Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales from Around the World)  

HEAP by SEAN ADAMS (DB 98446) (Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

HEART OF JUNK by LUKE GEDDES (DB 98475) (Funny Stuff, It’s all Geek to Me, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

HEARTS OF OAK by EDDIE ROBSON (DB 99275) (Funny Stuff, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)  

HENCH by NATALIE ZINA WALSCHOTS (DB 101086) (Funny Stuff, It’s all Geek to Me, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)  

HERE FOR IT: OR, HOW TO SAVE YOUR SOUL IN AMERICA: ESSAYS by R. ERIC THOMAS (DB 98878) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)  

HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES  by KEN LIU (DB 98736) (Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Short Stories Essays & Poetry)  

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD: INSIDE THE MIND OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY by ROBERT KOLKER (DB 99192; BR 23355; LB 12934) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Science, Staff Picks)  

HIGH AS THE WATERS RISE by ANIA KAMPMANN (IN PROCESS) (Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales from Around the World)  

HOAX: DONALD TRUMP, FOX NEWS, AND THE DANGEROUS DISTORTION OF TRUTH by BRIAN STELTER (DB 100892) (Eye-Opening Reads, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

HOMELAND ELEGIES by AYAD AKHTAR (DB 100802) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, The States We’re In)  

HOMIE: POEMS  by DANEZ SMITH (DB 99026) (Identity & Culture, Short Stories Essays & Poetry)  

HOOD FEMINISM: NOTES FROM THE WOMEN THAT A MOVEMENT FORGOT by MIKKI KENDALL (DB 98638; BR 23152) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Short Stories  

HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD by C PAM ZHANG (DB 99144; LB 12949) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

HUMAN COSMOS: CIVILIZATION AND THE STARS by JO MARCHANT (DB 100894) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Science)  

I AM EVERY GOOD THING by DERRICK BARNES (DB 100558) (Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Identity & Cultures, Kids’ Books, Staff Picks)

I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE’RE STILL HERE: A POST-HOLOCAUST MEMOIR by ESTHER SAFRAN FOER (DB 99876) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

IF I HAD YOUR FACE by FRANCES CHA (DB 99495) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

IKENGA by NNEDI OKORAFOR (DB 100731) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

INTERIOR CHINATOWN by CHARLES YU, CHARLES (DB 98416) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

INTIMATIONS: SIX ESSAYS by ZADIE SMITH (DB 100398) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The States We’re In)  

INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by VICTORIA SCHWAB (DB 100901) (For Art Lovers, For History Lovers, Rather Long, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)  

JACK by MARILYNNE ROBINSON (DB 100592) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

JOURNEYS OF TREES: A STORY ABOUT FORESTS, PEOPLE, AND THE FUTURE by ZACH ST GEORGE (DB 100220; BR 23309) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Science, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

JUST US: AN AMERICAN CONVERSATION by CLAUDIA RANKINE (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by KACEN CALLENDER (DB 98682) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, Young Adult)  

LAST EMPEROX: THE INTERDEPENDENCY, BOOK 3 by JOHN SCALZI (DB 99745) (Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)  

LAST MILLION: EUROPE’S DISPLACED PERSONS FROM WORLD WAR TO COLD WAR by DAVID NASAW (IN PROCESS) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by RUMAAN ALAM (DB 101085) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

LIFE OF A KLANSMAN: A FAMILY HISTORY IN WHITE SUPREMACY by EDWARD BALL (IN PROCESS) (Eye-Opening Read, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

LIFTING AS WE CLIMB: BLACK WOMEN’S BATTLE FOR THE BALLOT BOX by EVETTE DIONNE (DB 99588) (Biography & Memoir, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE  by REBECCA STEAD (DB 99640) (Family Matters, Kids’ Books, Staff Picks)  

LITTLE EYES  by SAMANTA SCHWEBLIN (DB 99674) (Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)  

LONG BRIGHT RIVER by LIZ MOORE (DB 97977; BR 22990) (Family Matters, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU by MICHAEL ZAPATA (DB 98697) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

LUSTER by RAVEN LEILANI (DB 100173) (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

LYING LIFE OF ADULTS by ELENA FERRANTE (DB 100469) (Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW by SAMIRA AHMED (DB 99829) (For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Young Adult)  

ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY: COMBAT RACISM, CHANGE THE WORLD, AND BECOME A GOOD ANCESTOR by LAYLA F. SAAD (DB 98751) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Book, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

MEANING OF MARIAH CAREY by MARIAH CAREY (DB 100908) (Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

MEMORIAL DRIVE: A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR by NATASHA D. TRETHEWEY (DB 100452) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

MEMORIAL by BRYAN WASHINGTON (DB 101143) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA by MAGGIE TOKUDA-HALL (DB 99393) (Love Stories, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Young Adult)  

MEXICAN GOTHIC by SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA (DB 99404) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL by FLEUR BRADLEY (DB 100640) (Kids’ Books, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

MINOR FEELINGS: AN ASIAN AMERICAN RECKONING by CATHY PARK HONG (DB 98817) (Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)

MIRROR & THE LIGHT by HILARY MANTEL (DB 98825; LB 12837) (For History Lovers, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

MISSIONARIES by PHIL KLAY (DB 100971) (Book Club Ideas, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

MONOGAMY by SUE MILLER (DB 100599) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

MOUNTAINS SING by PHAN QUE MAI NGUYEN (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

NETWORK EFFECT: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by MARTHA WELLS (DB 100216) (Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)  

NEW WAVES by KEVIN NGUYEN (DB 98832) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, It’s All Geek to Me, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

NIGHT WATCHMAN by LOUISE ERDRICH (DB 98896; BR 23078; LB 12937) (For History Lovers, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

NO FILTER: THE INSIDE STORY OF INSTAGRAM by SARAH FRIER (IN PROCESS) (Identity & Culture, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)  

NO RULES RULES: NETFLIX AND THE CULTURE OF REINVENTION by REED HASTINGS & ERIN MEYER (IN PROCESS) (No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

NOTES FROM AN APOCALYPSE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD AND BACK by MARK O’CONNELL (DB 99815) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The Dark Side)  

NOTES ON A SILENCING: A MEMOIR by LACY CRAWFORD (DB 100632) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

OBIT: POEMS by VICTORIA CHANG (DB 99260; BR 23147) (Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The Dark Side)  

ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by ALIX E. HARROW (DB 100973) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Rather Long, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

ONE LIFE by MEGAN RAPINOE (DB 101309) (Biography & Memoir, For Sports Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

ONE TO WATCH by KATE STAYMAN-LONDON (DB 101336) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

ONLY GOOD INDIANS by STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES (DB 100116) (Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

OTHER BENNET SISTER by JANICE HADLOW (DB 99609) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Love Stories, Rather Long, Staff Picks)  

OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE: A QUEST TO FIND AND SAVE THE WORLD’S LARGEST OWL by JONATHAN C. SLAGHT (DB 100252) (Eye-Opening Reads, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Science, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)  

PARTY OF TWO by JASMINE GUILLORY (DB 99911) (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

PIRANESI  by SUSANNA CLARKE (DB 100700) (Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

PIZZA GIRL  by JEAN KYOUNG FRAZIER (DB 99513) (Funny Stuff, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

PULL OF THE STARS by EMMA DONOGHUE (DB 100108) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

RACE AGAINST TIME: A REPORTER REOPENS THE UNSOLVED MURDER CASES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA by JERRY MITCHELL (DB 100648) (Biography & Memoir, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

RACE FOR PROFIT: HOW BANKS AND THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY UNDERMINED BLACK HOMEOWNERSHIP by KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR (DB 97566) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

RAKESS: SOCIETY OF SIRENS, BOOK 1 by SCARLETT PECKHAM (DB 100175) (Historical Fiction, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories)  

RAYBEARER by JORDAN IFUEKO (DB 100566) (Family Matters, Ladies First, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)  

REAL LIFE by BRANDON TAYLOR (DB 98508; BR 23066) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

RECIPE FOR PERSUASION by SONALI DEV (DB 99856) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Love Stories, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

REGRETS by AMY BONNAFONS (DB 98648) (Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

REMEMBRANCE by RITA WOODS (DB 98202) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)  

RICHES OF THIS LAND: THE UNTOLD, TRUE STORY OF AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS by JIM TANKERSLEY (DB 100224) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

RING SHOUT: OR, HUNTING KU KLUXES IN THE END TIMES by P. DJÈLÍ CLARK (DB 101148) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Rather Short, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

RIOT BABY by TOCHI ONYEBUCHI (DB 98546; BR 23284) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Rather Short, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

RODHAM by CURTIS SITTENFELD (DB 99840) (Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

ROOMMATE by ROSIE DANAN (DB 100801) (Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

RUN ME TO EARTH by PAUL YOON (DB 98462; BR 23049) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)  

SCORPIONFISH by NATALIE BAKOPOULOS (DB 100277) (Realistic Fiction Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

SEARCHER by TANA FRENCH (DB 100859) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

SEX AND VANITY by KEVIN KWAN (DB 99405) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

SEXUAL CITIZENS: A LANDMARK STUDY OF SEX, POWER, AND ASSAULT ON CAMPUS by JENNIFER S. HIRSCH & SHAMUS KHAN (IN PROCESS) (Eye-Opening Reads, Let’s Talk About Sex, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)

SHADOW KING by MAAZA MENGISTE (DB 97110) (Book Club Ideas, For History Lovers, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World, Dark Side)

SHIT, ACTUALLY: THE DEFINITIVE, 100% OBJECTIVE GUIDE TO MODERN CINEMA by LINDY WEST (DB 101144) (Funny Stuff, It’s All Geek to Me, No Biz Like Show Biz, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)  

SHUGGIE BAIN by DOUGLAS STUART (DB 101310)  (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

SISTERS IN HATE: AMERICAN WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF WHITE NATIONALISM by SEYWARD DARBY (DB 101014) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

SISTERS by DAISY JOHNSON (DB 100416) (Family Matters, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

SNAPPED by ALEXA MARTIN (DB 101080) (For Sports Lovers, Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT by MERYL WILSNER (DB 99790) (Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction)  

SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by MICAIAH JOHNSON (DB 100455) (Family Matters, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

SPLENDID AND THE VILE: A SAGA OF CHURCHILL, FAMILY, AND DEFIANCE DURING THE BLITZ by ERIK LARSON (DB 100054; LB 12943) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by JASON REYNOLDS (DB 98926; BR 23102) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

SUCH A FUN AGE by KILEY REID (DB 97929; BR 23303; LB 12979) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

SUMMER by ALI SMITH (DB 100537) (Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)  

SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG by DAVID YOON (IN PROCESS) (For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Love Stories, Staff Picks, Young Adult)  

SURVIVOR SONG by PAUL TREMBLAY (DB 99675) (Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)  

TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by TALIA HIBBERT (DB 99905) (For Sports Lovers, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  


TALK: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE, LOVE & TRUTH by WADE HUDSON & CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON (IN PROCESS) (Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Nonfiction, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Young Adult)  

TEMPORARY by HILARY LEICHTER (DB 98758) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Rather Short)  

THEY WENT LEFT by MONICA HESSE (DB 99223) (For History Lovers, Historical Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)  

THIS IS MY AMERICA by KIM JOHNSON (DB 100194) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)  

TOKYO UENO STATION by MIRI YU (DB 99908) (Rather Short, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

TOMBOYLAND: ESSAYS by MELISSA FALIVENO (DB 101217) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The States We’re In)  

TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM by GYASI YAA (DB 100528) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Science, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

TROUBLE THE SAINTS by ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON (DB 100117) (Book Club Ideas, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

UNCANNY VALLEY: A MEMOIR by ANNA WIENER (DB 98158) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, It’s All Geek to Me, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS by KARLA CORNEJO VILLAVICENCIO (DB 99860) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

UP ALL NIGHT: TED TURNER, CNN, AND THE BIRTH OF 24-HOUR NEWS by LISA NAPOLI (DB 100038) (For History Lovers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED by SARAH GAILEY (DB 98684) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Rather Short, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)  

UTOPIA AVENUE by DAVID MITCHELL (DB 99667) (For Music Lovers, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

VANISHING HALF by BRIT BENNETT (DB 99791; BR 23212) (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

VESPER FLIGHTS: NEW AND COLLECTED ESSAYS by HELEN MACDONALD (DB 100529) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Science, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

WAX PACK: ON THE OPEN ROAD IN SEARCH OF BASEBALL’S AFTERLIFE by BRAD BALUKJIAN (DB 100602) (For History Lovers, For Sports Lovers, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

WE RIDE UPON STICKS by BARRY QUAN (DB 99244) (For Sport Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Sci Fi Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

WEATHER by JENNY OFFILL (DB 98466) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH by SIGRID NUNEZ (DB 100533) (Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

WHAT CAN A BODY DO?: HOW WE MEET THE BUILT WORLD by SARA HENDREN (DB 100228; BR 23245) (Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by ALYSSA COLE (DB 100647) (Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The
States We’re In)  

WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by VICTORIA JAMIESON (DB 99879) (Comics & Graphic Novels, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Tales From Around the World)  

WHEN THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD WAS SUBDUED, OUR SONGS CAME THROUGH: A NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF NATIVE NATIONS POETRY (DB 100387) (Eye-Opening Reads, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)

WHISTLEBLOWER: MY JOURNEY TO SILICON VALLEY AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AT UBER by SUSAN J. FOWLER (DB 98700) (Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

WHY FISH DON’T EXIST: A STORY OF LOSS, LOVE, AND THE HIDDEN ORDER OF LIFE by LULU MILLER (IN PROCESS) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Mysteries & Thrillers, Nonfiction, Science, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

WHY WE SWIM by BONNIE TSUI (DB 99409) (Biography & Memoir, For Sports Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

WINTER COUNTS by DAVID HESKA WANBLI WEIDEN (DB 100989) (Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

WOMEN IN BLACK by MADELEINE ST JOHN (BR 23100) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, AND OTHER ASTONISHMENTS by AIMEE NEZUKUMATATHIL (DB 100702; BR 23339) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories Essays & Poetry, The States We’re In)  

WORST BEST MAN by MIA SOSA (DB 98590) (Family Matters, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

WOW, NO THANK YOU: ESSAYS by SAMANTHA IRBY (DB 99633) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry)  

WRITERS & LOVERS by LILY KING (DB 98766; BR 23292) (Book Club Ideas, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Good Writing)  

X + Y: A MATHEMATICIAN’S MANIFESTO FOR RETHINKING GENDER by EUGENIA CHENG (IN PROCESS) (Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science, Staff Picks)  

YELLOW BIRD: OIL, MURDER, AND A WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE IN INDIAN COUNTRY by SIERRA CRANE MURDOCH (DB 98873) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST: A BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by ALEXIS COLE (DB 98883) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)

Goodreads 2020 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2020. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a good suspenseful novel? Goodreads members chose GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917) as their favorite mystery and thriller book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough (DB 100970) was chosen as the best science and technology non-fiction book.  Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Kiley Reid the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for SUCH A FUN AGE (DB 97929). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us at TBPRAL@tsl.texas.gov and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2020

Here are all of the winners in the NLS collection:

Fiction

MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (DB 100906)

Mystery and Thriller

GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917)

Historical Fiction

VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (DB 99791; BR 23212)

Fantasy

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas (DB 99138)

Romance

BLOOD AND ASH, BOOKS 1-2 by Jennifer Armentrout (In Process)

Science Fiction

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini (In Process)

Horror

MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DB 99404)

Nonfiction

STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds (DB 98926; BR 23102)

Best Memoir and Autobiography

PROMISED LAND by Barak Obama (DB 100966)

Best History and Biography

CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS by Isabel Wilkerson (DB 100088)

Science and Technology

LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough (DB 100970)

Best Food and Cookbooks

MODERN COMFORT FOOD by Ina Garten (In Process)

Best Debut Novel

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid (DB 97929; BR 23303)

Best Young Adult Fiction

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo (DB 99823)

YA Fantasy and Science Fiction

QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black (DB 97610)

Christy Awards Finalists 2020

The Christy Awards were established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture. The finalists were announced October 8. The winners will be announced November 12. Here are the finalists for 2020 that are in the Talking Book Program collection and available for checkout to our patrons.

Contemporary Romance

SWEET ON YOU

WADE, BECKY

DB 95308

First Novel

LONG TIME COMIN’

PEARSON, ROBIN W.

DB 99028

Historical

MY DEAREST DIETRICH: A NOVEL OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER’S LOST LOVE

BARRATT, AMANDA

DB 99439

Historical Romance

LAND BENEATH US: SUNRISE AT NORMANDY, BOOK 3

SUNDIN, SARAH

DB 98793

Short Form

FLOOD OF LOVE (Contained in SERVING UP LOVE: A FOUR-IN-ONE HARVEY HOUSE BRIDES COLLECTION)

PETERSON, TRACIE

IN PROCESS

INTRIGUE A LA MODE (Contained in SERVING UP LOVE: A FOUR-IN-ONE HARVEY HOUSE BRIDES COLLECTION)

JENNINGS, REGINA

IN PROCESS

July 2020 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday July 21st at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg (DB 89990, BR 22155)

Book jacket for The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

NLS Annotation:

Grieving widower Arthur eats lunch in the cemetery every day, to be near his wife’s grave. There he meets troubled teenage Maddy, and the pair form a friendship that helps them both out of their isolation. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program and leave a voicemail at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. RSVP preferred by June 30th. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We’re thinking about changing the format of our Book Club discussions to provide a better experience for moderators and attendees.  One of the options we are considering is an operator-assisted call. We hope to test this option at the upcoming book club meeting. We will have more specific information to provide the week before we meet. We will contact all those who RSVP with additional information. Thank you for being willing to work with us to make our book club the best it can be.

We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous. Try not to interrupt or talk over others; give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If comfortable doing so, please preface your comments with your first name.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday July 21st!

LAMBDA Award Finalists 2020

Since 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards, or the Lammys, have been awarded to the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. Here are the finalists for 2020 that are in the TBP collection.

Lesbian Fiction

Cantoras

Carolina De Robertis

DB 96434

Mostly Dead Things

Kristen Arnett

DB 95794

On Swift Horses

Shannon Pufahl

DB 97348

Patsy

Nicole Dennis-Benn

DB 96109

Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

DB 96652

Stay and Fight

Madeline Ffitch

DB 97166

Gay Fiction

Animalia

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

DB 97193

In West Mills

De’Shawn Charles Winslow

DB 96796

Lot: Stories

Bryan Washington

DB 94624

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

DB 95459

Bisexual Fiction

Big Familia: A Novel

Tomas Moniz

DB 98290 IN PROCESS

The Man Who Saw Everything

Deborah Levy

DB 97314

The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zerán

Translated by Sophie Hughes

DB 98268 IN PROCESS

Transgender Nonfiction

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Samantha Allen

DB 96338

LGBTQ Nonfiction

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

DB 97881

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History

Hugh Ryan

DB 95686

African American Women Autobiographies and Biographies

February is both African American History Month and Women’s History Month. With that in mind, here are several autobiographies and biographies on amazing African American women. Ministers, soldiers, athletes, mathematicians–African American women have done it all. Some of these women may be familiar and some may be new to you, but ALL of them can be read about via the Texas Talking Book Program.

BEHIND THE SCENES, OR, THIRTY YEARS A SLAVE AND FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
KECKLEY, ELIZABETH
DB 94362, BR 15761

BESSIE COLEMAN: FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN PILOT
SMALL, CATHLEEN
DB 91002

BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND: HARRIET TUBMAN, PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN HERO
LARSON, KATE CLIFFORD
DB 64511

CATHY WILLIAMS: FROM SLAVE TO FEMALE BUFFALO SOLDIER
TUCKER, PHILLIP THOMAS
DB 59297

EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: ETHEL PAYNE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE BLACK PRESS
MORRIS, JAMES MCGRATH
DB 81681

FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY TO THE WEST WING AND THE PATH FORWARD
JARRETT, VALERIE
DB 94980, LB 11113

HABEN: THE DEAFBLIND WOMAN WHO CONQUERED HARVARD LAW
GIRMA, HABEN
DB 96188, BR 22702

HIDDEN FIGURES: THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BLACK WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE
LEE SHETTERLY, MARGOT
DB 86234, BR 21798

LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: THE RADIANT AND RADICAL LIFE OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY
PERRY, IMANI
DB 92981

MYSTERIOUS LIFE AND CALLING: FROM SLAVERY TO MINISTRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA
RILEY, CHARLOTTE S.
DB 84674

NEVER CAUGHT: THE WASHINGTONS’ RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF THEIR RUNAWAY SLAVE, ONA JUDGE
DUNBAR, ERICA ARMSTRONG
DB 88898

RABBIT: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MS. PAT
WILLIAMS, PATRICIA
DB 89915

STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE
GAVIN, JAMES
DB 69545

TIGERBELLE: THE WYOMIA TYUS STORY
TYUS, WYOMIA
DB 93189




























Goodreads 2019 Choice Awards Announced

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The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2019. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a story that takes place in the past? Goodreads members chose Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB 94175) as their favorite historical fiction book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing And Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis (DB 94474) was chosen as the best general non-fiction book while The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (DB 96868) was selected as the best historical non-fiction book.  Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Casey McQuiston the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for romance the novel, Red, White & Royal Blue (DB 95171). 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-books-2019

January 2020 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Please join us on Thursday, January 30 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of EDUCATED: A MEMOIR, by Tara Westover.

Book cover of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

NLS Annotation:

Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018. Violence and strong language.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call,so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the TalkingBook Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by January 9th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the book in digital cartridge, large print, or Braille format or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous.  Try not to interrupt or talk over others.
  • Give everyone a chance to talk.
  • Be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, preface your comments with your first name.

We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, January 30th!

National Book Award Nominees 2019

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National Book Award Longlist Logo

The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year. For more information on the National Book Awards: https://www.nationalbook.org/

The finalists will be chosen on October 8th and the winners will be selected on November 13th, 2009.

The nominees for this year’s National Book Award in the TBP Collection:

Fiction

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE
BRODESSER-AKNER, TAFFY
DB 95416

TRUST EXERCISE
CHOI, SUSAN
DB 94561

BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF
JAMES, MARLON
DB 93771

OTHER AMERICANS
LALAMI, LAILA
DB 94629; BR 22697 IN PROCESS

NEED
PHILLIPS, HELEN
DB 96164

DISAPPEARING EARTH
PHILLIPS, JULIA
DB 95554; LB 11258

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS
VUONG, OCEAN
DB 95459

NICKEL BOYS
WHITEHEAD, COLSON
DB 95925

Nonfiction

THICK: AND OTHER ESSAYS
COTTOM, TRESSIE MCMILLAN
DB 93913

WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE: A MEMOIR OF WITNESS AND RESISTANCE
FORCHE, CAROLYN
DB 94625

SAY NOTHING: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MEMORY IN NORTHERN IRELAND
KEEFE, PATRICK RADDEN
DB 94329; LB 11261

HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE: NATIVE AMERICA FROM 1890 TO THE PRESENT
TREUER, DAVID
DB 93988

SOLITARY: UNBROKEN BY FOUR DECADES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: MY STORY OF TRANSFORMATION AND HOPE
WOODFOX, ALBERT
DB 94597

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: POEMS
KAMINSKY, ILYA
DB 94920; BR 22694

Translated Literature

MEMORY POLICE
OGAWA, YOKO
DB 95999

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD
TOKARCZUK, OLGA
DB 96156

Young People’s Literature

UNDEFEATED
ALEXANDER, KWAME
BR 22617

SHOUT: A POETRY MEMOIR
ANDERSON, LAURIE HALSE
DB 94454; LB 11417

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING
RIBAY, RANDY
DB 96003

1919: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED AMERICA
SANDLER, MARTIN W.
DB 94368