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)

New Large Print Books Added in December 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12767    CRISS CROSS       PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse and says “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019.          

LB           12776    BOY        HOAG, TAMI     

Married Louisiana detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard work a brutal case. Someone entered a second-grader’s bedroom and stabbed him to death. The boy’s heartbroken single mother—who escaped with injuries—is of little help. And the boy’s young babysitter is missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

LB           12762    ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM     BENEDICT, MARIE           

Vienna, 1933. While acting in a play, Hedy Kiesler—soon to be Hedy Lamarr—draws the attention of industrialist Friedrich Mandl. Her beauty and marriage to Friedrich save her from the Nazis, and she eventually flees to Hollywood. But her true passion is science and inventing. Bestseller. 2018.

LB           12770    CRUEL DECEPTION: A BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERY               TODD, CHARLES

In the aftermath of World War I, nurse Bess Crawford attempts to save Lieutenant Lawrence Minton, a troubled former soldier, from a mysterious killer. To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible—which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever? Unrated. 2019.

LB           12758    DEAR MRS. BIRD               PEARCE, A.J. (AMANDA-JANE)   

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and so she jumps at the chance to work for the London Evening Chronicle. But the position is acting as typist for advice columnist Mrs. Bird. Soon, Emmeline is responding to those inquiries Mrs. Bird refuses. Unrated. 2018.

LB           12769    DELICATE TOUCH             WOODS, STUART             

An old acquaintance of Stone Barrington needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades that involves numerous prominent New Yorkers. Unrated. 2018.

LB           12772    ACCIDENT: A CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER             BARELLI, NATALIE

Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance, and as Eve pointed out, there was no traffic anyway. Even now, driving them home and knowing she shouldn’t, seemed almost mischievous. All part of the fun. Not anymore. Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. But this isn’t the end of the nightmare, it’s just the beginning… Unrated. 2019.

LB           12768    CHOCOLATIER   MORAN, JAN    

San Francisco, 1953: When widowed Celina Savoia, a chocolatiere, takes her son to meet his father’s family in Italy, she discovers her husband concealed a treacherous secret. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12766    BLUE MOON: A JACK REACHER NOVEL    CHILD, LEE          

An elderly couple made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. While helping them out, loner Jack Reacher suddenly finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019.  

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12757    CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE: WHISTLEBLOWING IN AN AGE OF FRAUD               MUELLER, TOM, 1963-   

Journalist discusses the history of whistleblowing, tracing its rise and examining a series of cases from the realms of healthcare, finance, and politics. Draws on interviews with whistleblowers, lawyers, politicians, intelligence analysts, and others. Unrated. 2019.

LB           12755    GREAT SOCIETY: A NEW HISTORY              SHLAES, AMITY 

In the 1960s, Americans sought the same goals many seek now: an end to poverty, higher standards of living for the middle class, a better environment and more access to health care and education. Yet Johnson’s and Nixon’s programs shackled millions of families in permanent government dependence. Shlaes argues that the costs of entitlement commitments preclude the very reforms that Americans will need in coming decades. Unrated. 2019.

LB           12775    TIGHTROPE: AMERICANS REACHING FOR HOPE   KRISTOF, NICHOLAS D., 1959-     

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Half the Sky (DB 70300) examine life for working-class Americans and discuss the issues they face. Studies the disappearance of many blue-collar jobs, deaths related to drugs and alcohol, suicide, and the long-term damage of public policy mistakes. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           12760    WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: TWO YEARS IN THE RESISTANCE       SANDERS, BERNARD

Senator Bernie Sanders discusses the actions he has taken to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda and strengthen the progressive movement. Details his views on how America should move forward as a nation. Bestseller. 2018.

LB           13001    HOW TO MAKE YOUR MONEY LAST: THE INDISPENSABLE RETIREMENT GUIDE      QUINN, JANE BRYANT               

In the 2nd edition of How to Make Your Money Last, you will learn how to turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life. At a time when people are living longer—yet retiring with a smaller pot of savings than they’d hoped for—this book will become an essential guide. 2016, 2020.

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)

Coronavirus Resources

Here are some helpful resources about COVID-19 and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines:

Combat COVID

https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/

Combat COVID-19 features resources about prevention trials and treatment trials, as well as information on donating plasma if you have recovered from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/whats-new/

This site from the National Institutes of Health contains the most up-to-date information on what treatments are available for people who contract COVID-19.

Coronavirus in Texas

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

The Department of State Health Services has established this web site for Texans who need information about the virus and about vaccine distribution. You can also contact your County or City Public Health Department for more details about vaccine distribution.

V-Safe

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html

V-Safe is a smartphone app that helps you track any symptoms you may experience after taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The app will also remind you when a second dose of the vaccine is needed, if applicable.

COVID-19 Accessible Resources

https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid

The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation at Georgia Tech has set up a microsite for people with disabilities who need resources about COVID-19. Individuals can request information in alternative formats such as braille and accessible PDF’s. The site also features coronavirus-related articles, and the Center is producing a series of webinars for people with disabilities about topics related to COVID-19. Past webinars are archived on the site.

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

New Large Print Books Added in November 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           13000    BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN          CHAMBERLAIN, DIANE, 1950-     

Serving a three-year stint in North Carolina for a crime she did not commit, artist Morgan Christopher is promised she will be released immediately if she restores a 1940 post office mural. Under the grime is a painting of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12998    THIS TENDER LAND          KRUEGER, WILLIAM KENT            

Odie, his older brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and little Emmy escape from the Lincoln School and the harsh superintendent. They use a canoe to travel down the Mississippi River, intent on finding a new place for themselves, and cross paths with other drifters. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.

LB           12994    VALLEY OF THE 99: A WESTERN DUO       OVERHOLSER, WAYNE D., 1906-1996       

The small ranchers in Harmony, Oregon, are up against it with the price of cattle down and Skull Ranch, owned by a syndicate, trying to buy them out. When the editor of The Clarion is shot, the ranchers blame Black Mike Sand. As pressure mounts, Riley is determined to find out who is really in charge of the syndicate, and the only man willing to help him is Andrew Daniels, a former newspaper man whose courage comes from a bottle. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12997    COLLISION OF LIES           THREADGILL, TOM

Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she’s correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12996    ONE FATAL FLAW             PERRY, ANNE    

Jessie Beale comes to see Daniel Pitt, desperately seeking a lawyer for her boyfriend, Rob Adwell, who has been accused of murder and of setting a fire to conceal the body. Daniel is sure that science can absolve him–and Miriam fford Croft is the best scientist he knows. Unrated. 2020.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12999    LOOK BOTH WAYS: A TALE TOLD IN TEN BLOCKS    REYNOLDS, JASON          

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school. For grades 5-8. 2019. Variant title: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks. 

LB           12995    TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY   MBALIA, KWAME            

Tristan Strong tumbles into the volatile MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky. For grades 5-8. 2019.

Louise Glück wins the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

Louise Glück is today considered one of the most accomplished contemporary poets in the world. She is lauded for her ability to mold experiences of isolation and darkness into aesthetic gold. This year, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (2020) “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” She also won a Pulitzer Prize for her poem The Wild Iris; and has earned numerous other prizes and high praise for her poetry, short fiction, and essays. Glück is currently writer-in-residence at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can find some of her following poetry collections in BARD.

Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück. DB 79850
Compilation of collections of poetry previously published by a former Poet Laureate of the United States. Individual collections’ varied themes include nature, beginnings, and death. Contains Wild Iris, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. 2012

The Wild Iris by Louise Glück. DB 37600
This collection contains a series of “Matins” and “Vespers,” in which the poet appears to address God directly in lines such as “You must see it is useless to us, this silence that promotes belief you must be all things.” Gluck uses another voice to communicate with her husband about the garden they tend together one summer. And in some poems, she questions human nature, including her own. 1992.

Meadowlands by Louise Glück. DB 43058
A collection of poems that interweaves vignettes from The Odyssey with the story of a dissolving modern marriage. Uses Homer’s characters metaphorically to portray aspects of contemporary family life. Meditates on compulsion and choice and on freedom and restraint.

The Triumph of Achilles by Louise Glück. BR 06473 (1 volume of hard-copy braille)
Collection of eloquent and fiercely honest poems that deal with death, life, loss, and the sense of doom at the borders of erotic experience.

Fall Prevention Checklist

Unfortunately, falls among older people are common, but they don’t have to be a normal part of aging.

Falls can be the result of tripping over objects, falling from stools or ladders, or losing your balance, possibly due to vision or hearing problems, or because of the side effects from some medications.

Click on this link for a free quiz to assess your risk for a fall: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

You have the option to sign up for a free report and follow-up after you take the quiz.

Regular exercise can help reduce your risk for a fall. The National Institute on Aging has a helpful web site on exercise and physical activity: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity

It is advisable to consult with your doctor before you begin an exercise routine.

Prepare for Disasters with Ready.gov

September is Emergency Preparedness month, but being ready for a disaster is a year-round necessity.

Whether it’s a pandemic, fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster, this national website can help you make a plan to protect your home, family, and business.

The Ready.gov site includes a section for people with disabilities: https://www.ready.gov/disability

You can also download the FEMA app to your Apple or Android mobile device. Content within the app is available in English and in Spanish.

NOVEMBER 2020 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE, by Elaine F. Weiss.

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call.  All you need to participate is a telephone!

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

THE WOMAN’S HOUR is available by mail on digital cartridge.  It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download it from 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
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THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE

Elaine F. Weiss

An account of the battle to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment when, in 1920, Tennessee was the last state whose assent was needed.  Discusses the women fighting for ratification and the opposing forces, including politicians, liquor companies, and railroad magnates.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2018.  DB 90697; LB 09425

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