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

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

GoodReads Best Books of 2019 Logo and banner
GoodReads Best Books of 2019 Logo and banner

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

National Book Award Nominees 2019

National Book Award Longlist Logo
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

Goodreads 2018 Choice Awards Announced

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Logo

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2018. 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 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (DB 90090) as their favorite historical fiction book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (DB 90188) was chosen as the best memoir. Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Tomi Adeyemi the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for her young adult fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone (DB 90928). 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-2018

Bill Gates’ 2018 Summer Reading List

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, announced his summer reading list for 2018. The Texas Talking Book Program has most of them in our collection. This year many of his selections deal with the big questions in life. Although these books deal with some heavy topics, he stresses that most of them are fairly short in length.

For more information directly from Bill Gates himself: https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Summer-Books-2018?WT.mc_id=00_00_00_share_fb

The books in TBP’s collection:

Title: LEONARDO DA VINCI
Author: ISAACSON, WALTER

Author of Steve Jobs (DB 73682) chronicles the life of the iconic Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Examines his early life in Vinci, artistic pursuits, patronage from leading Italian Renaissance families, engineering projects, investigations into human anatomy, and more. Bestseller. 2017.

DB   89588

Title: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON: AND OTHER LIES I’VE LOVED
Author: BOWLER, KATE

Theologian specializing in the history of American prosperity gospel examines this faith tradition and draws parallels to her personal battle with stage IV colon cancer in her mid-thirties. Discusses her own medical treatments, her faith journey, and the ways the prosperity gospel has infiltrated secular American life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018.

DB   90181

Title: LINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A NOVEL
Author: SAUNDERS, GEORGE

1862. One night, soon after the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, President Abraham Lincoln goes to visit the recently interred body in Georgetown. There, he encounters the ghosts of the cemetery’s residents, including Willie, who must escape the limbo he is in. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

DB   86941

Title: FACTFULNESS: TEN REASONS WE’RE WRONG ABOUT THE WORLD – AND WHY THINGS ARE BETTER THAN YOU THINK
Author: ROSLING, HANS

A statistician and medical doctor believes most people hold mistaken ideas unsupported by facts about global issues such as poverty, education, and the environment. He explains that instincts and biases distort our perspective, and we don’t know what we don’t know. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018.

DB 91120

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– BLACK RIVER by S. M. Hulse: BR 20669, DB 80695

Do you enjoy psychological fiction with flawed but sympathetic characters set amidst the backdrop of the modern West? You might enjoy BLACK RIVER, by S. M. Hulse. Leisurely paced with a strong sense of place, Black River won the 2015 Reading the West Book Award and was nominated for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2015.

NLS Annotation: Wes Carver has not returned to Black River since he was held hostage in a prison riot while serving as a corrections officer. Now his former captor, Bobby Williams, is up for release, and Wes must consider what he believes and whether he can let Williams walk away. Some violence and some strong language. 2014.

If you have already read this book, or simply enjoy modern westerns told in a lyrical style that delve into the thoughts of the characters, you might also enjoy The Plainsong series by Kent Haruf.

MARCH 2018 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS, by J. D. Vance (DB   85796, LB   08948).

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

To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605.  or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  (RSVP preferred by January 4.)

HILLBILLY ELEGY is available by mail in digital cartridge or large print formats.  It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, large print book, or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS

J. D. Vance

DB 85796, LB 08948

Memoir of growing up in the Ohio Rust Belt in a family culture rooted in Scots-Irish Appalachia. Explores political themes affecting these community cultures through the lens of personal and familial experiences. Discusses what it took to go from nearly failing high school to graduating from Yale Law School. Some strong language.  Bestseller.  2016.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, March 20th!

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– AGAINST THE TIDE by Elizabeth Camden, DB 77493

Do you enjoy Christian Historical fiction with a romantic twist? You might enjoy AGAINST THE TIDE by Elizabeth Camden. Winner of both the RITA Award for romantic fiction and the Christy Award for Christian fiction, this suspenseful and atmospheric novel follows immigrant and translator, Lydia as she struggles with her beliefs and the persistent problems caused by her tumultuous childhood. She also wrestles with her growing attraction to Lieutenant Banebridge, “Bane”, a man with a difficult past of his own.

againstthetide

NLS Annotation: Boston, 1891. Lydia Pallas works as a translator for the Navy Yard. When Lieutenant Alexander Banebridge requires Lydia’s skills for a case, she becomes his assistant. As Lydia is drawn deeper into Bane’s mission to end the opium trade, a relationship develops between them. RITA Award, Christy Award. 2012.

Set in Boston during the last decade of the 19th century, Ms. Camden describes the role that the legal opium trade played at this time in the United States. It was a fascinating backdrop against which to set Lydia and Bane’s story.

If you already read this book or simply enjoy gentle historical romances with an independent female lead in an urban setting, you might try the RITA Award winner for 2016, TIFFANY GIRL by Deeanne Gist, DB 83138.