GoodReads 2022 Choice Awards Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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


TBP Book Club Title Announced for January 2023!

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

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

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

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

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

We ask that everyone remember the following:

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

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

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

NPR’s Book Concierge 2022

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

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

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

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

Here are all of the selections in the NLS collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watched the Hallmark Holiday Movie? Now Read the Book!

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

ANGEL TREE by Daphne Benedis-Grab (DB 80225)

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

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

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS TOWN by Donna Vanliere (DB 86731)

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

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

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

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

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

MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS by Susan Mallery (DB 83806)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discovering King Tut

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

Adult Nonfiction

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

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

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

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

TUTANKAMON by Olga Alvarez Herrero (DB 61040)

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

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

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

Adult Fiction

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

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

Juvenile Nonfiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indigenous Imaginings: Native American Speculative Fiction

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we have collected some speculative fiction with Native American protagonists. Speculative Fiction includes stories with a setting in a place other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. Whether you’re interested in science fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, or straight up horror, we’ve got something you’ll love in the list below.

FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Angeline Boulley (DB 102762)

Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry, and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source of a new drug. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD: A NOVEL by Louise Erdrich (DB 87990)

For reasons scientists cannot figure out, evolution begins to run backwards, and women begin to give birth to primitive species of humans. Four months pregnant, Cedar Hawk Songmaker wants to tell her adoptive parents about her condition, but she feels compelled to seek out her birth mother first. Meanwhile, society undergoes drastic changes. Strong language. 2017.

INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF by Ambelin Kwaymullina (DBC 19699)

They’re known as Firestarters. Boomers. Skychangers. The government calls them Illegals—children with inexplicable abilities—and detains them in menacing facilities so that society is kept out of harm way. Ashala Wolf and her Tribe of fellow Illegals have taken refuge in the Firstwood, a forest eerily conscious of its inhabitants, where they do their best to survive and where they are free to practice their abilities. But when Ashala is compelled to venture outside her territory, she is betrayed by a friend and captured by an enemy. Injured and vulnerable, with her own Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine that will pull secrets from her mind. It only a matter of time before the machine ferrets out the location of the Tribe. Her betrayer, Justin Connor, is ever-present, saving her life when she wishes to die and watching her every move. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf? For grades 6-9 and older. 2016.

JANE YELLOWROCK. BOOKS 1-4 by Faith Hunter (DB 84589)

First four books, written between 2009 and 2012, in a series about Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee shapeshifter who hunts vampires. In Skinwalker, Jane is hired to find a vampire who is killing other vampires. Also includes BLOOD CROSS, MERCY BLADE, and RAVEN CURSED. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

KILLER OF ENEMIES by Joseph Bruchac (DB 78176)

In a distant future, Native American girl Lozen hunts genetically modified monsters for the tyrants who are holding her mother, sister Ana, and little brother Victor hostage. With each kill Lozen’s unique powers grow. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

MARROW THIEVES by Cherie Dimaline (DB 105657)

In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream–except the Indigenous population in North America. Their marrow holds the cure for the rest of the world, but it means death for the unwilling donors. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

MOON OF THE CRUSTED SNOW by Waubgeshig Rice (DB 95719)

A small Anishinaabe First Nation community loses contact with society at large. As they struggle to maintain order while supplies diminish, a refugee who’s escaped from a crumbling society appears. When more people arrive, the community must turn to tradition in hopes of survival. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

ONLY GOOD INDIANS by Stephen Graham Jones (DB 100116)

Ten years ago, four young Blackfeet men went on a prohibited elk hunt in lands reserved for the tribe’s elders. As adults, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH by Darcie Little Badger (DB 106018)

Nina, a Lipan Apache, lives in the real world and still believes in the old stories. Oli, a cottonmouth snake boy, lives in the Reflecting World. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING: THE SIXTH WORLD, BOOK 1 by Rebecca Roanhorse (DB 92041)

In the wake of climate disaster, much of the world is underwater, but the Navajo reservation, or Dinetah, still stands thanks to their magic. Maggie Hoskie is a monster hunter looking for a supernatural killer who gets help from Kai, an unconventional medicine man. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2018.

Ghouls for Love: Halloween Romance

Looking for romance with a spooky twist? Are you a die-hard romance reader but want to flirt with a little fear? Taste a little terror? Give some of these titles a stab. They run the gamut from historical to contemporary romance and some are sweet while others are a tad racy. All of them are to die for.

DEAD ROMANTICS by Ashley Poston (DB 108912)

“Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead. When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father. For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it. Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is. Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.” Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

EX HEX by Erin Sterling (DB 105193)

Small-town witch Vivi Jones had her heart broken when she was nineteen, and impulsively cast a curse on her ex, Rhys Penhallow. It wasn’t supposed to work. And it doesn’t—until Rhys comes back to town. The two will have to work together to lift the curse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

LEAGUE OF GENTLEWOMEN WITCHES: DANGEROUS DAMSELS, BOOK 2 by India Holton (DB 107171)

When the long-lost amulet of Black Beryl is discovered, it is up to Miss Charlotte Pettifer, as future leader of the League of Gentlewomen Witches, to make sure the powerful talisman does not fall into the wrong hands. Therefore, it is most unfortunate when she crosses paths with pirate Alex O’Riley. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

NAKED WEREWOLF. BOOKS 1-3 by Molly Harper (DB 99973)

Three romances, written between 2011 and 2014, about a secret community of werewolves in Grundy, Alaska. Includes How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, and How to Run with a Naked Werewolf. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

PAYBACK’S A WITCH by Lana Harper (DB 105199)

Emmy Harlow is a witch. Her power is limited because of her self-imposed exile from her magical hometown after her breakup with Gareth Blackmoore. On her first night home in years, Emmy runs into the intriguing Talia Avramov, who is another, more recent ex of Gareth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

SOME GIRLS BITE: CHCAGOLAND VAMPIRES, BOOK 1 by Chloe Neill (DB 104541)

Merit, a graduate student in Chicago, is unexpectedly attacked by vampires. After being turned by a master vampire, she has to learn to fit into the society of vampires. As if understanding her new powers and limitations wasn’t enough of a challenge, Merit also fears that someone is trying to take her out. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

SOULLESS; CHANGELESS; BLAMELESS by Gail Carriger (DB 81166)

First three books in a romantic steampunk series. In Soulless, Alexia Tarabotti accidentally kills a vampire, and Lord Maccon—a werewolf—investigates. In Changeless, Alexia’s new husband disappears in Scotland. In Blameless, a scandal forces Alexia from her home, and vampires want her dead. Descriptions of sex and some violence. 2014.

TROUBLE THE SAINTS by Alaya Dawn Johnson (DB 100117)

In Jazz Age New York, Phyllis, an African American woman passing as white, uses her supernatural knife skills in the service of a Russian mob boss. Phyllis once believed her kills served justice, but that changes when she reconnects with her policeman ex-boyfriend. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

UNDEAD SERIES. BOOKS 1-5 by Mary Janice Davidson (DB 85448)

First five books, written between 2004 and 2006, in a series about Betsy Taylor, shopping enthusiast and vampire queen. Includes Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated, Undead and Unreturnable, and Undead and Unpopular. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

National Book Award Nominees 2022

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 honor 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 were chosen on October 4, and the winners will be selected on November 16, 2022.

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

Fiction

RABBIT HUTCH
Gunty, Tess
DB 109788 IN PRIOCESS

Nonfiction

INVISIBLE KINGDOM: REIMAGINING CHRONIC ILLNESS
O’Rourke, Meghan
DB 107431
SOUTH TO AMERICA
Perry, Imani
DB 106806; LB 13589
HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD: ONE MAN’S LIFE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Samuels, Robert
DBC 26540; LB 14083
LOST & FOUND: A MEMOIR
Schulz, Kathryn
LB 13617

Translated Literature

SEASONS OF PURGATORY
Mandanipour, Shahriar
Translated from the Persian by Sara Khalili
DB 109146 IN PROCESS
WHERE YOU COME FROM
Stanišić, Saša
Translated from the German by Damion Searls
DB 107753

Young People’s Literature

LIFE AND CRIMES OF HOODIE ROSEN
Blum, Isaac
IN PROCESS
SELF-MADE BOYS: A GREAT GATSBY REMIX
McLemore, Anna-Marie
IN PROCESS
ALL MY RAGE: A NOVEL
Tahir, Sabaa
DB 107414
MAIZY CHEN’S LAST CHANCE
Yee, Lisa
DB 106799

TBP Book Club Title Announced for November 2022!

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Please join us on Tuesday November 15 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of WORLD OF WONDERS by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

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.

WORLD OF WONDERS is available by mail as a digital cartridge. It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you a digital cartridge or if you will 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.

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumtathil: Poet shares twenty-eight essays exploring the impact of plants and animals on her perceptions of the world. In “Catalpa Tree,” she reflects on growing up brown in a predominantly white town and the racism her mother experienced. Other species include the narwhal, axolotl, corpse flower, dragon fruit, and southern cassowary. Bestseller. 2020.

We look forward to having you join us on November 15!

Secretive Students

School is back in session, so what better way to celebrate than by reading books about elite schools and universities full of students who are definitely harboring secrets and are maybe involved in dangerous escapades? Knowledge certainly is power in these novels:


THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt (DB 35868)
When Richard Papen is accepted at a small Vermont college, he gladly leaves his boring California identity behind. After he makes up an appropriate past, Richard is allowed to join an elite group of students who take all their classes from one professor. Richard learns that the clique is hiding some odd secrets—and one deadly one. The members trust Richard, but they are not so sure of one of their own. Strong language and violence.

ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Abike-Iyimide (DB 103918)
Shortly after the announcement that Devon and Chiamaka will be part of an elite school’s Senior Prefects, someone who goes by the name Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that threaten to turn their lives upside down. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

WE WISH YOU LUCK by Caroline Zancan (DB 98209)
The students in Fielding’s MFA program are fascinated by Leslie, Hannah, and Jimmy. The trio do not take well to new visiting professor Simone—a bestselling author and former model—and plot revenge against her for reasons unknown to the other students. Unrated.

BRADSTREET GATE by Robin Kirman (DB 82108)
When a Harvard student is murdered, Professor Rufus Storrow is the prime suspect. Three of his students—Georgia, Charlie, and Alice—are in disbelief. Their own relationships are a tangled mess, and as they sort through their lives, they bear witness to each other’s and Storrow’s highs and lows. Unrated.

CATHERINE HOUSE by Elisabeth Thomas (DB 99407)
Catherine House, a college secluded in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, offers students an elite education, free of charge. The only catch is students must remain completely cut off from the outside world for three years. New student Ines Murillo arrives at Catherine House hoping to escape her past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS by Marisha Pessl (DB 63286)
Blue Van Meer, erudite daughter of an itinerant professor, settles into Stockton, North Carolina, for her senior year in an elite high school. But she is unprepared for the deaths of a student and a favorite teacher. Some strong language.

BLACK CHALK by Christopher Yates (DB 89950)
As played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University, what was meant to be a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares evolved into a vicious struggle with tragic results. Fourteen years later, the remaining players must play the final round. Strong language.

LONG BLACK VEIL by Jennifer Finney Boylan (DB 91470)
In 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary. When the friends get lost and separated, the terrifying night ends in tragedy. Decades later, the dogged detective investigating the cold case charges one of them—a celebrity chef—with murder. Strong language and some violence.

THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware (BR 22055 and DB 88914)
Isa became fast friends with Kate, Thea, and Fatima while they all attended boarding school. Seventeen years later, Kate summons the others back to Salten, where they learn that the lying game, they used to play had very real consequences. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.

THE CLUB by Takis Würger (DB 99521)
After the death of his parents, Hans is sent to boarding school until his Aunt Alex summons him to the university she works at in Cambridge. She needs him to infiltrate a secretive institution known as the Pitt Club. Unrated.

THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides (DB 103810)
Mariana Andros is a brilliant—but troubled—group therapist who becomes fixated on the members of a secret society of female students at Cambridge University known as The Maidens. When a friend of her niece is found murdered, she is convinced that charismatic professor Edward Fosca is responsible. Unrated.

BUNNY by Mona Awad (DB 95562)
Samantha Heather Mackey is an outsider in her master’s program because she’s a scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to the company of people—especially the clique of women who call each other “Bunny.” But then she is drawn into their world. Unrated.