Nebula Awards Finalists 2022

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards were established by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) in order to create an annual anthology of the best stories of the year. The finalists were announced March 8. The winners will be announced May 21.

https://nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-56th-annual-nebula-award-finalists/

Here are the finalists for 2022 that are in the TBP collection.

NOVEL


UNBROKEN 
CLARK, C.L.
Soldier Touraine and her company are sent to quell a rebellion in her homeland. Meanwhile, Luca seeks someone who can sway the rebels to peace while Luca focuses on dethroning her uncle. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 102840
 
MASTER OF DJINN
CLARK, P. DJELI
An agent with the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, Fatma el-Sha’arawi investigates the murder of a secret brotherhood. The murderer claims to be the long-missing al-Jahiz, a man who opened the veil to the magical realms forty years prior. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 103858
 
MACHINEHOOD
DIVYA, S.B.
Humanity is increasingly dependent on designer pills to enhance performance and maintain health. New terrorist group the Machinehood attacks several major pill funders with operatives that are part human and part machine. After a client is killed in front of her, bodyguard Welga is pulled in to help fight the Machinehood. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 104112
 
DESOLATION CALLED PEACE
MARTINE, ARKADY
An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space, refusing to communicate. Running out of options, Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus sends Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass as a diplomatic envoy. Sequel to A Memory Called Empire (DB 94528). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 102760

NOVELLA

PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT
CHAMBERS, BECKY
Centuries ago, the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and disappeared into the wilderness. When Sibling Dex, a tea monk, meets Splendid Speckled Mosscap, a robot, they are the first person to encounter a robot in years. Dex and Mosscap travel through the woods together, engaging in philosophical conversation. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 104764; BR 24116
 
FIREHEART TIGER
BODARD, ALIETTE DE
Princess Thanh returns to her mother’s court after years as a political hostage. In her new role as a diplomat, she crosses paths with her first love, Eldris. But Eldris wants more than romance–he has plans for Thanh’s home as well. 2021.
DB 103041; BR 23679
 
SUN-DAUGHTERS, SEA-DAUGHTERS
OGDEN, AIMEE
In this space opera reimagining of “The Little Mermaid,” gene-edited human clans have scattered throughout the galaxy, adapting to their new environments. The daughter of a Sea-Clan lord sparks a war when she rejects her people by choosing her land-dwelling love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.
DB 104380; BR 23760

THE ANDRE NORTON NEBULA AWARD FOR MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION

VICTORIES GREATER THAN DEATH
ANDERS, CHARLIE JANE
Tired of hiding in obscurity on Earth, Tina, the human clone of a brilliant alien tactician, pursues her destiny in space. But success is elusive until Tina and her best friend Rachael assemble a ragtag crew and set out to save all the worlds. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.
DB 102993
 
REDEMPTOR
IFUEKO, JORDAN
Contending with the lives of her loved ones in danger, assassination attempts, and a new stranger she can’t entirely trust, Empress Redemptor Tarisai must decide if she is willing to die for justice–or to live for it. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.
DB 105200

SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH
LITTLE BADGER, DARCIE
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.
DB 106018
 
ROOT MAGIC
ROYCE, EDEN
Wadmalaw, South Carolina. Eleven-year-old twins Jezebel and Jay begin lessons in rootwork for healing and protection. As they train, they face threats from the local police deputy, school bullies, and others. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.
DB 106014
 

June 23, 2022, Summer Reading Program BONUS Book Club Title Announced!

As part of TBP’s Summer Reading Program this year, we’ll be hosting a bonus book club meeting!

TSLAC TBP Book Club Logo

Please join us on Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. (CT) for our book club discussion of GULF: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN SEA by Jack E. Davis. (DB 88197)

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP, call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the book in digital cartridge or if you prefer to download the audio version from BARD. RSVP preferred by June 2.

NLS Annotation: A history of the Gulf of Mexico, extending from the Pleistocene age until the twenty-first century. Discusses the marine environment, its role in human society, and many of the individuals whose lives were intertwined with the Gulf. Pulitzer Prize for history, 2018.

We request that everyone remember the following:

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

We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, June 23!

African American Women Authors from Texas

Since February is Black History Month and Women’s History Month is right around the corner in March, we decided to highlight five award winning African American women authors from Texas. Whether you enjoy historical nonfiction, romance, or mysteries, these women writers have something for you.

Reshonda Tate Billingsley

Reshonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of more than 50 books. She writes both adult and teen fiction, as well as nonfiction, and is she is known for her Christian Fiction series SAY AMEN and GOOD GIRLZ. She currently lives in Houston.

More information can be found at www.reshondatatebillingsley.com

Anita R. Bunkley

Anita Bunkley was voted one of the 50 favorite African American authors of the twentieth century by the on-line African American Literature Book Club. Currently a resident of Houston, she writes across several genres with romance, historical fiction, and mysteries she’s written in our collection.

More Information can be found at: https://www.anitabunkley.com/page/page/1042006.htm

Annette Gordon-Reed

Born in Livingston, Texas, Annette Gordon-Reed, is currently a history professor at Harvard University and was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for her work about Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemmings.

More information can be found at: https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10329/Gordon-Reed

Attica Lock

Houston native, Attica Locke, is an award-winning author of the suspenseful Highway 59 series featuring Black Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as well as the Jay Porter Series, a legal thriller.  

More information to be found on her website, www.atticalocke.com

Angela Shelf Medearis

Known as “The Kitchen Diva,” Angela Shelf Medearis is a chef and successful children’s book author. After she realized that there were very few cookbooks that illustrated the contributions of African American culture and cuisine she decided to write her own.

More information can be found at: https://www.kitchendiva.org/about-us

NPR’s Book Concierge 2021

National Public Radio (NPR) has just released the Book Concierge for 2021. 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=2021

Here are all of the selections in the NLS collection:

CALLING FOR CHARLIE BARNES by Joshua Ferris (DB 105476) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In )  

LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA: NOTES IN PRAISE OF BLACK PERFORMANCE by Hanif Abdurraqib (DB 103276) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, The States We’re In)  

LOT LIKE ADIOS: A NOVEL by Alexis Daria (DB 105060, BR 23946) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

MARVELLOUS LIGHT by Freya Marske (IN PROCESS) (Historical Fiction, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)  

PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT by Becky Chambers (DB 104764) (It’s All Geek To Me, Rather Short, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)  

SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins (DB 104949) (Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN: IN WHICH FOUR RUSSIANS GIVE A MASTER CLASS ON WRITING, READING AND LIFE by George Saunders (DB 103448) (Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World)  

THOUSAND SHIPS by Natalie Haynes (DB 102213) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron (DB 104016) (Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN by Talia Hibbert (DB 102611, BR 23740) (Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by B. B. Alston (DB 102312, BR 23699) (Family Matters, Kids’ Books, Ladies First, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)

AMERICA MY LOVE, AMERICA MY HEART by Daria Peoples-Riley (DB 103935, BR 23893) (Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Love Stories, The States We’re In)  

ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED: ESSAYS ON A HUMAN-CENTERED PLANET by John Green (DB 103903, LB 13412) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Science!, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks)  

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney (DB 104825) (Book Club Ideas, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers (DB 105190, Braille IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

BRIGHT STAR by Yuyi Morales (DB 105410) (Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Tales From Around the World, The States We’re In)  

BROKEN HORSES: A MEMOIR by Brandi Carlile (DB 102961) (Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

BUILD YOUR HOUSE AROUND MY BODY: A NOVEL by Violet Kupersmith (DB 104783) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)  

CHAOS ON CATNET by Naomi Kritzer (DB 103385) (Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Young Adult)  

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr (DB 105285) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

COMMITTED by Viet Thanh Nguyen (DB 103246) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas (DB 101950) ROSA EN EL ASFALTO by Angie Thomas (DB 105418) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

CONFIDENCE MEN: HOW TWO PRISONERS OF WAR ENGINEERED THE MOST REMARKABLE ESCAPE IN HISTORY by Margalit Fox (DB 103797) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

COOK THIS BOOK: TECHNIQUES THAT TEACH & RECPIES TO REPREAT by Molly Baz (DB 104281, BR 23800) (Cookbooks & Food, Staff Picks)  

CROSSROADS by Jonathan Franzen (DB 105192) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

CRUELTY IS THE POINT: THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF TRUMP’S AMERICA by Adam Serwer (DB 104242) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

CRYING IN H MART: A MEMOIR by Michelle Zauner (DB 103413, LB 13446) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Cookbooks & Food, Family Matters, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

CULTISH: THE LANGUAGE OF FANATICISM by Amanda Montell (DB 104075) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

DATING PLAYBOOK by Farrah Rochon (DB 104752) (For Sports Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories)  

DEAR MISS METROPOLITAN by Carolyn Ferrell (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE by Caitlin Starling (IN PROCESS) (Love Stories, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

DEMYSTIFYING DISABILITY: WHAT TO KNOW, WHAT TO SAY, AND HOW TO BE AN ALLY by Emily Ladau (IN PROCESS IN AUDIO & BRAILLE) (Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Staff Picks)  

DETRANSITION, BABY by Torrey Peters (DB 101806) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q. Sutanto (DB 103081) (Family Matters, Ladies First, Love Stories, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks)  

DREAM GIRL by Laura Lippman (DB 104081) (Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

EMPIRE OF PAIN: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE SACKLER DYNASTY by Patrick Radden Keefe (DB 102965, LB 13410) (Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Science!, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

EX TALK by Rachel Solomon (DB 101962) (It’s All Geek To Me, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS by Joanna Ho (BR 23755) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books)  

FACING THE MOUNTAIN: A TRUE STORY OF JAPANESE AMERICAN HEROES IN WORLD WAR II by Daniel James Brown (DB 103646; BRAILLE IN PROCESS) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, The States We’re In)  

FIGHT NIGHT by Miriam Toews (DB 105332) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix (DB 104247) (It’s All Geek To Me, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, No Biz Like Show Biz, The Dark Side)  

FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton (DB 102932) (Book Club Ideas, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)

FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Angeline Boulley (DB 102762) (Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult)  

FIRST COMES LIKE by Alisha Rai (DB 102474) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

FIVE WOUNDS: A NOVEL by Kirstin Valdez QuadE (DB 103802) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

FOLKLORN by Angela Mi Young Hur (DB 103997) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Science!, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

FOUR LOST CITIES: A SECRET HISTORY OF THE URBAN AGE by Annalee Newitz (DB 104114) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: THE KILLING OF VINCENT CHIN AND THE TRIAL THAT GALVANIZED THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT by Paula Yoo (DB 103862) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Young Adult)  

FULFILLMENT: WINNING AND LOSING IN ONE-CLICK AMERICA by Alec Macgillis (DB 102818) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

FUZZ: WHEN NATURE BREAKS THE LAW by Mary Roach (DB 105210) (Eye-Opening Reads, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction, Science! Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

GAY BAR: WHY WE WENT OUT by Jeremy Atherton Lin (DB 102233) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Nonfiction)  

GILDED ONES by Namina Forna (DB 104117) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)

GOLD DIGGERS: A NOVEL by Sanjena Sathian (DB 102821) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, The States We’re In)  

GOOD GIRLS: AN ORDINARY KILLING by Sonia Faleiro (DB 102319) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead (DB 103266, LB 13435) (Historical Fiction, No Biz Like Show Biz, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

GUNCLE by Steven Rowley (DB 103560) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

HALFWAY HOME: RACE, PUNISHMENT, AND THE AFTERLIFE OF MASS INCARCERATION by Reuben Jonathan Miller (DB 102236) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)  

HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead (DB 104914) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Seriously Great Writing)  

HAUNTING OF ALMA FIELDING: A TRUE GHOST STORY by Kate Summerscale (DB 103054) (Book Club Ideas, For History Lovers, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)  

HEART PRINCIPLE by Helen Hoang (DB 104837, BR 23916) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

HELL OF A BOOK: OR THE ALTOGETHER FACTUAL, WHOLLY BONA FIDE STORY OF BIG DREAMS, HARD LUCK, AMERICAN-MADE MAD KID by Jason Mott (DB 104515) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

HONEY GIRL by Morgan Rogers (DB 104321) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER by Jeff Vandermeer (DB 104087) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Science!, The Dark Side)  

I ALONE CAN FIX IT: DONALD J. TRUMP’S CATASTROPHIC FINAL YEAR by Carol Leonnig (DB 104773) (Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

ISLAND QUEEN: A NOVEL by Vanessa Riley (DB 104936) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Rather Long, Tales From Around The World)  

JUST AS I AM by Cicely Tyson (DB 102432) (Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)  

KENNEDY’S AVENGER: ASSASSINATION, CONSPIRACY, AND THE FORGOTTEN TRIAL OF JACK RUBY by Dan Abrams (DB 104322) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (DB 102764, LB 13405) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

LANDSLIDE: THE FINAL DAYS OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY by Michael Wolff (DB 104337) (Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

LAST BEST HOPE: AMERICA IN CRISIS AND RENEWAL by George Packer (DB 104090) (Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

LAST CALL: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, LUST, AND MURDER IN QUEER NEW YORK by Elon Green (DB 102827) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, The States We’re In)  

LAST CHANCE TEXACO: CHRONICLES OF AN AMERICAN TROUBADOUR by Rickie Lee Jones (DB 103417) (Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Ladies First, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Malinda Lo (DB 104015) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING: ESSAYS by Lauren Hough (DB 104267) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I MEAN by Joan Didion (DB 102565, LB 13430) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)  

LIAR’S DICTIONARY by Eley Williams (DB 103312, LB 13379) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Historical Fiction, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

LIFE OF THE MIND by Christine Smallwood (DB 105168) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

LIGHT OF DAYS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN RESISTANCE FIGHTERS IN HITLER’S GHETTOS by Judith Batalion (DB 102986, LB 13428) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles (DB 105197) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

LOST VILLAGE by Camilla Sten (DB 102752) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)  

LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS: A NOVEL by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (DB 104944) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

MAGICIAN by Colm Toibin (DB 104906) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

MARY JANE: A NOVEL by Jessica Anya Blau (DB 103483) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For Music Lovers, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, The States We’re In)  

MATRIX by Lauren Groff (DB 104843, BR 23948) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)  

MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE by Mark Harris (DB 102244) (Biography & Memoir, Funny Stuff, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)  

MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE by Tiphanie Yanique (IN PROCESS) (Family Matters, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World, The States We’re In)  

MORNING STAR by Karl Ove Knausgard (DB 105567) (Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

MY BRILLIANT LIFE by Ae-Ran Kim (DB 102437) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World)  

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE: A MEMOIR by Quiara Alegria Hudes (DB 104244) (Biography & Memoir, Family Matters, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW by Stephen Graham Jones (DB 104847, BR 23937) (Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

MY MONTICELLO by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

NICKY & VERA: A QUIET HERO OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THE CHILDREN HE RESCUED by Peter Sis (DB 103572) (Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Nonfiction, Tales From Around The World)  

NINA by Traci N Todd (DB 105557) (Biography & Memoir, For History Lovers, For Music Lovers, Kids’ Book, Ladies First, Nonfiction)  

NO GODS, NO MONSTERS: A NOVEL by Cadwell Turnbull (DB 105061) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side)  

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS: A NOVEL by Patricia Lockwood (DB 103166) (Book Club Ideas, It’s All Geek To Me, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

OH WILLIAM! by Elizabeth Strout (DB 105315) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

ON JUNETEENTH by Annette Gordon-Reed (DB 103364) (Biography & Memoir,  For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

ONE LAST STOP by Casey Mcquiston (DB 103484) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

ONE THING YOU’D SAVE by Linda Sue Park (DB 103047) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books)  

OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalia Harris (DB 103816) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, The Dark Side)  

OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW: A NOVEL by Beatriz Williams (DB 103711, LB 13466) (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)  

OUTLAWED: A NOVEL by Anna North (DB 102210) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller (DB 104340) (Family Matters, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry (DB 103191) (Love Stories, Staff Picks)  

PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict (DB 103929) (Book Club Ideas, For Art Lovers, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Staff Picks)  

PLAYLIST FOR THE APOCALYPSE: POEMS by Rita Dove (DB 105310, BR 23936) (Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry)  

POSTSCRIPT MURDERS by Elly Griffiths (DB 103653) (Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

PRICE YOU PAY FOR COLLEGE: AN ENTIRELY NEW ROAD MAP FOR THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL DECISION YOUR FAMILY WILL EVER MAKE by Ron Lieber (DB 102317) (Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. (DB 101843, LB 13422) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

QUIET IN HER BONES by Nalini Singh (DB 102275) (Family Matters, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)  

RAZORBLADE TEARS by S. A. Cosby (DB 104101, BR 23915) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)  

REDEMPTOR by Jordan Ifueko (DB 105200) (Ladies First, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)

REMEMBER: THE SCIENCE OF MEMORY AND THE ART OF FORGETTING by Lisa Genova (DB 102911, BR 23798) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Science!, Staff Picks)  

REZ DOGS by Joseph Bruchac (DB 103860) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, The States We’re In)  

ROBERT E. LEE AND ME: A SOUTHERNER’S RECKONING WITH THE MYTH OF THE LOST CAUSE by Ty Seidule (DB 103117) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis J. Hall (DB 103451) (Cookbooks & Food, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Staff Picks)  

SENTENCE by Louise Erdrich (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The States We’re In)  

SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE: A NOVEL by Tia Williams (DB 103670) (Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)  

SIX CRIMSON CRANES by Elizabeth Lim (DB 104326) (Family Matters, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Young Adult)  

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER: A MEMOIR by Ashley C. Ford (DB 104167) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

SUMMERWATER by Sarah Moss (DB 102285) (Family Matters, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

SUNNY SONG WILL NEVER BE FAMOUS by Suzanne Park (DB 105267) (Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, The States We’re In, Young Adult)  

SWEETNESS OF WATER by Nathan Harris (DB 103932) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

TAKE BACK THE BLOCK by Chrystal D. Giles (DB 105558) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Realistic Fiction)  

TASTE: MY LIFE THROUGH FOOD by Stanley Tucci (DB 105460) (Biography & Memoir, Cookbooks & Food, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)  

THESE TOXIC THINGS by Rachel Howzell Hall (DB 105221) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, The Dark Side)  

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS by Michael Pollan (DB 104170) (Cookbooks & Food, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Science!, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

THREE MOTHERS: HOW THE MOTHERS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., MALCOLM X, AND JAMES BALDWIN SHAPED A NATION by Anna Malaika Tubbs (DB 104172) (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)  

TODAY A WOMAN WENT MAD IN THE SUPERMARKET: STORIES by Hilma Wolitzer (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry)  

TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff (DB 105462) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)  

TURNOUT by Megan E. Abbott (DB 104549) (Family Matters, For Sports Lovers, Mysteries & Thrillers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

TWILIGHT ZONE by Nona Fernandez (DB 103591) (Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

UNDER A WHITE SKY: THE NATURE OF THE FUTURE by Elizabeth Kolbert, (DB 102448) (Nonfiction, Science!, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)  

UNSPEAKABLE: THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE by Carole Boston Weatherford, (DB 103676) (For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)  

UNTIL PROVEN SAFE: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF QUARANTINE by Geoff Manaugh (DB 104749) (Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Science!)

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DB 104794) (Book Club Ideas, For Music Lovers, Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)  

VICTORIES GREATER THAN DEATH by Charlie Jane Anders (DB 102993) (Identity & Culture, Ladies First, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Young Adult)  

VIXEN: A NOVEL by Francine Prose (DB 104346) (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Historical Fiction, Love Stories, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks)  

WE DO THIS ‘TIL WE FREE US: ABOLITIONIST ORGANIZING AND TRANSFORMING JUSTICE by Mariame Kaba (DB 103789) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essay & Poetry, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

WE HAD A LITTLE REAL ESTATE PROBLEM: THE UNHERALDED STORY OF NATIVE AMERICANS AND COMEDY by Kliph Nesteroff (DB 102627) (Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

WE WERE NEVER HERE by Andrea Bartz (DB 104443) (Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)  

WHAT STRANGE PARADISE by OMAR EL AKKAD (IN PROCESS) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)  

WHEN EVIL LIVED IN LAUREL: “WHITE KNIGHTS” AND THE MURDER OF VERNON DAHMER by Curtis Wilkie (DB 105586) (For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

WHILE WE WERE DATING by Jasmine Guillory (DB 104313) (Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, No Biz Like Show Biz, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

WHITENESS OF WEALTH: HOW THE TAX SYSTEM IMPOVERISHES BLACK AMERICANS–AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT by Dorothy A. Brown (DB 102901) (Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)  

WILD RAIN: WOMEN WHO DARE by Beverly Jenkins (DB 102585) (Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories)   YEARBOOK by Seth Rogen (DB 103565) (Biography & Memoir, Funny Stuff, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)  

YELLOW WIFE: A NOVEL by Sadeqa Johnson (DB 102908, BR 23680) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Ladies First, The States We’re In)  

YOLK by MARY H. K. Choi (DB 104179) (Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)  

ZORRIE by Laird Hunt (DB 102689) (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)        

September 2021 Book Club Title Announced

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for our book club discussion of SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade (DB 97726, LB 12663).

Book Cover for Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by March 5) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

An account of America’s continued fight for Texas after the crushing massacre at the Alamo. The author describes how that defeat galvanized Texans to ultimately win independence for the state. Violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous. Be succinct so as to give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.

We look forward to the discussion on September 23!

Nebula Awards Finalists 2021

The Nebula Awards were established by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) in 1965  in order to create an annual anthology of the best science fiction stories of the year. The finalists were announced March 15. Winners will be announced June 5.

https://nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-56th-annual-nebula-award-finalists/

Here are the finalists for 2021 that are in the TBP collection.

NOVEL


PIRANESI
CLARKE, SUSANNA
Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, and an ocean is imprisoned within its walls. He shares the house with the Other, who asks Piranesi for help but hides his true intentions. Strong language. 2020.
DB 100700 

CITY WE BECAME
JEMISIN, N.K.
Every great city has a soul. New York City? She’s got six, all newly awakened to their power. But every city also has a dark side. An ancient evil stirs, threatening to destroy New York and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together to stop it. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB 98901
 
MEXICAN GOTHIC
MORENO-GARCIA, SILVIA
Mexico City, 1950. After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, socialite Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Both the home and its owners seem to have a dark past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2020.
DB 99404
 
BLACK SUN
ROANHORSE, REBECCA
In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice celebration is coinciding with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event the Sun Priest believes will lead to an unbalancing of the world. As the priests prepare, a ship heads towards Tova with a seemingly harmless passenger. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB 101429
 
NETWORK EFFECT: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES
WELLS, MARTHA
Murderbot’s human associates that are definitely not its friends are captured and another not-friend from its past also requires urgent assistance, leaving Murderbot no choice but to take drastic action. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB 100216

NOVELLA

RING SHOUT: OR, HUNTING KU KLUXES IN THE END TIMES
CLARK, P. DJELI
In 1915, the Ku Klux Klan spread fear and violence in their plan to bring Hell to Earth. Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan’s demons straight to Hell. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB 101148
 
RIOT BABY
ONYEBUCHI, TOCHI
Siblings Ella and Kev have extraordinary power, but they face structural racism and brutality while growing up. When Kev is put in prison, Ella works to inspire him to fight against America’s broken society. Strong language and some violence. 2020.
DB 98546; BR 23284

THE ANDRE NORTON NEBULA AWARD FOR MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION

RAYBEARER
IFUEKO, JORDAN
Raised in isolation, Tarisai yearns for the closeness she could have as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. But her mother, The Lady, has magically compelled Tarisai to kill the Crown Prince. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.
DB 100566
 
ELATSOE
LITTLE BADGER, DARCIE
In an America shaped dramatically by magic and monsters, seventeen-year-old Ellie uses her ability to raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family, to find out who murdered her cousin. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.
DB 101473
 
GAME OF FOX & SQUIRRELS
REESE, JENN
After an incident shatters their family, eleven-year-old Samantha and her older sister, Caitlin, are sent to live with an aunt they’ve never met. When Aunt Vicky gives Sam a mysterious card game, Sam is swept up in the dangerous quest, where the line between magic and reality grows thin. For grades 5-8. 2020.
DB 100744

NPR’s Book Concierge 2020

National Public Radio (NPR) has just released the Book Concierge for 2020. This is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. They compile their list by requesting staffers and trusted critics to nominate their favorite books of the year. Then, the editors and producers at NPR Books sit down and select their favorites. 

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

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

For more information: https://apps.npr.org/best-books/

Here are all of the selections in the NLS collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodreads 2020 Choice Awards Announced

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

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

Here are all of the winners in the NLS collection:

Fiction

MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (DB 100906)

Mystery and Thriller

GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917)

Historical Fiction

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

Fantasy

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

Romance

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

Science Fiction

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

Horror

MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DB 99404)

Nonfiction

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

Best Memoir and Autobiography

PROMISED LAND by Barak Obama (DB 100966)

Best History and Biography

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

Science and Technology

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

Best Food and Cookbooks

MODERN COMFORT FOOD by Ina Garten (In Process)

Best Debut Novel

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

Best Young Adult Fiction

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo (DB 99823)

YA Fantasy and Science Fiction

QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black (DB 97610)

Christy Awards Finalists 2020

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

Contemporary Romance

SWEET ON YOU

WADE, BECKY

DB 95308

First Novel

LONG TIME COMIN’

PEARSON, ROBIN W.

DB 99028

Historical

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

BARRATT, AMANDA

DB 99439

Historical Romance

LAND BENEATH US: SUNRISE AT NORMANDY, BOOK 3

SUNDIN, SARAH

DB 98793

Short Form

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

PETERSON, TRACIE

IN PROCESS

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

JENNINGS, REGINA

IN PROCESS

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