Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2022

Since 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction honors books written in English by women. Six books were named as short list titles on April 27, and the winner was announced June 15. We’ve placed it first, but included the rest of the books that were selected as finalists because they are all truly wonderful reads.

For more information: https://womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/features/features/news/announcing-the-womens-prize-2022-longlist

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

BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by Ruth Ozeki (DB 105146)
BULD YOUR HOUSE AROUND MY BODY: A NOVEL by Violet Kupersmith (DB 104783)
GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead (DB 103266, LB 13435)
FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton (DB 102932)
ISLAND OF MISSING TREES by Elif Shafak (DB 106690)
PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller (DB 104340)
SENTENCE: A NOVEL by Louise Erdrich (DB 105798)

LAMBDA Award Finalists 2022

Since 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards, or the Lammys, have been awarded to the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. The winners were announced on June 11. Here are the finalists for 2022 that are in the TBP collection.

2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalists – Lambda Literary

Lesbian Fiction

HOW TO WRESTLE A GIRL: STORIES by Venita Blackburn (DB 106092)
MATRIX by Lauren Groff (DB 104843, BR 23948, LB 13522)
FIVE WOUNDS by Kirstin Valdez Quade (DB 103802)

Gay Fiction

LADRILLEROS by Selva Almada (IN PROCESS)

Bisexual Fiction

MILK FED: A NOVEL by Melissa Broder (DB 103078)
MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE by Tiphanie Yanique (DB 105660)

Transgender Nonfiction

DETRANSITION BABY by Torrey Peters (DB 101806)
SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan (DB 104810)

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

WHY LABELLE MATTERS by Adele Bertei (IN PROCESS)

Gay Memoir/Biography

PUNCH ME UP TO THE GODS by Brian Brammer (DB 106011)

LGBTQ Young Adult

HANI AND ISHU’S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING by Adiba Jaigirdar (DB 105388)
CITY BEAUTIFUL by Aden Polydoros (DB 106736, BR 24088)
PASSING PLAYBOOK by Isaac Fitzsimons (DB 105272)

June 19: Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates African American Emancipation. With the following words, General Granger informed the people of Galveston that all slaves had been liberated on June 19, 1865.

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

Celebrations following the declaration led to an annual acknowledgement and celebration of freedom to African Americans. Celebrations, today, take place around the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

In honor of Juneteenth, we have listed the books specifically about Juneteenth in our collection for a range of reading levels both in fiction and non-fiction.

For more information on Juneteenth: https://www.juneteenth.com/

Juvenile Fiction

JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd CooperKindergarten – Grade 3
DB 105650
FREEDOM’S GIFTS: A JUNETEENTH STORY by Valerie Wilson Wesley Grade 3 – Grade 6
DBC 04831
OSCEOLA: MEMORIES OF A SHARECROPPER’S DAUGHTER by Osceola Mays
Grade 3 – Grade 6
DB 50524

Juvenile Non-fiction

OPAL LEE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE GRANDMOTHER OF JUNETEENTH by Alice Faye Duncan
Kindergarten – Grade 3
DBC 26479
JUNETEENTH by Vaunda Micheaux NelsonGrade 2 – Grade 4
DBC 10089

Adult Fiction

JUNETEENTH by Ralph Ellison
DB 48438; BR 12277

Adult Nonfiction

ON JUNETEENTH by Annette Gordon-Reed
DB 103364
FOUR HUNDRED SOULS: A COMMUNITY HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICA, 1619-2019
DB 102425, BR 23615, LB 13468

CELEBRATE WITH PRIDE

Pride month is celebrated each year during the month of June. The first Pride march was held in New York City on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Since then, this single day has grown into a nationwide, month-long series of events celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. Read more about Pride Month on the Library of Congress website: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/ and mark this month yourself by checking out one of these Pride books by and about LGBTQIA+ individuals:

FICTION

LESS by Andrew Sean Greer (DB 88794, LB 10273, BR 22198)
A failed novelist turning fifty is invited to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Instead of attending, he decides to accept every other invitation he has received, even if it means traveling the world for random, odd literary events. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize for fiction, 2018. 2017.

LIAR’S DICTIONARY by Eley Williams (DB 103312, LB 13379)
Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away on Swansby’s multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary, but boredom leads him to insert fictitious entries. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these fake words before the work is digitized. Unrated. 2021.

HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune (DB 98951)
As a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, Linus Baker spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. He is unexpectedly given a highly classified assignment: travel to a remote island orphanage where six dangerous children reside. Some strong language. 2020.

MEMORIAL by Bryan Washington (DB 101143)
Japanese American chef, Mike, and African American daycare teacher, Benson, begin reevaluating their stale relationship after Mike departs for Japan to visit his dying father and Benson is suddenly stuck with Mike’s mom, who becomes an unconventional roommate. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernadine Evaristo (DB 98756)
Twelve characters lead vastly different lives in modern Britain. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, they all intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Unrated. Booker Prize. 2019.

GUNCLE by Steven Rowley (DB 103560)
It’s been years since Patrick O’Hara left behind the life of a sitcom star for retirement in Palm Springs. Now a family tragedy has left him in charge of his niece and nephew. While he has always loved being Gay Uncle Patrick, this new responsibility is overwhelming. Unrated. 2021.

NONFICTION

QUEER HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Michael Bronski (DB 00573)
Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, takes the reader through the centuries, from the American Revolution’s radical challenging of sex and gender roles, to the violent and liberating 19th century, to the transformative social justice movements of the 20th century. A QUEER HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history–and why it should matter to both LGBTQIA+ people and heterosexuals alike. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

HERE FOR IT: OR, HOW TO SAVE YOUR SOUL IN AMERICA: ESSAYS by Eric R. Thomas (DB 98878)
A collection of essays in which the author reflects on his experiences reconciling his Christianity with his sexuality, the exhaustion of code-switching, gaining accidental internet fame, and covering the 2016 election and its aftermath. He reexamines the meaning of “normal” and discusses how to care about an increasingly bleak future. Strong language. 2020.

SISSY: A COMING-OF-GENDER STORY by Jacob Tobia (DB 94505)
Tobia discusses their difficulties with a binary gender system while growing up as someone who did not fit the stereotypical mold for masculinity. Tobia seeks to discount the notion that all individuals can be easily sorted into the categories of “men” and “women”. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2019.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (DB 98981, LB 13258)
The author of CARRY ON, WARRIOR (DB 87208) and LOVE WARRIOR (DB 85522) suggests that trusting one’s inner voice and ignoring the world’s expectations can lead to joy and peace. She speaks of her own experiences learning to listen to herself at key moments and reclaim her true, untamed self. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT: LOVE, LOSS, AND THE FIGHT FOR TRANS EQUALITY by Sarah McBride (DB 90649)
Activist author discusses her journey as a teenager struggling with gender identity, her marriage to fellow trans individual Andy, her commitment to advocacy, and more. Examines issues such as bathroom access and healthcare, political milestones, and the historical context of the transgender movement. Bestseller. 2018.

Happy Pride Month, and happy reading!

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!

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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