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READERS’ CLUB NEWSLETTER WINTER 2020
Readers
Cover illustration
by Jonathan Bartlett,
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Readers
WINTER 2020
Dear Readers,
Outside of the holidays directly
after the 1989 earthquake, I am
not sure Bookshop Santa Cruz has ever faced a
more important holiday season. Throughout
the Covid-19 crisis, we have tried to be there for
our community as they worked to support us.
Now we are entering the crucial holiday
shopping season—a season that determines the
fate of retailers and small businesses for the
entire year to come. In order to be safe, we
won’t be able to have hundreds of people
packed into our store during the weeks in
November and December. Instead, we hope
that our customers can shift their shopping to
earlier this year and prioritize supporting local
businesses they want to survive. “Shop Early.
Shop Local!” is our motto. We have holiday
care packages, bookseller concierge
appointments, book recommendation virtual
happy hours, gift subscriptions, and more to
whet your appetite. We look forward to finding
the perfect gift for everyone on your list and by
doing so, move into 2021 on solid footing.
Thank you for your support!
—Casey Coonerty Protti
Owner, Bookshop Santa Cruz
COOKBOOK POTLUCK
ENTER OUR SHORT STORY CONTEST
STAFF PROFILE:
Melinda Powers
BOOKSHOP VIRTUAL EVENTS
GIFTS & GAMES
SLUG SHOP SPOTLIGHT
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
WINTER READING & GIFT GIVING
Staff-recommended reading for all ages
KIDS BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
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Preorder A Promised Land
by Barack Obama Available November 17th
If you are looking for a way to help support
Bookshop during these challenging times,
preordering and buying the biggest book of the
year from us will go a long way to ensuring our
future. Plus, get a free Eat, Sleep, Read, Vote
tote bag! (While supplies last.) Thank you!
www.bookshopsantacruz.com/preorders
BOOKSHOP
Ornament
Make a donation of $25
(or more!) to Bookshop Santa
Cruz and receive an exclusive wooden ornament of
our iconic rocking horse to add to your tree. Your
donation will help Bookshop keep rockin’ into 2021.
Bookshop
H o l i d ay s
Holidays in a Box
Send some festive cheer with our Holiday Boxes for
Christmas or
Hanukkah! Adult
and kid versions
available. $35
• Christmas book
• Ornament
• Hot cocoa pack
(om Chocolate
Restaurant)
• Hanukkah book
• Prize ball
• Hanukkah gelt
Concierge
appointments
Shop early, shop local! Make an
appointment and browse the store
after we close to the public. Meet
one on one with an expert bookseller
who will help you find great gifts for
everyone on your list. The $40 fee
translates into a $40 gift card to spend during your
appointment. October only.
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SEASON S READINGS
CARE PACK AGES
Send something special to
everyone on your list with
our customized Seasons
Readings Care Packages.
Each wrapped package
contains a book customized to
their tastes, plus two gift items
on a theme of your choice.
Enclosure cards say, “May your
holidays be filled with joy from
cover to cover.” You pick the ship date and check it off
your list!
Stocking grab bagS
After all, Santa is our middle name!
Let us help you stuff your stockings—you pick
the price and tell us the persons interests and
we’ll provide a bagful of goodies that would
make St. Nick proud. Adult and kid options.
Happiness book
subscriptions
Send some
cheer that will
last all next
year with our
Happiness
Book Subscrip-
tion. Each
subscription
includes a book
that explores a different way to find comfort and joy,
along with a beautifully printed literary quote to bring a
smile. Three-, 6- and 12-month subscriptions are
available for $25 per package (includes book, card, tax
and shipping).
CARE
PACK AGES
EXPERIENCES
SPECIAL
PRODUCTS
Fall
is the most glorious time of the year for any cookbook fan,
as a bounty of enticing new titles are released. And while the
pandemic put a wrench in our plans to hold our staffs annual
cookbook potluck, our devoted booksellers nevertheless took these
books home for a spin in their kitchens and are sharing the delicious
results. Looking for even more great new cookbooks? See our staff
recommendations on page 34.
HOME COOKING
Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater,
TEN SPEED PRESS
Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook by Alex Guarnachelli,
CLARKSON POTTER
The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry,
VORACIOUS
Comforting, accessible home cooking is definitely on the menu these
days, and we found several new books to freshen our repertoire.
Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter is just the right
book to turn to when you want to cook
something warm and comforting on a cool
day. Nigel Slaters vegetarian recipes are
quick and easy, and his writing is lovely. I
made the Tahini, Sesame, Butternut Soup
and my family loved it, but the Leek, Tomato,
Pecorino Crumble really stole the show. If
you’ve never cooked from his books, I
encourage you to do so—and to mark your
calendar for March, when Greenfeast: Spring, Summer will be released!
Jax is new to the cooking world and is just
finding her groove in the kitchen. She finds
recipes much easier to follow when they
are connected to a memory or story or
when the voice of the author feels warm
and encouraging, which was happily the
case with her potluck title, Cook with Me, by
Alex Guarnaschelli. While not necessarily
for someone brand new to the kitchen, this
book is definitely designed for the home
cook and Jax sees it as a great next step for anyone who has been
learning about cooking during shelter-in-place.
Jenny took home The Full Plate and found
Ayesha Currys approach to a stocked
pantry and simple but delicious cooking to
be right up her alley. She loved Currys
no-rules, fusion approach to flavors and
seasonings and found the book packed
with go-to meals that are full of flavor
without a lot of fuss. Whether you’re
cooking for adults, kids, families, or
gatherings (someday!), you can turn to
The Full Plate for always-tasty, never-boring recipes.
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CALIFORNIA-ITALIAN
Chi Spacca: A New Approach to American Cooking
by Nancy Silverton,
KNOPF
The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking om the
Beloved West Village Restaurant by Jonathan Waxman,
ABRAMS
For the more ambitious home cook, we tried out new books by two
excellent chefs who have defined their culinary careers in California
while being heavily influenced by Italy.
Like its namesake restaurant in Los
Angeles, Chi Spacca, by award-winning
chef Nancy Silverton, is decidedly
meat-centric, but the surprise of this book is
that it has plenty of gorgeous salads and
vegetable dishes as well. We loved Little
Gems with Herb Breadcrumbs, Bacon
Vinaigrette, and Grated Egg just as much
as the Coffee- Rubbed Tri-Tip. Whether you
are an experienced cook who wants to “learn the secrets of cooking
like an Italian butcher,” or simply want to enjoy the recipes of an
exemplary chef, this is an outstanding collection.
I was delighted to find The Barbuto
Cookbook packed with simple, delicious,
appealing recipes that I couldn’t wait to try
and my family couldn’t wait to eat. From his
famous roast chicken to gnocchi to
desserts, Jonathan Waxman shares the
rustic Italian, modern California dishes that
made his restaurant so beloved. While
probably not for the beginner cook, many of
the recipes are surprisingly easy to make,
and any extra effort for these is well worth it.
SOMETHING SWEET
A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes,
Cookies, Pies, and Breads at Home by Melissa Weller
KNOPF NOVEMBER 17TH
Jae says A Good Bake is perfect for anyone
who has dived headfirst into baking during
the shutdown. With its straightforward
tutorials on making the croissants, tarts,
and pie crusts of your dreams, this beautiful
book includes step-by-step photographs
and carefully detailed recipes. Melissa
Weller is one of the most acclaimed bakers
in the country and her book is one you will
use for years to come.
COOKBOOK POTLUCK by Stefanie Berntson
Stefanie Berntson has had the pleasure of being the cookbook buyer
at Bookshop Santa Cruz for over 25 years.
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Enter Our 18th Annual
Short Story Contest
Bookshop Santa Cruz is looking for original fiction
of no more than 1,200 words. We are not looking for
any particular theme or style—just some great writing.
This is our chance to help showcase local talent!
FIRST PRIZE:
Readers (with a circulation of 12,000) and on our
website: www.bookshopsantacruz.com
SECOND PRIZE:
THIRD PRIZE:
Tell Us a Story
The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2021. Entries must be previously unpublished and may be dropped off, mailed in, or submitted
online at bookshopsantacruz.com/short-story-contest. There is a $6 entry fee per story. For complete contest rules, pick up an entry form at our
information desk or download one from our website. All stories must include a completed entry form. Judges will read the stories blind, without
author names. Winning entries will be announced on March 30, 2021. Therst-prize winner will be published in our summer 2021 newsletter.
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STAFF PROFILE
Melinda Powers
Heres the thing about me and reading: I have been every kind of
reader in the course of my life, the voracious one, the studious one,
the intellectual one, the shameful one, the one who would read by
flashlight under blankets long into the night, the one who would
throw scary books
across the room, the
one who would sneak
her mothers romance
novels, the one who
now buys her own, the
one who has every
book in a neverending
series, the one who
collects first editions of
stunning debuts,
buying two copies to
preserve one. I am the
reader who pored over
school book fair fliers,
who found teen
comfort in the
anonymity of mall
bookstores, and who is now a strong advocate for indie bookstores.
I am the reader who didn’t read all the classics but who found a love
of literature all the same. I am the reader who rereads with
reverence and the one who absorbs by proximity (you should see, or
try to see, my nightstand!), the one who makes book lists, the one
who forgets a plot, the one who can still feel how a book moved her,
the one who is left breathless. I am the reader who also listens to
books, who is learning to read digitally, who loves a beautiful book
cover and a deckled edge. I am the reader who never knew she was
interested in {fill in the blank} until she found a book about said
subject (literally anything), and the one who scoops up everything
written by a beloved author or within a favorite subject. I am the
slow reader, the skimmer, the one who reads to be challenged, the
one searching for something astonishing, something new, the one
who reads for fun, allowing for pleasure in the already understood. I
am the reader who has been judged (probably rightfully so) and
tries not to judge now.
All of these readers make up the way I think about books: openly
and broadly. When deciding which books to stock at Bookshop, I try
to provide for and satiate all of these interests, all of these ways to
read, as best I can, for all who walk into the bookstore. My journey
as a reader has not ended and I still have much to learn, but I hope
the fullness I have felt in my life as a reader translates into a
welcoming selection of books at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Melinda Powers is the head book buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz and the
president of the California Independent Booksellers Alliance. As you may have
surmised om her book recommendations and antics at Bookshop, she loves her
family, her iends, her community, goats, and all the books, so many books.
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VIRTUAL BOOKSHOP EVENTS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH, AT 7:00
BOOKSELLER HAPPY HOUR: COOKBOOKS + COCKTAILS
Grab a beverage and join us from the comfort of home as we preview some of this season’s great new culinary and
cocktail titles. We are passionate about cookbooks and can’t wait to share our new favorites with you!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, AT 6:00
EDDIE R. COLE, The Campus Color Line 
Eddie R. Cole, PhD, will discuss his new book, The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom
the remarkable history of how college presidents have shaped the struggle for racial equality. “A stunning and ambitious
origins story.” —Ibram X. Kendi
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, AT 4:00
SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER & AG FORD, Construction Site Mission: Demolition!
Everyone‘s favorite construction crew is back in this brand-new addition to the Goodnight, Goodnight series. Kids will be delighted
to hear the author read her story and to meet the illustrator of this awesome book, where the crew CRASH-BANG-BOOMS
through the demolition process! .
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, AT 7:00
KIM STANLEY ROBINSON, The Ministry for the Future
Bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson will share his new novel—a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming
decades. "A sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard
science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 T UESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD: REMEMBER TO VOTE! 
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, AT 7:00 and MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, AT 7:00 
BOOKSELLER HAPPY HOURS: GIFT PICKS and BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Make gift giving easy! Join our booksellers on November 9th for a virtual happy hour as they share terrific books that make great gifts for everyone on your
list. Then come back on November 16th to find out which books made the cut (and made their mark) on us when we reveal our best books of the year.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, AT 7:00
DEBORAH MADISON, An Onion in My Pocket: My Life in Vegetables
Beloved cookbook author Deborah Madison will read and discuss her warm, bracingly honest new memoir that gives us an
insider's look at the vegetarian movement. See our staff review of An Onion in My Pocket on page 34.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH—SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Shop small and help your community prosper! Join us in the store and online on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Readers’ Club members who spend
$25 or more can enter our raffle to win 10 of our favorite books of the year.
Special ticketed event: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, AT 11:00 AM
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, How to Raise an Elephant: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith will share the next book in his perennially adored No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
series, which sees Precious Ramotswe calling upon all her maternal instincts when she's faced with a two-ton case. Purchase
tickets for this event via our website: bookshopsantacruz.com/alexander-mccall-smith. Please note the morning start time, as
the author will be joining us from Scotland! Click here for ticket information.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6TH, AT 7:00—WINTER READING PROGRAM MIXER
Whether you are looking for your next read or are just starting our Winter Reading Program, join our booksellers for a lively
discussion about each of the awesome titles in the program. Read three of the eight recommended books by February 28th and earn rewards from
Bookshop, Birichino Winery, and Pacific Cookie Company!

BOOKSHOP'S VIRTUAL EVENTS
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Online events are ee, unless otherwise noted. Register on Crowdcast here. See our full schedule here.
Cosponsored by NAACP
Santa Cruz County Branch
Cosponsored by The Humanities
Institute UC Santa Cruz

EARTH ELEMENTS INCENSE
$5.95
Zen Aromas incense sticks are the perfect hostess
gift or little something special for friends or
yourself. Thirty-stick packs, complete with holder,
come in a variety of fragrances, including jasmine
and marigold, vanilla fig and honeycomb, and
sandalwood and iris.
CITIZEN RUTH MUGS
$17.95
We are all about these mugs from Citizen
Ruth, the ethics-forward company based
in Portland. Featuring Colin Kaepernick,
Marsha P., Dr. Fauci, John Lewis, and
more, they are the perfect gift for the activist in
your life—plus a portion of sales benefit groups
supporting gay rights, Black lives, social justice, and SCIENCE.
ICONIC HEROES MUGS
Gis & Games
EEBOO CARDS
$13.95, Ages 3+
These award-winning conversation
cards, designed by Eeboo (a woman-
owned, mother-run, sustainably
sourced company) to help tiny
humans make sense of this
complicated world. Featuring 50-card
decks that include What’s Going On
Here, Good Citizenship, I Heard Your Feelings, and Respect the Earth.
CONVERSATION CARDS
OOLY ART KITS
$13.95–$32.95
From Happy Packs to Erasable Coloring
Sets, these kits by Ooly are guaranteed to
make young artists happy. High-quality
supplies (pencils, adorable erasers, and
more) are perfectly packaged and come
in a variety of themes, including Unicorn
and Astronaut.
ART KITS
ZEN INCENSE
WHITE MOUNTAIN PUZZLES
$19.95
Are we still doing puzzles? Yes, of
course we are! Bookshop carries a
huge assortment of White Mountain
Puzzles, whose literary-themed
jigsaws are among the ones we love
most. Can you find your favorite bestseller among the 1000 pieces?
LITERARY PUZZLES
WILD & WOLF STRAW
$12.95
This stainless steel, reusable straw is adjustable
and comes in its own travel-friendly carrying case
with carabiner clip, making it easy to take along
when camping, hiking, or just running around town.
Perfect for the environmentalist or anyone who
hates paper straws.
REUSABLE STRAW
DISH TOWELS, OVEN MITTS & APRONS
$11.95–$34.95
What better time to use humor as a
coping mechanism than right now?
Blue Q goes there with their sassy and
hilarious dish towels, aprons, and
oven mitts, with designs like My Safe
Word Is Takeout; Go Away; and I’ll
Bake Love to You.
KITCHEN FUN
CONNECTION &
GRATITUDE KITS $29.95 each
For many, this challenging time has
made clear what matters most in life—
meaningful connection and gratitude
for what we have. A Year of Connection
and A Year of Gratitude kits include 52
notecards each, plus a guided journal.
They can help make sure we don’t lose focus in the year to come.
A YEAR OF APPRECIATION
No matter who you’re shopping for this
holiday season, we have great gi ideas!
Here are some of our favorites.
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AQUARIUS
$15.00, Ages 5+
Looking for a game with a groovy hippie
theme? Here it is! The best part about Aquarius
is the fun and colorful art. The cards are like
dominoes, each showing between one and four
elements. The game play is simple: Match
elements and try to chain seven of your
elements in a row. The new version has awesome graphics that are
vivid and engaging.
DIXIT
$34.99, Ages 8+
Dixit is a quick and easy game to learn that
is great for players of all ages, including
younger ones. It tests your creativity and
ability to story-tell and to be both
convincing and questionable. The
gameplay is simple but involves strategy, variety, and creativity. You
need to be able to be clear enough for players to guess your cards
but not so clear that your play is obvious to everyone. It’sfun to play
in different groups because you’re guaranteed an entirely new tale
each time. Being creative can teach you about the people you play
with and see how they think differently than you.
CLUE:
BOB'S BURGERS EDITION
$51.95, Ages 8+
Satisfy your craving for mystery
with Clue: Bob's Burgers. This
classic Clue mystery game is
illustrated by the show creators
themselves! Gather a few friends
and attempt to figure out who killed Ned Boddy at Linda Belcher’s
dinner party, which weapon they left at the scene of the crime, and
which room in the Belcher apartment they did it in. Includes six
custom metal “weapon” tokens (Burger Phone, Spatula, Horcelain,
Wine Bottle, Kuchi Kopi, and Genes Keyboard), 21 rumor cards, and
a custom scoring pad.
BEETLEJUICE PUZZLE
$ 19.95, Ages 14+
Are you last in line in the Netherworld waiting
room? To help kill some time, how about a
puzzle from the classic film Beetlejuice? It
features Lydia and the ghost with the most
(and his gravestone!) in their wedding outfits.
This strange, unusual 1000-piece jigsaw will
keep you busy, whether with others or utterly alone.
GAMES & PUZZLES
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SHOP GIFTS, GAMES & PUZZLES
IN THE STORE AND ONLINE AT
BOOKSHOPSANTACRUZ.COM
UCSC Love Mug $17.95
This awesome tin mug is
definitely camping-worthy!
Zen Slug Tee $22.99
Seek calm and contentment
in this soft and comfortable
t-shirt featuring a meditating
banana slug.
Plush Slug $7.95–$25.95
Our super sweet Sammy the Slug plushies come in all
sizes—from tiny keychains to the irresistible big guy.
Fiat Slug Hoodie
Sweatshirt $47.95
This stylish and soft
hoodie (available in
grey or navy) will keep
you feeling cozy on your
winter walks.
Give some slug love
this holiday season!
Slug Shop
at Bookshop
Plus stocking stuffers: Slug ornaments, keychains,
buttons, socks, finger slugs, and more!
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All the Devils Are Here:
A Novel
by Louise Penny
$28.99
Squeeze Me:
A Novel
by Carl Hiaasen
$28.95
The Sentinel:
A Novel
by Lee Child, with Andrew Child
$28.99 • OCT. 27TH
The Book of Two Ways:
A Novel
by Jodi Picoult
$28.99
Missionaries:
A Novel
by Phil Klay
$28.00
Ready Player Two:
A Novel
by Ernest Cline
$28.99 • NOV. 24TH
How to Fly
(In Ten Thousand
Easy Lessons)
by Barbara Kingsolver
$24.99
How to Carry Water:
Selected Poems
by Lucille Clifton
$28.00
Ex Libris: 100+ Books
to Read and Reread
by Michiko Kakutani
$25.00 • OCT. 20TH
The Neil Gaiman Reader
Selected Fiction
by Neil Gaiman
$40.00 • OCT. 20TH
The Best of Me
Stories & Essays
by David Sedaris
$30.00 • NOV. 3RD
The Once and Future Witches:
A Novel
by Alix E. Harrow
$28.00
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popular BOOKS TO GIVE
this holiday season
HOLIDAY GUIDE
popular gifts
Stephen Hawking
by Leonard Mlodinow
$25.00
The Fragile Earth
Writing from The New Yorker
on Climate Change
$29.99
The Radiant Lives
of Animals
by Linda Hogan
$19.95 • OCT. 13TH
Our Only Home
A Climate Appeal to the World
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
$19.99 • NOV. 17TH
The Visual Encyclopedia
by DK & Smithsonian
$50.00 • OCT. 27TH
Abe: Abraham Lincoln
in His Times
by David S. Reynolds
$45.00
Me and Sister Bobbie:
True Tales of the Family Band
by Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson
$28.00
The Gifts of Imperfection
10th Anniversary Edition
by Brené Brown
$25.00
Badass Habits: Cultivate the
Awareness, Boundaries and Daily
Upgrades You Need to Make
Them Stick by Jen Sincero
$26.00 • DEC. 1ST
Stuff You Should Know
by Josh Clark &
Chuck Bryant
$27.99 • NOV. 24TH
Mediocre: The Dangerous
Legacy of White Male
America by Ijeoma Oluo
$28.00 • DEC. 1ST
Greenlights
by Matthew McConaughey
$30.00 • OCT. 20TH
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HOLIDAY GUIDE
popular KIDS gifts
The Deep End: Diary of
a Wimpy Kid, Book 15
by Jeff Kinney
$14.99 OCT. 27TH
Ocean! Our Watery World
as You’ve Never Seen It Before
by DK Publishing
$24.99
The LEGO Games Book:
50 Fun Brainteasers, Games,
Challenges, and Puzzles!
$19.99
Happy Narwhalidays:
A Narwhal & Jelly Book
by Ben Clanton
$12.99
An Elephant & Piggie
Biggie! Volume 3
by Mo Willems
$16.99
Star Wars: Smugglers Starship
Activity Book and Model
by Insight Editions
$11.99
Life-Size Animals:
An Illustrated Safari
by Rita Mabel Schavo
$19.99 NOV. 3RD
Sofia Valdez and
the Vanishing Vote
by Andrea Beaty
$12.99
Keeper of the Lost Cities
Unlocked, Book 8.5
by Shannon Messenger
$21.99 NOV. 17TH
The Trials of Apollo: Book 5
The Tower of Nero
by Rick Riordan
$19.99
Wings of Fire:
The Winglets Quartet
by Tui T. Sutherland
$6.99
Good Night Stories for
Rebel Girls: The Chapter
Book Collection
$49.99
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Homeland Elegies
by Ayad Akhtar
LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY
Homeland Elegies defies genres. 
Calling it a novel implies it’s not true,
but I’ve never read anything more
brutally honest, relevant, or
personal. Akhtar’s book reads like an
opera with recurring choruses, haunting variations on
a theme, dramatic tension, characters that are larger
than life, sex scenes, death scenes, and cliff hangers.
This is an elegy, a poem of serious reflection, a lament,
about home. — Jenny
Bestiary
by K-Ming Chang
ONE WORLD
Chang’s debut novel is delicious to
read, equally beautiful and
grotesque, harrowing and tender.
Told across three generations of
Taiwanese American women,
Bestiary is intimately recognizable 
and audaciously new: an immigrant journey, a love
story, a family saga, a coming-of-age tale. — Melinda
Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman
ATRIA BOOKS
Backman, through his humor,
emotion, and honesty, reminds us
that it is precisely the messiness of
being human that makes us more
connected to each other than we
ever think possible. In Anxious 
People, he introduces us to a group of characters who 
happen to be in the wrong place (hostage situation)
at the wrong time (apartment viewing) but whose
willingness to listen and connect to each other turn
everything right. — Casey
Transcendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi
• KNOPF
Raised in poverty in Alabama and
the daughter of Ghanaian
immigrants, Gifty projects the
image of an American success story.
But when her depressed, elderly
mother comes to stay with her,
painful memories begin to resurface
and cracks start to emerge in her stoic facade. Flitting
between past and present, Gyasi (Homegoing) tackles
some very heavy themes; death, abandonment, 
racism, and the opioid crisis all come into play.
Beautiful and heart wrenching, Gyasi’s sophomore
novel does not disappoint. — Jade
STAFF RECOMMENDED NEW FICTION
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Jack
by Marilynne Robinson
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Barack Obama’s favorite novelist
graces us all once again, this time
with Jack, which delves back into the 
inner lives of the characters
Robinson introduced many years
ago with Gilead. Prepare yourself for the tender, stolid
prose that characterizes Robinson’s best
work—impossibly elegant in its simplicity. — Jess
 WINTER READING & GIFT GIVING
The Last Great Road Bum
by Héctor Tobar 
MCD

Though billed as a novel, this
book is essentially the true
story of a world traveler,
vagabond, writer, and guerilla
fighter in El Salvador’s bloody
civil war named Joe Sanderson.
In writing this story of an American from the
Midwest, Tobar, the son of Guatemalan
immigrants, has created a book that is both a
big, old-fashioned novel of adventure,
personality, and daring-do, and a meditation on
narrative authority. — Rico


The End of the Day
by Bill Clegg
• SCOUT PRESS
The End of the Day follows a wealthy
East Coast family, the families who
served them, and those who lived in
their universe. How these worlds
collide, and the secrets and longings
trapped within them, provide a mysterious,
multifaceted and deeply emotional book that will
make you want to start again as soon as you get to
the last page. — Casey
The Exiles
by Christina Baker Kline
• CUSTOM HOUSE
A compelling narrative of strength
in the face of abusive hardship and
tragedy, The Exiles is a riveting book,
hard to put down once started.
Well-researched, well-written,
excellent historical fiction. — Trey
His Only Wife
by Peace Adzo Medie
• ALGONQUIN BOOKS
Afi is a young seamstress in a small
town who is whisked away to the big
city of Accra, Ghana, in an
arranged marriage to a wealthy
developer. But everything is not
peaceful in her brand-new luxury
condo. At times triumphant and at other times
frustrating, this book is about the complications of
family expectations, love, and fidelity. — Celeste
NEW & RECOMMENDED FICTION
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A World Between
by Emily Hashimoto
FEMINIST PRESS
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
A charming two-person narrative
spanning many years provides us
with a story chronicling the often
complex structures of women's
relationships. Growing up is never easy, and change
is inevitable. But sometimes, no matter how much
changes, theres someone with whom you will always
feel comfortable. — MJ
Girls Against God
by Jenny Hval
VERSO FICTION
• PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Set in 1990s Norway and written by
a Norwegian avant-garde musician,
this experimental stream-of-
consciousness novel is simply an
incomparable experience and no
short summaries can do it justice. — Ksenia
Ramifications
by Daniel Saldaña Paris
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
• PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Twenty years after his mothers
disappearance, a man broods over
the many catastrophes of his life,
attempting to fill a cavernous void.
Strange and inviting, with strong
wit, tender curiosity, and a few dark twists,
Ramifications is a novel of self-reflection and the
process of healing. — Juj
Where the Wild Ladies Are
by Aoko Matsuda
SOFT SKULL PRESS
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL • OCTOBER 20TH
Life affirming and whimsical, these
stories invite the reader into a world
where becoming a ghost is but a
beginning: of freedom from gender
roles; of a fulfilling career; and of a death-time of
happiness. Loved it! — Ksenia
Memorial
by Bryan Washington
RIVERHEAD BOOKS • OCTOBER 27TH
This is the debut novel by a
rising literary star, the author
of last years breakout short
story collection, Lot. Fans of
There There and On Earth Were
Briefly Gorgeous will devour this meditation on
love and loss. — Jason
The Lying Life of Adults
by Elena Ferrante
EUROPA EDITIONS
This novel combines Ferrantes
trademark touches—an indelible
cast of characters and a stingingly
honest coming-of- age story—with a
complex narrative about what
composes the truth. Be transported once again in one
of this fall’s biggest books. — Casey
What Are You Going Through
by Sigrid Nunez
RIVERHEAD BOOKS
Honest and wise, with a wicked sense
of humor, Nunez writes prose that
uses few words to create deeply
layered characters, settings, and
moments. Her new novel tackles big
issues—death, the meaning of life,
and contemporary politics, among others, and
promises the same rich reading experience I’ve come to
expect from her. — Rico
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The Daughters
of Ys
Written by M.T. Anderson
Illustrated by Jo Rioux
FIRST SECOND
Rioux’s dreamy illustrations have,
like M.T. Anderson’s story, a
deceptive simplicity that pull you
deeper into the complex currents of
duty and desire, love and loyalty, loss and
responsibility, and family and nation, amidst a tale of
dark magics and miracles. — Jocelyn
The Essential Dykes to
Watch Out For
by Alison Bechdel
MARINER BOOKS NOW IN PAPERBACK
Bechdel’s seminal work is an
absolute treat, and as relevant
and relatable as ever. If you’re a
fan of DTWOF or are perhaps looking for a supportive
and affirming group of queers, you need this collection
in your life. — Jax
The Contradictions
by Sophie Yanow
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
With Yanows expert eye and bold
art style, The Contradictions
explores the world of the college
student trying to find themself and
finding that their failures end up
being the most meaningful part of
their journey. Yanow has managed to tap into the
psyche of youth and come out with some profound
insights into the human condition. — Ivy
Welcome to the New World
Written by Jake Halpern
Illustrated by Michael Sloan
METROPOLITAN BOOKS
In Welcome to the New World, I felt
the poignancies, laughter, and
desperate desire for home on
every page. A fascinating look at
modern immigrant life that is both heartbreaking and
uplifting. — Jax
FICTION GRAPHIC
You Had Me at Hola
by Alexis Daria
AVON
This modern-day Latinx rom-com is
so fun, smart, and sexy! Jasmine
and Ashtons tension and ambition
play out in the world of television
acting and production. This story is
as much about community and
family as it is about romance. — Jocelyn
#CassiNova
by Lori G. Matthew
BELLA BOOKS NOVEMBER 17TH
I spent many years so hungry for
representation that I’d read
anything you threw at me, but I’m
happy to say this book set the bar
so much higher for me. The
romance in #Cassinova felt real, and I never doubted
the motives behind Sam and Alex’s actions. A flirty,
fun romp through Hollywood. — MJ
ROMANCE
Winter Counts
by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
ECCO
Virgil Wounded Horse, with rage in
his heart and a teenager at home,
metes out brutal justice for crimes
the broken system won’t touch. This
is an engrossing mystery and thriller
and a look into the modern-day
Sicangu Lakota that is especially vivid for those not of
the Nation. — Jocelyn
One by One
by Ruth Ware
SCOUT PRESS
A company retreat goes horribly
awry when an avalanche traps the
vacationers in their chalet. Cut off
from the rest of the world, their
predicament quickly worsens as
people start to turn up murdered.
Wares engaging writing and clever plot twists had
me on the edge of my seat. — Jade
The Kingdom
by Jo Nesbø
DOUBLEDAY
Nesbøs reputation as the master of
Norwegian crime is upheld in this
standalone novel about the reunion
of two brothers. Despite their
determination to create a promising
future for themselves and their town,
the brothers’ flaws and murky past render their dreams
all but impossible. The tension is palpable, with secrets
and lies in this tale that is both clever and dark. — K.L.
Drive Your Plow Over the
Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk
RIVERHEAD BOOKS • NOW IN PAPERBACK
This dark, country-noir eco-thriller,
set in a village on the border between
Poland and Czech Republic, is
gorgeous, haunting, and unput-
downable. Could the deaths of local hunters be caused
by animals keen to enact revenge on those who abuse
and murder them? Highly recommended for fans of
quieter, stranger mysteries. — Ksenia
MYSTERY & TRUE CRIME
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The Searcher
by Tana French
• VIKING
A slow-burning, tense,
character-driven thriller from one of
the most brilliant writers of our time.
Retired cop Cal, who immigrated
from Chicago to look for peace,
finds trouble knocking on the door of his dilapidated
cottage. A must-read for lovers of literary mysteries
and small-town secrets. — Ksenia
When No One Is Watching
by Alyssa Cole
WILLLIAM MORROW PAPERBACKS
Alyssa Coles debut mystery, set in a
brownstone-lined Brooklyn
neighborhood, is a genuinely
bone-chilling thriller with real,
relatable characters facing an
almost unbelievable conspiracy whose dangers are
all too real. — Jocelyn
We Keep the Dead Close
by Becky Cooper
GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING • NOV. 10TH
After happening upon the unsolved
murder of Harvard graduate
student Jane Brittan 50 years prior,
Cooper dedicated the next decade
of her life to finding Brittons killer.
Extraordinarily well researched and thoughtfully told,
this book has all the thrill and suspense that
characterize true crime while managing to steer clear
of sensationalism and insensitivity. — Jade
Devil in a Blue Dress:
30th Anniversary Edition
by Walter Mosley
WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
This smoke-filled, bourbon-soaked,
jazz-fueled and intensely atmospheric
trek through the Harlem of the West
Coast, featuring laid-off worker
turned detective Easy Rawlins, expanded the idea of
what LA noir could mean. It is still one of the best
detective novels I’ve read. — Dave
Phoenix Extravagant
by Yoon Ha Lee
SOLARIS • OCTOBER 20TH
Automata and fox spirits roam the
streets while subjugated people
fight for their freedom, and dragons
turn out to be far less monstrous to
face than is contending with
humanitys greed. I particularly admire Lees ability to
navigate the nonbinary gender of his protagonist with
a light touch. I haven’t devoured something like this
since Uprooted. — Jax
A Deadly Education
by Naomi Novik
DEL REY
If you like characters defying their
tropes, intriguing magic systems,
deadly libraries, stories of friendship
and staying true to yourself—amidst
magical monsters and
backstabbing high school
cliques—but with just a little more snark and murder,
pick this up. I loved this book. — Jocelyn
Black Sun
by Rebecca Roanhorse
SAGA PRESS
An atmospheric, dark fantasy
surrounding new and ancient
religions and the intersection of
science and faith, told from multiple
perspectives. Fans of Rebecca
Roanhorse, rejoice with me! One of
my favorite books, period. — MJ
Hench: A Novel
by Natalie Zina Walschots
WILLIAM MORROW
A wild and creative twist on the
superhero trope. Who inflicts more
damage on society, superheroes or
the supervillains they fight? This is
a fun, cinematic novel set in a
comic book universe, unlike anything else you've ever
read. — Trey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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Master of Poisons
by Andrea Hairston
TOR.COM
The deliciously intricate prose of
Master of Poisons will swirl around
you like a swarm of bees, minutely
detailed but still moving as one,
pulling you into a world of magical
young girls, pirate wives, and
complicated families. Perfect for fans of Marlon
James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf. — Jae
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab
TOR BOOKS
Schwabs latest novel is utterly
magical. Immersive and
transportive, The Invisible Life of
Addie LaRue makes you think about
what price you would pay to keep
what you want, and what deals with
devils are worth making. — Jax
The Future of Another Timeline
by Annalee Newitz
TOR BOOKS • NOW IN PAPERBACK
In this cyber-feminist, totally punk,
time-travelling tale, Newitz uses her
quick-paced storyline and
captivating characters to introduce
us to a world that could be ours. The
Future of Another Timeline wil make you lucidly see
your own role in revolution. — Citlalli
Ring Shout
by P. Djèlí Clark
TOR.COM
White supremacists are monsters.
No really, watch out! Only some
people can see them, and they have
formed a motley group of Black
resistance fighters, including our
heroine, who is armed with a sword
embodied by spirits of her ancestors. This book is a
mixing pot of Deep South folk tales and fantasy set in
the post–WWI Jim Crow South. — Celeste
The Selected Works of Audre Lorde
Edited by Roxane Gay
W.W. NORTON & COMPANY
This stellar collection showcases the
breadth of Lordes poems and prose
as she speaks to motherhood, race,
patriarchy, white feminism, and the
fight for justice. For those new to her
work, this is a great introduction, and for those of us
who are already admirers, it is an essential addition to
our shelves. — S.B.
Whale Day: And Other Poems
by Billy Collins
RANDOM HOUSE
Collins’s newest gathering of poems
shines with its combination of mirth
and depth. There is an undercurrent
of looking at life from the eyes of
someone who is aging and holding
mortality in view. I was delighted by
the humor and wit that Collins juxtaposes with the
tender and profound. — S.M.C.
Guillotine: Poems
by Eduardo C. Corral
GRAYWOLF PRESS
Guillotine is a mystifying journey
between worlds both real and
imaginary, where sensation is severe
and reason becomes blurred. This
collection of poems is an essential
addition to the developing queer-Latinx imaginary.
— Juj
Dearly: New Poems
by Margaret Atwood
ECCO NOVEMBER 10TH
Atwood’s new collection of poetry,
Dearly, encompasses the grief,
beauty, and pain of the recent loss
of her partner of more than 40
years, with all the wit and skill that
she possesses. Who can strike your heart with more
efficiency than Margaret Atwood? — Jess
POETRY
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Resistencia
Edited by Mark Eisner & Tina Escaja,
Introduction by Julia Alvarez
TIN HOUSE BOOKS
This collection amplifies and
revitalizes the Latin American
tradition of protest poetry and
reminds us that the fight for justice is
ongoing and motivated by our own creative and
collective power. — Juj
Finna: Poems
by Nate Marshall
ONE WORLD
With lyrical precision, sweet slang,
and cunning rhythm, Marshall
acknowledges the violence imposed
on Black and Brown bodies; the
cultural elements that promote
spiritual fortitude; and the opportunity to embrace
the future as a space of beautiful possibility. These
poems demand mourning, deep reckoning, and
wonderful celebration. Read them. — Juj
When the Light of the World
Was Subdued, Our Songs Came
Through
Edited by Jo Harjo
W.W. NORTON & COMPANY
Organized by the geographic
location of the poets’ Nations, this
wide-ranging anthology of poems
and essays guides you as the reader
on a tour of American literature that may lead you to
your next favorite poet. — Jocelyn
Every Day We Get More Illegal
by Juan Felipe Herrera
CITY LIGHTS BOOKS
As the recent US poet laureate,
Juan Felipe Herrera traveled the
country, listening and engaging
with its communities, particularly
those marginalized and endangered. His newest
collection of poems, some written while on the road,
captures what he found, who he met, what is felt.
— Melinda
Just Us: An American
Conversation
by Claudia Rankine
• GRAYWOLF PRESS
Curious and unerring, Just Us is a
work of art that delves into a
thoughtful, personal, and profound
exploration of whiteness. Elevated to
high form in essay, poetry, and visual
playfulness, yet easily relatable, it truly is an American
Conversation, one that Rankine breaks wide open.
— Melinda
The Book Collectors
by Delphine Minoui
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Set among the rubble, daily
bombings, and brutal lockdown
measures in the Syrian rebel
stronghold of Daraya, The Book
Collectors offers a heartbreaking
and poignant look at the power of books in shaping
and maintaining community, even in the direst of
circumstances. — Travis
Garners Quotations
by Dwight Garner
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX • NOV. 10TH
If you enjoy the wit, pleasure, and
bite you find in Dwight Garners
New York Times book reviews,
you’ll delight in his commonplace
book, but be forewarned, it’s
anything but common, thank goodness! — Melinda
Magic: A History
by Chris Gosden
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX • NOV. 10TH
Drawing on many examples of its
cultural significance, Gosden shows
just how big a role magic has played
in the development of societies all
over the world. Whether he is
talking about horoscopes or tattoos, his voice makes
a fun read for anyone, from history buffs to the casual
reader. — MJ
NONFICTION
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Finding Latinx
by Paola Ramos
VINTAGE • OCTOBER 20TH
For those committed to human rights
and social change, this book is an
essential text in understanding both
the diverse experiences of the Latinx
population and the challenges we
face collectively as a nation. — Juj
Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred
Land in the American West
by Lauren Redniss
RANDOM HOUSE • NOVEMBER 17TH
In this richly illustrated work of visual
nonfiction, Redniss bears witness to
the years’-long fight of San Carlos
Apache tribal members to protect
Oak Flat, their sacred land, from a multinational
mining conglomerate. Reporting, illuminating, and
understanding are Rednisss true genius, unfolding a
powerful, complex story, one that is still in play.
— Melinda
Nose Dive
by Harold McGee
PENGUIN PRESS • OCTOBER 20TH
In this sensory-filled adventure,
McGee (On Food and Cooking)
combines hard science, biology,
chemistry, and personal observation
to take readers on an accessible ride
through the world of scent. A great read for fans of
Michael Pollan and Bill Bryson or anyone curious about
why things smell the way they do. — S.B.
Mad and Bad:
Real Heroines of the Regency
by Bea Koch
• GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Koch uses the lens of romance to
focus on the entertaining
microhistory of the under-known
royalty, artists, mistresses, and scientists, who, white
and black, straight and queer—and more—shaped the
culture and history of the British Regency. — Jocelyn
Carry: A Memoir of Survival on
Stolen Land
by Toni Jensen
BALLANTINE BOOKS
Jensens poetic memoir in pieces is a
beautiful exploration of her life as a
Métis woman, one who is tied deeply
to nature, affected by the men
around her, and critical of the gun
violence that prevails over all. Truly a gorgeous and
important read. — Melinda
Eat a Peach: A Memoir
by David Chang
CLARKSON POTTER
David Chang dutifully documents a
legendary career that has left him an
undeniable culinary legend, and then
he uses his memoir to do his best to
tear down any remaining images of
himself as a luminary, god, or
pedasteled hero, writing instead a brutally honest
self-portrait of a real man in an unreal life. — Jocelyn
Golem Girl: A Memoir
by Riva Lehrer
ONE WORLD
Lehrers frank, intimate, liberating
memoir spans her childhood spent
largely through a medical lens, her
early adult life as a student, creative,
and lover, and finally finding her
place as a renowned visual artist and
disability activist. Enhanced with full-color artwork and
personal photographs, this book is powerful and a joy
to discover. — Melinda
Conditional Citizens
by Laila Lalami
PANTHEON
An excellent contribution to the vital
global conversation about race,
immigration, and the trajectory of this
country, Conditional Citizens brims
with the beautiful language and
insight we have come to expect from
Laila Lalami (The Other Americans)
. — Ivy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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The Dead Are
Arising: The Life
of Malcolm X
by Les Payne
LIVERIGHT
This monumental new book crafts an
expansive vision and remembering of
the man who brought us all a little
closer to freedom. Written with
immense care, detail, and dedication, The Dead Are
Arising is a necessary companion to the Autobiography
of Malcolm X for understanding Malcolm X and his
contribution to Black liberation. — Citlalli
The Power of Adrienne Rich
by Hilary Holladay
NAN A. TALESE
Internationally acclaimed poet and
Santa Cruz resident Adrienne Rich
broke boundaries of identity,
representation, and activism in the
literary world for decades. Now
Hilary Holladay explores Richs life—including details
contributed by many Santa Cruz figures—and her
journey to becoming a queer activist who used poetry
to blaze new paths of feminism. — Casey
Once I Was You
by Maria Hinojosa
ATRIA BOOKS
Pithy, powerful, and political, Once I
Was You had me hysterical: laughing,
crying, and furiously rereading. An
intimate exploration of the harrowing
realities and ingrained invisibility
faced by undocumented immigrants, it is a crucial
book for turbulent times. — Charlotte
Mad at the World: A Life of John
Steinbeck
by William Souder
W.W. NORTON & COMPANY
Pulitzer Prize–winning author William
Souder examines the years that John
Steinbeck cut his teeth as a young
writer and his evolution into a voice
for the poor and oppressed. Off the
page, Steinbeck was an alcoholic and womanizer, and
Souder gives equal time to his darker side. — Aric
His Truth Is Marching On:
John Lewis and the Power of Hope
by Jon Meacham
RANDOM HOUSE
There are very few who deserve their
story to be told as much as the
freedom fighter John Lewis. A great,
cursory examination of a truly great
human being. — Aric
The Quiet Americans
by Scott Anderson
DOUBLEDAY
Anderson focuses on four of the
CIA's best spies, each more
accomplished and daring than the
next. Their stories illustrate the ways
we gave up our democratic ideals in
the name of fighting communism, as
we overthrew democratically elected governments and
supported brutal regimes. When the smoke finally
cleared, we had earned scorn both here and abroad,
caused Americans to distrust their own government,
and locked ourselves into the Cold War for decades to
come. — Rico
Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.
by Arundhati Roy
HAYMARKET BOOKS
Through this collection of essays,
Roy interrogates, illuminates, and
inspires worlds to come—
deliberately dissecting our world’s
underbelly, Roy leaves nearly
nothing untouched and everything
expanding. Azadi, meaning freedom in Urdu, feels a
little closer after reading this book. — Citlalli
Agent Sonya
by Ben Macintyre
CROWN
Macintyre draws from a wealth of
declassified reports, memoirs, and
interviews to paint a vivid portrait of
Ursula Burton, née Kuczynski,
daughter of a German Jewish
bourgeois family, mother of three,
life-long champion of communism, and USSR spy
Sonya.” A fascinating read for any historian.
— Jocelyn
HISTORY & POLITICS
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If Then
by Jill Lepore
LIVERIGHT
This is sort of a history of late-stage
20th-century America, seen
through the lens of the Simulmatics
Corporation. Their forays into
big-data human manipulation
during the Kennedy election and
Vietnam War would later metastasize into Facebook,
Google, and the coinfections of Fancy Bear and
Cambridge Analytics. — Dave
Stakes Is High
by Mychal Denzel Smith
BOLD TYPE BOOKS
Focusing on Black lives in history and
the institutional oppression and
racism that are such a part of
Americas mythical promises and of
Trump and the current political
climate, Smith helps us see where
change is possible. An important read. — S.M.C.
Let’s Talk About Your Wall
Edited by Carmen Boullosa & Alberto
Quintero
THE NEW PRESS • OCT. 27TH
Using Trumps wall as a launching
pad, Boullosa and Quintero provide
a platform for more than 20 Latinx
writers, creating an important
resource of diverse voices,
experiences, and reports from the other side of the
Southern border. — Melinda
How We Go Home: Voices from
Indigenous North America
Edited by Sara Sinclair
HAYMARKET
Sinclair has accumulated
remarkable stories from indigenous
people across the continent—at
Standing Rock, at Yale, and beyond.
The individuals featured in this book
have accomplished much despite the institutional
racism, neglect, and poverty doled out to them by the
powers that be. I came out of this book enraged and
inspired. — Jade
Love and Rage: The Path of
Liberation Through Anger
by Lama Rod Owens
NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS
In this profound and helpful book, a
queer Black Buddhist teacher
wrestles with his own rage. He
teaches us how spiritual practice
and vigilant activism can be interwoven. This is the
book on social justice and mindfulness we have been
waiting for. — Jason
The Blessing & the Curse
by Adam Kirsch
W.W. NORTON & COMPANY
Adam Kirsch surveys themes of
alienation in the Old World,
assimilation in America, and newfound
nationhood in Israel, bringing to light,
or profoundly illuminating, some of the
great works of Jewish literature. His fascinating and
enjoyably readable prose made me want to read, or
reread, almost every one. — Dave
Permission to Feel
by Marc Brackett
CELADON BOOKS • NOW IN PAPERBACK
Childhood is a pivotal time for our
development, and Brackett has
developed RULER, a system that
teaches the skills of emotional
intelligence, setting children and
adults up for healthier relationships to their own
emotions and those of others. — MJ
The Undying
by Anne Boyer
PICADOR • NOW IN PAPERBACK
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for
nonfiction, The Undying is
unapologetic, unflinching, and
unsentimental. Austere and deeply
personal, it unravels the subtle
intricacies of living with illness as Boyer weaves her
own intimate narrative of an exhaustive pursuit of
undying. — Charlotte
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Is This Anything?
by Jerry Seinfeld
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Organized by the five decades that
his time doing Seinfeld and
stand-up spans, this book treats us
to gem after gem of observational
humor, as well as inside moments
of the life and process of one of our greatest
performers. A perfect gift. — Melinda
Solutions and Other Problems
by Allie Brosh
GALLERY BOOKS
Solutions and Other Problems goes
into the fortitude needed to survive
some of the worst things the world
can throw at you, or that you can
throw at yourself. Allie Brosh has
survived and is finding her way, with
a snicker and pencil-drawn cartoons, and will help
you survive, too. — Jocelyn
Barely Functional Adult:
It’ll All Make Sense Eventually
by Meichi Ng
HARPER PERENNIAL
Ngs smart, funny, honest book of
illustrated personal essays captures
all the feels of growing up and
finding ones place in adulthood. Full
of absurdity, awareness, and
universal truths in all their most comic, most
awkward, most endearing forms. — Melinda
A Wealth of Pigeons
by Steve Martin & Harry Bliss
CELADON BOOKS
What do you get when you
combine Steve Martins quirky
humor with New Yorker
cartoonist Harry Bliss’s iconic
illustrations? So much joy, a
welcome escape, quite literally something for
everyone. A Wealth of Pigeons exudes warmth and
humanity—a singular treasure to be enjoyed on
repeat. — Melinda
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT HUMOR
Vesper Flights
by Helen Macdonald
GROVE PRESS
Macdonald delivers a profoundly
moving collection of nature essays
that weaves unexpected and exciting
connections between the natural
world and our own. This is nature
writing at its finest—steeped in
enticing details, openly personal and emotional,
unafraid to explore tough themes. — Tori
x + y
by Eugenia Cheng
BASIC BOOKS
Cheng uses principles from her
studies of high-level theoretical math
to imagine a new, ungendered world,
based on character rather than on
arbitrary feminine or masculine traits.
A must-read for STEM majors and
feminists looking for perspectives
outside of the humanities. — Celeste
Tales from the Ant World
by Edward O. Wilson
LIVERIGHT
If you have a relationship with ants
(be it positive or war-based), don’t
miss this new book by noted
biologist and naturalist Edward O.
Wilson. This accessible exploration
of the world of these six-legged
powerhouses might give you a newfound appreciation
of the wonderful world of Formicidae! — MJ
SCIENCE & NATURE
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World of Wonders
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
MILKWEED EDITIONS
Gifted Filipina-Indian poet
Nezhukumatathil’s ability to detail,
celebrate, and use the natural world
to bring nuance to social issues and
the personal puts this lovely
illustrated book in that beautiful blend of science,
memoir, and truth—for me, that’s nature writing at its
best. — Melinda
Braiding Sweetgrass, Special
Edition
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
MILKWEED EDITIONS
This new classic—a weaving of
science, spirituality, and indigenous
wisdom, and a lesson in botany—is
now available in a special edition
with a stunning linen hardcover, five
illustrations, a bookmark ribbon, and a new
introduction by the author. A great gift for anyone
who loved Braiding Sweetgrass and wants a special
copy to read again and again. — MJ
Black Hole Survival Guide
by Janna Levin
KNOPF
Planning to visit a black hole? This is
your indispensable travel guide.
Astrophysicist Levin floats with you
at the event horizon, explaining your
options before you take the plunge.
— Trey
All We Can Save
Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson &
Katharine K. Wilkinson
ONE WORLD
All We Can Save looks at climate
change from a feminist perspective,
emphasizing that we need not
choose science over art , or new
ideas versus old, or even hope over
despair—it is in the unity of all ideas that solution and
transformation can be found. For all who are struggling
with current times, this is your read. — S.M.C.
The Forests of California
& The California Field
Atlas: Deluxe Edition
by Obi Kaufmann
HEYDAY BOOKS
Two new publications from
talented naturalist Kaufmann:
a deluxe edition of The
California Field Atlas and The Forests of California,
an exploration the massive biodiversity found in
the hundreds of tree species in our magnificent
state. It is a gorgeous must-have for the nature
lover in your life. — MJ
Above the Clouds
by Kilian Jornet
HARPERONE
From climbing the highest mountain
in the Pyrenees at the age of 5 to
scaling Mount Everest unaided
twice in one week at 3, Kilian Jornet
has lived an extreme life, and in his
memoir, Above the Clouds, he chronicles the ups and
downs of his journey. — Aric
Distant Shores:
Surfing the Ends of the Earth
by Chris Burkard
CHRONICLE CHROMA
Burkard have traveled to all
corners of the world, bringing
back dramatic landscape
photography of perfect waves
with a single surfer and an empty lineup. From Chile
to Iceland, Christmas Island to Russia, these shots
are an inspiration and an instant armchair adventure.
— Melinda
Magdalena: River of Dreams
by Wade Davis
KNOPF
Davis uses the path of the Rio
Magdalena as the basis for his
narrative arc, exploring the natural,
cultural, and political history of
Columbias complicated country.
Amplifying the voices of the people
he meets, Davis is fierce in his desire to tell the full
spectrum of the country’s history, far beyond the
violence that has beset it. — Tori
Two Trees Make a Forest
by Jessica Lee
CATAPULT
Jessica Lee wanders the evocative
landscape of Taiwans mountains
and coast in a quest to forge an
intimate connection with her
familys mysterious history, and
constructs an alluring portrait of the
island’s unique and enchanting existence along the
way. — Tori
TRAVEL, ADVENTURE & SPORTS
30
One Life
by Megan Rapinoe
PENGUIN PRESS • NOV. 10TH
In One Life, US soccer star Megan
Rapinoe chronicles how her
conservative California upbringing,
her role as the first woman soccer
player to come out, and the internal
reckoning that called her to take action for equality
allowed her to fully use her place at the center of the
world’s stage as a force for good. A perfect gift for
every strong person in your life. — Casey
Still Running: The Art of
Meditation in Motion
by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
SHAMBHALA
Combining decades of experience
as a runner and Zen practitioner
and teacher, Goddard blends the
arts of moving and stillness and
encourages us to become closer
while traveling farther. A guidebook for starting or
continuing your running practice with a renewed
beginner's body, mind, and spirit. — Kalina
Spirits of San Francisco
Written by Gary Kamiya
Illustrated by Paul Madonna
BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING • OCT. 20TH
Kamiya (Cool Gray City of Love) and
Madonna (All Over Coffee) come
together to illustrate some of the
lesser-known true stories from the
citys bones. For aficionados of small bites of history
and of the City itself. — Jocelyn
Unforgettable Journeys:
Slow Down and See the World
DK EYEWITNESS • OCTOBER 27TH
Unforgettable Journeys transports
you through some of the planet’s
most beautiful and remote routes.
Feed your wanderlust while sheltering in place…and
take some mental notes about where to venture when
we can finally get back out there! — Kalina
Dolly Parton, Songteller: My
Life in Lyrics
by Dolly Parton
CHRONICLE BOOKS • NOVEMBER 17TH
She Come By It Natural
by Sarah Smarsh
• SCRIBNER
A great season for Dolly fans!
Told by the legend herself, Dolly
Parton, Songteller gives us a peek
into her life through stories, songs,
and photos. She Come By It Natural, a
more narrative-form biography, gives
an in-depth look into the trials and triumphs of this
musical powerhouse. — MJ
Dance We Do
by Ntozake Shange
• BEACON PRESS
Ceremony, reverence, recollection,
an ode to Blackness in motion, all in
a brief but expansive 160 pages of
testimony, interviews, and deeply
gorgeous photo inserts. — Citlalli
How to Write One Song
by Jeff Tweedy
• DUTTON
Tweedy offers a meditation on his
unique writing process, including
suggestions for finding inspiration,
his approach to melody and how
and when he decides a song is
done.” A small, gift-sized hardback,
the book is perfect for the songwriter or other creative
types in your life. And of course it’s a must for all
Wilco fans. — Rico
Nobody Ever Asked Me About
the Girls
by Lisa Robinson
• HENRY HOLT • NOV. 10TH
This is an indispensable archive of
womens experiences in American
popular music which also provides
illuminating perspectives from some
of pop music’s most beloved icons.
Candid, courageous, and sincere, it takes the
challenges and injustices that women in music face
head on. — Travis
MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS
31
Shit, Actually
by Lindy West
HACHETTE • OCT. 20TH
Former professional film critic Lindy
West summarizes the plots (and
points out everything wrong with
them) of classic and often beloved
films in her new book. Filled with
some truly hilarious observations, Shit, Actually will
make any film fan laugh A LOT. — Jade
Uncomfortable Conversations
with a Black Man
by Emmanuel Acho
FLATIRON BOOKS: AN OPRAH BOOK
NOVEMBER 10TH
Acho has given us quite a gift, both
in the form of his viral hit video
series Uncomfortable Conversations
with a Black Man and his new book
of the same name, a companion to or a continuation
of vital conversations about race relations, racial
injustices, and systemic racism. — Melinda
Decoding “Despacito
by Leila Cobo
VINTAGE
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEMBER 17TH
Cobos rich oral history of Latin
music in the United States goes far
beyond the 2017 hit song, covering
the past 50 years of progress and
influence in the global music market.
A triumph and a celebration—one that should be read
with each song playing in the background. — Melinda
American Utopia
by David Byrne &
Maira Kalman
BLOOMSBURY
Broadways American Utopia was
originally a kind of live concert album
with a curtain by Maira Kalman, is
now a documentary by Spike Lee and
a book of Kalmans mobile illustrations
with fragments of Byrnes lines and lyrics. Like the
show-concert-documentary, the book evokes feeling
versus story and is meant to be experienced more than
read. It is a bright spark within a darker year. — Jocelyn
HOME & GARDEN
32
Windcliff
by Daniel J. Hinkley
TIMBER PRESS
Part memoir and part hands-on
gardening book, Windcliff
showcases Hinkleys gorgeous,
harmonious, low-water plantings,
which overlook Puget Sound in Washington. His
passion for plants is infectious and Claire Takas’s
photography is breathtaking. This inspiring book is
one to cherish. — S.B.
Off Grid Life
by Foster Huntington
BLACK DOG & LEVENTHAL OCT. 27TH
Fans of books like Cabin Porn or
Huntingtons previous book, Van
Life, are sure to love his newest
release. With its amazing interiors
and exteriors, this full-color peek
into enviable lifestyles had my
eyes glued to the pages. — MJ
Uprooted: A Gardener
Reflects on Beginning Again
by Page Dickey
TIMBER PRESS
Uprooted is a wonderfully written
account of saying goodbye to a
long-loved garden and starting
anew. I really enjoyed reading
about Dickeys decision-making
processes regarding ideology, planning, and plant
selection. Engaging and beautifully illustrated, this is
a treat for gardeners. — S.B.
The Home Edit Life
by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin
CLARKSON POTTER
Leave your self-shame and
berating at the door, because
The Home Edit Life is all about
encouraging you to live your life
as it is and making it work better
for you by noticing what's holding you back. Is it
about decluttering and getting organized? Yes, but
it's really more about how you notice and cultivate
your environment as you go. — Jenny
The Colorwork Bible
by Jesie Ostermiller
INTERWEAVE
I’m so excited about Ostermiller’s
new book, which walks you
through different color
techniques and lovely patterns
with which to try them. If you’re
ready to take your knitting to the next level, this
promises to be the perfect fit. — Jax
The Art Book, New Edition,
Classic Format
by Phaidon Editors
PHAIDON PRESS
The dynamic pairings that
occur as a result of arranging
the book alphabetically by
artist rather than classified by
category forces you to consider
them in relation to each other, not just on their own.
An excellent book for any art enthusiast. — S.B.
Modern Fabric: Twenty-Five
Designers on Their
Inspiration and Craft
by Abby Gilchrist & Amelia Pool
PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
NOVEMBER 3RD
This visual feast is filled with a
bold range of patterns and
vibrant colors as well as inspirational text about each
designers creative process. It is a fantastic gift for any
artist or lover of textiles. — S.B.
Human Nature: Planet Earth
in Our Time
Edited by Geoff Blackwell & Ruth
Hobday
CHRONICLE BOOKS
In this disquieting new book, 12
photographers team up to
expose the world’s imminent
decay at our own hands: poaching, habitat
destruction, factory farms, pollution, ocean
acidification, climate change. — Kalina
ART, CRAFTS & PHOTOGRAPHY
33
Humans
by Brandon Stanton
ST. MARTIN’S PRESS
With human connection in low
supply these days, this book,
filled with an abundance of love,
hope, and determination, is
exactly what I want to immerse
myself in. — S.B.
ArtCurious
by Jennifer Dasal
PENGUIN BOOKS PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
From cover to cover, ArtCurious is a
delightful dive into the quirky lore
and contentious tales of art history.
Dasal, with her robust background
in art curation and podcasting,
debunks the myth that art history is boring, and her
writing is approachable for budding and experienced
art historians alike. — Charlotte
Journeys in Natural Dyeing
by Kristine Vejar & Adrienne Rodriguez
ABRAMS
Take a journey around the world
with this beautiful book about
international dyeing techniques,
from the owners of A Verb for
Keeping Warm textile shop in
Oakland. — Jae
Repair Revolution: How Fixers
Are Transforming Our
Throwaway Culture
by John Waxman & Elizabeth Knight
NEW WORLD LIBRARY
Take up your tools of repair, fellow
makers, fellow tinkerers! The
revolution is coming, and it is here to
mend your old jeans, fix that broken toaster, and
finally get the missing leg on the chair you’ve had for
years! — Jae
The Rise
by Marcus Samuelsson,
with Osayi Endolyn
VORACIOUS
In The Rise, Samuelsson honors
and explores Black foodways in a
unique and powerful way—by
weaving discussions about
history and culture with recipes
created in honor of Black chefs and people he
admires. It is a joyous celebration of the breadth,
depth, and diversity of Black cooks, where everyones
invited. Don’t miss this fantastic book! — S.B.
I Cook in Color
by Asha Gomez
RUNNING PRESS ADULT
Gomez (My Two Souths) has
the uncanny ability to bring
different cultures together
with care and ease. I Cook in
Color is a vibrant and exciting
collection of recipes with global influences that will
make you want to head right to the kitchen. — S.B.
The Good Book of Southern
Baking
by Kelly Fields, with Kate
Heddings
LORENA JONES BOOKS
New Orleans chef Kelly Fields
(winner of the James Beard
Award for outstanding pastry
chef) shares her recipes—
including seven for biscuits alone!—as well as her best
tips and tricks. Fields has a laid-back style, but don’t
be fooled: Shes a master in the kitchen. — S.B.
Xi’an Famous Foods
by Jason Wang & Jessica Chou
ABRAMS
I am hungry and excited to get
my hands on these accessible,
authentic western Chinese
dishes, straight from the recipes
of the successful New York
establishment, Xi'an Famous Foods. Hot-oil
handmade noodles, fluffy spicy buns, and decadently
crispy wings, yes please! — Tori
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The New
Craft of
the Cocktail
by Dale DeGroff
CLARKSON POTTER
Legendary bartender Dale
DeGroff is so revered at our
house that we refer to him as
Uncle Dale—so clearly we are
excited about this new edition of his highly influential
first book. With 100 new recipes and updated
photography, The New Craft of the Cocktail is the
perfect addition to any cocktail-enthusiast’s bookshelf,
no matter their level of experience (or their devotion to
the author). — S.B.
Time to Eat
by Nadiya Hussain
CLARKSON POTTER
Whether you were charmed by
Hussain on the The Great British
Baking Show or are just
discovering the British halal baker,
pick this book up for quick and
easy home-cooked meals
centered on whole, healthy food. — Jocelyn
Amboy
by Alvin Cailan, with Alexandra Cuerdo
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
With recipes inspired by
individual members of Cailans
Filipino-American family, Amboy
is full of candid talk, food
truck–style comfort cuisine, and a
range of Filipino necessities, from the perfect coddled
egg to a multiday, build-a-brick- pit-in-your-backyard
whole roast pig. — Tori
Food52 Your Do-Anything
Kitchen
by Food52
TEN SPEED PRESS
This newest book from the editors
of the online resource Food52 will
show you how to have a
functioning kitchen anywhere.
This book includes inspirational
photos that got me into my
kitchen, WHILE I was reading it! — MJ
The Last Marshmallow
by Grace Lin
CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING
I
n using everyday objects to
introduce mathematical
concepts, Caldecott medalist
Grace Lin also gives a great
lesson on sharing. It’s a
perfect winter read in a new board book series by Lin
on math. I just adore it! — MJ
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Our Little Kitchen
by Jillian Tamaki
ABRAMS BOOKS
This magnificent snapshot
of a diverse cast coming
together one night a week
to cook and share a meal
is the perfect addition to any child’s library to promote
an invaluable sense of community. — MJ
Starcrossed
by Julia Denos
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN OCT. 27TH
Utterly charming and
magical. I loved Eridani and
Acamars long-distance,
interstellar friendship, as well
as their sheer delight when
they swap places. Perfect for
any reader with stars in their eyes and a longing for
adventure in their heart! — Stephanie
Sugar in Milk
Written by Thrity Umrigar
Illustrated by Khoa Le
RUNNING PRESS
KIDS
Bereft of her culture and homeland,
a young immigrant girl listens as her
aunt recounts a Persian folktale
about a king who felt he had no
room for foreigners until one of them offered sugar for
the kings milk. The story changes the girl’s perspective
as she realizes that kindness toward others changes
everything. A beautiful book! — Noreen
My Rainbow
Written by Trinity & Deshanna Neal
Illustrated by Art Twink
KOKILA • OCTOBER 20TH
This #OwnVoices story made me
smile, with its depiction of a lovely
family finding a solution for their
trans daughters need to feel like
herself. Perfect for anyone looking for a feel-good
family story and a reminder to kids about how good it
can feel to be themselves. — Jocelyn
BOARD BOOK
All Because You Matter
by Tami Charles
ORCHARD BOOKS
With art that celebrates Black
joy and uplifting text, this book
is a celebration without
minimizing the wrongs done to
Black people. The past must
be reckoned with to move forward and work toward a
more just world, and as the parent of a white child, I
appreciate the support and language this book gives
us to build a better future for all. — Ivy
Sun Flower Lion
by Kevin Henkes
GREENWILLOW BOOKS
Beloved author-illustrator and
three-time Caldecott medalist
Kevin Henkes continues to
delight readers with his
masterful ability to take a few words and a few shapes
and create an utterly wonderful story. — Kathy
Julián at the Wedding
by Jessica Love
CANDLEWICK PRESS
Julián is going to a wedding! At
this “party for love,” Julián
makes a new friend, Marisol,
and discovers a fairy house in a
willow tree. In this follow-up to
Julián Is a Mermaid, Jessica Love treats us to a
wonderland of florals, lace, and pastel finery. A
fanciful romp. — Molly
PICTURE BOOKS
PICTURE BOOKS
Skunk and Badger, Book 1
Written by Amy Timberlake
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
ALGONQUIN YOUNG READERS
Odd-couple stories! It’s so easy to
identify with the traits of one while
yearning to be more like the other.
Klassens earthy illustrations supply
the details in this frolicking tale to read aloud or
together, with more adventures promised.
— Michelle
Willa the Wisp: The Fabled
Stables, Book 1
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Illustrated by Olga Demidova
AMULET BOOKS OCT. 20TH
This delightful, highly illustrated
chapter book is perfect for early
readers who love animals and dream of adventures
where they get to save the day. A great start to a
wonderful new series. — Jocelyn
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Above the Rim
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
ABRAMS
Poetic and informative, Above the
Rim tells the story of Elgin Baylor,
a basketball icon and civil rights
advocate. There is so much to love
in this wonderful book—an inspiring sports tale,
political history made personal, and a moving lesson
in standing up for what is right. — Tori
Becoming a Good Creature
Written by Sy Montgomery
Illustrated by Rebecca Green
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Beloved science writer Sy
Montgomery and Rebecca
Green team up to deliver a
beautiful, gentle book about animals and kindness.
Becoming a Good Creature will feel like a soft, furry hug
to any animal lover. — Tori
Crossings
Written by Katy S. Duffield
Illustrated by Mike Orodán
BEACH LANE BOOKS OCT. 13TH
Overpasses, underpasses, rope
bridges, tunnels, and more all
help animals migrate safely
across human structures. Orodáns art captures the
dignity and the adorableness of the animals as well
as details of the crossings. I loved this fascinating and
informative book. — Stephanie
When They Call You a Terrorist
(Young Adult Edition)
Written by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha
Bandele, Adapted by Benee Knauer
WEDNESDAY BOOKS
From a founder of the Black Lives
Matter movement, this young
readers edition is paramount for
every child and teen in your life. It provides answers to
questions adults may not have the language to address,
helping spread understanding and empathy. — MJ
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS
Becoming Muhammad Ali
by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander
Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
JIMMY PATTERSON
This biographical novel focuses on
the early years of the famous boxer
Cassius Clay, later known as
Muhammad Ali. Sensitive and
fast-paced, this book is engaging for even the most
reluctant reader. — Noreen
Cinders & Sparrows
by Stefan Bachmann
GREENWILLOW BOOKS OCT. 13TH
Zita is fierce and determined, with a
big heart, and no matter what any
devious witches and wizards say,
there is much more power in being
kind than there is in darkness and cruelty. I hope to
see more from this little Sparrow! — Jae
MIDDLE GRADE
NONFICTION
When Life Gives You Mangos
by Kereen Getten
DELACORTE PRESS OCT. 20TH
Theres a sense of mystery in this
book, and I couldn’t put it down.
The descriptions of Claras island
are lush and delicious. I also found it
very easy to invest in the characters.
Great for precocious middle graders. — MJ
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The Land of the Cranes
by Aida Salazar
SCHOLASTIC PRESS
When Babita and Mami are held in
detention, Babita uses her picture
stories to help her family find one
another. This powerful novel in verse
is affirming for immigrant children and those wanting
to grow their worldview. — Noreen
Fly on the Wall
by Remy Lai
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY
Henry Khoo, who is NOT a baby, is
on a mission to prove his
independence. His proof? Hes going
on a long-distance trip by himself
without telling his family. What
follows is a series of mishaps worthy
of a farce. This graphic novel/prose hybrid is
hilarious, fun, and inspiring. — Ivy
Maya and the Rising Dark
by Rena Barron
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Maya doesn’t know what to think
when time stops and all the colors
drain from the world. When her dad
literally disappears, it’s up to Maya
and her friends to save the day.
Buckle up for a wild ride full of #BlackGirlMagic!
— Stephanie
Serena Says
by Tanita S. Davis
KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS NOV. 3RD
This wonderful middle-grade novel
perfectly captures what it means
and feels like to watch the friends
you grew up with start to change
and drift away. Great for any kid
who might be facing a tough transition time or is just
looking for a story about relatable, creative kids and
their friends. — Jocelyn
Class Act
by Jerry Cra
QUILL TREE BOOKS AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
How Craft takes serious subject
matter and makes it hilarious
remains a mystery to me, but I was
literally laughing out loud while
reading, just like I did with New Kid.
A great choice for fans of school
stories, socially conscious books, and those who—like
me—love to laugh! — Stephanie
Séance Tea Party
by Reimena Yee
RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC
AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
Lora, an occult-obsessed 12-year-
old, doesn’t want to grow up. She
feels left behind as her friends trade
make-believe for makeup. This
magic-infused tale is an excellent
choice for readers who loved The Witch Boy, Ghosts, or
The Okay Witch. — Molly
The Magic Fish
by Trung Le Nguyen
RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC
AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK OCT. 13TH
This book is a gift. In it, Nguyen
offers readers a beautiful tale of
immigration and coming out that
weaves Vietnamese fairy tales into
something magical and deeply moving. The art is
nothing short of gorgeous. — Stephanie
GRAPHIC NOVELS
MIDDLE GRADE MIDDLE GRADE
Come On In
Edited by Adi Alsaid
INKYARD PRESS OCT. 13TH
Young adults have a unique
perspective on the experience and
reality of immigration. Their stories
come to life in this remarkable
anthology. This is a rich and
rewarding book. — Trey
Early Departures
by Justin A. Reynolds
KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
A lovely modern-day fairy tale of
friendship and family and finding the
most perfect moments in life in the
midst of grief. The brilliant days the
characters create for each other in
the face of loss filled me with the same fun and joy they
themselves embrace. — Jocelyn
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Legendborn
by Tracy Deonn
MARGARET K. McELDERRY BOOKS
In these pages, readers find a classic
story with a modern setting and a
vibrant magic system. Nuanced
characters take my favorite (but
often played out) Arthurian
mythology and twist it up into something new, filled
with action and, as the publisher says, Southern
Black girl magic! — MJ
The Scapegracers, Vol. 1
by Hannah Abigail Clarke
EREWHON
Do you like magic? Do you like
witches? If you answered yes, this
book is for you! Magical mystery
abounds, and so does danger, in
this visceral, engrossing, and queer
spellbinding debut. — Stephanie
Watch Over Me
by Nina LaCour
DUTTON BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
LaCour is known for her ability to
portray the inner emotions of
characters in a relatable fashion,
and this book is no different.
Ethereal and modern, teenagers
hungry for drama and intrigue will find a home in
LaCours creation. — MJ
The Left-Handed Booksellers
of London
by Garth Nix
KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
This madcap adventure with
unparalleled world building kept me
guessing at every step. The
Left-Handed Booksellers of London
deserves a place on the shelf with Neil Gaiman and
Diana Wynne Jones. — Ivy
Long Way Down:
The Graphic Novel
Written by Jason Reynolds
Illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff
ATHENEUM BOOKS OCT. 13TH
This graphic novelization of the
award-winning novel in verse
chronicling one Black boys dilemma
will grab you and not let go. A great choice for
middle-grade to adult readers. — Noreen
Twins, Vol. 1
Written by Varian Johnson
Illustrated by Shannon Wright
GRAPHIX AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
Francine and Maureen are best
friends who happen to be identical
twins. Starting in sixth grade,
Maureen doesn’t want things to
change, but Francine suddenly wants to be Fran and
pushes her sister away. A series-starting book, great
for fans of Real Friends or Invisible Emmie. — Ivy
GRAPHIC NOVELS
YOUNG ADULT
YOUNG ADULT