Saturday, March 23, 2019

New Books, New Buzz

Our new book display shelves are filled with some titles that are creating quite the buzz with readers, libraries, bookstores, and literary prizes. I thought I'd introduce you to a sample of our latest buzz-worthy, accolade-earning books. 

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
A Newbery Medal winner follows middle school student Merci Suárez as she navigates mean girls at school and her grandfather's troubling new-found forgetfulness. This is a story about the importance of family and the stresses of being a teen. 
Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms by Michelle Tea 
Winner of the 2019 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, Tea's collection of essays delves into art, music, Queer identity, and writing with humor, joy, pain, rage, and brilliance. 
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed our World by Andrea Barnet
Short-listed for the PEN/Bogard Weld Award for Biography, Barnet's book discusses how Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters broke with tradition within their professions and, as a result, radically transformed their fields of study. 
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon 
Winner of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction, Laymon's work tackles difficult topics such as racial and sexual violence, poverty, addiction, and body image in the deep south. 
The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai
Makkai's novel is the winner of both the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Stonewall Book Award's Barbara Gittings Literature Award. This novel follows the rise and impact of the AIDS crisis from the 1980s to the present day through the story of Yale Tishman and his friend's younger sister, Fiona. 

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