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Booklist 2020 Editors Picks

Booklist, the review journal published by the American Library Association, has recently released its Editors' Picks of 2020 list. Among these, several are available or have a very short waitlist. Check out the list below for ideas for your next read.

Book of the little axe : a novel
Book of the little axe : a novel
by Lauren Francis-Sharma

In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead.  But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners--Rosa's family among them--will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom. By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana, with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.

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Stakes is high : life after the American dream
Stakes is high : life after the American dream
by Mychal Denzel Smith

Exposing the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, the New York Times bestselling author presents this important work in which he holds all of us accountable for looking away from the fissures and casual violence that are ever-present.

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On the corner of Hope and Main
On the corner of Hope and Main
by Beverly Jenkins

When the mayor of historic Henry Adams, Kansas, decides it’s time to step down, a former marine and his wife battle each other for the position, putting their teenage son squarely in the middle. 

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Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir
Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir
by Natasha D. Trethewey

At age nineteen, Trethewey's world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma. Here she explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a 'child of miscegenation' in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

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These ghosts are family : a novel
These ghosts are family : a novel
by Maisy Card

A man on his deathbed reveals that he stole another man’s identity decades earlier, traces the family’s history from colonial Jamaica to present-day Harlem, and reconnects with the firstborn daughter he never knew. 

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Wandering in strange lands : a daughter of the Great Migration reclaims her roots
Wandering in strange lands : a daughter of the Great Migration reclaims her roots
by Morgan Jerkins

From an acclaimed cultural critic and the New York Times best-selling author of This Will Be My Undoing comes the story of her journey to understand her northern and southern roots, the Great Migration, and the displacement of Black people across America.

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Catherine House : a novel
Catherine House : a novel
by Elisabeth Thomas

A dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students and the dark truths beneath their school’s promises of prestige.

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The deviant's war : the homosexual vs. the United States of America
The deviant's war : the homosexual vs. the United States of America
by Eric Cervini

In 1957, Frank Kameny, a rising astronomer working for the U.S. Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual, and after a series of humiliating interviews, Kameny, like countless gay men and women before him, was promptly dismissed from his government job. Unlike many others, though, Kameny fought back.  This is his story.

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Crooked hallelujah
Crooked hallelujah
by Kelli Jo Ford

A first collection by an award-winning Cherokee writer traces four generations of Native American women as they navigate cultural dynamics, religious beliefs, the 1980s oil bust, devastating storms, and unreliable men to connect with their ideas about home.

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The language of butterflies : how thieves, hoarders, scientists, and other obsessives unlocked the secrets of the world's favorite insect
The language of butterflies : how thieves, hoarders, scientists, and other obsessives unlocked the secrets of the world's favorite insect
by Wendy Williams

The New York Times best-selling author of The Horse explores the lives of one of the world’s most resilient creatures—the butterfly—shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.

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Exile music
Exile music
by Jennifer Steil

The daughter of respected Jewish music artists finds her culturally rich life in 1938 Vienna shattered by the Nazi invasion and a devastating secret that threatens her efforts to start over in a Bolivian Andes refugee community.

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Paper bullets : two artists who risked their lives to defy the Nazis
Paper bullets : two artists who risked their lives to defy the Nazis
by Jeffrey H. Jackson

Documents the story of the French activist couple best known by their artistic pseudonyms, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, describing their “paper bullet” anti-Nazi PSYOPS campaign and role in promoting resistance, Jewish culture, and LGBTQ awareness.

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Tiny nightmares : very short tales of horror
Tiny nightmares : very short tales of horror
by Lincoln Michel

In this playful, inventive collection, leading literary and horror writers spin chilling tales in only a few pages. Each slim, fast-moving story brings to life the kind of monsters readers love to fear, from brokenhearted vampires to Uber-taking serial killers and mind-reading witches. But what also makes Tiny Nightmares so bloodcurdling and unforgettable are the real-world horrors that writers weave into their fictions, exploring how global warming, racism, social media addiction, and homelessness are just as frightening as, say, a vampire's fangs sinking into your neck.

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Superman's not coming : our national water crisis and what we the people can do about it
Superman's not coming : our national water crisis and what we the people can do about it
by Erin Brockovich

The environmental activist and consumer advocate, whose case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film, looks at our present situation with water and reveals the imminent threats while showing us how we can each take action.

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The Janes
The Janes
by Louisa Luna

Private investigator Alice Vega and her partner, Cap, search for clues in the murders of two unidentified young women who might be victims of a San Diego sex-trafficking ring in this follow-up to Two Girls Down

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Pharma : greed, lies, and the poisoning of America
Pharma : greed, lies, and the poisoning of America
by Gerald L. Posner

The award-winning author of God’s Bankers traces the rise of the Salker family and the role of opioid addiction and soaring drug prices on healthcare, exposing the deadly consequences of industry corruption and profiteering.

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The lives of Edie Pritchard : a novel
The lives of Edie Pritchard : a novel
by Larry Watson

Objectified for her beauty through two failed marriages, a hard-working grandmother pursues a life on her own terms when she is harassed by a younger man.

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