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Book Club Picks from Our Pals Reese and Kirkus! (10/10/18)

We’re thrilled that Reese Witherspoon selected Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS as her October Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, and Kirkus Reviews named Ling Ma’s SEVERANCE and James Miller’s CAN DEMOCRACY WORKExcellent Fall Reads for Your Book Club!

September 2018 Politics Roundup

The midterm elections are coming up! First, make sure you’re registered to vote, then take a break from the current headlines with these new books about politics:

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction & a September 2018 Indie Next Pick! “Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BROWNS OF CALIFORNIA: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! Pawel uses the Brown political dynasty—Jerry Brown and his father, Pat, have collectively governed California for 24 of the last 60 years—as a lens through which to examine the state’s history and role in the U.S. “Pawel expertly mines family archives, oral histories, and interviews with contemporary sources to fully and for the first time chronicle the origins and accomplishments of this remarkable clan. This fine and engaging political saga tracks both the Brown family and the growth of the state they have served.” — Booklist, starred review

THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman
Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. “A thought-provoking and insightful read for anybody interested in American politics in the lead up to the Civil War.” — Library Journal, starred review

CAN DEMOCRACY WORK?: A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World by James Miller
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! Ranging from the theaters of Athens to the tents of Occupy Wall Street, CAN DEMOCRACY WORK? is an entertaining and insightful guide to our most cherished—and vexed—ideal. “Miller’s engaging, thoughtful exploration of some of history’s most dramatic episodes illuminates the ongoing discontent with flawed systems of self-rule.” — Publishers Weekly

MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett
Also available in audio
A chronicle of the Trump administration from the inside perspective of a White House press correspondent. “Garrett’s assessment of Trump manages the difficult task of beingboth hard-hitting and even-handed, as well as smartly entertaining. The result is one of the best accounts yet of Trump’s impact.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Picks

Here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Booklist’s “Read n’ Rave” panel at ALA Annual 2018:

Ariel Farrar, Acquisitions Librarian, New Orleans Public Library
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
“This is gonna be huge!”

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
“Fascinating and important… Centered around a dinner with black luminaries.”

Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director, LibraryReads
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle
“Such a cute conceit…the five people living or dead you would most want to have dinner with.”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar)

Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library (MO)
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
“Think children of the non-GMO artisinally grown corn. This is scary stuff!”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar, Rebecca Vnuk & Becky Spratford)

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
“Scrumptious historical fiction. Book clubs will clamor for this one.”

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
“Haunting, fascinating…your books clubs will love this one.”

Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor, RAforAll.com
THE BLACK GOD’S DRUM by P. Djèlí Clark
“If you are not reading & collecting the Tor.com novellas in your library you are missing out. This is Afro-retroism. Adventure. Steampunk. An all-black cast are trying to save NOLA from a voodoo scientist.”

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
“This is a great behind-the-scenes history of the Tower. You get to know Christopher, the ravens, and history from a new perspective. His voice is sweet. Also: biscuits soaked in blood!”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar & Stephen Sposato) readmoreremove

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