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15 Books Getting Major Awards Buzz

  • FICTION

    THE RABBIT HUTCH

    AUG. 2, 2022

FICTION

THE RABBIT HUTCH

by Tess Gunty

A stunning and original debut that is as smart as it is entertaining. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT

    AUG. 2, 2022

  • FICTION

    OH WILLIAM!

    OCT. 19, 2021

FICTION

OH WILLIAM!

by Elizabeth Strout

Another skillful, pensive exploration of Strout’s fundamental credo: “We are all mysteries.” Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BIRDCATCHER

    SEPT. 13, 2022

FICTION

THE BIRDCATCHER

by Gayl Jones

Jones’ mercurial, often inscrutable body of work delivers yet another change-up to readers’ expectations. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SOUTH TO AMERICA

    JAN. 25, 2022

HISTORY

SOUTH TO AMERICA

by Imani Perry

A graceful, finely crafted examination of America’s racial, cultural, and political identity. Perry always delivers. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM

    MARCH 1, 2022

NONFICTION

THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM

by Meghan O'Rourke

Emotionally compelling and intellectually rich, particularly for those with a personal connection to the issue. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BREATHLESS

    OCT. 4, 2022

NONFICTION

BREATHLESS

by David Quammen

Unsettling global health news brilliantly delivered by an expert. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD

    MAY 17, 2022

NONFICTION

HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD

by Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa

A brilliant biography, history book, and searing indictment of this country’s ongoing failure to eradicate systemic racism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    HOW THE WORD IS PASSED

    JUNE 1, 2021

HISTORY

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED

by Clint Smith III

A brilliant, vital work about “a crime that is still unfolding.” Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    OUR OWN LITTLE PARADISE

    APRIL 12, 2022

CHILDREN'S

OUR OWN LITTLE PARADISE

by Marianne Kaurin ; translated by Olivia Lasky

Absorbing relationship drama with a convincing protagonist. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DEPTH OF THE LAKE AND THE HEIGHT OF THE SKY

    APRIL 19, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THE DEPTH OF THE LAKE AND THE HEIGHT OF THE SKY

by Kim Jihyun ; illustrated by Kim Jihyun

A simple yet marvelous musing on the beauty of the great outdoors. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ALL MY RAGE

    MARCH 1, 2022

  • TEEN

    THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

    JUNE 7, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

by XiXi Tian

Quiet yet powerful, complex, and grounded in the reality that nothing will ever be completely resolved. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    STAR CHILD

    JAN. 25, 2022

CHILDREN'S

STAR CHILD

by Ibi Zoboi

An inspiring look at the formative years and work of a literary giant that’s sure to capture young readers’ attention. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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