Book List

150 Most Anticipated Fall Books

  • FICTION

    WHAT STORM, WHAT THUNDER

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • FICTION

    I WISHED

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

I WISHED

by Dennis Cooper

Spare but powerfully wrought, this is a book that pushes the novel’s capacity to capture grief, love, and truth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    A LOT LIKE ADIÓS

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

A LOT LIKE ADIÓS

by Alexis Daria

A sexy, satisfying romance about people who finally grow into being right for each other. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

    SEPT. 28, 2021

FICTION

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

by Anthony Doerr

As the pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of hope is sparked for our benighted world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SENTENCE

    NOV. 9, 2021

FICTION

THE SENTENCE

by Louise Erdrich

A novel that reckons with ghosts—of both specific people and also the shadows resulting from America’s violent, dark habits. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CROSSROADS

    OCT. 5, 2021

FICTION

CROSSROADS

by Jonathan Franzen

Franzen’s intensely absorbing novel is amusing, excruciating, and at times unexpectedly uplifting—in a word, exquisite. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MR. BEETHOVEN

    OCT. 19, 2021

FICTION

MR. BEETHOVEN

by Paul Griffiths

Stylistically rich and thoughtfully conceived historical fiction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MATRIX

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

MATRIX

by Lauren Groff

Groff’s trademarkworthy sentences bring vivid buoyancy to a magisterial story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THREE ROOMS

    AUG. 31, 2021

FICTION

THREE ROOMS

by Jo Hamya

Scintillating prose and sly social observation make this novel a tart pleasure. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE CORPSE FLOWER

    OCT. 12, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE CORPSE FLOWER

by Anne Mette Hancock ; translated by Tara Chace

Scandinavian noir at its noirest. It’s hard, maybe unthinkable, to imagine how Hancock will follow it up. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    PALMARES

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

PALMARES

by Gayl Jones

It is marvelous, in every sense, to have a new Gayl Jones novel to talk about. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEASTS OF A LITTLE LAND

    DEC. 7, 2021

FICTION

BEASTS OF A LITTLE LAND

by Juhea Kim

Gorgeous prose and unforgettable characters combine to make a literary masterpiece. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SEARCH HISTORY

    OCT. 5, 2021

FICTION

SEARCH HISTORY

by Eugene Lim

Lim brings together the mundane and the extraordinary to powerful effect. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LEAN FALL STAND

    SEPT. 21, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

LEAN FALL STAND

by Jon McGregor

Lyrical and terse, funny and tragic—a marvelous addition to the McGregor canon. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    APPLES NEVER FALL

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL

by Liane Moriarty

Funny, sad, astute, occasionally creepy, and slyly irresistible. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS

    SEPT. 21, 2021

FICTION

THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS

by Ruth Ozeki

Overstuffed, but serious readers will appreciate Ozeki’s passionate engagement with important ideas. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEWILDERMENT

    SEPT. 21, 2021

FICTION

BEWILDERMENT

by Richard Powers

A touching novel that offers a vital message with uncommon sympathy and intelligence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

by Sally Rooney

A novel of capacious intelligence and plenty of page-turning emotional drama. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS

    NOV. 2, 2021

FICTION

OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS

by Gary Shteyngart

The Great American Pandemic Novel only Shteyngart could write, full of hyphenated identities, killer prose, and wild... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH

    SEPT. 28, 2021

FICTION

CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH

by Wole Soyinka

Dazzling wordplay and subtle allusion mark this most welcome return to fiction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • 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 >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    FIGHT NIGHT

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • FICTION

    THE MAGICIAN

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

THE MAGICIAN

by Colm Tóibín

An intriguing view of a writer who well deserves another turn on the literary stage. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • FICTION

    NO GODS, NO MONSTERS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

NO GODS, NO MONSTERS

by Cadwell Turnbull

This is a deeply human story, beautifully and compellingly told. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    HARLEM SHUFFLE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

HARLEM SHUFFLE

by Colson Whitehead

As one of Whitehead’s characters might say of their creator, When you’re hot, you’re hot. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    HARROW

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

HARROW

by Joy Williams

An enigmatic, elegant meditation on the end of civilization—if end it truly is. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TODAY A WOMAN WENT MAD IN THE SUPERMARKET

    AUG. 31, 2021

FICTION

TODAY A WOMAN WENT MAD IN THE SUPERMARKET

by Hilma Wolitzer

Completing the trajectory of her early triumphs with a pandemic masterpiece, Wolitzer takes our breath away. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE

    OCT. 19, 2021

FICTION

MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE

by Tiphanie Yanique

A rich and honest examination of family histories, cultural disconnection, and the way people fall in love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ON THAT DAY

    AUG. 17, 2021

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

ON THAT DAY

by William M. Arkin

A maddening, essential study in misinformation, jingoism, bad intelligence, and other hallmarks of the recent American past. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    UNBOUND

    SEPT. 14, 2021

NONFICTION

UNBOUND

by Tarana Burke

An unforgettable page-turner of a life story rendered with endless grace and grit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    MAKE GOOD THE PROMISES

    SEPT. 14, 2021

HISTORY

MAKE GOOD THE PROMISES

edited by Kinshasha Holman Conwill & Paul Gardullo

Students of American history and civil rights activists alike will find much of value in this survey. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    AN ABOLITIONIST'S HANDBOOK

    OCT. 5, 2021

NONFICTION

AN ABOLITIONIST'S HANDBOOK

by Patrisse Cullors

A veteran activist’s call to dismantle America’s judicial, law enforcement, and other systems. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE CAUSE

    SEPT. 21, 2021

HISTORY

THE CAUSE

by Joseph J. Ellis

It’s hard to imagine a better-told brief history of the key years of the American Revolution. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BLACK NERD PROBLEMS

    SEPT. 14, 2021

NONFICTION

BLACK NERD PROBLEMS

by William Evans & Omar Holmon

An exercise in pop-culture criticism that is simultaneously funny, thoughtful, and provocative. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    CUBA

    SEPT. 7, 2021

NONFICTION

CUBA

by Ada Ferrer

A wonderfully nuanced history of the island nation and its often troubled dealings with its gigantic and voracious neighbor. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ROBERT E. LEE

    SEPT. 28, 2021

  • NONFICTION

    A REVOLUTION IN THREE ACTS

    SEPT. 21, 2021

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

A REVOLUTION IN THREE ACTS

by David Hajdu ; illustrated by John Carey

A sharp account that brings life and light to a period that has gone dark in popular memory. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    POET WARRIOR

    SEPT. 7, 2021

NONFICTION

POET WARRIOR

by Joy Harjo

A gorgeous, compassionate memoir from one of America’s greatest living writers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE RAGE OF INNOCENCE

    SEPT. 28, 2021

NONFICTION

THE RAGE OF INNOCENCE

by Kristin Henning

A powerful argument that the legal and social oppression of Black Americans begins at birth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    TOUFAH

    OCT. 12, 2021

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

TOUFAH

by Toufah Jallow with Kim Pittaway

A fiercely readable, potent memoir of a survivor who refuses to be silenced. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BESSIE SMITH

    SEPT. 21, 2021

NONFICTION

BESSIE SMITH

by Jackie Kay

Within passionate advocacy such as this, the Empress of the Blues lives on. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    CAPOTE'S WOMEN

    OCT. 12, 2021

NONFICTION

CAPOTE'S WOMEN

by Laurence Leamer

Engagingly gossipy, Leamer provides extensive behind-the-scenes peaks into Capote’s tangled social life. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE REDEMPTION OF WOLF 302

    OCT. 19, 2021

NONFICTION

THE REDEMPTION OF WOLF 302

by Rick McIntyre

A great choice for anyone who has a fondness for wolves and an appreciation of good natural history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ON FREEDOM

    SEPT. 7, 2021

NONFICTION

ON FREEDOM

by Maggie Nelson

The subtlety of Nelson's analysis and energy of her prose refresh the mind and spirit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ON ANIMALS

    OCT. 5, 2021

NONFICTION

ON ANIMALS

by Susan Orlean

Another winner featuring the author’s trademark blend of meticulous research and scintillating writing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THESE PRECIOUS DAYS

    NOV. 23, 2021

NONFICTION

THESE PRECIOUS DAYS

by Ann Patchett

An enviable life shared with candor, emotion, and knockout storytelling power. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    INDIGO

    NOV. 9, 2021

NONFICTION

INDIGO

by Padgett Powell

Memorable reflections on writing and life from an author who pulls no punches. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE LEAST OF US

    OCT. 12, 2021

NONFICTION

THE LEAST OF US

by Sam Quinones

A valuable but overlong overview of an underappreciated drug crisis. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FUZZ

    SEPT. 14, 2021

NONFICTION

FUZZ

by Mary Roach

From the terrifying to the frustrating, a great starting point for understanding the animal world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    PLEASE DON'T SIT ON MY BED IN YOUR OUTSIDE CLOTHES

    SEPT. 28, 2021

NONFICTION

PLEASE DON'T SIT ON MY BED IN YOUR OUTSIDE CLOTHES

by Phoebe Robinson

Longtime fans will recognize the hilarity, and newbies will appreciate the frank thoughtfulness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE RAGING 2020S

    SEPT. 14, 2021

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE RAGING 2020S

by Alec Ross

A provocative, well-made case for remaking the American way of doing business—and way of life. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    RESISTANCE

    SEPT. 21, 2021

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

RESISTANCE

by Jennifer Rubin

An excellent contribution to the literature of contemporary electoral politics. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    MAJOR LABELS

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • NONFICTION

    VOICES FROM THE PANDEMIC

    SEPT. 28, 2021

NONFICTION

VOICES FROM THE PANDEMIC

by Eli Saslow

An excellent resource full of well-rendered, memorable portraits of ordinary people enduring extraordinary circumstances. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY

    OCT. 5, 2021

NONFICTION

A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY

by David Sedaris

A rich trove for hardcore Sedaris fans, though no more personally revealing than his well-shaped essays. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ORWELL'S ROSES

    OCT. 19, 2021

NONFICTION

ORWELL'S ROSES

by Rebecca Solnit

A fine Orwell biography with equally fine diversions into his favorite leisure activity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE HEROINE WITH 1001 FACES

    SEPT. 14, 2021

HISTORY

THE HEROINE WITH 1001 FACES

by Maria Tatar

As Wonder Woman might say, Suffering Sappho! This book is fascinating, fun, and consistently enlightening. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS

    AUG. 31, 2021

NONFICTION

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS

by Craig Whitlock

By this authoritative account, the Afghanistan War has been a colossal failure that should have been ended years ago. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ONLY ANTS FOR ANDY

    OCT. 12, 2021

CHILDREN'S

ONLY ANTS FOR ANDY

by Jashar Awan ; illustrated by Jashar Awan

Trying new things can be hard, but it’s worth it (except maybe not furry algae). Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WOUNDED FALCONS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WOUNDED FALCONS

by Jairo Buitrago ; illustrated by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado

A powerfully, even divinely told slice of life. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHERE THƯƠNG KEEPS LOVE

    SEPT. 21, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WHERE THƯƠNG KEEPS LOVE

by Thu Buu ; illustrated by Bao Luu

A sweet and charming tale that validates different ways of expressing love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHEN WE SAY BLACK LIVES MATTER

    SEPT. 14, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WHEN WE SAY BLACK LIVES MATTER

by Maxine Beneba Clarke ; illustrated by Maxine Beneba Clarke

An astonishing work of art and a crucial addition to every bookshelf. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WE SHALL OVERCOME

    NOV. 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WE SHALL OVERCOME

illustrated by Bryan Collier

This thoughtful work of art comes together with beauty and meaning. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WITH GREAT POWER

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WITH GREAT POWER

by Annie Hunter Eriksen ; illustrated by Lee Gatlin

This high-speed origin story, appropriately enough, is larger than life and almost impossible to believe. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHANGE SINGS

    SEPT. 21, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    I AM SMOKE

    SEPT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

I AM SMOKE

by Henry Herz ; illustrated by Mercè López

Smoke dissipates quickly, but this poetic text will linger. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NORMAN DIDN'T DO IT!

    SEPT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

NORMAN DIDN'T DO IT!

by Ryan T. Higgins ; illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

A clever, funny prod to do the right thing when changes take root. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SOUR CHERRY TREE

    OCT. 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE SOUR CHERRY TREE

by Naseem Hrab ; illustrated by Nahid Kazemi

A beautifully poignant celebration of memories of a loved one that live on in those that remain. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SECRET CODE INSIDE YOU

    SEPT. 14, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BIG BATH HOUSE

    NOV. 16, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE BIG BATH HOUSE

by Kyo Maclear ; illustrated by Gracey Zhang

A must-have celebration of cultural understanding and community—and the joy of family. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LEO AND THE OCTOPUS

    SEPT. 21, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    LITTLE BIRD'S DAY

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

LITTLE BIRD'S DAY

by Sally Morgan ; illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

Pairing a lilting text and culturally resonant illustrations, this striking work soars. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TIME IS A FLOWER

    SEPT. 21, 2021

CHILDREN'S

TIME IS A FLOWER

by Julie Morstad ; illustrated by Julie Morstad

This exuberant vehicle will expand the thinking of those just beginning to comprehend clocks and calendars. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BEAUTIFULLY ME

    SEPT. 14, 2021

CHILDREN'S

BEAUTIFULLY ME

by Nabela Noor ; illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

A spunky and sincere picture book about body positivity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LUNCH EVERY DAY

    SEPT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

LUNCH EVERY DAY

by Kathryn Otoshi ; illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi

A sensitively told conversation starter for children about abuse, power dynamics, and compassion. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MY WORDS FLEW AWAY LIKE BIRDS

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

MY WORDS FLEW AWAY LIKE BIRDS

by Debora Pearson ; illustrated by Shrija Jain

A frank and optimistic picture book about learning to live in a new language. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DANCING WITH DADDY

    DEC. 1, 2021

CHILDREN'S

DANCING WITH DADDY

by Anitra Rowe Schulte ; illustrated by Ziyue Chen

A heartwarming portrayal of a family embracing disability. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NIBI'S WATER SONG

    OCT. 12, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    FOX

    NOV. 30, 2021

CHILDREN'S

FOX

by Isabel Thomas ; illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

An adept and impressive handling of a sensitive subject. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    YOUR LEGACY

    SEPT. 28, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    RED AND GREEN AND BLUE AND WHITE

    OCT. 19, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    HELLO, DARK

    OCT. 26, 2021

CHILDREN'S

HELLO, DARK

by Wai Mei Wong ; illustrated by Tamara Campeau

This tale compassionately guides young readers to face their fears. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FROM THE TOPS OF THE TREES

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    IT'S OK, SLOW LIZARD

    SEPT. 28, 2021

CHILDREN'S

IT'S OK, SLOW LIZARD

by Yeorim Yoon ; illustrated by Jian Kim ; translated by Chi-Young Kim

Comforting as a cup of flower tea shared with a friend. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE PEOPLE REMEMBER

    SEPT. 28, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE PEOPLE REMEMBER

by Ibi Zoboi ; illustrated by Loveis Wise

Zoboi’s poetic retrospective breathes life into Black history narratives and reverently celebrates Black lives. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BARB THE LAST BERZERKER

    SEPT. 28, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    SUNNY DAYS INSIDE

    AUG. 3, 2021

CHILDREN'S

SUNNY DAYS INSIDE

by Caroline Adderson

A compelling montage of stories that will leave readers wanting to know more about each character. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NEVERFORGOTTEN

    OCT. 26, 2021

CHILDREN'S

NEVERFORGOTTEN

by Alejandra Algorta ; translated by Aida Salazar ; illustrated by Iván Rickenmann

An unmissable tale about loss and reclamation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GUARDIANS OF PORTHAVEN

    SEPT. 14, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    VOYAGE OF THE <i>SPARROWHAWK</i>

    OCT. 12, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    LIVING WITH VIOLA

    OCT. 26, 2021

CHILDREN'S

LIVING WITH VIOLA

by Rosena Fung ; illustrated by Rosena Fung

Elevates the graphic novel genre with its heartfelt focus on mental health and immigrant experiences. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SHACKLETON'S ENDURANCE

    OCT. 1, 2021

CHILDREN'S

SHACKLETON'S ENDURANCE

by Joanna Grochowicz ; illustrated by Sarah Lippett

An unusually vivid retelling of the epic survival tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MAILBOX IN THE FOREST

    SEPT. 1, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE MAILBOX IN THE FOREST

by Kyoko Hara ; illustrated by Kazue Takahashi ; translated by Alexandrea Mallia

A charming story of everyday life with a hint of magic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE NOT LOOKING FOR

    SEPT. 14, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    RECOGNIZE!

    OCT. 12, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    PLAYING THE CARDS YOU'RE DEALT

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

PLAYING THE CARDS YOU'RE DEALT

by Varian Johnson

A story about showing great courage and perseverance when life gets shuffled. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LIVING GHOSTS & MISCHIEVOUS MONSTERS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    EINSTEIN

    SEPT. 7, 2021

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

EINSTEIN

by Torben Kuhlmann ; illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann ; translated by David Henry Wilson

Another milestone in human-mouse collaboration, virtuosic of visuals and tongue in cheek of tone. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SALT MAGIC

    OCT. 12, 2021

CHILDREN'S

SALT MAGIC

by Hope Larson ; illustrated by Rebecca Mock

Unusual and excellent, containing wonder within. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER

    SEPT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER

by Lori M. Lee

A classic, satisfying adventure tale packed with magical beings. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BAREFOOT BOOKS WATER

    SEPT. 17, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LEOPARD BEHIND THE MOON

    SEPT. 21, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC PEARL

    OCT. 12, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC PEARL

by Elisa Sabatinelli ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno ; translated by Christopher Turner

Beautiful, remarkable, amazing, and wonderful in every way. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    I SAW A BEAUTIFUL WOODPECKER

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

I SAW A BEAUTIFUL WOODPECKER

by Michal Skibinski ; illustrated by Ala Bankroft ; translated by Eliza Marciniak

If adults assist with historical context, an artistic and not-too-scary introduction to war’s onset. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE HIDEAWAY

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE HIDEAWAY

by Pam Smy ; illustrated by Pam Smy

Atmospherically heartfelt and cathartic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    STEALING HOME

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

STEALING HOME

by J. Torres ; illustrated by David Namisato

An emotional, much-needed historical graphic novel. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TROUBLED GIRLS OF DRAGOMIR ACADEMY

    OCT. 12, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    BORN BEHIND BARS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    I'LL KEEP YOU CLOSE

    OCT. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

I'LL KEEP YOU CLOSE

by Jeska Verstegen ; translated by Bill Nagelkerke

Multigenerational trauma artfully revealed from a child’s point of view. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DUST & GRIM

    OCT. 19, 2021

CHILDREN'S

DUST & GRIM

by Chuck Wendig

Nothing like shared brushes with horrible, agonizing death to draw seemingly incompatible characters together, right? Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    HIMAWARI HOUSE

    NOV. 9, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

HIMAWARI HOUSE

by Harmony Becker ; illustrated by Harmony Becker

An unforgettable story of personal growth in an exquisitely rendered setting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    VIAL OF TEARS

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • TEEN

    ALL THESE BODIES

    SEPT. 21, 2021

  • TEEN

    KNEEL

    SEPT. 14, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

KNEEL

by Candace Buford

Sports’ biggest social movement moment of the decade gets a special homage. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE HEARTBREAK BAKERY

    OCT. 12, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE HEARTBREAK BAKERY

by A.R. Capetta

This sweet story shows that relationships don’t follow a recipe. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY

    OCT. 5, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY

by Brandy Colbert

A compelling recounting that invites and encourages readers to grapple with difficult history. Full review >

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    BLACK WAS THE INK

    OCT. 12, 2021

  • TEEN

    CODE NAME BADASS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

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    YOU'D BE HOME NOW

    SEPT. 28, 2021

  • TEEN

    THE RECKLESS KIND

    NOV. 2, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE RECKLESS KIND

by Carly Heath ; illustrated by Lisa Perrin

A tender tale of queer love, disability, and self-discovery. Full review >

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    PIECE BY PIECE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

PIECE BY PIECE

by Priya Huq ; illustrated by Priya Huq

Remarkable storytelling presents a multilayered struggle around identity and power in an anti-Muslim climate. Full review >

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    THE PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER SIDE

    SEPT. 7, 2021

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    WHITE SMOKE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WHITE SMOKE

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Begs to be finished in one sitting, though maybe with the lights kept on. Full review >

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    CHASING THE TRUTH

    OCT. 16, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

CHASING THE TRUTH

by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey ; adapted by Ruby Shamir

A timely, critical read about the ways power and privilege work in our society. Full review >

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    WALKING IN TWO WORLDS

    SEPT. 14, 2021

  • TEEN

    A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH

    NOV. 9, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH

by Darcie Little Badger

A coming-of-age story that beautifully combines tradition and technology for modern audiences. Full review >

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    TELL IT TRUE

    SEPT. 28, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

TELL IT TRUE

by Tim Lockette

Wry, engrossing, even occasionally funny—right up to a gut-wrenching capper. Full review >

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    YEAR OF THE REAPER

    NOV. 9, 2021

  • TEEN

    SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

    DEC. 7, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

by David Valdes

A great read offering entertainment, encouragement, and plenty to reflect upon. Full review >

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