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The 2018 Kirkus Prize Finalists

  • FICTION

    TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT

    JUNE 19, 2018

FICTION

TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT

by Katie Williams

With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story, this novel... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

    APRIL 10, 2018

FICTION

HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SEVERANCE

    AUG. 14, 2018

  • FICTION

    MOURNING

    MAY 8, 2018

FICTION

MOURNING

by Eduardo Halfon ; translated by Lisa Dillman & Daniel Hahn

In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FLORIDA

    JUNE 5, 2018

FICTION

FLORIDA

by Lauren Groff

A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HALSEY STREET

    JAN. 1, 2018

FICTION

HALSEY STREET

by Naima Coster

Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CALL THEM BY THEIR TRUE NAMES

    SEPT. 4, 2018

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

CALL THEM BY THEIR TRUE NAMES

by Rebecca Solnit

Solnit is careful with her words (she always is) but never so much that she mutes the infuriated spirit that drives these... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM

    APRIL 3, 2018

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM

by Timothy Snyder

A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HEARTLAND

    SEPT. 18, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HEARTLAND

by Sarah Smarsh

A potent social and economic message embedded within an affecting memoir. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DOPESICK

    AUG. 7, 2018

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

DOPESICK

by Beth Macy

An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HEAVY

    OCT. 16, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HEAVY

by Kiese Laymon

A dynamic memoir that is unsettling in all the best ways. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    AMERICAN PRISON

    SEPT. 18, 2018

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

AMERICAN PRISON

by Shane Bauer

A potent, necessary broadside against incarceration in the U.S., which “imprisons a higher portion of its population than... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HARBOR ME

    AUG. 28, 2018

  • CHILDREN'S

    DREAMERS

    SEPT. 4, 2018

  • CHILDREN'S

    MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS

    SEPT. 11, 2018

  • CHILDREN'S

    CROWN

    OCT. 10, 2017

CHILDREN'S

CROWN

by Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James

One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

    MARCH 6, 2018

TEEN

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

by Tomi Adeyemi

Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE POET X

    MARCH 6, 2018

TEEN

THE POET X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Poignant and real, beautiful and intense, this story of a girl struggling to define herself is as powerful as Xiomara’s... Full review >

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