#SeasonsReadings and Holiday Book-Buying that Keeps on Giving

Likely StoriesBlack Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Take a break from thinking of others (now that’s the holiday spirit!), and enter the Carnegie #SeasonsReadings Book Giveaway for a chance to win two copies of one of the six shortlist titles—one to keep, one to give. (Or two all for yourself, if you’re really embracing that whole “not thinking of others” thing.)

We kick off the three-week giveaway SeasonsReadingswith Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron and Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk. To enter the drawing, tell us who you’d gift the second copy to, and why, via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and include the hashtags #SeasonsReadings and #ala_carnegie. For week two, participants will be playing for Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and Andrea Wulf’s The Invention of Nature. Week three, we’ll be giving away Sally Mann’s Hold Still and Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer.

And for those of you just gearing up for your holiday shopping, remember that Booklist Online is a great resource for your book-buying needs. Not only because you can search and discover the perfect title for history-loving Aunt Sue or audiobook-loving cousin Simon, but also because the ALA receives a small percentage of each of your purchases if you’ve entered Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound through a link from a Booklist Online review page. For instance, if you’re wanting to buy the lawyer in your life the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction winner, simply go to Booklist Online, search Just Mercy, and click the button for your preferred book vendor:


Speaking of Carnegie award-winning titles, the 2016 longlist is a perfect gift-giving guide. And to make your shopping even easier, we’ve linked each longlist title below directly to its review page so you can click, buy, and support.

2016 Fiction

Best Boy, Eli Gottlieb (Norton/Liveright)

The Book of Aron, Jim Shepard (Knopf)

City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf)

Delicious Foods, James Hannaham (Little, Brown)

Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg (Simon & Schuster/Scout)

The Distant Marvels, Chantel Acevedo (Europa)

The Dying Grass, William T Vollmann (Viking)

The Green Road, Anne Enright (Norton)

The Harder They Come, T. C. Boyle (Ecco)

Honeydew, Edith Pearlman (Little, Brown)

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)

Marvel and a Wonder, Joe Meno (Akashic)

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, Bonnie Jo Campbell (Norton)

Outline, Rachel Cusk (Farrar)

Prudence, David Treuer (Riverhead)

Purity, Jonathan Franzen (Farrar)

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler (Knopf)

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove)

The Visiting Privilege, Joy Williams (Knopf)

Welcome To Braggsville, T. Geronimo Johnson (Morrow)


2016 Nonfiction

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, Steve Fraser (Little, Brown)

American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity, Christian G Appy (Viking)

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, Carl Safina (Holt)

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery, Henry Marsh (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne)

Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, Jay Parini (Doubleday)

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, Ari Berman (Farrar)

H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald (Grove)

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, Sally Mann (Little, Brown)

How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family, Peter Nabokov  (Viking)

Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Andrea Wulf  (Knopf)

Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, Hayden Herrera (Farrar)

M Train, Patti Smith (Knopf)

On the Move, Oliver Sacks (Knopf)

Pacific, Simon Winchester (Harper)

Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, Wil Haygood (Knopf)

Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle, Kristen Green (Harper)

The Witches: Salem, 1692, Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown)

Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, Sarah Chayes (Norton)

To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science, Steven Weinberg (Harper)

Use Booklist Online and the Carnegie nominees to knock out your holiday gift list, support the ALA, and do a little readers’ advisory all in a few clicks of the mouse—maybe even with a leftover turkey sandwich in hand. Now, that’s our kind of shopping.



About the Author:

Katharine served as Booklist’s Marketing Director from 2013 - 2016. She is a bike rider, violin player, craft beer drinker, and cat lover and reviews for Booklist.

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