Virtual Shout ‘n Share Showdown: Titles to Watch

Booklist Adult Books editor Donna Seaman just wrapped up this year’s Shout ‘n Share webinar, the virtual equivalent of the beloved Book Expo program starring library staff from across the country—and the forthcoming titles they’re most excited about.

This year we had the pleasure of hearing from Robin Bradford, collection development librarian for the Pierce County Library System in Pierce County, Washington; Allison Escoto, head librarian at the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn; Sharon Fason, adult services librarian for the Chicago Public Library; and Sarah Martinez, library manager of the Nathan Hale Library in Tulsa. The reads they gushed about are below, linked to Booklist reviews when available (for titles not yet reviewed by Booklist, we’ve provided Bookshop.org ordering information).

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, edited by Kevin Young (Library of America)

America’s Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration, by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Smithsonian)

And Now She’s Gone, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)

Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary, by Martin Duberman (New Press)

The Awkward Black Man: Stories, by Walter Mosely (Grove/Atlantic)

The Big She-Bang: The Herstory of the Universe According to God the Mother, by Marisa Acocella (Harper)

Black Bottom Saints, by Alice Randall (Amistad)

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, by Mary-Frances Winters (Berrett-Koehler)

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture, by Sudhir Hazareesingh (Farrar)

The Blind Light, by Stuart Evers (Norton)

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett, by Annie Lyons (Morrow)

The Butchers’ Blessing, by Ruth Gilligan (Tin House)

Clean Mind Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical Mental and Spiritual Self-Care, by Tara Stiles (Dey Street)

Come Home, Indio, by Jim Terry (Street Noise)

Crossings, by Alex Landragin (St. Maritn’s)

Eat a Peach: A Memoir, by David Chang and Gabe Ulla (Clarkson Potter)

Funeral Diva, by Pamela Sneed (City Lights)

A Girl Is a Body of Water, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Tin House)

Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault Empowerment & Healing, edited by Richard Blanco, Caridad Moro, Nikki Moustaki, and Elisa Albo (Beacon)

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life, by Christie Tate (Simon & Schuster)

Her Here, by Amanda Dennis (Bellevue Literary)

Heroes’ Feast: The Official Dungeons and Dragons Cookbook, by Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witwer (Ten Speed)

Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar (Little, Brown)

I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, by Sunny Hostin and Ms. Charisse Jones (Harper)

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories, by Laura van den Berg (Farrar)

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, by Jill Lepore (Liveright)

Just Us: An American Conversation, by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)

Kitchenwise: Essential Food Science for Home Cooks, by Shirley O. Corriher (Scribner)

Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn (Simon & Schuster/ Margaret K. McElderry)

Like Lovers Do, by Tracey Livesay (Avon)

Likes, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Farrar)

Luster, by Raven Leilani (Farrar)

Make Me Rain, by Nikki Giovanni (Morrow)

Memorial, by Bryan Washington (Riverhead)

The Midnight Bargain, by C. L. Polk (Erewhon)

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, by Alicia Elliott (Melville)

Modern Madness: An Owner’s Manual, by Terri Cheney (Hachette Go)

My Time to Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race, by Ilia Calderón (Atria)

The Nature of Nature, by Enric Sala (National Geographic)

No Heaven for Good Boys, by Keisha Bush (Random)

The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, by Maria Hinojosa (Atria)

Owed, by Joshua Bennett (Penguin)

Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis, by Jeffrey H. Jackson (Algonquin)

Prime Deceptions, by Valerie Valdes (Harper)

Prodigal Son, Gregg Hurwitz (Minotaur)

Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters, by Helena Andrews-Dyer and R. Eric Thomas (Morrow/Dey St.)

Ruthie Fear, by Maxim Loskutoff (Norton)

The Silence, by Don DeLillo (Scribner)

Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida (Quirk)

Speculative Los Angeles, edited by Denise Hamilton (Akashic)

Spoiler Alert, by Olivia Dade (Avon)

Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream, by Mychal Denzel Smith (Bold Type)

Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution, by Carol Hay (Norton)

Too Much Lip, by Melissa Lucashenko (HarperVia)

Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)

Trouble the Saints, by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Tor)

Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, by Robert Lovato (Harper)

A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (and Know Nothing About), by Spike Carlsen (HarperOne)

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence, by Becky Cooper (Grand Central)

We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, by Elijah Cummings and James Dale (Harper)

What Are You Going Through, by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon, by Philip Gefter (Harper)

White Ivy, by Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster)

White Trash Warlock, by David R. Slayton (Blackstone)

You Had Me at Hola, by Alexis Daria (Harper)

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  1. Film14 says:

    Thanks! Great list of books and the book covers are great.

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