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Shelf Care, Episode #12: Editors’ Choice 2020

Every year, Booklist editors pull together the most noteworthy books of the year for Editors’ Choice, and every year, Susan Maguire chases them down to talk about those books. This year was both no different and completely different, as each of our fine editors sent in a voice note featuring favorites from the list, books that deserve an additional shout out, hot trends, etc. Please enjoy these bookish testimonials, and follow the links below to full reviews. Wow!

Donna sez:

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, By Morgan Jerkins

These Ghosts Are Family, by Maisy Card

Year of the Rabbit, by Tian Veasna and translated by Helge Dascher

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist

Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist, by Celia Stahr

Recollections of My Nonexistence, by Rebecca Solnit

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, edited by Kevin Young

The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

Sarah sez:

The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen

Dungeon Critters, by Natalie Riess and Sara Goetter

Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story), by Daniel Nayeri

Heather sez:

Before the Ever After, by Jacqueline Woodson and read by Guy Lockard

I Killed Zoe Spanos, by Kit Frick and read by a full cast

This Is Your Time, by Ruby Bridges and read by the author

My Mother’s House, by Francesca Momplaisir and read by a full cast

The Switch, by Beth O’Leary. and read by Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones

Tokyo Ueno Station, by Yu Miri and read by Johnny Heller

Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo and read by the author and Melania-Luisa Marte

Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré and read by Adjoa Andoh

Ronny sez:

Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story), By Daniel Nayeri

Black Is a Rainbow Color, by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Susan sez:

Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey

When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole

Julia sez:

Skunk and Badger, by Amy Timberlake and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Fly on the Wall, by Remy Lai

Girl on a Motorcycle, by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Julie Morstad

Annie sez:

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat

The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained, by Nik Sharma

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, by Marcus Samuelsson, Osayi Endolyn, and Yewande Komolafe

Parakeet, by Marie-Helene Bertino

Theo Bostrom is unimpressed by Brigitte the Budgie.

Maggie sez:

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, by Candace Fleming

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, by Christina Soontornvat

A Wish in the Dark, by Christina Soontorvat

King and the Dragonflies, by Kacen Callender

Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender

Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn

The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice, by Lisa DeSelm

Given, by Nandi Taylor

Gimme Everything You Got, by Iva-Marie Palmer

Jane against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights, by Karen Blumenthal

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