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Tears We Cannot Stop
by Michael Eric Dyson

In his latest, commentator and writer Dyson (The Black Presidency, 2016) preaches a message that he admits will be hard for most white Americans to hear, let alone internalize and accept: white folks are complicit in societal attitudes toward African Americans, and our future progress as a nation is dependent on a new mindset.

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Guest-Speaker_Squad-Goals_f1.jpg Guest Speaker: Squad Goals
by Jason Reynolds

Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Gary Larson walk into a bar. And I’m the bartender. And after listening to their strange banter in my imagination, while serving up red in three ways—wine, blood, and Kool-Aid—I stroll into my agent’s office, plop down in the chair in front of her desk, and say, Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Gary Larson walk into a bar.

eds-choice-2016_f1.jpgBooklist Editors’ Choice: Audio for Adults, 2016
eds-choice-2016_f1.jpgBooklist Editors’ Choice: Audio for Youth, 2016
eds-choice-2016_f1.jpgEditors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2016

Selected by the Books for Youth editors, the following titles constitute the year’s best personal reading for teenagers among adult books published in 2016. More on each book’s content and suggested audience can be found in the full-length Booklist review.

another-look-at_Outsiders_f1.jpg Another Look at: S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders
by Daniel Kraus

What more can be said about the book that launched the modern YA novel? Books as recent as David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite (2016) pay direct homage; phrases like “Stay gold, Ponyboy” are as entrenched into our vernacular as “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”; and Hinton’s vision of a scuffed, leather-jacketed teen gang has influenced, along with earlier movies like The Wild One and Rebel without a Cause, our view of beautiful, tortured delinquency.

eds-choice-2016_f1.jpgBooklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2016

The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as the best of the year’s books for public library collections and readers’-advisory recommendations. Our scope is intentionally inclusive, and we have sought books that combine literary and intellectual excellence with popular appeal.

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