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January 1&15, 2020

January 2020

January 2020 Issue


by Katya de Becerra

​De Becerra’s haunting supernatural thriller will stick to readers’ skin long after the final page is turned, like sand from the Arabian Desert clinging to Alif and her friends following their horrific ordeal with a mysterious oasis.

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Current Features

Carte Blanche: Personal Best, 2019
by Michael Cart

If it’s December, it’s time for me to make my annual list of the books I consider to be the best of the year. As always, my list is admittedly idiosyncratic and highly personal.

Writers & Readers: Lifting as We Climb
by Evette Dionne

I was 23 the first time I heard the name Susan B. Anthony—23. I’d gone through elementary school, junior high, high school, a GED program, college, and the first semester of graduate school without ever learning the long and fraught struggle to secure women the right to vote in the U.S.

The Shelf Care Interview:Suzanne Woods Fisher

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Susan Maguire talks to Suzanne Woods Fisher, award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including, On the Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, the Bishop’s Family, the Deacon’s Family, and the Inn at Eagle Hill series among many other novels. She’s also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. 

Top of the List Interview: Carlyn Beccia
​by Maggie Reagan

This year’s Top of the List Youth Nonfiction winner, Carlyn Beccia’s Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters (Carolrhoda), left us feeling both scared and prepared.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Audio, 2019

This year’s selection of audiobooks highlights qualities unique to the format: full casts, nuanced accents, clever production elements, and stellar storytelling talent.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Youth Audio, 2019

The following 2019 titles provide youth with superlative listening experiences across the age and interest spectrum.

The Booklist Reader

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