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April 1, 2020

January 2020

January 2020 Issue


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On Account of Race
by Lawrence Goldstone

​Constitutional-law historian Goldstone traces the Supreme Court’s shameful collusion with white racists to suppress black suffrage right from the start of Reconstruction.

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Current Features

Core Collection: Tudor Mania
by Donna Seaman

With the release of Hilary Mantel’s triumphant conclusion to her avidly embraced Tudor trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, The Mirror & the Light, and the run of the musical Six, a pop variation on the wives of Henry VIII, we anticipate fresh demand for all tales Tudor.

Inside Series Nonfiction: Pocket Change Collective
by Julia Smith

The pocket-size volumes of Penguin Workshop’s new Pocket Change Collective series immediately caught my eye. At first I was drawn to their appealing design, but a closer look showed that the authors, topics, and tone were even more striking.

The Shelf Care Interview: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Maggie Reagan talks to Jason Reynolds about his remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, titled Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, now available from Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

Top 10 Series Nonfiction: 2020
by Julia Smith

A well-rounded group of topics is represented in this year’s top 10 nonfiction series. Women’s rights stand alongside environmentalism, while robots and coding mingle with biographies and the CIA.

Carte Blanche: Does the Caldecott Need a Makeover?
by Michael Cart

I love picture books! Before I discovered young adult literature—or young adult literature discovered me—I was resolutely a children’s literature man as reviewer, critic, and collector, with a special interest in the picture book.

Spring Travel Guides: 2020
by Annie Bostrom

​Every spring and fall, we share a list of upcoming travel series entries, first edition guides, and standalone travel books that caught our eye and that we think you might want to check out, too. The guides below will all be published by September, when we’ll check in with our Fall Travel Guides list. Until then, bon voyage! 

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