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American Carnage
by Tim Alberta

Alberta, chief political reporter for Politico, didn’t have to look far to find his title. “American carnage” are words Donald Trump used in his inaugural speech to describe the state of the country. Here it’s shorthand for how the Republican Party became the party of Trump, fueled by Republican dissatisfaction with the party of Bush, as George W. left the country broke and mired in war.

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Conversation Starters: Recontextualizing the Classics
by Ronny Khuri

​Every book, to some degree, reflects the time in which it was written. As our culture—and our canon—evolves, it can be useful to return to the beloved works of our past and ask the question: What has changed? This collection (inspired by librarian Amy Seto Forrester’s May 2019 webinar on suggesting “recommend-alongs” for classic kidlit titles, which can be found in Booklist’s webinar archives) takes six recent classics and pairs each one with a more modern work that fits a similar mold.

Talking With: Edward Gauvin
​by Terry Hong

​With over 300 publishing credits, Edward Gauvin might be the hardest-working French-to-English translator ever. That tenacity has earned him major awards, including the John Dryden Translation Prize (twice), and lauded NEA, PEN America, and Fulbright fellowships. His nimble skills have provided substantial attention to French graphic novels, including starred Booklist titles such as Gébé’s Letter to Survivors, Nie Jun’s My Beijing (one of this year’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth), and Marjane Satrapi’s The Sigh.

Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2019
by Susan Maguire

​These books, reviewed in Booklist from July 2018 through June 2019, will spark discussion in a wide variety of book groups, from those that drink wine to those that don’t.

Graphic Novels on Audio
by Heather Booth

It seems incongruous—how is it possible to listen to a book created in a visual format? With a title range spanning classic comics, nonfiction, realistic contemporary, and more, publishers are taking on the challenge as the popularity of both graphic novels and audiobooks continues to grow. 

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2019
by Sarah Hunter

This list of the past year’s best graphic novels for youth, reviewed in Booklist between July 2018 and June 2019, shows just how varied the format has become—you’ll find magical adventure, stirring romance, thoughtful commentary on prejudice, and some books that combine all these themes and more

Top 10 Graphic Novels
by Sarah Hunter

Memoirs, biographies, anthologies, historical fiction, and supernatural noir are just a few of the genres you’ll find in this list of stand-out graphic novels from the past year, reviewed in Booklist from July 2018 through June 2019.

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