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April 15, 2020

April 2020

April 2020 Issue


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A Burning
by Megha Majumdar

​For the first time in her young life, Jivan has her own cellphone, which she bought with money earned by working as a shopgirl, having left high school after barely passing her tenth-form exams. After witnessing a gruesome train-station attack during her 15-minute walk home to the slums, she continues to follow events on Facebook.

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Current Features

Top 10 Women’s Fiction: 2020
by Susan Maguire

​The top ten works of contemporary women’s fiction, reviewed in Booklist from May 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020, cover everything from family to inheritance to grief to firefighting, so if we can’t have a woman president, at least we can get lost in these sometimes charming, sometimes heartbreaking, always compelling stories.

Booklist Backlist: Magical Abilities You May Wish You Possessed
by Biz Hyzy

​Wizards v. Jedi has always been a topic of debate in my family. We can spend hours comparing the merit of an all-powerful wand to the appeal of a Jedi’s mysticism and lightsaber.

The Shelf Care Interview: Susan Muaddi Darraj and Siman Nuurali

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Ronny Khuri talks to Susan Muaddi Darraj, the award-winning Palestinian American author of the Farah Rocks series, as well as Siman Nuurali, author of the Sadiq series.

To Beach Their Own
by Susan Maguire

​Beach reads mean different things to different people, and the Adult Books Editors at Booklist are here to celebrate a full spectrum of reading tastes and interests.

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.

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