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January 1&15, 2020

January 2020

January 2020 Issue


Recollections of My Nonexistence
​by Rebecca Solnit

​An inquisitive, perceptive, and original thinker and enthralling writer with more than 20 salient books to her name, Solnit has created an unconventional and galvanizing memoir-in-essays that shares key, often terrifying, formative moments in her valiant writing life.

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Current Features

Listen Up: How To Listen Up
by Heather Booth

While we usually focus on what to listen to, just as important to audiobook readers is how to listen.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

The Booklist Reader

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