Winning books and honor books as announced at the 2018 American Library Association Youth Media Awards (#alayma) in Denver, Colorado on February 12, 2018
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2018 John Newbery Medal winner
2018 John Newbery Honor Book , 2018 Randolph Caldecott Honor Book, 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
2018 John Newbery Honor Book , 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, 2018 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2018 Odyssey Honor Audiobook
2018 John Newbery Honor Book and 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award winner
2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner
Historical fiction fans have plenty to get excited about as we move into 2018, and there’s something for every type of reader.
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From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. (Jan 9)
1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. (Jan 9)
New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell makes a dramatic departure with this enthralling, action-packed standalone novel that tells the story of the first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — as related by William Shakespeare’s estranged younger brother. (Jan 9)
A bestselling, autobiographical depiction of class privilege, bad romance, and political intrigue during World War II in China. (Jan 16)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife, a fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends — screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. (Jan 16)
Here are the upcoming titles to put on your radar for 2018.
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In this memoir, Maggie O’Farrell catalogues in undramatic, even-keeled prose, her 17 distinct brushes with death. There was an encounter with a serial killer in an abandoned town in Scotland, and the time she jumped off a coastal cliff as a teenager, and 15 more close calls. While the memoir is stark in its subject matter, its effect is just the opposite. It makes you realize the preciousness of life. (Feb 6)
A young woman having an unexpected, surprisingly tender affair with an older, Pulitzer Prize-winning author in New York, soon after 9/11. An Iraqi-American man detained at an airport in 2008. An interview between a luminary thinker nearing the end of his life. In her stunning debut novel, Lisa Halliday places three storylines in close proximity, leading to fascinating contrasts. (Feb 6)
General tip: When Zadie Smith publishes something, read it. Feel Free is Smith’s take on contemporary culture. In this essay collection, she applies her wit and incisive perspective to creators, like Beyonce and Joni Mitchell, places, like Manhattan and London, and phenomena, like rap music and British politics. You’ll come away from the book feeling like you understand the world just a little bit more. (Feb 6)
It’s a year into their marriage, and Celestial and Roy are still in that dreamy, young lovers phase when the future stretches boundlessly before them. Then, during an evening stay at a motel, Roy is wrongly accused of rape and later sentenced to 12 years in prison in Louisiana. (Feb 6)
The women and girls in Danielle Lazarin’s excellent short story collection don’t need you to tell them who they are. They know who they are — it’s the whole life and relationships stuff they haven’t quite figured out yet. (Feb 6)
Grab some chocolates, a glass of your favorite wine, and enjoy!
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Paris really is the city of love, and Kati Marton's beautiful memoir about finding the romance of a lifetime there — and, spoiler alert, losing it — is a real tearjerker. As it happens, though, the most arresting part of Marton's narrative is her overcoming that loss; this read is as much for the romantic who's yet to find The One as the romantic who has.
When Wuthering Heights was first published, people said it was a "vulgar" book, with a "lurid" romance at the center of its story between a wide-eyed heroine and her mysterious Heathcliff. That's Victorians for you. Today the book is a classic, best enjoyed by the old-school romantic to really savor the deep and magnetic attraction between Catherine and her gypsy beau.
If you need some good humor this Valentine's Day, definitely don't look past Terry McMillan's classic Waiting to Exhale. The novel follows three close friends searching for real love in an age of casual sex and cheating men, because we've all been there.
A novel rich with passion and hot lust, Gabriel García Márquez's acclaimed Love in the Time of Cholera is about the myths we create about love, and their power over us. With a rich, enticing story stretching multiple decades at its center, Márquez shows us what keeps the romance going in times of loss. And, you know, cholera.
First published in the early 1950s, Highsmith's Carol broke boundaries by giving readers a beautiful, honest story about the power of love between two women. The story of a shop-clerk who falls madly for an unhappily married housewife, Carol is a thrilling and moving read that shows the lengths people will go to achieve happiness, and to be their most authentic selves.
Read these 2017 thrillers featuring unreliable narrators, sociopaths, psychopaths and unlikable characters before the new 2018 books appear.
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Feel Free is a shepherd’s pie of nonfiction whose only through line is a writer unafraid of getting lost, because she always knows the way home. Smith has mixed it up with critics since she herself was a wunderkind with a giant advance, but age hasn’t hardened her against the world, only made her more porous.
Celestial and Roy are barely married when Roy is wrongly imprisoned for rape, and while their love simmers in letters, she begins to fall into the romantic orbit of her friend André. The love triangle unfolds in alternating narratives, driven by the plot device of racial injustice but made flesh by a passionate writer.
At a critical moment in feminist history, Lazarin’s intimate stories find women of almost all ages exploring the essence of freedom and the mixed blessing of human entanglement.
Come, if you must, for the roman à clef tucked into this novel by an author who had an affair with Philip Roth 20 years ago. But stay for a story composed ingeniously out of three disparate parts.
A serious book about a big sloppy dog, Nunez’s seventh novel — and her first book since Sempre Susan, about Susan Sontag — displays the intellectual heft of her late friend’s work, but also a distinctive sense of humor and narrative momentum.