Susan’s Recommendations

Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Reappraisals : reflections on the forgotten twentieth centuryBy Judt, Tony
Tony Judt was a renowned British historian who frequently contributed essays to the New York Review of Books and authored many books. Sadly, he died in 2010 from ALS, but left us with a great treasure in the form of his books and journal articles. Reappraisals is a collection of his NYRB essays written between 1994 and 2006 on a wide variety of political and historical subjects.... Read more
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A Most Wanted Man

The Jaguar's Children

The jaguar's childrenBy Vaillant, John
Known for his nonfiction (2005’s Golden Spruce and 2010’s The Tiger), Vaillant’s debut novel tells the story of Hector and his friend César, who attempt to cross the U. S.-Mexico border with 13 others in an empty water tanker, welded shut by their “coyote” after they were all inside. The truck breaks down and they are abandoned en route.... Read more
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What We See When We Read

What we see when we read : a phenomenology ; with illustrationsBy Mendelsund, Peter.
As much a delightful art project as book, What We See When We Read is an exploration of the nature and mechanics of human imagination: how we visualize people and places in our minds that make a written work come alive for us as we read it.... Read more
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award