A haunting and provocative fictional autobiography set in an alternate 20th century. Born at the end of the old world, Miriam grows up during The Great Reckoning, a decades-long war that nearly decimates humanity. When the war finally ends, The New Society arises. To ensure a lasting peace, The New Society forbids anything that may cause tribal loyalties, including traditional families. Suddenly, everyone must live disconnected and unattached. A researcher at heart, Miriam becomes involved in implementing this detachment process, but the harmful effects of her research become too much for her and she devises a secret plan to destroy the system from within.
Welcome to Check Your Shelf. My husband informed me today (Sunday) that there are only six Sundays left in the year, and he was just trying to convey the fact that time is passing quickly, but my first thought was “Oh good, the football season is almost over!” Because that’s apparently how I tell time now.
Collection Development Corner
Beloved NPR books editor Petra Mayer has died.
Covid-19 skeptics and publisher Chelsea Green filed a lawsuit against Elizabeth Warren, claiming that the letter she sent to Amazon about spreading Covid misinformation violates their First Amendment rights.
The Mayo Clinic Press is delving into children’s books.
Best-selling author Anna Todd is teaming with Wattpad Books to launch a new publishing imprint.
“Too late to stand up to Amazon:” Book industry insiders back the Biden administration’s bid to stop a publishing mega-merger.
After 22 years, the Best American Travel Writing anthologies will no longer be published.
New & Upcoming Titles
Nightfire announces another novella from Cassandra Khaw, to be published in May 2023.
Scottie Pippen wrote a memoir, and apparently it takes serious aim at Michael Jordan.
Senator Joe Manchin is reportedly pursuing a book deal. (Because apparently he doesn’t have anything more important to focus on right now…)
Recent thrillers that grapple with being a Black woman in the workplace.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
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All Things Comics
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9 comics and manga set in space.
Great YA comics from 2021 you don’t want to miss.
Pushkin Industries pushes audiobook conventions.
Libro.fm’s top 10 best-selling audiobooks of 2021.
6 audiobooks with “symphonic storytelling.”
10 intriguing November audiobook picks.
Audiobooks under three hours for readers with short attention spans.
Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!
On the Riot
7 more audiobooks for Indigenous Heritage Month.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
22 YA books to read if your school won’t teach Critical Race Theory.
6 historical fiction books with a magical twist.
14 must-read holiday romances.
5 books about Princess Diana if you’re obsessed with the royals.
7 novels about only children.
NaNoWriMo books to help you get writing this November.
7 deliciously scary books, recommended by Erik Larson.
On the Riot
Dark mysteries & thrillers to keep you up all night.
10 books to read if you enjoyed the Goosebumps series as a kid.
Level Up (Library Reads)
Do you take part in Library Reads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
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