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BookTrib Editors Dissect Goodreads Award Finalists

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and one of the most highly anticipated times for authors and readers in the Goodreads community. The time has come to anxiously await the Goodreads voting results for the best books of the year, with the winners to be named on Dec. 4. BookTrib editors Rebecca Proulx and Jim Alkon examined the 16 finalists in 16 of the 20 categories, squared off, and cast their own votes on who they felt deserving of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. Here we go: Fiction Rebecca: Nine Perfect Strangers (Flatiron Books) proves Liane Moriarty is still a reigning queen of drama. Nine individuals come to a remote health resort to seek healing in body and soul. The…

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Expert Insights into the National Book Award Finalists

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The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 24 finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards! Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the longlist which feature five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The competitive category of Translated Literature hasn’t been awarded since 1983. The 2018 National Book Awards Winners will be announced on November 14th. See the complete lists here! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart Wobble by Rae Armantrout Trick by Domenico Starnone The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka An American Marriage by Tayari Jones…

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EW Book Critic’s Five Final Summer Selections

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This summer we have been introduced to a bunch of new and exciting literary voices and with the dog days finally winding down there’s a handful you won’t want to miss! We are delighted to welcome David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter at Entertainment Weekly to share some of his favorite debuts, brought to us by the Just the Right Book poadcast. Chances are at least one of them will wind up being a author you choose to follow for many years to come. Follow David on Twitter! Books in the episode: There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange The Incendiaries: A Novel by R.O. Kwan From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein Cherry: A Novel by Nico Walker Fruit of the…

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“There There” Offers Visceral Vision of Urban Indian Life

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There There (Knopf) by Tommy Orange tells the stories of 12 people of Native American descent in Oakland, California, Deep East Oakland, that is, where crime is so rampant a failing mall has been turned into a police station. Like more than half of all Native Americans today, they are urban Indians. “Urban Indians feel at home walking the shadow of a downtown building,” writes Orange. “We came to know the downtown Oakland skyline better than we did any sacred mountain range, the redwoods in the Oakland Hills better than any wild deep forest.” Urban Indians are the direct result of the Indian Relocation Act of 1952, which encouraged Native Americans to assimilate and find jobs in cities by leaving reservations,…

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