This year, there were lots of memoirs and fiction dealing with difficult, of-the-moment issues like race, poverty, loss and addiction. These themes are getting a lot of attention and are hitting a chord. We saw fewer light, women’s fiction-y books and lifestyle titles and more heavy books about tough topics.
As always, we each left Book Expo 2018 with a shortlist of books that we are most excited to read. Here is the list:
Vox by Christina Dalcher is dystopian feminist fiction in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale, imagining an America where women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day.
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is about Indian-American parents who have trouble communicating with their son, who rejects many of their cultural traditions.
Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris is historical fiction set during the Depression and examines the desperation of parents who couldn’t afford to feed their children.
In The Other Woman by Sandie Jones, there’s a menacing Other Woman in the picture, but this time it’s a mother-in-law.
There There by Tommy Orange is about modern, urban Native Americans living in Oakland, CA. It has been getting a lot of buzz.
In The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon, a suburban family contends with a missing father after a terrorist attack in New York City.
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs is a memoir about the author’s life with her father, Steve Jobs.
The books have arrived at my house – where should I start??