Book Expo 2018: Impressions And What We Are Excited To Read

Another Book Expo is in the books! As always, it was a jam-packed, exhausting few days at the Javits Center, but Nicole and I stood in the lines and went to the sessions and got the books.

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.

A Cloud In The Shape Of A Girl by Jean Thompson is a multi-generational family saga about three women living in a small college town. I loved her novel The Year We Left Home.

The Dreamers by Karen Walker, author of The Age of Miracles, is about what happens when students in a small town in Southern California suddenly start falling asleep for months at a time.

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??