Penguin Random House: National Books Council, Alex ‘21 Best-Of: Mott, Kendi, Ishiguro, More

Amid the American Library Association curation of the numerous January annual Youth Media Awards, is also an occasion for the best of the previous year’s noteworthy library-centric Adult titles to be celebrated. We conclude our Igloo multi-part ALA citations’ coverage with our titles selected for two prominent Honors lists.

Notable Books List
The National Books Council compiles an annual best-of list of 25 U.S. fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles written for Adult readers that appeal to teen audiences. From PRH and PRHPS publishers:


HELL OF A BOOK by Jason Mott (Dutton, Penguin Audio, narrated by JD Jackson and Ronald Peet) Also, the 2021 National Book Award winner.
KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, Random House Audio, narrated by Sura Siu)
MATRIX by Lauren Groff (Riverhead, Penguin Audio, narrated by Adjoa Andoh) Also, a 2021 NBA Fiction finalist.
WHEN WE CEASE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD by Benjamin Labatut (New York Review Books, a PRHPS client publisher)


A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA by Hanif Abudurraqib (Random House, Random House Audio, read by JD Jackson). Also, winner of the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and a 2021 NBA Nonfiction finalist.
EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, Random House Audio, read by the author)
FOUR HUNDRED SOULS, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (One World, Random House Audio, read by various voices)
2022 Alex Awards
Bestowed to ten-best Adult Books that appeal to teen readers.

THE WITCH’S HEART by Genevieve Gornichec, ACE (Berkley, Penguin Audio, narrated by Jayne Entwistle)
LORE OLYMPUS: Volume One by Rachel Smythe (Del Rey)
MALICE by Heather Walter (Del Rey, Random House Audio, narrated by Ann Marie Gideon)

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