Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places
It’s back! I’ve been doing my thing, buying lovely adult titles for my library system, and time and again I’ve run across ideas or names that fall squarely in the children’s book realm. Here then are some real beauties. Things you just might not know about otherwise.
I know and like Elisha Cooper but I’m ashamed to say that before this book was announced I was unaware of his previous memoir A Father’s First Year which was released in 2006. Since that time, Cooper’s daughter was diagnosed at the age of four with pediatric kidney cancer. This book examines her treatment, recovery, and what this all did to Elisha himself. On my To Be Read Shelf.
Thus continuing my series of books about people I know or have met, and yet never had any idea about when it comes to their personal lives. In this upcoming August memoir, Nadja (who penned Lost in NYC amongst other things) opens up about herself, her mother, and even her grandmother. It’s a deeply personal work about someone I’m desperately fond of (Francoise Mouly, Nadja’s mother, is the founder of TOON Books, as well as serving as the Art Director of The New Yorker, and she is delight incarnate). Also on the To Be Read Shelf.
This inclusion is a bit of a stretch. I really only put it here because in the Library Journal review of the book it said, “Soviet-style medical ethics or lack thereof frame an intimate story that the publicist calls One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest crossed with The Fault Is in Our Stars.” So there’s that.
Jackie writes something for adults and people get very excited. Book Expo America hasn’t even happened yet, but I’ve already been seeing this title showing up on lists of Best Books of the Summer and what have you. I foresee some libraries have problems cataloging this title (the cover looks awfully similar to her YA novels and will be easily confused) but for all that, I suspect it’s going to be a book club hit and a New York Times bestseller. Just you wait, just you wait . . .
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For those of us floored by M.T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead last year, here is a new biography of its star, Dmitri Shostakovich. And it’s a novel. It’s out May 10th. Look for it.
A Garth Williams biography! Whodathunkit? Seems pretty specialized and for a veeeery small market, but there you are. I know the estate of Williams doesn’t exactly bend over backwards to allow folks to use his art (even his obscure art) in any context. They must have approved of this book from the start. Heck, I’ll read it.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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