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Book Suggestions:

Bob Ethington’s List:

Fiction –

Michel Faber: THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS

Anthony Doerr: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

Hilary Mantel: THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER - STORIES

Haruki Murakami: COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZIAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE

Marilynne Robinson: LILA

Non-Fiction –

Deborah Solomon: AMERICAN MIRROR – THE LIFE AND ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL

Gary Shteyngart: LITTLE FAILURE – A MEMOIR

David Giffels: THE HARD WAY ON PURPOSE – ESSAYS AND DISPATCHES FROM THE RUST BELT

Andrew Roberts: NAPOLEON – A LIFE

Mark Miodownik: STUFF MATTERS – EXPLORING THE MARVELOUS MATERIALS THAT SHAPE OUR MAN-MADE WORLD

Poetry –

Michael Blumenthal: NO HURRY

Jeffrey Harrison: INTO DAYLIGHT

Graphic Novels –

Olivier Schrauwen: ARSENE SCHRAUWEN

Fabien Vehlmann: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS

Children’s –

Kadir Nelson: BABY BEAR (ages 2-6)

Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti: HANSEL AND GRETEL (ages 6 –up)

Suzanne DeGaetano’s List:

Cleveland related:

The Lakeview Cemetery: Photographs from Cleveland's Historic Landmark by Barney and Laura Taxel

The Archives Speak: Insights and Images of Ohio Artists from the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

A Century of Free Speech at the City Club of Cleveland by Carol Poh

Other Illustrated:

Found Magazine: The Early Years

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry

Cavalcade of Flight by Ben Small

World War 3 Illustrated: 1979-2014 Anthology of an iconic political/cultural comic book produced from NYC by artists Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman

Also:

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny by Christopher Miller.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.

Sports:

Sports Illustrated Basketball's Greatest.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped us Win World War 2 by Molly Guptill Manning.

Poetry: The Poetry Deal by Diane Di Prima

Finally, stocking stuffer: True Stories by Derf

Wendy Bartlett’s list:

Fiction

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Martian by Andy Weir

Neverhome by Laird Hunt

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Terminal City by Linda Fairstein

NonFiction

Welcome to subirdia: sharing our neighborhoods with wrens, robins, woodpeckers, and other wildlife by John Marzluff.

Jerry Lee Lewis: his own story by Rick Bragg.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore.

Children/Teen
Great Books for Kids—Cuyahoga County Public Library staff selects the best of the year for great gifts for kids and teens:

And my faves:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Listener Suggestions:

Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935 by Chris Willis

Rouge Hags, Behind the Cosmetics Counter by Marlit Polsky

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull

Guests: 

Wendy Bartlett, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Suzanne DeGaetano, Mac's Backs

Bob Ethington, Akron-Summit County Public Library

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