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"The intense opening sets a pace that never falters. ... This story’s the perfect length, and though it’s hard to say goodbye to lovable, flawed, strong Wil, such a well-crafted, enjoyable, and immersive story helps ease the pain. " -- Kirkus (STARRED Review)

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The 2015 Discover Great New Writers Awards Finalists

The booksellers who sit on our Discover Great New Writers program selection committee have a very specific mandate: find the best and the brightest, the unforgettable storytelling and indelible characters, from new writers. Each year those booksellers chose 45-60 books to present to readers across the country; from those selections, two panels of distinguished authors pick the six titles they feel best represent the Discover Great New Program’s mission. This year our judges are: Eleanor Brown, Ben Fountain, and Thrity Umrigar reading fiction, and Scott Anderson, Candice Millard, and Cheryl Strayed reading nonfiction.

Nonfiction finalists:

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
Bettyville by George Hodgman
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

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"BOSTON – The 2016 Stonewall Book Awards were announced Monday, January 11 by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience and include the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature award and the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. The awards will be presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando in June.

... Four Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Books were named: “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” written by Amy Ellis Nutt and published by Random...

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Children's: Young Adult

Author of the INCARNATE Trilogy, THE ORPHAN QUEEN Duology, and co-author of the forthcoming MY LADY JANE, Jodi Meadows's new fantasy trilogy, about a girl stripped from her political family and imprisoned, her fellow inmates who know more than they say, and a dangerous secret about illegal dragon trafficking that might be her only hope of escape, to Kelsey Horton at Katherine Tegen Books, in a good deal, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Non-fiction: Humor: The comedian couple that chronicles their fights in public via the @wefoughtabout Twitter, Alan Linic and Claire Linic's OUR PERFECT MARRIAGE, a memory workbook for the first year of marriage, to Blair Thornburgh at Quirk Books, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World).

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WSJ's Best Books of 2015
The top fiction and nonfiction of the year, as chosen by The Wall Street Journal
Published Dec. 9, 2015

Best Nonfiction
Mourn for Lincoln, marvel at Elon Musk, be swept away on a horse, eat better and discover the true miracle of the soda can.

Mourning Lincoln
By Martha Hodes
Yale | 396 pages | $30

The Horse
By Wendy Williams
Scientific American / Farrar, Straus & Giroux | 304 pages | $26

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Kirkus Star

TARGET TOKYO: JIMMY DOOLITTLE AND THE RAID THAT AVENGED PEARL HARBOR
by James M. Scott

"A spirited, comprehensive and highly readable account of the tremendous wherewithal required for this extraordinary effort."

A new treatment of the daring Doolittle raids over Tokyo that fills in many of the gaps in the true story.

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PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000):

For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2015.

LONGLIST
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Harper Books), Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt

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Sunday Book Review
100 Notable Books of 2015

NOVEMBER 27, 2015
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

BECOMING NICOLE: The Transformation of an American Family. By Amy Ellis Nutt. (Random House, $27.) A generous portrayal of a couple’s affirming response to their transgender child.

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When one male twin identifies as a female
By Sue Halpern
Washington Post, November 13

"When Wyatt Maines was almost 3 years old, he told his father, Wayne, that he hated his penis. Distressed as Wayne was, he was not completely surprised. Almost from the moment Wyatt could talk, he would describe himself as a boy-girl or a girl-boy, attempting to capture the duality he felt as an anatomical male who, nonetheless, understood himself to be female.

Wyatt and his identical twin, Jonas, were adopted at birth by Wayne and his wife, Kelly, in 1997; their biological mother was a teenage relative of Kelly’s. At the time, the Maines were living in the small town in the Adirondack foothills where Wayne grew up. Upon learning he’d be the father of two boys, he began fantasizing about the hunting and fishing trips he’d take with his sons, the ballgames and the sports talk — all the guy things. As Amy Ellis Nutt makes clear in her exceptional chronicle, “Becoming...

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