The Fifth Annual Librarian Shout & Share | BookExpo America 2013

Pitching in for the absent Barbara Genco (Library Journal’s Manager of Special Projects was attending a college reunion), moderator Alene Moroni (King County Library System, Issaquah, WA) led a lively panel of librarian book scouts at the fifth annual AAP/LJ-sponsored Librarian Shout ‘n Share program. In 60 minutes, Moroni, Angela Carstensen (Convent of the Sacred Heart; School Library Journal‘s Adult Books 4 Teens blogger), Douglas Lord (LJ‘s Books for Dudes columnist),  Kaite Mediatore Stover (Kansas City Public Library, MO), and Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metro Lib.) shared 76 buzz-worthy titles

Selections ran the gamut from tomes from the usual literary suspects (Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement; Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens; Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath) and book club candidates (Tom Franklin and Beth Fennelly’s The Tilted World; Lauren Grodstein’s The Explanation to Everything) to crossover books for adults and young adults (Ron Irwin’s Flatwater Tuesday; Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl), and titles quirky and strange. (Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars; Allison Hoffman’s AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People). Also highlighted were books that garnered shout outs at LJ’s Day of Dialog Editors’ Picks panel, the Random House Librarians’ Breakfast, and the AAP Librarians’ Dinner (Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic; John Searles’s Help for the Haunted; Jo Baker’s Longbourn; and Lee Smith’s Guests on Earth).

Following is the complete list of titles, in roughly the order presented, with bold titles indicating those picked by more than one panelist.


  • Anja Grebe, The Vatican: All the Paintings. (Black Dog & Leventhal, Oct.)
  • Phillipe Margotin & others, All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release. (Black Dog & Levanthal, Oct.)
  • Sherri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. (Crown, Sept.)
  • Alexander McCall Smith, Trains and Lovers. (Pantheon, Jun.)
  • Lynn Cullen, Mrs. Poe. (Gallery: S. & S, Oct.)
  • Wiley Cash, The Dark Road To Mercy.  (HarperCollins, Jan. 2014)
  • Caleb Crain,  Necessary Errors. (Penguin, Aug.)
  • Donna Tart, The Goldfinch. (Little, Brown, Oct.)
  • Andrea Barrett, Archangel. (Norton, Aug.)
  • Leandra Medine, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. (Grand Central, Sept.)
  • Clay Risen, American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye. (Sterling, Nov.)
  • Bill Bryson, One Summer. (Doubleday, Oct.) 1927
  • Jess Bering, Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us. (Scientific American, Oct.)
  • Malcolm Gladwell,  David and Goliath. (Little Brown, Oct.)
  • Rainbow Rowelll, Fangirl. (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Sept.)


  • Ron Irwin, Flatwater Tuesday. (Thomas Dunne, Jun.)
  • Mark Slouka, Brewster. (Norton, Aug. )
  • John Searle, Help for the Haunted. (Morrow, Sept.)
  • Robin Wasserman, The Waking Dark. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Sept. )
  • Samantha Shannon. The Bone Season. (Bloomsbury USA, Aug.)
  • Emily Croy Barker, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic. (Pamela Dorman: Penguin Group (USA), Aug.)
  • Joanna Trollope, Sense & Sensibility. (Harper, Oct.)
  • Jo Baker, Longbourn. (Knopf, Oct.)
  • Victoria Shotwell, Vienna Nocturne. (Ballantine, Feb. 2014)
  • Jillian Cantor, Margot: A Novel. (Riverhead: Penguin, Sept.)
  • Lee Smith, Guests on Earth (Algonquin, Oct. )
  • Karen Dietrich, The Girl Factory: A Memoir. (Skirt: Globe Pequot, Oct.)

DOUG LORD (for full reviews of some of Doug’s picks, see his latest Books for Dudes column)

  • Emily Brady, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier (Grand Central, Jun.)
  • Michael Paterniti, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese. (Dial. Jul.)
  • Bill Heavey, It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try To Eat It. (Atlantic Monthly. 2013)
  • Hooman Majd, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You Not To Stay: An American Family in Iran. (Doubleday, Nov.)
  • Douglas Corleone, Good as Gone. (Minotaur: St. Martin’s, Aug.)
  • Susan Nussbaum, Good Kings Bad Kings. (Algonquin, Jun)
  • John Van Kirk, Song for Chance. (Red Hen, Aug.)
  • Paul Yoon, Snow Hunters. (S. & S., Aug.)
  • Don Reardon, The Raven’s Gift. (Pintail, Jun.)



  • Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly, The Tilted World. (Morrow, Oct.)
  • Lauren Grodstein, The Explanation for Everything. (Algonquin, Sept.)
  • Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder. (Farrar, Jun.)
  • Antoine Laurain, The President’s Hat. (Gallic, Sept.) 
  • Charlie Lovett, The Bookman’s Tale. (Viking, May)
  • Ian Doescher, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Quirk, Jul.)
  • J.M. Sidorova, The Age of Ice (Scribner, Jul.)
  • Mark Gerchick, Full  Upright and Locked Position: Not So Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today  (Norton, Jun.)
  • Nate Anderson, The Internet Police. (Norton, Aug.)
  • Maggie Anderson, Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy. (Public Affairs, May)
  • Suzette Field, A Curious Invitation:The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature. (Harper Perennial, Oct.)
  • Ronald Frame, Havisham. (Picador: Macmillan, Nov.)
  • Royce Prouty, Stoker’s Manuscript. (Putnam, Jun.)
  • Division of Labor, Stop Tweeting Boring S**t: New Rules of Work. (Chronicle, Jul.)
  • Greg Stones, Penguins Hate Stuff. (Chronicle, Jul.)


  • John Bradshaw,  Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend To Your Pet. (Basic, Sept.)
  • Joshua Bernstein, The Complete Beer Course. (Sterling Epicure, Sept.)
  • Kelli Maine, Taken. (Forever: Grand Central, Oct.)
  • Colleen Gleason,  The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel. (Chronicle, Sept.)
  • Jason Mott. The Returned (Mira: Harlequin, Sept.) 
  • Heather Terrell, Relic. (Soho Teen, Oct.)
  • Amy Tan, The Valley of Amazement. (Ecco, Nov.)
  • Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam. (Nan A.Talese: Doubleday, Sept.)
  • Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens. (Doubleday, Sep)
  • Suzanne McMinn, Chickens in the Road. (HarperOne, Oct.)
  • Graeme Simieson, The Rosie Project. (S. &  S., Oct.)
  • Lisa Lutz, The Last Word. (S. & S., Jul.)
  • Mary Kay Andrews, Ladies’ Night. (St. Martin’s, Jun.)
  • Sarah Dunant, Blood & Beauty: A Novel of the Borgias. (Random , Jul.)
  • C.W. Gortner, The Tudor Conspiracy. (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jul.)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaman. (Orbit: Hachette, Sept.)
  • Marisha Pessl. Night Film. (Random, Aug.)
  • Louise Penny, How the Light Gets In. (Minotaur: St. Martin’s, Sept.)
  • Sue Grafton, Wasted. (Putnam, Sept.)
  • Allison Hoffman, AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People. (Lark Crafts, Oct.)
  • Laura Wilson, Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip. (Lark Crafts, Aug.)
  • Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. (Knopf, Oct.)













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