Books in the News: Homo Deus and The Hate You Give

I read a couple interesting pieces last week that might help fuel your conversations with customers:

Last Monday’s NYT had a front-page story on how YA fiction is giving voice to the anxieties, confusion and anger of minority teens. It prominently features debut author Angie Thomas’ breakout bestseller The Hate U Give and notes that “educators see fiction as a particularly potent tool for engaging with volatile topics and instilling empathy in young readers.”

The Hate U Give (9780062498533) by Angie Thomas. $17.99 hardcover. Available now.

 

Lord, I love The Guardian—it does such great book coverage. Last Sunday it ran a profile of Harari, calling him a “visionary historian [and] author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind.” The article then shifts to a fascinating Q&A that The Guardian frames it this way:

“Harari is a naturally gifted explainer, invariably ready with the telling anecdote or memorable analogy. As a result, it’s tempting to see him less as a historian than as some kind of all-purpose sage. We asked public figures and readers to pose questions for Harari, and many of these…were of a moral or ethical nature, seeking answers about what should be done, rather than about what has happened. But the Israeli seems used to the role, and perfectly happy to give his best shot at replying. A historian of the distant past and the near future, he has carved out a whole new discipline of his own. It’s a singular achievement by an impressively multiple-minded man.”

It’s the best hour of reading I spent all week.

Homo Deus (9780062464316) by Yuval Noah Harari. $35.00 hardcover. Available now.

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