National Books Council, Alex ‘21 Best-Of: Mott, Kendi, Ishiguro, More

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Amid the American Library Association curation of the numerous January annual Youth Media Awards, is also an occasion for the best of the previous year’s noteworthy library-centric Adult titles to be celebrated. We conclude our Igloo multi-part ALA citations’ coverage with our titles selected for two prominent Honors lists.

Notable Books List
The National Books Council compiles an annual best-of list of 25 U.S. fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles written for Adult readers that appeal to teen audiences. From PRH and PRHPS publishers:


  • HELL OF A BOOK by Jason Mott (Dutton, Penguin Audio, narrated by JD Jackson and Ronald Peet) Also, the 2021 National Book Award winner.
  • KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, Random House Audio, narrated by Sura Siu)
  • MATRIX by Lauren Groff (Riverhead, Penguin Audio, narrated by Adjoa Andoh) Also, a 2021 NBA Fiction finalist.

WHEN WE CEASE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD by Benjamin Labatut (New York Review Books, a PRHPS client publisher)


  • A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA by Hanif Abudurraqib (Random House, Random House Audio, read by JD Jackson). Also, winner of the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and a 2021 NBA Nonfiction finalist.
  • EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, Random House Audio, read by the author)
  • FOUR HUNDRED SOULS, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (One World, Random House Audio, read by various voices)

2022 Alex Awards
Bestowed to ten-best Adult Books that appeal to teen readers.

Congratulations to our authors and their publishers.

Posted: January 26, 2022