Notable Books for Adults

Published annually, and selected by the Reference and User Services Association division of the ALA, recognizing the year’s 25 most important books.

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American Prison
American Prison
American Prison A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment By Bauer, Shane
Book - 2018 Nonfiction, 2019
Nominees: Shane Bauer
Available in some locations
American Sonnets for My Once and Future Assassin
American Sonnets for My Once and Future Assassin
American Sonnets for My Once and Future Assassin
Book Poetry, 2019
Nominees: Terrance Hayes
An American Marriage
Book - 2018 | First edition. Fiction, 2019
Nominees: Tayari Jones
Available in some locations
Beneath A Ruthless Sun
Beneath A Ruthless Sun
Beneath A Ruthless Sun A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found By King, Gilbert
Book - 2018 Nonfiction, 2019
Nominees: Gilbert King
Available in some locations
Call Me American
Book - 2018 | First edition. Nonfiction, 2019
Nominees: Abdi Nor Iftin
Available in some locations
Don't Skip Out on Me
Book - 2018 | First edition. Fiction, 2019
Nominees: Willy Vlautin
Available in some locations
Dopesick
Dopesick
Dopesick Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America By Macy, Beth
Book - 2018 | First edition. Nonfiction, 2019
Nominees: Beth Macy
Available in some locations
Educated
Book - 2018 Nonfiction, 2019
Nominees: Tara Westover
Available in some locations
Frederick Douglass
Book - 2018 Nonfiction, 2019
Nominees: David W. Blight
Available in some locations
Friday Black
Book - 2018 Fiction, 2019
Nominees: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Available in some locations
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