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Spotlight on Health & Wellness
Wellness and Well-Being • Wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as the result of actively pursuing that goal. Well-being is to be healthy and content. Both are difficult to achieve personally, let alone as a society. The books below provide insight, information, inspiration, and advice with the hope that the enhanced well-being of individuals will lead to increased social wellness.
Top 10 Health & Wellness Books
Self-Published Books Showcase • These books are recommended by BlueInk Review, a fee-based review service devoted exclusively to self-published books. Every other issue, BlueInk will compile a list of their favorites for Booklist, as a service to librarians hoping to incorporate self-published work into their collections. BlueInk was founded by Patti Thorn, former book review editor of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, and Patricia Moosbrugger, a literary agent who represents several best-selling authors. The company delivers professional, unbiased reviews of self-published books written by critics drawn largely from major mainstream publications and by editors from prominent publishing houses. Stars reflect the decisions of BlueInk reviewers and editors. Booklist is happy to bring this curated collection of the best in self-publishing for adults and youth to our audience.
Spotlight on Women’s Fiction
WOMEN WRITE THE WORLD
Top 10 Women’s Fiction
Booklist Core Collection Immigration and Belonging in Women’s Fiction • Being the child of immigrants can be an exercise in managing expectations: of an often close-knit community, of traditional gender roles, of a society that looks at immigrants with prejudice. These recent books, featuring immigrants or first-generation main characters—of all genders—explore these issues alongside the staples of relationship fiction: friendship, romantic partnerships, and finding one’s place in the world. Though the tones vary widely from laugh-out-loud funny to tender and somber, the stories share the theme of finding the balance between tradition and modern life.
Continuing SERIES NONFICTION SHOWCASE
Spotlight on Health & Wellness
Top 10 Health & Wellness for Youth
Graphic Medicine for Kids & Teens • Graphic medicine, a field generally focused on offering explanatory or personal graphic narratives about health and medicine, has been a mainstay in adult collections for a while now, but in recent years, a wealth of titles on the subject published for children and teens has come to the fore. It’s certainly not new—Raina Telgemeier’s blockbuster Smile (2010), about her experience with extreme dental-repair surgery, exists comfortably in this field—but the increase in the number and variety of graphic novels in this space over the past few years is notable. While straightforward nonfiction exploring the history of medical procedures or memoirs describing an experience with a condition or disorder are obvious choices for inclusion in this list, fiction depicting a character experiencing a mental or physiological health situation also belongs here. In the last couple of years, there’s been a noticeable shift toward focusing on mental health; a significant number of graphic-medicine titles published for youth, both nonfiction and fiction, have dealt with anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Whether for casual reading or as part of a...