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2018 Reading List: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers. The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow, 2017) was selected as the winner of the Women's Fiction category.

In The Almost Sisters, Geeky Leia is pregnant after an encounter with a sexy, anonymous Batman. Pondering when to tell her Southern family she is expecting a biracial child, her life is upended by the implosion of her half-sister’s marriage, her grandmother’s dementia, and a skeleton in the attic in this humorous tale. Click here to read an excerpt.

Below, check out the shortlisted titles for the Women's Fiction category, as well as read-alike titles for The Almost Sisters.

9780735220683

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes that the only way to survive is to open your heart.

Pamela Dorman Books, 2017.

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Click to Read the Booklist Starred Review.

9781250124579 (1)

The Woman Next Door

by Yewande Omotoso

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.

Picador, 2017.

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9781250113320

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

by Kathleen Rooney

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

St. Martin's Press, 2017.

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Click to Read the Booklist Starred Review.

9780399583582

The Garden of Small Beginnings

by Abbi Waxman

“If you’re looking for a summer beach read with meat, this might well be your book…Waxman develops and explores the characters and their relationship in depth…with moments of humorous writing.” —The Washington Post

Viking, 2017.

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Click to Read the Booklist Review.

Read-alike Titles for The Almost Sisters

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