WAMC's Roundtable Book Picks

WAMC Oblong's co-owner Suzanna Hermans appears regularly on The Roundtable, WAMC's morning show. Don't miss her book picks!

September 26, 2017
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

July 11, 2017
After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
American Fire by Monica Hesse
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

April 18, 2017
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, illustrated  by Christopher Silas Neal
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

February 19, 2017
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman
The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo
Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz & Amy Shrodes, illustrated by Sue Cornelison
Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

November 29, 2016
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Doll People's Christmas by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski
Frazzled by Booki Vivat 

August 2, 2016
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
Departure by A.G. Riddle
Dragonfish by Vu Tran
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten  

May 24, 2016
My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons
Shrill by Lindy West
Just Life by Neil Abramson
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda  

April 5, 2016
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma  

January 19, 2016
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
River Road by Carol Goodman
The Apple Family by Richard Nelson
Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson  

November 17, 2015
Welcome to the Museum: Historium by Jo Nelson & Richard Wilkinson
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana Williams & Jenny Broom
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting
Cabin Porn collected by Beaver Brook
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew DeGraff
Map: Exploring the World by Phaidon
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, and Future by Lauren Redniss
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz & Juan Carlos Mena  

September 15, 2015
The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton
George by Alex Gino
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin  

July 28, 2015
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
The Fold by Peter Clines  

May 19, 2015
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me by David Gates
The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman    

March 31, 2015
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una LaMarche
Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
The Keepers: The Box & the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma  

January 20, 2015
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

December 23, 2014
Descent by Tim Johnston
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton
101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illustrated by Roz Chast
Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs. by Henry Carroll
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  

November 4, 2014
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raul the Third
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann
How Do You Pray? by Celeste Yacoboni
Peter Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life by Peter Yarrow
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

August 26, 2014
Getting a Life with Asperger's by Jesse Saperstein
What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers
Bats in the Band by Brian Lies
My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

July 1, 2014
Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Tween Hobo: Off the Rails by Alena Smith
Landline by Rainbow Rowell  

April 29, 2014
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Three-Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise
Waterfire Saga, Book 1: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

February 25, 2014
Return of a King by William Dalrymple
Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson
Bark by Lorrie Moore
This is Not an Accident by April Wilder
One More Thing by B.J. Novak
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis
Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando   

November 11, 2013
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
A Reader's Book of Days by Tom Nissley
Unlikely Loves by Jennifer S. Holland
S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman  

August 27, 2013
Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet
Long Division by Kiese Laymon
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps by Alan Gelb

July 2, 2013
Middle Grade
Madhattan Mystery by John Bonk
Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child  
Pegasus Book 1: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O'Hearn  
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos Countdown by Deborah Wiles  
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller    

Young Adult
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

April 30, 2013
The Incidental Steward by Akiko Busch
Why Knot? by Philippe Petit  
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle  
Relish by Lucy Knisley
The Philadelphia Chromosome by Jessica Wapner  
Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Seve, illustrated by Paul Schmid
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell    

February 19, 2013
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
We Live in Water by Jess Walter
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak
A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant, illu by Melissa Sweet
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

November 26, 2012
The Christmas Tugboat by George Matteson & Adele Ursone, illustrated by James Ransome
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater  

September 11, 2012
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Amelia Anne is Dead & Gone by Kat Rosenfield
The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
One Good Deed by Erin McHugh
Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg    

July 10, 2012
The Queen's Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray
Octopus by Guy Lawson
Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

May 8, 2012
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer
Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo
Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill
Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg
Titanic Tragedy by John Maxtone-Graham

March 20, 2012
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher
By the Iowa Sea by Joe Blair
Banzai Babe Ruth by Robert Fitts
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Otto the Book Bear by Kate Cleminson

January 3, 2012
Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott & Colette Freedman
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome & James Ransome
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

November 15, 2011
Pie by Sarah Weeks The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Food Rules by Michael Pollan, illustrated by Maira Kalman
The Silver Spoon (new edition) Aelian's On the Nature of Animals by Gregory McNamee
Menagerie by Sharon Montrose
The Best of the Rejection Collection by The New Yorker
Red-Robed Priestess by Elizabeth Cunningham
The 50 Funniest American Writers by Andy Borowitz

September 13, 2011
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina
A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies
My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir by Susan Fox Rogers

July 12, 2011
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Dark Life by Kat Falls
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Heist Society & Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

May 24, 2011
The Passage by Justin Cronin
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Fuddles by Frans Vischer
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, illustrated by Brian Floca
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

March 15, 2011
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Warriors series by Erin Hunter

January 4, 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
Stieg Larsson: Our Days in Stockholm by Kurdo Baksi
Good Eggs by Pheobe Potts
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Matched by Ally Condie

November 16, 2010 
The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser
Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg
Everything But the Horse by Holly Hobbie
The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman & Rob Shepperson
A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter
One Big Table by Molly O'Neill

September 14, 2010 
Food Heroes by Georgia Pellegrini
Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Bells by Richard Harvell
The Wave by Susan Casey
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

June 29, 2010 
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Double Happiness by Mary-Beth Hughes
The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
One Day by David Nicholls
The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

April 13, 2010 
Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan  

February 23, 2010 
A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew
Selby and Greg Campbell
A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Ultimate Guide by Rick Riordan
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

December 22, 2009 
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James 
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Book of Genesis by R. Crumb    

Kids & Young Adult
The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall & Peter de Sève
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty
Nerds by Michael Buckley
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor          

October 22, 2009
Picture Books
Otis by Loren Long
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jon Muth

Middle Grade
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
The Secret Science Alliance & the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Young Adult
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Amanda Project: invisible i by Stella Lennon  

August 18, 2009
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin
The Film Club by David Gilmour
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead  

June 23, 2009
The 39 Clues Series, Various Authors
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Hoot, Flush, and Scat by Carl Hiaasen
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen  

April 21, 2009
Life List by Olivia Gentile
The Craftsman by Richard Sennett
Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York by Eric Sanderson, illustrations by Markley Boyer
A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino
Sergio Saves the Game! by Edel Rodriguez
The Enemy: A Book About Peace by Davide Cali & Serge Bloch
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson  

February 24, 2009
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
The Kept Man by Jami Attenberg
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz
Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter

Young Adult Books Recommended for Adult Readers
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly  

November 25, 2008
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
American Lion by Jon Meacham
Traitor to His Class by HW Brands
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
Listening to Stone by Dan Snow
A Platter of Figs by David Tanis