Celebrity Picks: Jacqueline Woodson's Favorite Reads of 2018

Jon Foro on January 08, 2019

225Woodson(1).jpgThe author of nearly thirty books for young people and adults, Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her novel Another Brooklyn was a National Book Award finalist in 2016. She has also received the Kurt Vonnegut Award, four Newbery Honors, two Coretta Scott King Award, and the Langston Hughes Medal. Her latest novel, Harbor Me—an intimate story of community, communication, and compassion—should attract similar attention. 

When Woodson recommends a book, you should listen—because you know it's going to be good. See her picks and why she chose them below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites. For even more recommendations, learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Years after reading this book, I found it stayed with me. Upon recently revisiting, I understand why – It is haunting, beautifully paced and absorbing. Such a great book to curl up with.

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Felt like I was sitting in a room listening to the former First Lady tell me her life story. There was something so powerful and honest about this book that you can’t help walking away from it wanting to just do better.

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

I don’t know. Something about thinking about lives I would have never imagined always makes me feel some kind of way. Here is the story of a Pakistani girl sent into indentured servitude and the author succeeds in creating a thoughtful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always hopeful narrative that made me want to put this book into the hand of every child (and adult) I know. I can feel her joy when she gets a book she wants to read — and her fear when the simple act of trying to cling to a pomegranate puts her life in jeopardy

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