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Theme: Firsts

    •   Debuts
    •   1st in Series

Theme: Families

    •   Generational & Family Sagas
    •   Parenting & Families (fiction & nonfiction)

Theme: Ages & Stages

    •   Adult Books From A Child's Perspective
    •   Coming of Age
    •   Mid-Life Onwards
    •   Dealing with Loss

Theme: Ethnicity

    •   Books in Translation
    •   Immigrants & Expatriates
    •   Latinx Writers
    •   Asian Writers
    •   Black Writers (including African-Americans)
    •   Jewish Writers
    •   Middle-Eastern Writers

Theme: Gender & Sexuality

    •   Strong Female Leads
    •   LGBTQ
    •   Female Friendships

Theme: Books About Animals

    •   Books About Animals

Theme: Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality

    •   Philosophical
    •   Religious or Spiritual Themes

Theme: Magical or Supernatural Elements

    •   Magical or Supernatural Elements
    •   Magical Realism

Theme: Various

    •   Physical & Mental Differences
    •   In Time of War & The Effects of War
    •   Nature & Environmental Themes
    •   Art & Artists
    •   Charities & Volunteering
    •   Heroes

Theme: Humor & Satire

    •   Humor & Satire

Theme: For Readers & Writers

    •   Small Press Titles
    •   Books about Books, Book Lovers & Language

Theme: Doorstoppers

    •   Books With 500+ Pages

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