I’我已经读过2021年我最喜欢的书之一,即使它是在12年前以某种方式首次出版的。让我解释。

上个月,我拿到了一份 美丽的斗争(适合年轻人) (Delacorte, Jan. 12), a new edition of the first book by Ta-Nehisi 涂料. Like many adult readers, I had been knocked sideways by the blazing intelligence and lyricism of 涂料’ 2015 book, 在我与世界之间,同时获得了Kirkus奖和国家图书奖。但是所有的作者’s gifts were on display in 那 2008 memoir, an account of his coming-of-age in 1980s Baltimore and a portrait of his enigmatic father, Paul 涂料, a loving disciplinarian with several children by different women. I’d在书出版时就错过了;为什么不从针对年轻人的新改编中获得淡淡的味道?

我发现,除了用Jackie Aher设计的精美的新封面外,Coates也全力以赴。他散文的所有独特之处—嘻哈节奏和特定时间的节奏—是完整的,今天要阅读和解释’的十几岁。长大并努力寻找自己的那种强烈唤起的感觉也完好无损’世界上黑人男孩的地位。叙述被浓缩为最轻量的176页,但绝不屈服于新读者。它相信那些读者会兴高采烈。

“It’s a pretty complicated story, and I just wanted it to stay 那 way,” 涂料 told me when we recently spoke by phone about the young readers’ edition. “I wanted all the complications of my family to be there and all the complications of my neighborhood, of Baltimore at 那 period of time, to be there.”

But 涂料 says he had always envisioned a young audience for the story. “I imagined myself, when I was writing it, as being about 20 years old and writing a book to capture a particular point in adolescence. I always thought I was talking to a kid like me at 那 age.”

涂料’出版商Delacorte的Beverly Horowitz详细介绍了针对年轻读者改编成人图书的受众群体问题。“最重要的是,我对本书的最初反应是具有启发,娱乐和启发年轻读者的方面。对我来说,这本书是—that’重要。我猜你’d say the rule 那 I apply is 那 we do not rewrite the book. It’真正尊重原始资料和读者。”

并非所有的YA改编都以完全相同的方式运行。去年我最喜欢的书之一是 盖章:种族主义,反种族主义和你,Jason Reynolds和Ibram X. Kendi’肯迪的改编’屡获殊荣的成人作品, 从一开始就盖章。 (我听了有声读物,由雷诺兹(Reynolds)动态阅读。)这是一个彻底的重新构想—作者称它为“remix”—以崭新的语言和节奏与一群新读者交流。

I look forward to exploring more young adult adaptations in the year to come, especially the nonfiction 那 will allow me to catch up with works I didn’不读他们的第一个化身。以下是下个月要列出的两个清单: 罗莎·帕克斯夫人的叛逆生活 由Jeanne Theoharis改编,由Brandy Colbert和Jeanne Theoharis改编(信标出版社,2月2日),以及 永久记录:一个人如何揭露有关政府间谍和数字安全的真相 爱德华·斯诺登(Henry Holt,2月9日)撰稿。那如果他们’是否比成人版本更短,更精简?那’对于拥有太多TBR头衔的读者来说,这不是世界末日。

汤姆·比尔(Tom Beer)是主编。