Jaida is building an eclectic list of both children’s and adult fiction with a special affinity for literary fiction, magical realism, historical fiction, upmarket fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative narratives. Jaida also loves stories that shed light on marginalized experiences and question the “status-quo”, as well as titles that include #OwnVoices themes, international settings, political commentary, conspiracy theories, alternate histories, as well as those with a bit of quirk and whimsy.
Some of her all-time favorite Adult titles reads that she did not work on but would love to find in her query pile: THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang, THE SELL OUT by Paul Beatty, THE DINNER by Herman Koch, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke, and A THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon. Some of her all-time favorite Children’s reads include: CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber, THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, THE GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford, THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY by Trenton Lee Stewart, THE DOLDRUMS by Nicholas Gannon, and NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman.
Jaida is also on the lookout for select prescriptive nonfiction with a commercial edge, such as YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero and THE POWER OF HABIT by Charles Duhigg, and forgotten/untold stories such as HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly and the film LAND OF MINE. She also enjoys narrative nonfiction titles that explore the darker corners of the human experience, such as STIFF by Mary Roach, and SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES by Caitlin Doughty.
Prior to joining New Leaf Literary, Jaida studied Biology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and briefly attended medical school, then moving to NYC to intern at Writers House. She loves art history, traveling, logic puzzles, secret societies, antiques, and numerous other topics that come in handy for Trivia Night and crossword puzzles.
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