LJ Best Books 2016

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Prepub Alert, March 7, 2011

The summer seemed a little soft, but with September we have a veritable flood of titles. Want mystery? There’s Laurie King (Pirate King). Want romantic suspense? There’s Linda Howard (Prey). Want thrillers? There’s Cussler, Woods, and a continuation of Robert B. Parker’s legacy. Want blockbuster debut? There’s Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus). Personally, I’m looking out for Nuruddin Farah’s Crossbones, Philip Hensher’s King of the Badgers, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, and Steve Sem-Sandberg’s The Emperor of Lies‚ picking picks was hard this time. Nonfiction is exciting, too, ranging from Jane Fonda (Prime Time) to Thomas Friedman (That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented) to a graphic-novel explanation of health-care reform from expert Jonathan Gruber. Also check out coverage of Discover Award winners Kim Echlin and David R. Dow and of Stephen King’s latest.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.