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.

The Year in Review: LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Prepub Alert is designed to look forward—next week, I’ll start previewing June 2017 titles after my five-part coverage of May, always a hefty month. But now I’m stepping back to direct you to past titles. Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016 is up and running, ready for your perusal. Aside from the Top Ten titles, […]

Hawkins, Simsion, Midwinter Keynoter Bell, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Bell, W. Kamau. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. Dutton. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101985878; ebk. ISBN 9781101985892. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/HUMOR Bell has been called “the most promising new talent in political […]

Ferris, Hadley, Khadivi, & More | Literary Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Craig, Charmaine. Miss Burma. Grove. May 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780802126450. $25. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Fifteen years after her internationally best-selling debut, The Good Men, Craig returns to tell the story of Burma from the 1940s to the 1960s from the perspective of Benny, Khin, and their daughter, Louisa. Intriguingly, she draws from the life of her own […]

Politics, Sports, & Otis Redding | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Gould, Jonathan. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life. Crown Archetype. May 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780307453945. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780307453969. Downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding’s landmark performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival—and with the last year of his tragically short life—this book investigates the contributions of a […]

Winter Fiction in Translation: Top Fiction from Around the World

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Strong if sometimes extended reading for sophisticated readers; fans of Latin American literature will surely want to consider Fuentes’s latest; lovers of both literary fiction and high-end sf can sink into Volodine’s absorbing tale

Caputo, Chevalier, Russo, & Up-and-Coming Segal | May 2017, Pt. 4

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Caputo, Philip. Some Rise by Sin. Holt. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781627794749. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627794756. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A journalist who shared a Pulitzer with a team reporting on election fraud in Chicago and perhaps best known for his memoir A Rumor of War, Caputo also writes sharp, politically informed fiction, and his […]

Librarians, the West Bank, Anxiety, Segregated America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cassidy, Kyle & Ronald Rice, ed. This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information. Black Dog and Leventhal: Hachette. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780316393980. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316393997. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316464260. LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE In 2014, author/photographer Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate called […]

Cameron, Kenyon, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cameron, W. Bruce. A Dog’s Way Home. Forge. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780765374653. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466842984. POP FICTION/FAMILY LIFE New York Times best-selling author Cameron has written books like A Dog’s Purpose (look for the film) and A Dog’s Journey, so it’s no surprise that his new work stars an adorable pit bull puppy […]

Franken, Sidibe, Tambor, & More | Memoir Previews, May 2017, Pt. 4

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Falcone, Ben. Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours. Dey Street: HarperCollins. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780062473622. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473608. MEMOIR The actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy and husband of Melissa McCarthy, with whom he is producing the comedy pilot Nobodies, Falcone shares stories both […]

Nesbo, Strout, & Four Big Science Titles | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Nesbø, Jo. The Thirst. Knopf. May 2017. 352p. tr. from Norwegian by Neil Smith. ISBN 9780385352161. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385352178. THRILLER Back in the swing after 2014’s Police, which saw tough Oslo detective Harry Hole battling a killer planning to wreak vengeance on the police, Harry again helps out the force when a serial killer […]