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.

LJ Talks to Joseph Cassara | Debut Spotlight

The great gift of Joseph Cassara’s debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties is his describing so acutely a little-portrayed community—queer people of color—in luxurious, gorgeously inflected language embodying gracefully intercut portraits to illuminating effect.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Lecture To Be Published

On December 7, Kazuo Ishiguro delivered the 2017 Nobel Lecture in Literature while in Stockholm accepting the Nobel Prize. On December 12, Knopf will publish his lecture, titled My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs (64p. ISBN 9780525654957. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525654964). In the lecture he says, “So here I am, a man in my […]

From Horowitz to Homes | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2018

Backman, Fredrik. Us Against You. Atria. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781501160790. $26.99. CD. LITERARY Sweden’s literary contribution to the New York Times best sellers list, Backman revisits Beartown, where the cherished hockey team is slated for the dust heap. The players join a rival team in Hed, a new team forms (with a surprise coach), […]

Assad to Cyberwarfare to Uncomfortable Conversations | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2018

Auletta, Ken. Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else). Penguin Pr. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780735220867. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780525633310. Downloadable. MEDIA STUDIES Longtime “Annals of Communications” columnist for The New Yorker, NYPL Literary Lion Auletta examines the $2 trillion global advertising and marketing business, seriously under siege since the Digital […]

Start of the Summer Chills | Thriller Previews, June 2018

Belle, Kimberly. Little Boy Lost. Park Row: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307716. pap. $15.99. THRILLER Kat Jenkins’s son Ethan disappears on an overnight school trip, but another mother whose child is safe receives the ransom demand. Glamorous Stefanie Huntington, wife of Atlanta’s mayor, watches her carefully constructed life tumble as both mothers rush to […]

Mostly Domestic, but Not Bliss | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2018

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom. Viking. Jun. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780525522652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522669. MYSTERY Lori Shepherd drops off husband Bill at a client in rural England, then heads into a storm that strands her at the creepy King’s Ransom inn, where mysterious footsteps echo. Adviser-from-another-world Aunt Dimity reminds her that […]

Literary Glitter | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Faye, Gaël. Small Country. Hogarth: Crown. Jun. 2018. 224p. tr. from French. ISBN 9781524759872. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781524759896. Downloadable. LITERARY Ten-year-old Gabriel’s life in Burundi is completely upended when adjacent Rwanda erupts hideously in flames. Based on songwriter/rapper Faye’s own experiences, this debut novel captured numerous awards in France, including the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, […]

Historical/Pop/Fantasy/Women’s | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Historical Fiction Dallas, Sandra. The Patchwork Bride. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250174031. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250174055. HISTORICAL When granddaughter June calls off her wedding, even as Ellen finishes the wedding quilt she’s been making, Ellen tells June the story of a Kansas-born woman who seeks a husband in New Mexico Territory in 1898. […]

Historical Perspectives | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Crouch, Gregory. The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Fortune in the American West. Scribner. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781501108198. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501108211. HISTORY Like so many others, Irish immigrant John Mackay rushed to 1840s California in search of gold. It didn’t pan out, but in 1859, he walked 100 miles […]

Last of the Big May Titles | Fiction & Nonfiction Previews, May 2018

Fiction Brooks, Terry. The Skaar Invasion. Del Rey: Ballantine. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780553391510. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780553391527. Downloadable. FANTASY As the end of the Shannara books near—this is the second book in a four-part wrap-up that reads like a stand-alone series—Paranor is swarming with invaders who don’t seem too vindictive. Alas, they presage a […]