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.

Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and […]

Technology, Literature, & Dan Rather | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Berlin, Leslie. Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781451651508. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451651522. TECHNOLOGY Five of the world’s six most valuable companies are high-tech firms, and they were helped to the top by the six innovators profiled here, who broke ground in 1970s and early […]

Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide | Last Chance

The 2017 Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide will be ready this week. Here’s your last chance to register in advance for the guide. This year’s guide contains over 200 listings, with many of the giveaways and signing opportunities on a schedule, which makes the guide particularly handy. Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, Don Winslow, Alice […]

Allende, Keneally, Sontag, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. Atria. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501178139. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501178153. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY When the personal shades into the political, Allende is there. Her latest novel features 60-year-old human rights scholar Richard Bowmaster, who feels he’s hit the end of the road—and one snow-blown Brooklyn […]

From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops […]

Music, Art, & Literature | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2017

A-Trak. When the Needle Dropped: A DJ’s Journey. Scribner. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781476745497. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476745510. MEMOIR/MUSIC His full name is Alain Macklovitch, but he’s known worldwide as A-Trak, and through his memoir he traks, er, tracks a huge trend in music: the emergence of the DJ as the star of the show […]

High-Profile Debut Novels: Four Distinctive and Newsworthy Works

Brassingthwaighte draws on his own legal aid work in Cairo to give us an intimate look at the refugee experience; debut novelist and celebrated memoirist Fuller aims to honor the history and culture of the Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation; ­Hamilton’s work both informs and humbles; Stansel is spare in language but big in purpose

On the Vietnam War | History & Literature

Important anniversaries aside, the Vietnam War remains in the news. Witness Ken Burns’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary airing on PBS in September, with Burns and Geoffrey Ward’s The Vietnam War: An Intimate History publishing the same month, and the Vietnam newsletter now being pushed out by the New York Times. Recently announced, Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: […]

Register for Your BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide

BookExpo America has been rebranded simply BookExpo, taking into account its global nature. But some things never change: you’ll still have thousands of books to consider as you tramp down the aisles and hundreds of authors whose signings you’ll want to pursue. That’s where LJ‘s BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide comes in handy. Top titles, […]