Key Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1


Bausch, Richard. Living in the Weather of the World: Stories. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780451494825. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494832. SHORT STORIES Recipient of a PEN/Malamud Award, among other honors, Bausch has been called a master of the short story by the New York Times Book Review, and here he gets to strut his stuff. […]

Books for Our Times | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1


Douthat, Ross. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501146923. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146947. RELIGION As conservative New York Times columnist Douthat clarifies, Pope Francis’s stewardship as 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church is not without controversy. His raising issues like communion for […]

Worldwide Reading: Books Beyond the Mainstream That Take Us Far


An enthralling portrait of a time, a place, and one resilient woman; Eir’s deliciously written work is almost as good as going on one’s own spiritual quest; smart and absorbing reading for a wide audience; Laroui is insightful and often blackly funny; Nobel Prize winner Modiano; Tawada’s engaging fable is not just for animal lovers

A New Dan Brown Title for September 2017


Too early for a September 2017 title? Not when it’s the next Dan Brown thriller. Doubleday has just announced that Origin (ISBN 9780385514231. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542692. CD/downloadable: Random Audio), the new title in the series starring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, will be published in the United States and Canada on September 26, 2017. Transworld […]

From Attenberg to Lesser to Schlink | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 4


Attenberg, Jami. All Grown Up. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780544824249. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780544824263. LITERARY FICTION Author of the New York Times best-selling and Los Angeles Times Book Prize short-listed The Middlesteins and, more recently, of the well-received Saint Mazie, Attenberg again lays bare the soul of a woman. Her heroine here is […]

Last of the Big March 2017 Fiction | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 4


Alcott, Kate. The Hollywood Daughter. Doubleday. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780385540636. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385540643. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL A New York Times best-selling author of historical fiction, Alcott returns to the Hollywood setting of her most recent novel, A Touch of Stardust—not surprisingly, since she was raised in Los Angeles and married into a […]

Great Literary Titles & World Politics | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 4


Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables. Farrar. Mar. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780374223236. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374716295. LITERARY CRITICISM A prolific translator and Princeton professor of French and comparative literature whose Is That a Fish in Your Ear? was a Los Angeles Book Prize finalist, Bellos discusses not just […]

Fall/Winter Debut Novels


Personal reading and the input of LJ reviewers stand behind the selection of these upcoming debut novels as titles worth watching.

Kunzru, See, Russian Revolution, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 3


Dunant, Sarah. In the Name of the Family. Random. Mar. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780812996975. $28. ebk. ISBN 9780812996982. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL FICTION Renowned for her bright and disciplined way with Renaissance Italy, New York Times best-selling novelist Dunant again visits the Borgias, to whom she recently paid court in Blood and Beauty. Pope Alexander […]

21 Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 3


Abbott, Jeff. Blame. Grand Central. Mar. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781455558438. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455558452. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455595662. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Another Sam Capra thriller from this three-time Edgar nominee? Actually not. Abbott has decided to take a break and write a stand-alone psychological suspense novel, for which there are no plot details but […]