Rising Thriller Voices; Terry Hayes, Lori Roy, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Hayes, Terry. The Year of the Locust: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jun. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9781439177754. $26.95. SUSPENSE Having produced a winner straight out of the gate with last year’s New York Times best-selling I Am Pilgrim, which blended investigation of a scarily clue-free homicide with threats to the United States, Hayes gets techier […]

A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

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“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

Kent Haruf, Erika Johansen, Stephen King, Milan Kundera, S.J. Watson | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781101875896. $23.95. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE Haruf, who died Sunday aged 71, laid claim to impressive awards (e.g., Whiting Writers’ Award, the Wallace Stegner Award) and nominations (the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and his Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction have sold 1.4 […]

Brands on Reagan, Laqueur on Putin, plus Kozol, Schickel, & Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brands, H.W. Reagan: The Life. Doubleday. Jun. 2015. 816p. ISBN 9780385536394. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385536400. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY A New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for The First American and Traitor to His Class, Brands is both a serious academic (he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at […]

Greek Crisis, Baby vs. CEO, & a Surprising Double Agent | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Angelos, James. The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins. Crown. Jun. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385346481. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/WORLD A freelance journalist and former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with expertise on the European debt crisis, Angelos has been covering Greece for a decade and finally moved there in 2013. He’s well primed, […]

Here We Come, Nantucket: Hot Beach Reads by Women Authors from Collins to Frank to Hilderbrand | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Collins, Jackie. The Santangelos. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2015. 544p. ISBN 9781250048233. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848900. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Her daughter is Europe’s hot new model, her son is being set up for murder, and enemies (not to mention a druggie Colombian club owner) circle like vultures, but does that stop Lucky Santangelo? Absolutely not. […]

Creepy (Barker, Oates), Literary (Bellow, Styron), Political (Lemmon), Epic (Stephenson) & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Barker, Clive. The Scarlet Gospels. St. Martin’s. May 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781250055804. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781466859555. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Big news here: Barker’s first adult novel since 2007 brings back Hellraiser icons Harry D’Amour, good-guy investigator of the supernatural, and unimaginably evil Pinhead. It’s their final showdown, and whatever the outcome, Barker has announced […]

Bacigalupi, Crais, Kenyon, Lescroat, Sandord, & More | Chiller Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Kickback. Putnam. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780399170843. $26.95. THRILLER When 17-year-old Dillon Yates is sentenced to a lockdown juvenile facility for a minor prank, his mother asks Spenser to investigate why so many youngsters from their town have received similar sentencing from the local get-tough judge. The ugly answer has […]

The Arts, Business, & Current Culture | Nonfiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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ARTS Luzzi, Joseph. In a Dark Wood. HarperWave. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062357519. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062357533. MEMOIR “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.” You know the opening lines of Dante’s Inferno, as does award-winning literary critic and Bard professor Luzzi, who found his woods dark indeed […]

From Interactive to Straight Text with Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz

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In August 2014, Atavist Books released The New World, a digital novel by New Yorker 20 under 40 author Chris Adrian (The Great Night) and Webby Award winner Eli Horowitz (The Silent History) that utilized nonlinear narrative devices via the Atavist app to tell a truly mind-bending love story. After some surprise sympathy text messages, […]

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