Top Fall Indie Poetry: Fourteen Great Poets To Discover or Rediscover


Not pretty-picture poems but tough and true; risk takers will have great fun traveling with Noel through urban landscapes; Teare’s poems are demanding and brave; Wieners’s work is important for serious poetry readers

Best Books 2015: Poetry


Betts, Reginald Dwayne. Bastards of the Reagan Era. Four Way. (Stahlecker Selections). ISBN 9781935536659. pap. $15.95. POETRY Brown, Nickole. Fanny Says. BOA Editions. ISBN 9781938160578. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781938160585. POETRY Burnside, John. Black Cat Bone. Graywolf. ISBN 9781555977146. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781555979041. POETRY Herrera, Juan Felipe. Notes on the Assemblage. City Lights. ISBN […]

The Middle East | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Hamid, Shadi. Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the Middle East. St. Martin’s. May 2016. 256p. ISBN 9781250061010. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466866720. POLITICAL SCIENCE The caliphate has always been Islam’s dominant form of governance, and since the Ottoman Caliphate was abolished in 1924, there has been a continuing struggle for some kind […]

Jo Baker, Haigh, Montefiore, Mukherjee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2016, Pt. 2


Baker, Jo. A Country Road, a Tree. Knopf. May 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101947180. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947197. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Having taken us downstairs with the Bennet family servants in Longbourn, both a LibraryReads and a Discover Great New Writers pick and a New York Times Notable Book, Baker reimagines the […]

Debuts Not To Miss | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Barnett, Lisa. The Versions of Us. Houghton. May 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544634244. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544634473. POP FICTION Sparks fly when Eva and Jim meet on a street in Cambridge, England, but what happens next is uncertain; journalist/theater critic Barnett gives us options. Do they kiss or turn away; get together briefly, marry quickly, or […]

Top Pop from Jude Deveraux to Naomi Novik | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Deveraux, Jude. The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel. Ballantine. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781101883266. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101883273. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ROMANCE In the first of a new trilogy, set in a fictional Virginia mountain town, dedicated chef Casey Reddick is playing Elizabeth Bennet opposite gorgeous but seemingly arrogant Hollywood […]

Spotlight on Titan Books


This fall, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tossed something different through the hoop: Mycroft Holmes, an acclaimed mystery starring Sherlock Holmes’s crafty brother. Fiction might have been a first for Abdul-Jabbar but not for his publisher, Titan Books, long noted for its licensed products and graphic novels. In the past half-dozen years, however, Titan has been […]

Walking The Blood Strand with Chris Ould | Titan Books


The past has a way of rushing back in like the sea, as British police detective Jan Reyna discovers in Chris Ould’s absorbing new mystery, The Blood Strand. Reyna has returned to his birthplace after learning that his father was found unconscious in a deserted spot, a shotgun by his side and blood that’s not […]

Current and Forthcoming Titles | Titan Books


Akers, Tim. The Pagan Night. (The Hallowed War, Bk. 1.) Titan. Jan. 2016. 592p. ISBN 9781783297375. $14.95. ebk. ISBN 9781783297399. FANTASY/EPIC Nearly ten years in the making, this epic fantasy by the North Carolina–born son of a theologian puts us in a Braveheart world ruled ruthlessly by the Church. But gheists still roam the land, […]

DiSclafani, Erdrich, Haddon, Joe Hill, & Fargo’s Hawley | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1


DiSclafani, Anton. The After Party. Riverhead. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781594633164. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698161238. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY DiSclafani’s daring debut, the much proclaimed and New York Times best-selling The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a coming-of-age story set in the 1930s South. Her new work, set in oil-rich 1950s Texas, features a […]