Politicians, Movie Stars, & Olympians | Memoir Previews, May 2018

Barak, Ehud. My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace. St. Martin’s. May 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781250079367. ebk. ISBN 9781466892088. CD. MEMOIR/POLITICS Barak’s life is so deeply entwined with his homeland that any memoir he offers will also be a history of Israel. Here he focuses on his efforts in 2000 to find […]

Essential Arts Titles | Nonfiction Previews, May 2018

Harkness, Deborah (text) & Colleen Madden (illus.). The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. Viking. May 2018. 608p. ISBN 9780735220744. $40; ebk. 9780735220751. Downloadable. LITERATURE Hilburn, Robert. Paul Simon: The Life. S. & S. May 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781501112126. $30. BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC […]

Greenblatt, Palahniuk, & Newcomer Gabel | Barbara’s Picks, May 2018

Gabel, Aja. The Ensemble. Riverhead. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735214767. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735214781. Downloadable. WOMEN’S FICTION Steely first violinist Jana. Beautiful second violinist Brit. Self-confident violist Henry, ever the prodigy. And cellist Daniel, prickly and horny and troublesome. They’ve come together as the Van Ness Quartet, and they go on to great success in […]

Not Just Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2018

Agresti, Aimee. Campaign Widows. Graydon House: HarperCollins. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781525804267. pap. $15.99. WOMEN’S New to Washington, DC, Cady Davenport isn’t overjoyed when she loses her fiancé to the campaign trail, but then she befriends other “campaign widows”: a mommy blogger, a website editor, an elegant Georgetown resident, and a woman who’s reluctant to […]

From the Opium Wars to Putin’s Russia | History Previews, 2018

Baier, Bret & Catherine Whitney. Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire. Morrow. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062748362. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062748492. CD. HISTORY Author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Three Days in January and anchor of Fox News Channel’s top-rated Special Report with Bret Baier, […]

From Michael Koryta to Amanda Quick | Thriller Previews, May 2018

Bell, Ted. Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel. Morrow. May 2018. 544p. ISBN 9780062684516. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062684547. lrg. prnt. THRILLER High in the Swiss Alps, Alex Hawke’s young son, Alexei, is swept from a burning cable car by mysterious assailants in a helicopter even as Vladimir Putin parachutes from the plane that carried him away […]

Winners of the 2017 National Book Awards Announced

“Books matter because they give us information and hope and connect us to other people,” said Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, in a recorded message at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15, at Cipriani’s in New York. Lucas appeared in person as well, appealing to the tightly packed audience for support (envelopes in the program facilitated donations) and proclaim the desire to “not just celebrate [both winners and finalists] tonight but…keep celebrating the work they do.”

Exciting Poetry for Fall: 14 Titles Range Widely To Bring a Fresh Reading Experience

Good work for readers who like their verse philosophical; satisfying work from rising-star Chang; readers of international poetry will appreciate discovering a splendidly translated new voice; a one-of-a-kind debut for teenage newbies and experienced poetry readers alike

Atkins, Griffiths, Indridason, & More | Mystery Previews, May 2018

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic. Putnam. May 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780399177019. $27; ebk. 9780698413078. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio & Books on Tape. MYSTERY Twenty years after a stash of paintings was lifted from a Boston museum, paint chips from the most valuable piece land on a journalist’s desk, and Boston PI Spenser is […]

Chabon, Comey, Gay, Hurston, Russo, Winchester, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2018

Alinejad, Masih. The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran. Little, Brown. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316548915. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316549073. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Award-winning Iranian journalist Alinejad was arrested for her activism as a teenager; went to Tehran with a young husband who, later, shamefully divorced her; fought nine […]