Top Debut Novels, with Settings from Africa to Vietnam to the Wild West | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 4

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Eyre, Hermione. Viper Wine. Hogarth: Crown. Apr. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780553419351. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780553419368. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Muse to Ben Johnson and Van Dyck, Venetia Stanley fears that her celebrated beauty is fading. But though her husband, Sir Kenelm Digby, is an alchemist as well as an explorer and a time traveler, he won’t brew her […]

Business, Science, & Social Science | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 4

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Business Bock, Laszlo. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead. Twelve. Apr. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781455554799. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781455554805. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455531455. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. BUSINESS Billed as Lean In for every manager, this is good guidance from the head of Google’s innovative People Operations, who […]

Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying: Another Big Read Opportunity for Libraries

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has expanded its Big Read library with the addition of its first nonfiction selection, Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist published in 2007. In this family memoir, Danticat recounts being raised by her uncle Joseph in Haiti […]

An Inaugural Poet’s Rx for Fear of Poetry; American Poets Prizes

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“In America, we don’t have a built-in gene to hate poetry,” proclaimed 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco while giving the Blaney Lecture at the eighth annual Poets Forum, an extravaganza of lectures and readings held in New York October 16–18 under the aegis of the Academy of American Poets. But as Blanco pointed out, most […]

David Baldacci, Larry Kramer, Steven Millhauser, Mary Morris, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3

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Baldacci, David. Memory Man. Grand Central. Apr. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455559824. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586387. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455559794. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Important bulletin to all your thriller fans: mega-best-selling author Baldacci hits a milestone with his 30th adult novel and he launches a new series. His hero is Amos Decker, who has hyperthymesia—no, […]

Upmarket Fiction from Amit Chaudhuri, Emily Schultz, Adam Thirlwell, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3

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Begley, Louis. Killer, Come Hither. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. 256p. ISBN 9780385539142. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539159. LITERARY/THRILLER In a departure from his smooth-as-melted-butter stories of New York’s stratospheric milieu (e.g., About Schmidt), Begley tries out a literary thriller starring Jack Dana, a Yalie turned marine officer turned successful novelist. Close to his uncle Harry, a […]

Memoirs from Bergen, Gooch, Julavits, Mulgrew, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3

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Alexander, Elizabeth. The Light of the World: A Memoir. Grand Central. Apr. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9781455599875. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455599851. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579730. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Expect truth and beauty in this heartrending memoir from poet Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who recited her “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s […]

Moving On Up: Patrick Modiano, Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee

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It always happens: an author wins an award or award nomination, and his or her forthcoming book gets a big push forward. Patrick Modiano, named recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature last week, isn’t much published in this country, but Yale University Press was planning a February 2015 release of his Suspended Sentences: […]

Brian Doyle, Bruce Holsinger, Ann Packer, & Three Essential World War II Titles | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Doyle, Brian. Martin Marten. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250045201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466843691. LITERARY Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel […]

Essential Chillers from Iles, Indridason, Locke, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Brennan, Allison. Compulsion. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250035028. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035035. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even […]

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