A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.
On Wednesday, November 19, the National Book Foundation hosted the 2014 National Book Awards—the 65th annual awards—at the cavernous Cipriani’s Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The evening featured a surprise win in fiction for Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Penguin Pr.), a first book of stories by a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq for […]
Hillerman, Anne. Rock with Wings. Harper. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780062270511. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062270535. MYSTERY With the 2013 publication of Spider Woman’s Daughter, award-winning journalist Hillerman took over the series starring famed tribal officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee that had won raves for her father, the late Tony Hillerman. Good move: the book […]
de Rosnay, Tatiana. A Paris Affair. St. Martin’s May 2015. 144p. tr. from French by Sam Taylor. ISBN 9781250068804. $22.99. SHORT STORIES Want a bit of sizzle? This new story collection from the author of the New York Times best-selling Sarah’s Key and, most recently, The Other Story, is reputedly hot, hot, hot. After all, […]
The Bill of Rights, Waterloo, & Yoga Queen Indra Devi | History & Biography Previews, May 2015, Pt. 3
Berkin, Carol. The Bill of Rights: James Madison and the Politics of the People’s Parchment Barrier. S. & S. May 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781476743790. $27.50. HISTORY We regard the Bill of Rights as the crowning achievement of the Constitution and indeed central to our definition as Americans, so it’s sobering to learn from Berkin, Presidential […]
Bauer, Susan Wise. The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Norton. May 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780393243260. $26.95. SCIENCE With climate change, energy policy, and issues around the teaching of evolution rocking the news, Bauer, a professor at William and Mary and “Story of the World” series editor, wants […]
Conveniently, I live just blocks from Columbia University, which made it easy for me to stumble out of bed on Sunday, November 9, to attend the third annual Columbia Media Conference, sponsored by the Spectator Publishing Company (parent company of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the second-oldest student newspaper in the country) and aimed at encouraging […]
Butler, Danielewski, Enright, Hemon, Pearl, & Perkins-Valdez | Barbara’s All-Fiction Picks, May 2015, Pt. 2
Butler, Nickolas. Beneath the Bonfire: Stories. St. Martin’s. May 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781250039835. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466875531. CD: Macmillan Audio. SHORT STORIES After receiving some powerful reviews when it appeared last spring (the New York Times called it “an impressively original debut”), Butler’s Wisconsin-set, warmly small-town, big-friendship Shotgun Lovesongs went on to become a national […]
Chess at Auschwitz, Balkans War, & Friendship Via Wikipedia | Eleven Big Fiction Debuts, May 2015, Pt.
Acampora, Lauren. The Wonder Garden. Grove. May 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780802123558. $24. SHORT STORIES A real estate agent contemplates yet another tackily enlarged house. A group of suburban women gather to reveal themselves briefly to one another and condescend to the rest of the world. A father-to-be abandons a successful career at the urging of […]