Caputo, Chevalier, Russo, & Up-and-Coming Segal | May 2017, Pt. 4

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Caputo, Philip. Some Rise by Sin. Holt. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781627794749. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627794756. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A journalist who shared a Pulitzer with a team reporting on election fraud in Chicago and perhaps best known for his memoir A Rumor of War, Caputo also writes sharp, politically informed fiction, and his […]

Librarians, the West Bank, Anxiety, Segregated America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cassidy, Kyle & Ronald Rice, ed. This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information. Black Dog and Leventhal: Hachette. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780316393980. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316393997. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316464260. LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE In 2014, author/photographer Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate called […]

Cameron, Kenyon, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cameron, W. Bruce. A Dog’s Way Home. Forge. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780765374653. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466842984. POP FICTION/FAMILY LIFE New York Times best-selling author Cameron has written books like A Dog’s Purpose (look for the film) and A Dog’s Journey, so it’s no surprise that his new work stars an adorable pit bull puppy […]

Franken, Sidibe, Tambor, & More | Memoir Previews, May 2017, Pt. 4

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Falcone, Ben. Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours. Dey Street: HarperCollins. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780062473622. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473608. MEMOIR The actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy and husband of Melissa McCarthy, with whom he is producing the comedy pilot Nobodies, Falcone shares stories both […]

Nesbo, Strout, & Four Big Science Titles | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Nesbø, Jo. The Thirst. Knopf. May 2017. 352p. tr. from Norwegian by Neil Smith. ISBN 9780385352161. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385352178. THRILLER Back in the swing after 2014’s Police, which saw tough Oslo detective Harry Hole battling a killer planning to wreak vengeance on the police, Harry again helps out the force when a serial killer […]

From Brown to McMahon to Swinson | Thriller Previews, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Brown, Dale. Price of Duty. Morrow. May 2017. 464p. ISBN 9780062441973. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062441980. lrg. prnt. THRILLER From deep within the Ural Mountains, the Russian president launches a series of cyberattacks on the West, starting with a strike that obliterates nearly every Polish bank account, bringing Poland’s economy to a grinding halt. With the […]

Down on Earth, Up in Space | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Al-Khalili, Jim, ed. Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Picador. May 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781250109637. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781250109651. SCIENCE/ESSAYS Life on Mars (or anywhere else in the universe)? This book is not a pop-pulp answer to that perennial question. A highly regarded British theoretical physicist with 90,000 Twitter followers […]

National Book Awards Challenge Political Climate with Literature, Celebration

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On Wednesday, November 16, following a presidential election that shook the literary community to its roots, the National Book Foundation came back fighting at an awards ceremony where endorsement of a broad view of social justice for America was evident from the moment host Larry Wilmore took the stage. Virtually every speaker expressed strong dismay […]

Alice Hoffman | Spotlight LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2016

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“This novel comes from lots of different places,” explained Hoffman in a phone interview with LJ, “but one thing I was thinking about was mothers and daughters, and I was missing my own mother.”

Fall Indie Fiction: Best Novels and Short Stories Beyond the Mainstream

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Fun, propulsive reading that really is about the hunt, not the treasure; an embracingly and impeccably penned study of one woman’s anguish; brightly and incisively written, this is a well-rendered portrait of a stranger among us