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Top pop author Rainbow Rowell’s The Landline, Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale in a limited bound-manuscript edition, Brian Doyle’s exceptional The Plover, Lauren Oliver’s Rooms and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist (two big BEA hits), Alix Christie’s library-appropriate Gutenberg’s Apprentice, and Michele Raffin’s The Birds of Pandemonium, about a conservation effort to rescue our endangered feathered friends. […]

H.G. Adler, Dean Koontz, Phillip Margolin, Wes Moore, & Ludmila Ulitskaya | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Adler, H.G. The Wall. Random. Dec. 2014. 720p. tr. from German by Peter Filkins. ISBN 9780812993066. $30. LITERARY Born in Prague in the early 1900s, Adler lost most of his family in the Holocaust and himself spent time in the camps; he died in London in 1988. With the 2008 publication of The Journey, his […]

Unpublished Saramago, an Icelandic Joy Ride, Cormac McCarthy’s First Screenplay, & Four Best-Selling Thriller Authors | Fiction, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. Ballantine. Dec. 2014.  352p. ISBN 9780345543851. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543868. THRILLER Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli sees a connection between the death of a big game hunter, found with the body of a white snow leopard he had been commissioned to find and stuff, and other, seemingly […]

From Medieval Knights to Murder in Palestine | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Asbridge, Thomas. The Greatest Knight. Ecco. Dec. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062262059. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780060787295. HISTORY A medieval scholar noted for writing and presenting the BBC Two series The Crusades, Asbridge tells the story of William Marshal, who lived in such harsh times (12th-century England) that he was condemned to the gallows at age five […]

TED Joins with Simon & Schuster for a 12-Book Series

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Launched in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment, and design could meet and now embracing a full range of globally significant topics, TED aims to disseminate ideas primarily through focused talks no more than 18 minutes in length. Two annual TED conferences feature major speakers that have ranged from Bill Gates to Jane Goodall […]

Book World Remembers Maya Angelou

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After the death of celebrated autobiographer, poet, and civil rights champion Maya Angelou on May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, NC, the Academy of American Poets sent “Still I Rise,” perhaps her best-known poem, to its 300,000 Poem-a-Day subscribers. The airing of that memorably uncompromising piece—“You may write me down in history/ With your […]

Top Indie Fiction: 30 Key Titles Beyond the Best-Sellers List for Spring/Summer 2014

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From laconic Pitiful Criminals to an unfolding Cataract City threatening to derail, these lucidly written, high-end gritty, and atmosphere edgy works are for most fiction readers to enjoy

Books That Buzzed at BEA

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So many books, such little time. But having trekked the halls with bags of galleys and chatted with publisher friends, I have an idea of what titles at some of the most sought-out publishers provoked the greatest interest. In some cases, there weren’t even galleys to fly out of the booth, just urgent questions from […]

Big Bios (Jerry Lee Lewis, Queen Isabella, & More), Hero Dog Lucca, & Cult Novelist Ellis | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2014, Pt. 3

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Bragg, Rick & Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Harper. Nov. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780062078223. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062078230. BIOGRAPHY Having authored All Over but the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man, two huge New York Times best-selling memoirs about his Southern upbringing, Bragg seems primed to capture the renegade life of quintessentially Southern […]

Writers To Watch from Ildefonso Falcones to Will Self | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 3

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Falcones, Ildefonso. The Barefoot Queen. Crown. Nov. 2014. 752p. ISBN 9780804139489. $28. HISTORICAL In this latest from the author of the internationally best-selling The Cathedral of the Sea, set in mid-18th-century Spain, a newly freed Cuban slave named Caridad meets the gypsy Milagros, and the two women become fast friends, even as they fall in […]

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