America, the Soviet Union, World Anger | History Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 2

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Clavin, Tom. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250071484. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466882621. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORY Revisiting the territory he trod in The Heart of Everything That Is, his most popular book, New York Times best-selling author Clavin takes us […]

Norse Mythology

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Ancient mythology has inspired plenty of good literature, including the wonderfully tilted worlds of the internationally best-selling and multi-multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman, who draws on the tales of the North Germanic people in his work. Now he’s combined those tales into a single novelistic arc. Titled Norse Mythology (Norton. Feb. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780393609097. $25.95; ebk. […]

Drabble, Nguyen, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780374134952. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715762. LITERARY FICTION A durable author of contemporary English-language literature named a Dame of the British Empire in 2008, Drabble has plenty of life experience to bring to her portrait of graying if relentlessly busy Francesca Stubbs. Even as she […]

Award-Worthy Fiction | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Danielewski, Mark Z. The Familiar. Vol. 4: Hades. Pantheon. Feb. 2017. 880p. ISBN 9780375715006. pap. $26.95. LITERARY/FANTASY One Rainy Day in May, the first volume of National Book Award finalist Danielewski’s magnum opus, The Familiar, was published in 2015 and quickly hit the New York Times best sellers list, rising to No. 5. The entire […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexander, Brian. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250085801. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085818. ECONOMICS In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, OH, the quintessential all-American town. Seventy years later, it’s fighting for its life, with its main industry—Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s […]

Prepub Alert Has a New Look

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As this newsletter drops into your inbox, you’ll see that it looks different. Like all of LJ‘s newsletters, Prepub Alert is being reformatted for clarity and usability. That means shorter introductions upfront, though the number of titles and length of book previews in the newsletter proper won’t change. And instead of single titles leading off […]

Debuting Arden, Award Winner Krivák, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Arden, Katherine. The Bear and the Nightingale. Del Rey. Jan. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101885932. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885949. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY/LITERARY A darkly magical fairy tale for adults, this promising debut takes us to the edge of Russia’s immense wilderness, where Vasilisa loves hearing her nurse’s old-time stories, especially about the blue-eyed winter demon […]

History, Literature, Cultural Studies | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Blackburn, Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Elissa Epel. The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger. Grand Central. Jan. 2017. 302p. ISBN 9781455587971. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455587964; lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455569939. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HEALTH & FITNESS Currently president of the Salk Institute, Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along […]

From Brunonia Barry to Beatriz Williams | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal. Crown. Jan. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101905609. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101905616. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S Author of the New York Times best-selling The Lace Reader, Barry returns to spooky Salem for a 25-year-old triple homicide now being reinvestigated by Chief of Police John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney. He’s […]

Louise Penny | LibraryReads Author, August 2016

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Numerous mysteries bind Louise Penny’s gracious, richly conceived A Great Reckoning, next in the series starring ­Armand Gamache, former chief of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec and just named commander of the Sûreté’s academy.