Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide | Last Chance

The 2017 Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide will be ready this week. Here’s your last chance to register in advance for the guide. This year’s guide contains over 200 listings, with many of the giveaways and signing opportunities on a schedule, which makes the guide particularly handy. Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, Don Winslow, Alice […]

Allende, Keneally, Sontag, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. Atria. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501178139. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501178153. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY When the personal shades into the political, Allende is there. Her latest novel features 60-year-old human rights scholar Richard Bowmaster, who feels he’s hit the end of the road—and one snow-blown Brooklyn […]

From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops […]

Music, Art, & Literature | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2017

A-Trak. When the Needle Dropped: A DJ’s Journey. Scribner. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781476745497. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476745510. MEMOIR/MUSIC His full name is Alain Macklovitch, but he’s known worldwide as A-Trak, and through his memoir he traks, er, tracks a huge trend in music: the emergence of the DJ as the star of the show […]

High-Profile Debut Novels: Four Distinctive and Newsworthy Works

Brassingthwaighte draws on his own legal aid work in Cairo to give us an intimate look at the refugee experience; debut novelist and celebrated memoirist Fuller aims to honor the history and culture of the Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation; ­Hamilton’s work both informs and humbles; Stansel is spare in language but big in purpose

On the Vietnam War | History & Literature

Important anniversaries aside, the Vietnam War remains in the news. Witness Ken Burns’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary airing on PBS in September, with Burns and Geoffrey Ward’s The Vietnam War: An Intimate History publishing the same month, and the Vietnam newsletter now being pushed out by the New York Times. Recently announced, Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: […]

Register for Your BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide

BookExpo America has been rebranded simply BookExpo, taking into account its global nature. But some things never change: you’ll still have thousands of books to consider as you tramp down the aisles and hundreds of authors whose signings you’ll want to pursue. That’s where LJ‘s BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide comes in handy. Top titles, […]

Eco, Erdrich, Khizr Khan, Kevin Young, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2017

Eco, Umberto. Chronicles of a Liquid Society. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2017. tr. from Italian by Richard Dixon. 272p. ISBN 9780544974487. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544974579. PHILOSOPHY/ESSAYS Novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and semiotician nonpareil (see his star turn in Laurent Binet’s sensational The Seventh Function of Language, which supposes that Roland Barthes was murdered), Eco began […]

Bowen, McCall Smith, Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2017

Bowen, Rhys. The Ghost of Christmas Past. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250125729. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250125736. MYSTERY It’s not the happiest Christmas for private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan, who has just suffered a miscarriage, so spending the holiday at a mansion on the Hudson seems like a good thing. But the household […]

Gates, Hallberg, Hoffman, Yuknavitch, & More | Last of the Sept./Oct. 2017 Picks

Davis, Lanny J. The Unmaking of the President 2016: The Case Against FBI Director James Comey and How He Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency. Scribner. Oct. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501177729. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781501180408. POLITICAL SCIENCE Yale-trained lawyer Davis, who served in the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, offers state-by-state analysis […]