Fiction in Translation: Ten Key Novels That Will Take You to Other Worlds

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Daoud pens an eye-opening, humbling read; Gormezano Goren’s novel is soberly enticing; all fiction readers will love The Travels of Daniel Ascher; Vila-Matas has a singular talent for making the cerebral wonderfully entertaining

2015 BookExpo America Books That Buzzed

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At this year’s BookExpo America, eager fans pulled Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) from boxes even as publicists carried them across the floor, and once the remaining galleys were unloaded they lasted for the duration of a commercial break. Oscar Hijuelos’s final, posthumous Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise (Grand Central) and Jesse Eisenberg’s first […]

From Kevin Barry to Mary Gaitskill to Stephen King | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Barry, Kevin. Beatlebone. Doubleday. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780385540292. $24.95. LITERARY FICTION Barry broke out big with his darkly brilliant debut, City of Bohane, winner of the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, and has since published two show-stopping collections. Here, after appearing with foresightful Graywolf, he’s getting his first big-house publication in the United States, […]

Mary Beard’s Ancient Rome, Edmund de Waal’s Porcelain, Jon Meacham’s Next Presidential Study, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Beard, Mary. S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome.. Liveright: Norton. Nov. 2015.  512p. ISBN 9780871404237. $35. HISTORY Cambridge classics professor Beard couldn’t be more modern in how she shares her ideas, serving as a television presenter and authoring the popular blog “A Don’s Life” while dealing firmly but genially with trollers who just can’t seem […]

From James Patterson to Anne Perry to New Zealand Phenom Ben Sanders | Mystery/Thriller Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Andrew, Sally. Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery. Ecco. Nov. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780062397669. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062397683. MYSTERY When her recipe column for the local paper is switched out for a self-help column, middle-aged widow Tannie Maria is surprised to find that she’s really good at helping others. Then an abused […]

BEA Finale: Galley Guide Registration, Key Day of Dialog Speakers, and Speed Dating with ReadingGroupGuides.com

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The 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide arrives this week! If you’re coming to BEA, the guide should help you navigate the show floor. And even if you’re not, it offers an overview of the forthcoming books that publishers are most excited in pushing. Register here now. Meanwhile, some announcements if you are coming to […]

Ann Morgan’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe

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In conjunction with a roundup of ten key fiction-in-translation titles I will feature in LJ 6/1/15, I was able to interview Ann Morgan, author of this month’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe (Liveright: Norton). Morgan’s book highlights both the pleasure of reading beyond our own language (from Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero in […]

Fairy Tales from Cunningham, Murder from Eco, an American Qur’an, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt . 2

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Alarcón, Daniel (text) & Sheila Alvarado (illus.). City of Clowns. Riverhead. Nov. 2015. 144p. ISBN 9781594633331. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168688. GRAPHIC NOVEL Fans (like me) of Alarcón, a New Yorker “20 Under 40” author whose Lost City Radio won the 2009 International Literature Award, will be intrigued to learn about this graphic-novel version of a […]

Justin Cartwright, Andrus Kivirähk, & Beatriz Williams Give History a Twist | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Cartwright, Justin. Up Against the Night. Bloomsbury USA. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781632860187. $27. LITERARY This latest from Whitbread Award winner Cartwright (Lion Heart) features Frank McAllister, who’s none too pleased to be descended from Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek. Though Afrikaner legend paints him as a hero, Frank feels otherwise. […]

Kennedys and Johnsons: Three Fresh Takes | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Caroli, Betty. Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President. S. & S. Nov. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9781439191224. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781439191248. BIOGRAPHY Some folks say that Lyndon Baines Johnson married Lady Bird for her money and treated her badly. But not Caroli, who here portrays Lady Bird as […]