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

A Kind of Dream

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 […]

James Carroll & Deepak Chopra, Mark Owen & Angelica Huston, Napoleon & Aretha Franklin | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 3

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Carroll, James. Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. Viking. Nov. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780670786039. $30. RELIGION The New York Times best-selling author of Constantine’s Sword, Carroll joins the current religious fray by considering how we can maintain faith in Christ in the 21st century. Look for a six-city tour. Cavett, Dick. […]

Get Your 2014 BEA Galley & Signing Guide Now!

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Once again, it’s time to navigate the show floor at BookExpo America, held from Thursday, May 29, to Saturday, May 31, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. And once again, it’s time for LJ‘s BEA Galley & Signing Guide, offering you tips to over 200 galleys from the most sought-out publishers. […]

Big Cookbooks from Beranbaum, Goldman, & Samuelsson | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 2

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Beranbaum, Rose Levy. The Baking Bible. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2014. 576p. ISBN 9781118338612. $40. BAKING Twice winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year and the James Beard Award, Beranbaum is your go-to author for baking; her first book, The Cake Bible, is in its 47th printing. Here’s a comprehensive guide […]

This Just In: Ten Big Novels from McEwan, Mitchell, Kinsella, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug.-Oct. 2014

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Carter, Stephen L. Back Channel. Knopf. Aug. 2014. 464p. ISBN 9780385349604. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385349611. MYSTERY Yale law professor and best-selling novelist Carter (e.g., The Emperor of Ocean Park) blends fact and fiction in this story of 19-year-old Margo Jensen, a black Cornell sophomore, who holds the fate of the world in her hands when […]

Stephen King, Lydia Millet, Richard Bernstein, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2014, Pt. 2

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Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. Knopf. Nov. 2014. 704p. ISBN 9780375414145. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385353250. HISTORY Taking an ancient Asian trade, land claimed during the European exploration of the Americas, and forced labor claimed from Africa, European entrepreneurs of the 1700s revolutionized a key manufacturing industry while cementing imperialism and the global […]

The 2014 BEA Galley & Signing Guide, Coming Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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The 2014 BEA Galley & Signing Guide is almost here! Sign up now; the guide will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20. From Jane Smiley’s Some Luck and Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light to Azar Nafisi’s The Republic of Imagination and Libby O’Connell’s The American Plate, from best-selling genre fiction to an impressive number of […]

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