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From Cuba to Good Eating | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2017

Guerriero, Leila, ed. Cuba on the Verge: 12 Writers on Continuity and Change in Havana and Across the Country. Ecco. Dec. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062661067. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062661081. ESSAYS Conceived before the Trump administration’s reversal of President Obama’s refreshed U.S. policy regarding Cuba, this collection of essays is now all the more relevant. Key […]

Going Pop | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2017

Chiaverini, Jennifer. Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace. Dutton. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101985205. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101985229. HISTORICAL Leave it to Chiaverini, the New York Times best-selling author of numerous effective portrayals of historically significant women, to take on the redoubtable Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, Lord Byron’s only legitimate child. […]

Winter Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2017

Crais, Robert. The Wanted. Putnam. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399161506. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399573903. THRILLER A No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Grand Master, Crais brings back investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike but mixes in Jon Stone, who’s made popular cameo appearances in previous books. Here, when single mother […]

Paul Kix’s The Saboteur | Last of the December Picks

Kix, Paul. The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando. Harper. Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062322524. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780062322548. lrg. prnt. HISTORY Raised in a fairy-tale chateau and educated at top schools, French aristocrat Robert de la Rochefoucald joined the Churchill’s Special Operations Executive (fondly dubbed the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare) […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography

LJ Fiction Reviews: July 2017

With her mordant wit and clever storytelling, Culliton is a young novelist to watch; Moriarty is a gifted author of singular talent; Garrett’s Hollywood Homicide is sure to be a hit with readers seeking a fresh new sleuth; newcomer Klein delivers the next compelling sf technothriller, pleasing fans of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Summer Travels | Classic Returns

Travel back in time, forward to the future, inside the minds of literary lights. Also, a “Classic Returns Cinema” memoir starring actress Gloria Grahame.

Someone’s in the Kitchen | Video Reviews

Viewers with a craving for culinary documentaries as well as armchair cooks with a passion for Spanish cuisine and culture will gobble up this savory cinematic treat; For Grace ends on a satisfying note, not just for Duffy and his team but for the delight of the audience as well

Nonfiction on Complementary/Natural Mother and Infant Care Options | Xpress Reviews

For readers looking for a very specific, curated experience of complementary/natural prenatal through postnatal mother and infant care options; most would be better served to follow the authors’ online writings

Fiction from Connelly, Healy, Hearne, Koontz, Kuhn, Mallery, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Put this one in your beach bag; fans will clamor for Connelly’s new protagonist, a female Bosch; Healy delivers a striking, heartbreaking story; this compact volume affirms the strength of Hearne’s urban fantasy series; this new (series!) heroine from Koontz is bound to be an immediate hit; urban fantasy fans seeking novels featuring diverse protagonists should snap up Kuhn’s works; for romance fans and admirers of fresh women’s fiction; debut novelist Maynard crafted a heartwarming coming-of-age story