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Register Now for LJ’s PLA Author Party

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Two years ago, at the last Public Library Association conference, LJ launched a PLA Author Party. It’s time to party again! Thanks to sponsors Grove Atlantic, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and W.W. Norton, conference attendees will hear from authors Eleanor Brown, Justin Cronin, Heather Gudenkauf, Brad Watson, and more, then meet and mingle and […]

Delia Ephron, Laura McHugh, Cynthia Ozick, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Bennett, Claire-Louise. Pond. Riverhead. Jul. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780399575891. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399575914. SHORT STORIES Originally published by the Dublin press Stinging Fly, which has given us the likes of Kevin Barry and Colin Barrett, Bennett’s story collection attracted enough attention to get a book deal in Britain, where the Guardian called it “stunning.” This […]

Top Pop from Carriger, Harbison, Iggulden, Steel, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Banner, Catherine. The House at the Edge of Night. Random. Jul. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780812998795. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998801. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL Having published the first in a YA trilogy when she was only 15, Banner goes adult at the veteran age of 25, offering a saga starring three generations of women striving to […]

Mystery from Linda Castillo to Tim Weaver | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Castillo, Linda. Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250061577. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867277. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has a new assignment, to the dismay of her current squeeze, State Agent John Tomasetti. Posing as an Amish widow, she’s to infiltrate a remote […]

The Idiot Brain, Fashion Photography, the Microbiome, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Burnett, Dean. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To. Norton. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780393253788. $26.95. COGNITIVE SCIENCE Ever popular, books about the brain typically extol its wonders, but Burnett lets us in on all the weird things it does, ranging from blackouts to insomnia, and all the mistakes we’ve made in trying […]

The Big ALA Midwinter Galley Grab

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Face it, we all go to ALA conferences because we have professional obligations to fulfill: presentations to give, presentations to attend, people to meet, and things to learn. But what we really like to do is run through the show-floor aisles and grab all the galleys we can. Herewith a list of the most grabbed […]

Jesse Ball, Jules Feiffer, Ruth Ware, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ball, Jesse. How To Set a Fire and Why. Pantheon. Jul. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101870570. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870587. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION If you didn’t know Ball’s off-kilter, engagingly experimental writing by the time 2014’s Silence Once Begun became a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Los Angeles Times Book […]

Thrillers from Megan Abbott to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Abbott, Megan. You Will Know Me. Little, Brown. Jul. 2016. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316231084. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365918. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER After murder rips apart the gymnastics community shortly before 15-year-old aspiring Olympian Devon’s big competition, mom Katie attends to escalating rumors and the suddenly revealed allegiances among various parents. She’s also drawing closer […]

Literary Fiction from Prize Winners Hebert, Levy, Nadzam, Pollack, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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de Botton, Alain. The Course of Love. S. & S. Jul. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781501134258. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134432. LITERARY Though de Botton is best known for books like The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust Can Change Your Life, he opened his writing career in 1993 with the novel Essays in Love (called On […]

From the U.S. Post Office to the Fall of the Shah | History Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Cooper, Andrew Scott. The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran. Holt. Jul. 2016. 624p. ISBN 9780805098976. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780805098983. HISTORY/MIDDLE EAST When it comes to Iran, Cooper knows his stuff; author of The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in […]