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National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Finalists

On Monday, January 22, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its book awards for the publishing year 2017. Embracing six categories, the 30 finalists were for the most part both solidly recognizable and satisfyingly broad, demonstrating strong cultural reach. The fiction titles walk the borders of fracturing worlds, with both Mohsin Hamid’s […]

Fire & Fury & Ferrante

  You’d have to be hibernating to miss the stir created by Michael Wolff’ Fire and Fury: Inside Trump’s White House, No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction and combined nonfiction best seller lists, having sold nearly 200,000 copies through February 14. Here’s more news: On February 28, Vintage Español will publish a […]

Three Novels & a Memoir | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2018

Guerrero, Jean. Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. One World: Random. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399592393. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399592409. Downloadable. MEMOIR A PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize winner, Guerrero is the Fronteras reporter for San Diego’s NPR/PBS affiliate, focusing on cross-border issues. Here she writes more personally about her father, a Mexican immigrant who saw himself as […]

Bright Days, Dark Thrills | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Abbott, Jeff. The Three Beths. Grand Central. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781538728697. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538728673. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538745038. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. THRILLER Odd that teenage Mariah Dunning thinks she spots her vanished mother across a crowded food court; her mom, Beth, has been presumed murdered, with suspicions falling on her husband. What’s odder: […]

Literary Glitter | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Christensen, Kate. The Last Cruise. Doubleday. Jul. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385536288. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385536295. Downloadable. LITERARY PEN/Faulkner Award winner Christensen takes us on the final voyage of the 1950s-era ocean liner Queen Isabella, as guests nostalgically enjoy fine dining, retro drinks, and luscious jazz, with both cell phones and children banned. Belowdecks, tensions simmer […]

Top Pop | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Gray, Shelley Shepard. Her Fear: The Amish of Hart County.  Avon Inspire: HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062846099. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062469212$. 12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469182. AMISH When pregnant, unmarried Amish girl Sadie Detweiler is sent to stay with chilly relatives, she is befriended by outgoing Amish EMT Noah Freeman after he visits her ailing […]

Memoirs with More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Daley-Ward, Yrsa. The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir. Penguin. Jun. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780143132622. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780525504535. Downloadable. MEMOIR Born in England of West Indian and West African heritage, actress/model-turned-poet Daley-Ward had a big hit with bone, self-published in 2014 and given a trade-house publication in 2017 that won strong reviews. This memoir addresses […]

Critics & Authors | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2018

Jeppesen, Travis. See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea. Hachette. Jul. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780316509152. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316509138. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316509169. Downloadable. TRAVEL/CURRENT EVENTS A perennially edgy novelist/poet (e.g., The Suiciders) and an artist whose work has popped up at the Whitney Biennial, Jeppesen has visited North […]

Summer Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Castillo, Linda. A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250121318. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121332. CD. MYSTERY In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It’s no accident, and […]

Summer Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Arthurs, Alexia. How To Love a Jamaican: Stories. Ballantine. Jul. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781524799205. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524799212. Downloadable. SHORT STORIES In 11 stories, 2017 Plimpton Prize winner Arthurs captures the lives of Jamaican immigrants in America and the families they’ve left behind. Among the scenarios: a teenager is reunited with his mother in New […]