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Biography/History/Memoir | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2017

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BIOGRAPHY Aldous, Richard. Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian. Norton. Oct. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393244700. $29.95. BIOGRAPHY Key adviser and so-called court historian to President John F. Kennedy, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner whose work exemplified the presidential biography. He’s getting a biography of his own from Bard historian […]

Alarcón, Boyle, Eugenides, Hill | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2017

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Alarcón, Daniel. The King Is Always Above the People: Stories. Riverhead. Oct. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781594631726. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101623077. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Alarcón’s novels include the multi-best-booked, multi-award-nominated Lost City Radio and the PEN Faulkner finalist At Night We Walk in Circles, but his reputation was already flaring owing to his first […]

12 Top Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017

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Bailey, Sarah. The Dark Lake. Grand Central. 448p. ISBN 9781538759905. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538759912. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER In this big-news debut from Down Under, Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock is tasked with figuring out who murdered Rosalind Ryan, once the bright star of their high school and recently returned to town to teach drama. More […]

Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Gabrielle Union, & More | Performing Arts Previews, Oct. 2017

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Cummings, Whitney. I’m Fine…And Other Lies. Putnam. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780735212602. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735212626. CD/Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR/HUMOR Probably best known for her NBC series Whitney, this multithreat performer (comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director) offers a memoir edged with her famously sharp humor, ranging from her premature botox treatment to the equine therapy […]

Presidential Portraits | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2017

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Baime, A.J. The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9780544617346. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780544618480. HISTORY Author of the New York Times best-selling The Arsenal of Democracy and Go Like Hell, veteran reporter Baime chronicles the first few months in office of the […]

Caroline Hart, Darynda Jones, & More | Mystery Previews, Oct. 2017

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Alexander, Tasha. Death in St. Petersburg: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250058287. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250146168. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY In glorious St. Petersburg, where Lady Emily’s husband is carrying out work for the Crown, a ballerina lies blood-spattered in the snow. Lady Emily is on the case, even […]

Dan Brown, Egan, Ide, Maguire, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

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Brown, Dan. Origin. Doubleday. Oct. 2017. NAp. ISBN 9780385514231. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542692. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER What’s Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon up to next? With the felicitous mix of art, religion, science, history, and lots of symbols that made The Da Vinci Code such a craze, he’s investigating the collision of two of humankind’s […]

Clinton, Coates, Taibbi, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

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Blakeslee, Nate. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West. Crown. Oct. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101902783. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101902790. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. NATURAL HISTORY Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Blakeslee’s Tulia dealt with wrongful conviction in a small Texas town. […]

From Buarque to Thien | Literary Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

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Buarque, Chico. My German Brother. Farrar. Oct. 2017. 192p. tr. from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin. ISBN 9780374161200. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374715137. LITERARY In this new novel from celebrated Brazilian singer/songwriter Buarque, set in 1960s São Paulo, teenage reprobate Ciccio snitches a book from the extensive library of his icily unobservant scholar father and finds a […]

Pierce Brown, Khan, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

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Bonansinga, Jay. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250058522. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862753. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Lilly Caul has survived the apocalypse and settled her people safely in plague-desecrated Atlanta. But she cannot let go of her dream of returning to home-sweet-home Woodbury and […]