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Speaking with Ruta Sepetys

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  On January 30, 1945, while evacuating military personnel, German civilians, and refugees from across Europe, the German military transport ship Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic’s frigid waters, resulting in the greatest tragedy in maritime history. Because of a Nazi hush-up, the Soviet captain’s dishonorable discharge, and postwar German […]

Jay McInerney, Eowyn Ivey, Jesmyn Ward, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Donohoe, Kathleen. Ashes of Fiery Weather. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544464056. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544526693. LITERARY FICTION Ranging across six generations, from famine-stalked Ireland to post–9/11 New York, Donohoe’s ambitious debut offers portraits of women in the Keegan/O’Reilly clan, bound together by fire and ash. For a family of firefighters, life is fraught […]

Irish Stars, New York Landscapes, & Colorado Chills | Debut Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Leo, Forrest. The Gentleman. Penguin Pr. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780399562631. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399562648. LITERARY Victorian poet Lionel Savage marries lovely Vivien Lancaster for her money and, in a fit of despondency over his sudden inability to write, accidentally conjures up the Devil, with whom he politely discusses literature. Later, when he realizes that […]

A Celebrity Friendship, a Musician as Healer, & More | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Achon, Julius & John Brant. The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon. Ballantine. Aug. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780553392159. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780553392166. Downloadable: Random Audio.  BIOGRAPHY Born into poverty in Uganda, Achon was forced into the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army at age 12 but escaped to become a gifted local runner. He was […]

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 […]