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. […]

Diski, Shafak, Laura Lee Smith, Yan Lianke | Literary Fiction Previews

Diski, Jenny. The Vanishing Princess: Stories. Ecco. Dec. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780062685711. pap. $15.99. SHORT STORIES British author Diski may not be a household name, but she has a following among the cognoscenti owing to her ten novels, short fiction, and five books of travel and memoir, and she’s highly regarded for her the incisive […]

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) […]

Fowler, Lovesey, Tursten, & More | Mystery Previews, Dec. 2017

Fowler, Christopher. Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery. Bantam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780553448139. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101887073. MYSTERY When a man snapping photographs in In London’s Regent Park sees a girl walking a dog—and then sees her vanish into thin air—you know it’s time for grumpy old guy detectives Arthur […]

Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and […]

From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops […]

Bowen, McCall Smith, Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2017

Bowen, Rhys. The Ghost of Christmas Past. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250125729. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250125736. MYSTERY It’s not the happiest Christmas for private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan, who has just suffered a miscarriage, so spending the holiday at a mansion on the Hudson seems like a good thing. But the household […]