Six Top Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Greenlaw, Linda. Shiver Hitch. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250107565. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107572. MYSTERY Prominently featured as captain of a swordboat in Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm, Greenlaw is author of several nonfiction titles, e.g., the New York Times best-selling The Hungry Ocean, as well as the Jane Bunker mysteries. Here, Jane, […]

Performing Arts | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Aikman, Becky. Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781594206719. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698405639. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FILM Former Business Week/Newsday reporter Aikman explains how 30-year-old production assistant Callie Khouri persisted in the face of considerable indifference to write a film […]

The 2017 Midwinter Galley & Signing Guide

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Yes, there will be an ALA Midwinter galley and signing guide, with a complete listing of galleys, books, and in-booth signings from top publishers. The guide should help you negotiate the show floor, and even if you aren’t going to Midwinter, it’s fun to see what publishers are pushing. For the most part, this year’s […]

Nina George, Joseph Kanon, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Bialosky, Jill. Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir. Atria. Jun. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9781451693201. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781451693218. MEMOIR An award-winning poet and novelist, Bialosky had a New York Times best seller with her affecting memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Here she returns with another memoir. Treating poems as significant markers […]

Top Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Barzini, Chiara. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake. Doubleday. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780385542272. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542289. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The daughter of bohemian, film-loving parents who move her from Rome to the San Fernando valley as they try to make it big in Hollywood, Eugenia must navigate all-night raves, a shiny new […]

Millennium Thrills in September 2017

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I know, I know, you’ve been in Millennium withdrawal since reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz’s continuation of Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster series starring Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, which was released in September 2015. Now Knopf has announced the next in the series, to be published in September 2017. (I like it that Lagercrantz spent […]

Sherman Alexie, Alexandra Fuller, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316270755. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316270762. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316395649. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Notable for his precise, punch-in-the-gut writing, as evidenced by his PEN/Malamud and PEN/Hemingway honors, and winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s […]

Really Big Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

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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 winner of every mystery award imaginable, Edgar Grand Master Crais certainly had good luck with Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. This new work also features mercenary Jon Stone, […]

From Revolutionary America to Saddam Hussein | History Previews, Jun. 1, 2017, Pt. 1

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Bardenwerper, Will. The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501117831. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501117855. HISTORY A decorated Airborne Ranger–qualified infantry officer in Iraq who also served four years in the Pentagon, Bardenwerper tells the morally complex story of 12 American soldiers given […]

The Year in Review: LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Prepub Alert is designed to look forward—next week, I’ll start previewing June 2017 titles after my five-part coverage of May, always a hefty month. But now I’m stepping back to direct you to past titles. Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016 is up and running, ready for your perusal. Aside from the Top Ten titles, […]