From Box to Tremayne | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 2

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Box, C.J. Paradise Valley. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250051042. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466851993. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Investigator Cassie Dewell is now jobless, the plan she set up for the Bakken County, ND, sheriff’s department to ensnare a serial killer called the Lizard King having badly derailed. So when a troubled boy […]

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were announced on Sunday, January 22, at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the America Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits conference in Atlanta

Nobel Prize Winner Alexievich, Dublin Winner Sharma, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexievich, Svetlana. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Random. Jul. 2017. 384p. tr. from Russian by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky. ISBN 9780399588723. $30; ekb. ISBN 9780399588730. Downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORY Winner of the Nobel Prize for her rich, incisive oral histories of the Soviet Union, Alexievich […]

14 Thrillers from Atkins to Toyne | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Atkins, Ace. The Fallen. Putnam. Jul. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399576713. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399576737. lrg. prnt. THRILLER A former army ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, County Sheriff Quinn Colson suspects that the robbers conducting precision raids on banks in and around his Mississippi base are themselves former rangers. Seventh in an Edgar-nominated series that sells […]

Seven Great Beach Reads | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Fagone, Jason. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062430489. $27.99. HISTORY Now that The Imitation Game has familiarized everyone with the concept of code-breaking, it’s time to step back to its origins during World War […]

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Eight Great Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Cantero, Edgar. Meddling Kids. Doubleday. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780385541992. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542005. Downloadable: Random Audio. SUPERNATURAL/THRILLER They certainly sound like the meddling kids of Scooby Doo fame, but the Blyton Summer Detective Club (from a small mining town in Oregon) seem a bit darker. In 1990, more than a decade after their last […]

Five Great Beach Reads | Literary Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Berg, Elizabeth. The Story of Arthur Truluv. Random. Jul. 2017. 192p. ISBN 9781400069903. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780679605133. lrg. prnt. LITERARY/WOMEN’S Lunching daily at the cemetery so that he can engage his late wife in imaginary conversation, Arthur meets troubled teen Maddy, who’s avoiding school. Their friendship helps them both—Maddy nicknames her new companion Truluv because […]

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

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On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016.