From the Apostles to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to India Today | Social Science Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Anderson, William. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harper. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062419682. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062419682. LETTERS Everyone loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, it seems; Pioneer Girl, her annotated autobiography, which was published in 2014 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, reached the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best […]

From Mischa Berlinski & Helen Simonson to Augusten Burroughs | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Barker, Pat. Noonday. Doubleday. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780385537728. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537735. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Barker’s celebrated “Regeneration Trilogy” boldly took on World War I, as did her recent novels Life Class and Toby’s Room, about Elinor Brooke, Kit Neville, and Paul Tarrant, students at the Slade School of Art when war intervenes. This work wraps […]

From Paulette Jiles to Bruce Wagner | Literary Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Jiles, Paulette. News of the World. Morrow. Mar. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780062409201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062409225. HISTORICAL After the Civil War, people in northern Texas are so starved for word of the world that Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a decent living traveling the region’s rough roads to read newspapers to paying crowds. Then he […]

From Girls & Sex to Battling Depression, Key Women’s Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Anderson, Gillian & Jennifer Nadel. WE: A Manifesto for Modern Women. Atria. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781501126277. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501126291. SELF-HELP Award-winning actor/producer Anderson and award-winning journalist Nadel are best buddies, and together they’ve written something a little different: not a memoir of what they’ve learned from their friendship but a manifesto coming out of […]

2015 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced


From Monday, September 14, through Thursday, September 18, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long-lists for the National Book Awards (NBA), which will be presented at an invitation-only awards ceremony on November 18. The long-lists, ten books each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, ranged beyond hard hitters like Lauren Groff’s Fates […]

Chevalier, Fishman, O’Brien, Oyeyemi, & Spiotta | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 1


Chevalier, Tracy. At the Edge of the Orchard. Viking. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780525953005. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698404199. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Chevalier is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous audience favorites, notably Girl with a Pearl Earring, and with this book, as a way to introduce her to new readers, her new publisher […]

From Annie Dillard & Edward O. Wilson to Charlotte Brontë’s Fiery Heart | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Dillard, Annie. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. Ecco. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062432971. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062433015. ESSAYS On September 10, President Barack Obama awarded Dillard the National Humanities Medal “for her profound reflections on human life and nature,” as the White House citation said. “In poetry and prose, Ms. Dillard has invited […]

From Commissario Guido Brunetti to Intrepid Maisie Dobbs | Barbara’s Suspense Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Leon, Donna. Waters of Eternal Youth. Atlantic, Mar. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780802124807. $26. MYSTERY Commissario Guido Brunetti’s 25th case has a little twist; there’s no dead body and possibly no crime. Late one night, a teenager splashed into the bottle-green waters of a Venice canal, and the stumbling drunk who pulled her out—not before she […]

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards


On September 10, 2015, before an audience close to 900 strong at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater in Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation presented the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that challenges racism and celebrates diversity. The awards were founded by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, who, said Cleveland Foundation President Ronald […]

Kelman, Romano-Lax, Warlick, & More | Last of the Literary Fiction in Preview, Feb. 2016, Pt. 5


Kelman, Stephen. Man on Fire. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781632864390. $26. LITERARY How would you like to have three 40-pound slabs of concrete smashed over your groin or 31 watermelons dropped nearly simultaneously on your stomach from a height of more than 30 feet? That’s what Bibhuti Nayak does as a specialist in […]