Science, Sports, & Politics | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & David Fisher. Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court. Grand Central. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781455542277. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455542253. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538727270. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. SPORTS Sports great, New York Times best-selling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador Abdul-Jabbar goes back to 1965, when as 18-year-old […]

Brooks, Hilderbrand, Roberts, & More | Pop Fiction, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Baker, Angelica. Our Little Racket. Ecco. Jun. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9780062641311. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062641335. lrg. prnt. FAMILY LIFE When the investment bank Weiss & Partners comes crashing down in 2008, the Greenwich, CT, world of CEO Bob D’Amico gets shaky, too. Teenage daughter Madison, plus Madison’s mother, best friend, and nanny and a family […]

Gardiner, Meltzer, Paris, & More | Thriller Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Beck, Haylen. Here and Gone. Crown. Jun. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451499578. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451499592. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER A woman fleeing an abusive marriage with her children is taken into custody by a shifty-looking Arizona sheriff who later denies that she had any children with her. To someone cross-country, it sounds spookily […]

Beattie, Gabaldon, Gay, Sullivan, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Beattie, Ann. The Accomplished Guest: Stories. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501111389. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501111402. SHORT STORIES Since her 1976 publishing debut with the story collection Distortions and the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie has worked in both genres, but her gifts really belong to short fiction. Here’s her 11th story collection, following […]

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 […]