Jo Baker, Haigh, Montefiore, Mukherjee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2016, Pt. 2


Baker, Jo. A Country Road, a Tree. Knopf. May 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101947180. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947197. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Having taken us downstairs with the Bennet family servants in Longbourn, both a LibraryReads and a Discover Great New Writers pick and a New York Times Notable Book, Baker reimagines the […]

Debuts Not To Miss | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Barnett, Lisa. The Versions of Us. Houghton. May 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544634244. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544634473. POP FICTION Sparks fly when Eva and Jim meet on a street in Cambridge, England, but what happens next is uncertain; journalist/theater critic Barnett gives us options. Do they kiss or turn away; get together briefly, marry quickly, or […]

Top Pop from Jude Deveraux to Naomi Novik | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Deveraux, Jude. The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel. Ballantine. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781101883266. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101883273. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ROMANCE In the first of a new trilogy, set in a fictional Virginia mountain town, dedicated chef Casey Reddick is playing Elizabeth Bennet opposite gorgeous but seemingly arrogant Hollywood […]

Spotlight on Titan Books


This fall, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tossed something different through the hoop: Mycroft Holmes, an acclaimed mystery starring Sherlock Holmes’s crafty brother. Fiction might have been a first for Abdul-Jabbar but not for his publisher, Titan Books, long noted for its licensed products and graphic novels. In the past half-dozen years, however, Titan has been […]

Walking The Blood Strand with Chris Ould | Titan Books


The past has a way of rushing back in like the sea, as British police detective Jan Reyna discovers in Chris Ould’s absorbing new mystery, The Blood Strand. Reyna has returned to his birthplace after learning that his father was found unconscious in a deserted spot, a shotgun by his side and blood that’s not […]

Current and Forthcoming Titles | Titan Books


Akers, Tim. The Pagan Night. (The Hallowed War, Bk. 1.) Titan. Jan. 2016. 592p. ISBN 9781783297375. $14.95. ebk. ISBN 9781783297399. FANTASY/EPIC Nearly ten years in the making, this epic fantasy by the North Carolina–born son of a theologian puts us in a Braveheart world ruled ruthlessly by the Church. But gheists still roam the land, […]

DiSclafani, Erdrich, Haddon, Joe Hill, & Fargo’s Hawley | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1


DiSclafani, Anton. The After Party. Riverhead. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781594633164. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698161238. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY DiSclafani’s daring debut, the much proclaimed and New York Times best-selling The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a coming-of-age story set in the 1930s South. Her new work, set in oil-rich 1950s Texas, features a […]

Sean Carroll, Janine di Giovanni, Roxane Gay, Mark Kurlansky, Nathaniel Philbrick | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1


Carroll, Sean. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton. May 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780525954828. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698409767. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SCIENCE A theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, Carroll won the Royal Society Winton Prize for The Particle at the End of the Universe, his […]

Award-Worthy Literary Gems | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 1


Amend, Allison. Enchanted Islands. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. May 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780385539067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539074. LITERARY Born to immigrant parents in 1882 Minnesota, Frances Frankowski ran away from home as a teenager and on the eve of World War II was working as a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence, where she […]

America at War, from the 1800s to Afghanistan | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 1


Borneman, Walter R. MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific. Little, Brown. May 2016. 608p. ISBN 9780316405324. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316405317. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316405300. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY A best-selling author of books like The Admirals, which has over 75,000 copies in print, Borneman does not offer a biography of Gen. Douglas […]