Missy Franklin, Siri Hustvedt, Dava Sobel | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2106, Pt. 3

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Franklin, Missy & others. Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion. Dutton. Dec. 2016.320p. ISBN 9781101984925. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101984932. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR Having won five medals—including four golds—at the London Olympics, Franklin will be one of the highest-profile members of the U.S. Olympics team in Rio this summer. Meanwhile, she’s just gone […]

Last of the Year’s Pop Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3

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Clement, Blaize & John Clement. The Cat Sitter and the Canary: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250051172. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466852037. MYSTERY In the 11th installment of the pet-sitting Dixie Hemingway mysteries, written since Blaize’s death by her son John, Dixie and her Lhasa apso buddy, Charlie, go to […]

Octopuses, Evolution, and the Roosevelts | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3

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Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Farrar. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780374227760. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374712808. SCIENCE A professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Sydney, Godfrey-Smith is also a […]

The 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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Before you arrive at the American Library Association conference in Orlando, FL, be sure to pick up the 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide, arriving momentarily. Organized sequentially by publisher and featuring more than 200 titles and multiple signings, this guide should help you negotiate the show floor. (And even if you aren’t going to […]

Sugar, Fat, & Flavor | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Lohman, Sarah. Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. S. & S. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781476753959. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476753980. COOKING As a historical gastronomist, Lohman has worked her way through cookbooks, manuscripts, and various economic, scientific, political, and religious tracts dating from the 1700s to understand what’s cooking in America. And despite […]

Block Collects Stories Inspired by Hopper Paintings & More | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Block, Lawrence, ed. In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Pegasus. Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781681772455. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Thrillmeister Block here collects 17 newly commissioned stories written in response to Edward Hopper’s moody, sometimes desolate paintings. The authors include Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, […]

Richard Fortey & Val McDermid | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Fortey, Richard. The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature. Knopf. Dec. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781101875759. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101875766. SCIENCE As evidenced by a stack of awards, including the 2002 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, Fortey can make science sing, and his books always sell well. His new work […]

United for Libraries Author Panels at ALA 2016

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For the past two decades, United for Libraries (which started life as Friends of the Library USA) has presented numerous lively author panels at the annual American Library Association conference. This year is no different, with panels ranging from debut authors to outstanding nonfiction to horror, and the President’s Program featuring John Hart is sure to […]

Books in Demand at BookExpo America 2016

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Publishers bring to BookExpo America the books they most want to promote, but attendees always have their favorites. To the prevailing question, What were the big books at BEA?, here are some answers. First, it’s no surprise that in-demand titles included MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a reenvisioning of slavery in America; NYPL […]

Günter Grass’s Last Work, the Nabokov-Wilson Feud, & More | Barbara’s Picks, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Beam, Alex. The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Pantheon. Dec. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781101870228. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870235. LITERATURE/biogr In 1940, leading man of American letters Edmund Wilson helped asylum-seeker Vladimir Nabokov get settled in this country, introducing him to editors and assigning him book reviews for the […]