Deadmen, Warriors, & Gods | Fantasy Previews, May 2018

  Andrews, Ilona. Magic Triumphs. Ace: Penguin. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780425270714. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698136823. CD/downloadable: Brilliance Audio.  FANTASY Mercenary Kate Daniels has settled into love and family with the former Beast Lord, but it can’t last. Her father is testing her prodigious powers, the Witch Oracle foresees blood, and the strange box that’s just […]

Kushner, Ondaatje, Simsion, & More | May 2018

Alam, Rumaan. That Kind of Mother. Ecco. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062667601. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062667625. LITERARY As he did in his celebrated debut, Rich and Pretty, Alam takes a women’s-eye view to give us a larger picture of the world. Panicked about raising her baby, first-time white mother Rebecca invites understanding African American hospital […]

From Christine Lahti to the Duchess de Guermantes | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Abrams, Stacey. Minority Leader: How To Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change. Holt. Apr. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781250191298. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250191304. SELF-HELP/POLITICAL House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to […]

Short List Announced for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books short-listed for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given for the previous year’s best adult titles published in the United States. The short-listed fiction titles all comment on American history and culture. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) is the 2011 Pulitzer […]

Sam Shepard’s Final Fiction

When Sam Shepard died on July 27, it was impossible to believe that we would hear no more of that wise, astringent voice. Granting us respite, this December Knopf will release his final work of fiction, Spy of the First Person (96p. ISBN 9780525521563. $18), which he finished just before his death and which is […]

Barnes, Ehrenreich, Powers, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2018

Al Samawi, Mohammed. The Fox Hunt. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062678195. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678218. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR Raised a devout Muslim in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, Al Samawi contemned Judaism until  he began reading a Bible someone sneaked him when he was 21. Reaching out to Jews on social media and […]

Five Essential Poetry Titles | Poetry Previews, Apr. 2018

Dennis, Carl. Night School. Penguin. Apr. 2018. 112p. ISBN 9780143132356. pap. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780525504337. POETRY The author of plainspoken verse that presents everyday life, then looks beneath the surface to see what’s grinding away beneath, Dennis returns with a substantive 13th collection (after Another Reason) exploring how we grapple with the world through imagination. […]

Baldacci, Deaver, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Apr. 2018

Baldacci, David. The Fallen. Grand Central. Apr. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781538761397. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538761373. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761359. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Famously the “memory man,” football player­–turned­–detective Amos Decker forgets nothing, certainly not the two dead men in the house across from journalist friend Alex Jamison’s in Barronville, PA. Small-town Barronville has sunk […]

Carr, Dickey, Scalzi, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Borowitz, Alexandra. Family and Other Catastrophes. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780778317555. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488020339. WOMEN’S/HUMOROUS If you had a self-absorbed therapist mother and a disdainful academic father, with difficult siblings to boot, you too might be an obsessive-compulsive hypochondriac like Emily Glass. Now that she’s finally found love with wonderful David, […]

Remarkable Women & Civil Rights Struggle | History Previews, Apr. 2018

Barnet, Andrea. Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World. Ecco. Apr. 2018. 528p. ISBN 9780062310729. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062310743. HISTORY Rachel Carson fought for the environment and Jane Jacobs for livable cities; Jane Goodall shows us the link between humans and animals and Alice Waters how to […]