On the Vietnam War | History & Literature

Important anniversaries aside, the Vietnam War remains in the news. Witness Ken Burns’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary airing on PBS in September, with Burns and Geoffrey Ward’s The Vietnam War: An Intimate History publishing the same month, and the Vietnam newsletter now being pushed out by the New York Times. Recently announced, Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: […]

Register for Your BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide

BookExpo America has been rebranded simply BookExpo, taking into account its global nature. But some things never change: you’ll still have thousands of books to consider as you tramp down the aisles and hundreds of authors whose signings you’ll want to pursue. That’s where LJ‘s BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide comes in handy. Top titles, […]

Eco, Erdrich, Khizr Khan, Kevin Young, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2017

Eco, Umberto. Chronicles of a Liquid Society. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2017. tr. from Italian by Richard Dixon. 272p. ISBN 9780544974487. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544974579. PHILOSOPHY/ESSAYS Novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and semiotician nonpareil (see his star turn in Laurent Binet’s sensational The Seventh Function of Language, which supposes that Roland Barthes was murdered), Eco began […]

Bowen, McCall Smith, Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2017

Bowen, Rhys. The Ghost of Christmas Past. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250125729. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250125736. MYSTERY It’s not the happiest Christmas for private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan, who has just suffered a miscarriage, so spending the holiday at a mansion on the Hudson seems like a good thing. But the household […]

Gates, Hallberg, Hoffman, Yuknavitch, & More | Last of the Sept./Oct. 2017 Picks

Davis, Lanny J. The Unmaking of the President 2016: The Case Against FBI Director James Comey and How He Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency. Scribner. Oct. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501177729. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781501180408. POLITICAL SCIENCE Yale-trained lawyer Davis, who served in the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, offers state-by-state analysis […]

Last of the October Nonfiction | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2017

Alpeyrie, Jonathan with Stash Luczkiw: The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s 81 Days of Captivity in Syria; a Story of Survival. Atria. Oct. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501146503. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501146541. MEMOIR Having reported from over a dozen conflict zones, French American photojournalist Alpeyrie became news himself in April 2013 when he was betrayed by […]

Granta: Best of Young American Novelists, Third Edition

Granta magazine announced its third list of Best of Young American Novelists, comprising the country’s most outstanding writers under age 40. The list includes a nice mix of household names and writers who are just emerging.

Biography/History/Memoir | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2017

BIOGRAPHY Aldous, Richard. Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian. Norton. Oct. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393244700. $29.95. BIOGRAPHY Key adviser and so-called court historian to President John F. Kennedy, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner whose work exemplified the presidential biography. He’s getting a biography of his own from Bard historian […]

Alarcón, Boyle, Eugenides, Hill | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2017

Alarcón, Daniel. The King Is Always Above the People: Stories. Riverhead. Oct. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781594631726. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101623077. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Alarcón’s novels include the multi-best-booked, multi-award-nominated Lost City Radio and the PEN Faulkner finalist At Night We Walk in Circles, but his reputation was already flaring owing to his first […]

12 Top Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017

Bailey, Sarah. The Dark Lake. Grand Central. 448p. ISBN 9781538759905. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538759912. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER In this big-news debut from Down Under, Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock is tasked with figuring out who murdered Rosalind Ryan, once the bright star of their high school and recently returned to town to teach drama. More […]