Seven Great Beach Reads | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Fagone, Jason. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062430489. $27.99. HISTORY Now that The Imitation Game has familiarized everyone with the concept of code-breaking, it’s time to step back to its origins during World War […]

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Eight Great Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Cantero, Edgar. Meddling Kids. Doubleday. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780385541992. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542005. Downloadable: Random Audio. SUPERNATURAL/THRILLER They certainly sound like the meddling kids of Scooby Doo fame, but the Blyton Summer Detective Club (from a small mining town in Oregon) seem a bit darker. In 1990, more than a decade after their last […]

Five Great Beach Reads | Literary Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Berg, Elizabeth. The Story of Arthur Truluv. Random. Jul. 2017. 192p. ISBN 9781400069903. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780679605133. lrg. prnt. LITERARY/WOMEN’S Lunching daily at the cemetery so that he can engage his late wife in imaginary conversation, Arthur meets troubled teen Maddy, who’s avoiding school. Their friendship helps them both—Maddy nicknames her new companion Truluv because […]

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

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On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016.

ALA Midwinter Galley and Signing Guide on Its Way

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The ALA Midwinter Galley and Signing Guide, all but ready and arriving any moment, offers a list of nearly 200 galleys and books plus 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. So […]

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 […]