National Book Critics Circle Awards | Publishing Year 2016

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On Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2016. As with last November’s National Book Awards, a sense of political urgency hung over the proceedings.

Greenblatt, Korda, Sattouf, Taubman, Tur | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Greenblatt, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Norton. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780393240801. $27.95. ebk. ISBN 9780393634587. HISTORY If anyone can reanimate the famous story of Adam and Eve, it’s Pulitzer Prize winner Greenblatt, whose eloquence and erudition vivified Renaissance Italy in The Swerve and had us strutting the Elizabethan stage in […]

Adler-Olsen to Robb | 17 Thriller Previews, Sept. 2017

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Scarred Woman. Dutton. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780525954958. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698409781. CD: Penguin Audio. THRILLER The body of an elderly woman is found in a Copenhagen park, and since this book features Det. Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division, you can bet the case bears resemblance to an […]

Exquisite Prose & Breakout Authors | Literary Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

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Hasbún, Rodrigo. Affections. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 144p. tr. from Spanish by Sophie Hughes. ISBN 9781501154799. $23; ebk. ISBN 9781501154812. LITERARY Named one of Granta’s 22 Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists in 2010 and one of the “Bogotá 39” at 2007’s Hay Festival, Bolivian-born, Texas-based Hasbún is an author smart readers should know. Now […]

Krauss, le Carré, McDermott, Rushdie, Ward | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Krauss, Nicole. Forest Dark. Harper. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062430991. $27.99. LITERARY A National Book Award finalist, Anisfield-Wolf Award winner, Granta Best Young American Novelist, New Yorker Twenty Under Forty, and New York Times best-selling author to boot, Krauss returns with an expectedly rich and inviting new work. Larger-than-life Jules Epstein is now retired, and […]

Politics, Art, & Grief | Memoir Previews, Aug./Sept. 2017

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Ausiello, Michael. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies; A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words. Atria. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781501134968. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134982. MEMOIR A longtime entertainment journalist, now founder and editor in chief of TVLine.com, Ausiello knows how to write. But here he’s set himself a tough task: discussing what happened […]

Penguin Random House To Publish Books by the Obamas

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Penguin Random House (PRH) announced that it will publish two forthcoming books by former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, respectively.

The Literature of Exile

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With a revised executive order banning U.S. entry to citizens from six largely Muslim countries, Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert examines the refugee experience through literature.

Boyne, Senna, Messud, Perrotta, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug 2017

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Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Hogarth: Crown. Aug. 2017. 592p. ISBN 9781524760786. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524760809. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The author of the multi-award-winning and mega-best-selling children’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and of adult fiction like 2015’s blade-sharp A History of Loneliness, Boyne here tells the affecting story of Cyril […]

Biography, Freud, & Flood | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2017

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Atlas, James. The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale. Pantheon. Aug. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781101871690. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871706. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/LITERARY Atlas is a publishing-world fixture, having founded Atlas Books and the “Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives” series and been a staff writer, contributor, or editor for publications from Time to the New York […]