Dan Brown, Egan, Ide, Maguire, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Brown, Dan. Origin. Doubleday. Oct. 2017. NAp. ISBN 9780385514231. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542692. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER What’s Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon up to next? With the felicitous mix of art, religion, science, history, and lots of symbols that made The Da Vinci Code such a craze, he’s investigating the collision of two of humankind’s […]

Clinton, Coates, Taibbi, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Blakeslee, Nate. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West. Crown. Oct. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101902783. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101902790. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. NATURAL HISTORY Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Blakeslee’s Tulia dealt with wrongful conviction in a small Texas town. […]

From Buarque to Thien | Literary Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Buarque, Chico. My German Brother. Farrar. Oct. 2017. 192p. tr. from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin. ISBN 9780374161200. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374715137. LITERARY In this new novel from celebrated Brazilian singer/songwriter Buarque, set in 1960s São Paulo, teenage reprobate Ciccio snitches a book from the extensive library of his icily unobservant scholar father and finds a […]

Pierce Brown, Khan, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Bonansinga, Jay. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250058522. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862753. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Lilly Caul has survived the apocalypse and settled her people safely in plague-desecrated Atlanta. But she cannot let go of her dream of returning to home-sweet-home Woodbury and […]

Present and Future | Social Science Previews, Sept. 2017

Bruder, Jessica. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Norton. Sept. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780393249316. $26.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE Expanding her eye-opening Harper’s cover story, “The End of Retirement,” which shows that many Americans can no longer afford to quit work during the so-called golden years, Bruder introduces us to an intrepid bunch that give new […]

Taking Care of Body and Soul | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2017

Brand, Russell. Fix: Freedom from All Your Addictions. Holt. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250141927. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250141934. CD: Macmillan. MEMOIR Once in thrall to heroin, alcohol, sex, food, and more, comedian and movie star Brand helps others recover from addiction as he did by explaining that the real question is not “Why are you […]

Star Authors at Day of Dialog | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Sept. 2017

Allen, Danielle. Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781631493119. $24.95. MEMOIR James Conant Bryant University Professor at Harvard, Allen offers a memoir that sums up the tragedy of African American youth today and the continuing inequity in our justice system. Her cousin, Michael Alexander Allen, arrested at […]

Englander, Lagercrantz, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2017

Denfeld, Rene. The Child Finder. Harper. Sept. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062659057. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062659071. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Naomi is a child finder, an investigator who’s especially good at locating lost children because once upon a time she was lost herself. Now she’s after Madison Culver, who vanished three years ago when her family […]

Dodd, Karon, Follett, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

Bergmann, Emanuel. The Trick. Atria. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781501155826. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501155840. HISTORICAL German-born, Los Angeles–based Bergmann offers a promising debut novel about ten-year-old Max, desperate to find a love spell to heal the rift between his parents, who approaches an embittered old man known in 1930s Germany as the Great Zabbatini. Zabbatini […]

The Templars, McKinley, & More | History Previews, Sept. 2017

Conant, Jennet. Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 640p. ISBN 9781476730882. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781476730929. BIOGRAPHY Conant supervised the production of poison gas during World War I, insisted on open admissions as Harvard president, championed U.S. entrance into World War II as an adviser to Franklin Roosevelt, […]