From Brunonia Barry to Beatriz Williams | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal. Crown. Jan. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101905609. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101905616. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S Author of the New York Times best-selling The Lace Reader, Barry returns to spooky Salem for a 25-year-old triple homicide now being reinvestigated by Chief of Police John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney. He’s […]

Last-Minute Call | Three Big Books This Fall

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It’s not just Bernie Sanders dropping into the fall schedule last minute with Our Revolution. In December, best-selling author Michael Lewis returns with The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Norton. 320p. ISBN 9780393254594. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393254600), an account of the groundbreaking (and ultimately Nobel Prize–winning) studies by Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman […]

From Aciman to Coretta Scott King | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Aciman, André. Enigma Variations. Farrar. Jan. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780374148430. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714772. LITERARY FICTION Aciman made his name with the memoir Out of Egypt and came forth as a novelist with 2007’s Let Me Call Your Name, a New York Times Notable Book that won numerous other honors; 2013’s Harvard Square got raves. […]

Essential Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Appelfeld, Aharon. The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping. Schocken. Jan. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780805243192. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780805243208. LITERARY In this new work from celebrated Israeli author Appelfeld (winner of two National Jewish Book Awards), a young Holocaust survivor barely recalls his journey from Europe to Palestine, where he now works on a kibbutz. But […]

Barron, Jones, Rankin, & More | Mystery Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the Waterloo Map. Soho Crime. Jan. 2017. NAp. ISBN 9781616957995. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616954260. MYSTERY Next in the articulate and lovingly researched mystery series starring Jane Austen, begun in 1996 with the publication of Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, this mystery opens in November 1815 with Jane’s banker […]

American Intervention, Siberian Exile, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Baier, Bret. Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission. Morrow. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062569035. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062569066. CD: HarperAudio. HISTORY Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor, a co-moderator for three of this year’s Republican presidential debates, and the host of Special Report with Bret Baier, the top cable news show in its […]

ALA Buzz Books, Pt. 2 | ALA Annual 2016

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Exhibitors at this summer’s annual American Library Association (ALA) conference had lots of books for the taking—ALA means never having enough book bags—and as I pointed out last week, many titles that buzzed at BookExpo America (BEA) also buzzed at ALA. We see the same this week, as more publishers reveal their in-demand titles. Sourcebooks […]

Auster, Cusk, Lescroart, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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Adiga, Aravind. Selection Day. Scribner. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501150838. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501150852. LITERARY FICTION As with his Booker Prize–winning The White Tiger, Adiga shows us caste-ridden contemporary India but focuses on something more personal: the heavy burdens parents can place on children and the compelling complexity of sibling relationships. Two brothers in a […]

19 Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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Bauer, Belinda. The Beautiful Dead. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2017. 260p. ISBN 9780802125330. $25. CD: Dreamscape Audio. THRILLER Winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award for her entire oeuvre, British author Bauer returns with a spine tingler featuring TV crime reporter Eve Singer. Eve’s career has taken off with […]

From Dorothy Day to Michelle Obama | Biography Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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Chambers, Veronica, ed. The Meaning of Michelle: 15 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781250114969. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250114976. BIOGRAPHY Edited by Chambers, whose anthologies include the best-selling Mommy Wars, and offering contributions from Roxane Gay, Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris Perry, Brittney […]