Sam Shepard’s Spring

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Sam Shepard is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than 55 plays and three story collections and is an Academy Award–nominated actor who has appeared in more than 60 films, having also worked as a screenwriter and director. What’s left to do? Write a novel, of course, and he seems to have found the time. […]

Laird Hunt, Yiyun Lee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

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Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. Norton. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393242072. $28.95. PHILOSOPHY/MIND & BODY Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and winner of the Erasmus Prize, Dennett knows how to talk to lay readers; he’s published numerous books, not just with academic presses […]

Harrison, Kadrey, Kenyon, & More | SF/Fantasy Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

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Carey, Jacqueline. Miranda and Caliban. Tor. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780765386793. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765386809. FANTASY Carey, who knows fantasy—she’s author of the New York Times best-selling “Kushiel’s Legacy” series—here reimagines the greatest fantasy of them all, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Taking a different angle, she depicts Miranda as lonely and longing for friendship with the […]

Jio, Kinsella, Lipman, & More | Pop Fiction, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

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Hepworth, Sally. The Mother’s Promise. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250077752. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889927. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Australian author Hepworth splashed down big with her debut, The Secrets of Midwives, and followed up quickly with The Things We Keep. Now she’s back breaking hearts with the story of single mother Alice, her […]

Inkblots, Depression, Relationships, & More | Psychology Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

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Bennett, Michael, M.D. F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship. Touchstone. Feb. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781501140563. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501140570. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS A board-certified psychiatrist educated at Harvard Medical School, Bennett had a New York Times best-selling hit with his first book, the cheerfully in-your-face F*ck Feelings. Here he recommends ditching […]

Looted Books, Librarian Heroes

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Published in spring 2016, Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu celebrated the librarians who recently rescued hundreds of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts when militants invaded their city. Anders Rydell’s The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race To Return a Literary Inheritance (Viking. Feb. 2017. 384p. tr. […]

Jamison, Oates, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2107, Pt. 2

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Darnielle, John. Universal Harvester. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780374282103. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374714024. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY FICTION Mountain Goats composer/performer Darnielle launched his writing career in a big way with 2014’s Wolf in White Van, a New York Times best seller that was long-listed for the National Book Award, a finalist for the […]

From Armstrong to Todd | Mystery Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 2

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Armstrong, Kelley. A Darkness Absolute. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781250092175. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092205. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY In City of the Lost, first in Otherworld creator Armstrong’s more earthly new series, homicide detective Casey Duncan fled to off-the-grid Rockton, a secret town in the Canadian wilderness where you must apply to […]

America, the Soviet Union, World Anger | History Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 2

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Clavin, Tom. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250071484. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466882621. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORY Revisiting the territory he trod in The Heart of Everything That Is, his most popular book, New York Times best-selling author Clavin takes us […]

Norse Mythology

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Ancient mythology has inspired plenty of good literature, including the wonderfully tilted worlds of the internationally best-selling and multi-multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman, who draws on the tales of the North Germanic people in his work. Now he’s combined those tales into a single novelistic arc. Titled Norse Mythology (Norton. Feb. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780393609097. $25.95; ebk. […]