Editors’ Picks: Your Next Big Reads from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House


Janice Y.K. Lee returns after her New York Times best-selling The Piano Teacher with The Expatriates, about three American women in Hong Kong. Beloved Miniaturist author Jessie Burton links characters in 1930s Spain and 1960s London. New Yorker contributor Elizabeth McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen, a popular galley at ALA, introduces big-hearted Veblen, her brilliant neurologist […]

O’Nan in Jerusalem, a Newly Discovered Tolkien, Abu-Jaber’s New Memoir, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Abu-Jaber, Diana. Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family. Norton. Apr. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780393249095. $26.95. MEMOIR Abu-Jaber, a fiction writer known for sparkling award winners like Crescent, has also given us the luscious memoir The Language of Baklava. Here she continues wrapping her discussion of love and identity in the sweet […]

Debut Novels, in Love, War, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Donovan, Kemper. The Decent Proposal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062391629. $25.99. POP FICTION At 29, wannabe Hollywood producer Richard Baumbach has little to show for his efforts but remains cockily assured of success, while 33-year-old Elizabeth Santiago will surely make partner at her law firm but barely deviates from her ordered life. (One big […]

British Royals, American Jihadists, Humanitarian Doctors, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Andersen, Christopher. Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne. Gallery: S. & S. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476743950. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476743974. BIOGRAPHY/ROYALTY Anderson, the author of 16 New York Times best sellers, including William and Kate and The Day Diana Died, has a way with royalty of all sorts. Here he gives […]

2016 Carnegie Medals Short List Announced


The American Library Association (ALA) announced its short list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, honoring books written for adults and published in the United States in the previous year. In a departure from previous years, the two medal winners will be revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits […]

What’s in a Prize | The Season To Contemplate


  The American Library Association just announced the shortlist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Last week, the National Book Foundation announced its shortlist for the National Book Awards. Marlon James recently won the Man Booker Prize. Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature, a rare writer of […]

New Novels from Divakaruni & Graham Swift, McBride on James Brown, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Blum, Howard. The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 544p. ISBN 9780062307675. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062307798. HISTORY A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the Edgar Award-winning American Lightning and the New York Times best seller Dark Invasion (hey, Bradley Cooper has optioned […]

Popular Reading from Baldacci to Chiaverini to Rollins | Fiction Reviews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Baldacci, David. The Last Mile. Grand Central. Apr. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9781455586455. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586486. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586479. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER In Memory Man, mega-best-selling author Baldacci introduced Amos Decker, a football player quickly wiped off the field by a terrible injury who became a police detective and, after the murder of […]

The Working World, from Alibaba to Technology’s Impact | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Avent, Ryan. The Wealth of Humans: The Future of Work in the Twenty-First Century. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781250075802. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887190. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Economics correspondent for the Economist (recently promoted to news editor) and the primary contributor to its Free Exchange blog, Avent ranges worldwide to examine the impact of […]

Strong Slate Competes for National Book Awards


On Wednesday, October 14, the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Award. The five finalists in each of four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature—follow a long-list featuring ten titles in each category. For the second year in a row, the finalists were announced on NPR’s Morning Edition. Only two […]