Late Fall Review

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This week’s Prepub Alert is short because I was on vacation last week, but wait until you see all the goodies in the December 15 newsletter, which will wrap up June 2015 coverage. After that, Prepub Alert is on hiatus until the New Year. Meanwhile, let me point out what I’ve been doing in the […]

Jami Attenberg, Pratchett/Baxter, Matthew Quick, Kate Walbert | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Grand Central. Jun. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781455599899. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455599882. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579501. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. LITERARY Attenberg’s New York Times best-selling The Middlesteins, so loved that it sold 100,000 copies across formats, returns with a new work unexpectedly set during Prohibition and inspired by a real-life figure in […]

The Music Scene, from Steve Earle’s Memoir to Pasquale Rotella’s Electric Daisy Carnival | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Bach, Sebastian. 18 and Life on Skid Row. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jun. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062265395. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062265418. MUSIC Actually, Bach has been part of the metal music scene since he was 14, first joining Kid Wikkid and then flaunting his vocals and mass of blond hair with Skid Row, Madam X, The […]

Rising Thriller Voices; Terry Hayes, Lori Roy, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Hayes, Terry. The Year of the Locust: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jun. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9781439177754. $26.95. SUSPENSE Having produced a winner straight out of the gate with last year’s New York Times best-selling I Am Pilgrim, which blended investigation of a scarily clue-free homicide with threats to the United States, Hayes gets techier […]

Kent Haruf, Erika Johansen, Stephen King, Milan Kundera, S.J. Watson | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781101875896. $23.95. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE Haruf, who died Sunday aged 71, laid claim to impressive awards (e.g., Whiting Writers’ Award, the Wallace Stegner Award) and nominations (the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and his Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction have sold 1.4 […]

Brands on Reagan, Laqueur on Putin, plus Kozol, Schickel, & Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brands, H.W. Reagan: The Life. Doubleday. Jun. 2015. 816p. ISBN 9780385536394. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385536400. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY A New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for The First American and Traitor to His Class, Brands is both a serious academic (he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at […]

Greek Crisis, Baby vs. CEO, & a Surprising Double Agent | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Angelos, James. The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins. Crown. Jun. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385346481. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/WORLD A freelance journalist and former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with expertise on the European debt crisis, Angelos has been covering Greece for a decade and finally moved there in 2013. He’s well primed, […]

Here We Come, Nantucket: Hot Beach Reads by Women Authors from Collins to Frank to Hilderbrand | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Collins, Jackie. The Santangelos. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2015. 544p. ISBN 9781250048233. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848900. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Her daughter is Europe’s hot new model, her son is being set up for murder, and enemies (not to mention a druggie Colombian club owner) circle like vultures, but does that stop Lucky Santangelo? Absolutely not. […]

Creepy (Barker, Oates), Literary (Bellow, Styron), Political (Lemmon), Epic (Stephenson) & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Barker, Clive. The Scarlet Gospels. St. Martin’s. May 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781250055804. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781466859555. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Big news here: Barker’s first adult novel since 2007 brings back Hellraiser icons Harry D’Amour, good-guy investigator of the supernatural, and unimaginably evil Pinhead. It’s their final showdown, and whatever the outcome, Barker has announced […]

Bacigalupi, Crais, Kenyon, Lescroat, Sandord, & More | Chiller Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Kickback. Putnam. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780399170843. $26.95. THRILLER When 17-year-old Dillon Yates is sentenced to a lockdown juvenile facility for a minor prank, his mother asks Spenser to investigate why so many youngsters from their town have received similar sentencing from the local get-tough judge. The ugly answer has […]

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