Mark Adams, Julie Holland, & the Art of Poetry | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2015, Pt. 4

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Adams, Mark. Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest To Find the Sunken City. Dutton. Mar. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780525953708. $27.95. TRAVEL The author of the New York Times best seller Turn Right at Machu Picchu can’t visit the subject of his new book: the lost city of Atlantis. But he does talk to the […]

Brooklyn Book Festival 2014 | The Pleasure of Reading To Learn

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On Sunday, September 21, under overcast skies but with undeniably sunny energy, the ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival took place at New York City’s Brooklyn Borough Hall. The adjacent Columbus Park area played host to over 250 vendors (not just publishers but also literary organizations, sponsors, and more), and the 100-plus panels and presentations featuring […]

ISIS: The State of Terror, plus T.C. Boyle, Abigail Thomas, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 3

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Stern, Jessica & J.M. Berger. Isis: The State of Terror. Ecco. Jan. 2015. NAp. ISBN 9780062395542. $25.99. CURRENT EVENTS Our head-on engagement with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) requires some fast and furious background reading, and here it is: Ecco has just announced that on January 27, 2015, it will release a […]

From Steinhauer to Steel, More Than 30 Big Commercial Fiction Titles | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2015, Pt. 3

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Thrillers Berry, Steve. The Patriot Threat. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781250056238. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862609. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER When his former boss in the Justice Department asks him to track down a rogue North Korean possibly in possession of some hush-hush Treasury Department files, beloved Berry protagonist Cotton Malone finds himself […]

From Barney Frank to William Wellman | Biography/Memoir Previews, Mar. 2015, Pt. 3

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Frank, Barney. Frank. Farrar. Mar. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780374280307. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374711429. CD: Macmillan Audio. BIOGRAPHY Frank has some pretty impressive credentials—as a Democrat, he represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for nearly five decades and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2013—and one impressive first: he was the first […]

National Book Awards’ Second Annual Long-Lists Honor Jane Smiley, Edward O. Wilson, Louise Glück, & More

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This week, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced its long-lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature for the National Book Awards (NBA), featuring books the judges deemed the best works written by a U.S. citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2013, and November 30, 2014. One list each day […]

Maya Angelou: Last Tributes, Last Words

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Maya Angelou’s final book, Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou, will be published next month (Random. 128p. ISBN 9780812996456. $20), but her wisdom and spirit were on abundant display on Friday, September 12, at a celebration cum memorial service held at the soaring Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. […]

Ian Caldwell, Hanif Kureishi, Thomas McGuane, Mario Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1

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Caldwell, Ian. The Fifth Gospel. S. & S. Mar. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9781451694147. $25.99. LITERARY THRILLER Written with Dustin Thomason, Caldwell’s The Rule of Four spent nearly a year on the New York Times best sellers list. It’s been a ten-year wait for the follow-up, but here it is. In 2004, the curator of a […]

Full-Length Fiction & Short Story Collections, Suspense & Literary Works | Previewing Big Fiction Debuts, Mar. 2015, Pt. 2

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Anolik, Lili. Dark Rooms. Morrow. Mar. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780062345868. $25.99; ebk ISBN 9780062345882. SUSPENSE Gorgeous, 16-year-old wild girl Nica Baker is murdered, and her older sister refuses to believe that a lonely classmate committed the crime. So she drops out of college to hunt for the real killer, sinking herself into the craziness of […]

Roosevelt, Stalin, & a Daring World War II Prison Camp Rescue | History Previews, Mar. 2015, Pt. 2

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Butler, Susan. Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership. Knopf. Mar. 2015. 608p. ISBN 9780307594853. $35. HISTORY Having edited My Dear Mr. Stalin, a compilation of the correspondence between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin, Butler jumps right in with this assessment of their relationship. She uses newly unclassified material from the Russian State Archive, […]

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