25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, Fall 2014-Winter 2015

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The main aim of Prepub Alert is to present the biggest forthcoming titles—those that will be most discussed in the media and by readers everywhere—and that means focusing primarily on the biggest houses. Some readers of this column have indicated recently that they’d like to hear about the best small-press titles as well, and although […]

John Boyne, Kristin Hannah, T. Geronimo Johnson, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 2

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Barnett, LaShonda Katrice. Jam! On the Vine. Grove. Feb. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780802123343. $24. LITERARY FICTION While teaching an African American women’s history course at Sarah Lawrence College, Barnett found her students stunned by the question how black people managed to survive after slavery. Her answer: “The black press, which became the greatest tool for […]

Alex Berenson, Laurie King, Andrew Pyper, & More | Top Commercial Fiction, Feb. 2015, Pt. 2

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Berenson, Alex. Twelve Days. Putnam. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780399159749. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE Former New York Times reporter Berenson follows up eight previous John Wells novels, including the Edgar Award–winning The Faithful Spy, with another fraught narrative hinging on a plot to compel the President to attack Iran. The President has demanded that […]

China, Russia, Guantánamo Bay, South Africa | Current Events Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 2

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Browder, Bill. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. S. & S. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781476755717. $28. MEMOIR/POLITICAL Here’s a revealing story of contemporary Russia, featuring American financier Browder, who made a bundle by heading up an investment fund in post-Soviet Russia, then called down certain […]

Neil Gaiman, Rachel Joyce, Anne Tyler, Irvine Welsh | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Gaiman, Neil. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries. Morrow. Feb. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062330260. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062330291. CD: HarperAudio. SHORT STORIES I don’t have to introduce Gaiman as the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Award– and Newbery Medal–winning author of Coraline and other spectacular examples of speculative fiction, do I? He’s back with […]

Lynsey Addario, Mohsin Hamid, Mac McClellan, Richard Rhodes | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Addario, Lynsey. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781594205378. $29.95. MEMOIR/PHOTOJOURNALISM Addario isn’t just any photojournalist—she’s a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting who came to everyone’s attention when she was kidnapped by pro-Qaddafi forces during Libya’s civil […]

Six Essential Debuts, from Quan Barry to M.O. Walsh | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Barry, Quan. She Weeps Each Time You’re Born. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780307911773. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307911780. LITERARY Barry writes quietly fervent poetry that’s been honored with an AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize, which bodes well for her first foray into fiction. Heroine Rabbit is born along the Song Ma River as the Vietnam […]

Memoirs from Musicians (Charlie Wilson), Journalists (Robert Chirstgau, Kevin Sessums), a Genius Gamer (Garriott de Cayeux ), & More | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Christgau. Robert. Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic As a Young Man. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Feb. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780062238795. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062238818. MEMOIR Chief music critic at the Village Voice for more than three decades and still going strong as a Billboard.com columnist and visiting arts professor at New York University, […]

Discover Great New Writers, Fall 2014

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Each season, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program offers good insights into just-popping books that people will be reading and discussing. Many of the books on this fall’s list will have already hit your radar—e.g., Edan Lepucki’s California, famously praised by Stephen Colbert, and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and Malcolm Brooks’s Painted Horses, […]

Cornwell, Greenberg, Harrison, Leovy, Simsion | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

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Cornwell, Bernard. The Empty Throne. Harper. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780062250711. $27.99. HISTORICAL FICTION It’s hard going for Uhtred in this eighth entry in the popular “Saxon Tales” series by New York Times best-selling author Cornwell. First, to heal from wounds he has received in battle, he must find the sword that did the damage. […]

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