2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide: Register Now, It’s Almost Ready

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With exhibits opening at BookExpo America on Wednesday, May 27, at 1:00 p.m., it’s time to start planning the trek around the convention floor. Eager to know where to find galleys for new titles by Gregory Maguire, Karin Slaughter, Anthony Marra, and Brandon Stanton? Want to find out when Laura Groff and Kathy Reichs are […]

The Last of Hijuelos, New Fiction by Albom & Allende, & Major History by Beevor, Kershaw, & Sebestyen | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Albom, Mitch. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Harper. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062294418. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294425. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Albom writes spiritually engaged work, from Tuesdays with Morrie, said to be the world’s best-selling memoir ever, to The First Phone Call from Heaven, his latest No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel. […]

Six Novels from Mega-Best-Selling Authors | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Baldacci, David. The Guilty. Grand Central. Nov. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455586424. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586417. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586394. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Third in the Will Robie series, The Target was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Now the deadly CIA assassin is back for another round of bullets, though who knows […]

Cultural Conversations, from The New Yorker to Film to St. Mark’s Place | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Calhoun, Ada. St. Marks Is Dead : The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Norton. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780393240382. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE St. Mark’s Place, in lower Manhattan, occupies only three blocks, but in the intellectual life of the country it occupies a much grander space. Starting out as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear […]

Two North Korean Memoirs, a Challenge to Fracking, Ted Koppel on Cyberattack Unpreparedness, & More | More Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Briggle, Adam. A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas. Liveright: Norton. Oct. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781631490071. $26.95. SCIENCE/ENERGY Yes, philosophy professors can go activist, as Briggle did when he moved to Denton, TX, to teach at the University of North Texas. He quickly became an […]

Sing Along with Carrie Brownstein, Elvis Costello, Beyoncé, & More | Music Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Bareilles, Sara. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song. S. & S. Oct. 2015. 208p. ISBN 9781476727776. $28. MEMOIR The five-time Grammy Award–nominated American singer-songwriter and musician talks about her craft in that same revelatory style that has made her a big name since her 2007 hit, “Love Song.” The life balance she […]

New Adventures with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Costner | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Anna Waterhouse. Mycroft Holmes. Titan. Oct. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781783291533. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781783291564. MYSTERY Basketball’s all-time leading scorer and a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, among accomplishments on and off the court too numerous to mention, Abdul-Jabbar is also the author of eight books, including On the Shoulders of Giants: […]

From Bernanke on the Fed and Steinem on the Road to the Durable Gass and Winterson Rethinking Shakespeare | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Bernanke, Ben S. The Courage To Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath. Norton. Oct. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780393247213. $35. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Not long after Bernanke’s 2006 appointment to the Federal Reserve, the housing industry collapsed, shoving the global economy into a tailspin. Here Bernanke recounts the Fed’s use of every resource […]

National Book Award Winner McCann, Nobel Prize Winner Oe, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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McCann, Colum. Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories. Random. Oct. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780812996722. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780812996739. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SHORT STORIES This is the first story collection in 12 years from McCann, whose multiple awards include the National Book Award (for Let the Great World Spin) and the International Dublin […]

Reich on Capitalism, Schiff on the Salem Witch Trials, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Hotchner, A.E. Hemingway in Love: A Memoir. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781250077486. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889484. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MEMOIR/LITERATURE Published in 1966, Papa Hemingway offers an affecting personal portrait of Hotchner’s close friend Ernest Hemingway. But there was more to the story. Apparently, in deference to Hemingway’s fourth wife, Mary, and his […]