Cooks, Rebel Mothers, & Media Stars | Memoir Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 3

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Andreas, Peter. Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501124396. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501124457. MEMOIR In the Sixties, conventional housewife Carol Andreas morphed into a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary, running through numerous husbands and lovers as she sought for and fought for important causes. She took her […]

War, Islam, & Evangelicals | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

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Bellaigue, Christopher de. The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times. Liveright: Norton. Apr. 2017. 560p. ISBN 9780871403735. $35. HISTORY Many Westerners see Islam as behind the times, having failed to experience Europe’s Enlightenment. But Bellaigue, an authority on Islam and the Middle East who speaks Turkish, Persian, and Arabic […]

Nadeem Aslam, Elizabeth Kostova, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

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Aslam, Nadeem. The Golden Legend. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780451493781. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451493798.LITERARY Winner of the Kiriyama and Windham-Campbell Literature prizes, Aslam has also been short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and twice long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, honors that don’t begin to sum up the power of his nuanced, […]

Cleeves, Hillerman, & More | Mystery Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

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Albert, Susan Wittig. The Last Chance Olive Ranch: A China Bayles Mystery. Berkley. Apr. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780425280034. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698190283. MYSTERY In the 25th mystery starring China Bayles, a high-profile Houston attorney who threw it all away to become an herbalist, China grudgingly agrees when her onetime policeman husband insists that she keep […]

Of Historical Interest | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

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Carroll, Andrew. My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. Penguin Pr. Apr. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781594206481. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698192669. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORY Creator of the Legacy Project, which collects wartime correspondence, Carroll drew on the project’s archives to assemble two New York Times best-selling anthologies, […]

Four Key Biographies | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

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Rosnay, Tatiana de. Manderley Forever. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2017. 352p. tr. from French by Sam Taylor. ISBN 9781250099136. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250099150. CD: Macmillan Audio. BIOGRAPHY “Manderley forever” has been the cri de coeur of No. 1 New York Times best-selling author de Rosnay (Sarah’s Keys) since she first read Daphne du Maurier’s twisty-misty Rebecca […]

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Lost Stories

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Fitzgerald, F. Scott. I’d Die for You: And Other Lost Stories. Scribner. Apr. 2017. 320p. ed. by Anne Margaret Daniel. ISBN 9781501144349. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501144363. SHORT STORIES Accepted for publication during Fitzgerald’s lifetime but never printed, written as movie scenarios but never filmed, or rejected by editors because of content or style—even when money […]

Cory Doctorow, Michael Eric Dyson, Roxane Gay, Vaddey Ratner | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1

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Doctorow, Cory. Walkaway. Tor. Apr. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780765392763. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765392787. SF Cyber-visionary Doctorow, a multi-award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, returns to adult fiction after eight years with a story set in a futuristic dystopia. Life’s necessities, like food, clothing, and shelter, can be printed out via computer, but the world […]

Key Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1

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Bausch, Richard. Living in the Weather of the World: Stories. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780451494825. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494832. SHORT STORIES Recipient of a PEN/Malamud Award, among other honors, Bausch has been called a master of the short story by the New York Times Book Review, and here he gets to strut his stuff. […]

Books for Our Times | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1

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Douthat, Ross. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501146923. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146947. RELIGION As conservative New York Times columnist Douthat clarifies, Pope Francis’s stewardship as 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church is not without controversy. His raising issues like communion for […]