Millennium Thrills in September 2017

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I know, I know, you’ve been in Millennium withdrawal since reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz’s continuation of Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster series starring Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, which was released in September 2015. Now Knopf has announced the next in the series, to be published in September 2017. (I like it that Lagercrantz spent […]

Sherman Alexie, Alexandra Fuller, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316270755. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316270762. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316395649. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Notable for his precise, punch-in-the-gut writing, as evidenced by his PEN/Malamud and PEN/Hemingway honors, and winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s […]

Really Big Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

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Crais, Robert. The Wanted. Putnam. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399161506. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399573903. THRILLER A No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and winner of every mystery award imaginable, Edgar Grand Master Crais certainly had good luck with Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. This new work also features mercenary Jon Stone, […]

From Revolutionary America to Saddam Hussein | History Previews, Jun. 1, 2017, Pt. 1

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Bardenwerper, Will. The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501117831. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501117855. HISTORY A decorated Airborne Ranger–qualified infantry officer in Iraq who also served four years in the Pentagon, Bardenwerper tells the morally complex story of 12 American soldiers given […]

The Year in Review: LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Prepub Alert is designed to look forward—next week, I’ll start previewing June 2017 titles after my five-part coverage of May, always a hefty month. But now I’m stepping back to direct you to past titles. Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016 is up and running, ready for your perusal. Aside from the Top Ten titles, […]

Hawkins, Simsion, Midwinter Keynoter Bell, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Bell, W. Kamau. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. Dutton. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101985878; ebk. ISBN 9781101985892. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/HUMOR Bell has been called “the most promising new talent in political […]

Ferris, Hadley, Khadivi, & More | Literary Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Craig, Charmaine. Miss Burma. Grove. May 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780802126450. $25. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Fifteen years after her internationally best-selling debut, The Good Men, Craig returns to tell the story of Burma from the 1940s to the 1960s from the perspective of Benny, Khin, and their daughter, Louisa. Intriguingly, she draws from the life of her own […]

Politics, Sports, & Otis Redding | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Gould, Jonathan. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life. Crown Archetype. May 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780307453945. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780307453969. Downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding’s landmark performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival—and with the last year of his tragically short life—this book investigates the contributions of a […]

Caputo, Chevalier, Russo, & Up-and-Coming Segal | May 2017, Pt. 4

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Caputo, Philip. Some Rise by Sin. Holt. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781627794749. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627794756. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A journalist who shared a Pulitzer with a team reporting on election fraud in Chicago and perhaps best known for his memoir A Rumor of War, Caputo also writes sharp, politically informed fiction, and his […]

Librarians, the West Bank, Anxiety, Segregated America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cassidy, Kyle & Ronald Rice, ed. This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information. Black Dog and Leventhal: Hachette. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780316393980. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316393997. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316464260. LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE In 2014, author/photographer Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate called […]