Drabble, Nguyen, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780374134952. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715762. LITERARY FICTION A durable author of contemporary English-language literature named a Dame of the British Empire in 2008, Drabble has plenty of life experience to bring to her portrait of graying if relentlessly busy Francesca Stubbs. Even as she […]

Award-Worthy Fiction | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Danielewski, Mark Z. The Familiar. Vol. 4: Hades. Pantheon. Feb. 2017. 880p. ISBN 9780375715006. pap. $26.95. LITERARY/FANTASY One Rainy Day in May, the first volume of National Book Award finalist Danielewski’s magnum opus, The Familiar, was published in 2015 and quickly hit the New York Times best sellers list, rising to No. 5. The entire […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexander, Brian. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250085801. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085818. ECONOMICS In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, OH, the quintessential all-American town. Seventy years later, it’s fighting for its life, with its main industry—Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s […]

Prepub Alert Has a New Look

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As this newsletter drops into your inbox, you’ll see that it looks different. Like all of LJ‘s newsletters, Prepub Alert is being reformatted for clarity and usability. That means shorter introductions upfront, though the number of titles and length of book previews in the newsletter proper won’t change. And instead of single titles leading off […]

Debuting Arden, Award Winner Krivák, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Arden, Katherine. The Bear and the Nightingale. Del Rey. Jan. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101885932. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885949. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY/LITERARY A darkly magical fairy tale for adults, this promising debut takes us to the edge of Russia’s immense wilderness, where Vasilisa loves hearing her nurse’s old-time stories, especially about the blue-eyed winter demon […]

History, Literature, Cultural Studies | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Blackburn, Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Elissa Epel. The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger. Grand Central. Jan. 2017. 302p. ISBN 9781455587971. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455587964; lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455569939. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HEALTH & FITNESS Currently president of the Salk Institute, Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along […]

From Brunonia Barry to Beatriz Williams | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

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Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal. Crown. Jan. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101905609. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101905616. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S Author of the New York Times best-selling The Lace Reader, Barry returns to spooky Salem for a 25-year-old triple homicide now being reinvestigated by Chief of Police John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney. He’s […]

Last-Minute Call | Three Big Books This Fall

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It’s not just Bernie Sanders dropping into the fall schedule last minute with Our Revolution. In December, best-selling author Michael Lewis returns with The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Norton. 320p. ISBN 9780393254594. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393254600), an account of the groundbreaking (and ultimately Nobel Prize–winning) studies by Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman […]

From Aciman to Coretta Scott King | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Aciman, André. Enigma Variations. Farrar. Jan. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780374148430. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714772. LITERARY FICTION Aciman made his name with the memoir Out of Egypt and came forth as a novelist with 2007’s Let Me Call Your Name, a New York Times Notable Book that won numerous other honors; 2013’s Harvard Square got raves. […]

Essential Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Appelfeld, Aharon. The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping. Schocken. Jan. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780805243192. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780805243208. LITERARY In this new work from celebrated Israeli author Appelfeld (winner of two National Jewish Book Awards), a young Holocaust survivor barely recalls his journey from Europe to Palestine, where he now works on a kibbutz. But […]