History/Biography from Thomas Cromwell to the Great Society to the Death of Tin Pan Alley | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Borman, Tracy. Thomas Cromwell. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2015. 336p.ISBN 9780802123176. $30. BIOGRAPHY Here’s a nonfiction account of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s invaluable adviser, to go with the fictional account that Hilary Mantel has provided in the Man Booker Award winners Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies. Borman has special insight (and an audience-pleasing touch) […]

Science, Creativity, Animal Rights, & AIDS | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Ashton, Kevin. How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery. Doubleday. Jan. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781594204340. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781594204340. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SUCCESS Invention: it’s not a sudden, blazing act of genius but the accumulation of many small steps, minus many small setbacks, and the turning of chance insight […]

ThrillerFest IX: The ITW Debut Authors Breakfast

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One goal of International Thriller Writers, sponsor of ThrillerFest, which this year met July 8–12 in New York City, is to help new writers move their careers forward through mentoring, education, and collaborative efforts. It does so partly through the Debut Authors Program, open to active-status ITW members only. This year’s program embraced more than […]

Taste, Touch, & the Mind-Body Connection | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Beilock, Sian. How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment To Influence How You Think and Feel. Atria. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781451626681. $26. COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Let’s agree that mind and body interact with all the power and bounce of billiard balls cue-sticked by a championship player and ask what’s […]

Writers To Watch, from Scott Blackwood to David Whitehouse | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Blackwood, Scott. See How Small. Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780316373807. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316373975. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316294843. CRIME Three teenage girls who had been tied up in a small-town Texas ice cream shop that was then set on fire watch over those they’ve left behind, trying to find ways to help them […]

Sarah Addison Allen, Alexandra Fuller, Anthony Horowitz, Tony Judt, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Allen, Sarah Addison. First Frost. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250019837. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250019844. WOMEN’S FICTION Continuing the magic she conjured in Garden Spells, New York Times best-selling author Allen opens ten years after the events in that book, when Claire Waverley met Tyler and adjusted to the reappearance of outrageous half-sister Sydney. […]

Books That Buzzed at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas, Pt. 2

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Last week’s column featured a list of 60-plus titles that drew a storm of interest from attendees at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas. Here are further titles that popped to the surface, with publishers often running out of books entirely. In some cases, fans then hung around for photo ops. Consortium Ana […]

Books That Buzzed at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

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Look at the titles flying out of the publishers’ booths at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, and you’ll get a good idea of what folks will be reading across America in the coming months. It’s not surprising that high-profile works like Lauren Oliver’s Rooms and Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life got […]

A Guantánamo Diary, plus Pierce Brown, Miranda July, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brown, Pierce. Golden Son. (Red Rising Trilogy, Bk. 2). Del Rey. Jan. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780345539816. $25; ISBN 9780345539823. SF In Brown’s debut, Red Rising, a rigidly hierarchical society on Mars keeps Reds slaving beneath the soil under the pretense that they are building for a future the dominant Golds already enjoy. But a Red […]

Big Commercial Fiction from Dorsey, Gray, Patterson, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Dorsey, Tim. Shark Skin Suite. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780062240019. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062240033. THRILLER After indulging in a bunch of legal movies, Florida fan and off-the-rails killer Serge Storms decides he’s found his calling…sort of. His efforts are what you might call paralegal, but they’re crucial when former flame Brook Campanella, who defends […]

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