Fifteen Mystery/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ahnhem, Stefan. Victim Without a Face: A Fabian Risk Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2016. 592p. tr. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. ISBN 9781250103185. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103192. THRILLER Screenwriter Ahnhem joins the Swedish crime brigade with a first novel whose initial victims were class bullies three decades ago. Alas, criminal investigator Fabian Risk, who’s […]

Socially Significant Works on Resegregation, ADHD, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ajayi, Luvvie. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. Holt Paperbacks. Sept. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781627796064. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781627796071. HUMOR/ESSAYS In her much-read blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Ajayi addresses popular culture with sharpened wit. Yet as her 500,000 monthly readers can attest, she’s not just reporting on popular television shows or Facebook gaffes but acting as […]

Ferrante on Ferrante

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The Monday, March 14, edition of the New York Times carries an interesting story about Elena Ferrante, whose four-volume Neapolitan saga is a worldwide phenomenon even as her identity remains a mystery. On Sunday, Italy’s Corriere della Sera identified Naples-based university professor Marcella Marmo as a likely candidate, citing a textual analysis by novelist and […]

Day of Dialog Brings You Jonathan Safran Foer, Jay McInerney, Katarina Bivald, & More

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Katarina Bivald, speaking with the editorial staff of Sourcebooks about her LibraryReads Pick, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Big-name authors Jonathan Safran Foer, Jay McInerney, Justin Cronin, Sonali Dev, Jill Shalvis, and more. And top editors like Tim Duggan (Tim Duggan Books: Hogarth: Crown) and Amy Einhorn (Amy Einhorn Books: Flatiron Books: Macmillan). These […]

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ann Patchett, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Colson Whitehead | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Foer, Jonathan Safran. Here I Am. Farrar. Sept. 2016. 592p. ISBN 9780374280024. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374280024. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY FICTION Foer offers his first novel in 11 years, and not unexpectedly he’s thinking big, referencing the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac to clarify how unbearably demanding life can be. Abraham answered “Here I […]

Anderson/Rovin, Jennifer Chiaverini, J.A. Jance, Karin Slaughter | Essential Pop Fiction, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Anderson, Gillian & Jeff Rovin. The Sound of Seas. (The EarthEnd Saga, Bk. 3). Simon451: S. & S. 320p. ISBN 9781476776590. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476776613. SF Having proven herself as a writer with her well-received “EarthEnd Saga” series, written with New York Times best-selling author Rovin, award-winning actress Anderson wraps up the series with some […]

Nicholson Baker, Mike Love, Danielle Trussoni, Jennifer Weiner | Essential Memoirs, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Baker, Nicholson. Substitute. Blue Rider. Sept. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780399160981. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780399160981. MEMOIR Mention Baker’s name, and folks will likely think first of his daring and deeply descriptive novels, like Vox and House of Holes. But let’s remember that he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, namely, Double Fold: Libraries […]

Register for Day of Dialog 2016

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Day of Dialog is going back to its original setting this year; it’s in Chicago, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 Roosevelt Road. But it will continue to have the same format: big-name authors, an editors’ picks panel, and a town hall meeting so that attendees can air their concerns. So if […]

From the Rise of Modern Philosophy to the Rise of ISIS | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Cole, Teju. Known and Strange Things: Essays. Random House Trade Paperbacks. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780812989786. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780812989793. POLITICAL SCIENCE After two genre-redefining works of fiction—Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Every Day Is for the Thief, named one […]

Chillers from Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, Charles Todd, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Andrews, Donna. Die Like an Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250078551. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890879. MYSTERY Andrews launched her career with the Malice Domestic Contest–winning Murder with Peacocks, which grabbed Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times honors for best first novel, and has since gone on to New […]