Books in Demand at BookExpo America 2016

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Publishers bring to BookExpo America the books they most want to promote, but attendees always have their favorites. To the prevailing question, What were the big books at BEA?, here are some answers. First, it’s no surprise that in-demand titles included MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a reenvisioning of slavery in America; NYPL […]

Günter Grass’s Last Work, the Nabokov-Wilson Feud, & More | Barbara’s Picks, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Beam, Alex. The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Pantheon. Dec. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781101870228. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870235. LITERATURE/biogr In 1940, leading man of American letters Edmund Wilson helped asylum-seeker Vladimir Nabokov get settled in this country, introducing him to editors and assigning him book reviews for the […]

Seven Big Thrillers | Fiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Greaney Mark. Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. Putnam. Dec. 2016. 736p. ISBN 9780399176814. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698410664. lrg. prnt. CD: downloadable. Penguin Audio. THRILLER Along with his own popular “Gray Man” series, Greaney wrote three No. 1 best sellers with Tom Clancy, then carried on the Clancy tradition with another top-spot best seller, Tom […]

On Elvis Presley & George Lucas | Nonfiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Connolly, Ray. Being Elvis. Liveright: Norton. Dec. 2016. 369p. ISBN 9781631492808. $27.95. BIOGRAPHY Longtime British rock journalist Connolly, also a novelist and award-winning screenwriter, interviewed numerous Sixties and Seventies stars while working for the London Evening Standard. Elvis Presley was among them. Now, on the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death, Connolly has crafted a biography […]

Editors’ Picks Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

Clockwise from top: Amy Einhorn, Sarah McGrath, Alane Salierno Mason, moderator Stephanie Anderson, Lara 
Heimert, and Tim Duggan (l. to r.); Mason enthuses about her books; McGrath listens as Heimert discusses her nonfiction titles (l. to r.); Barbara Hoffert opens both the day’s events and the Editors’ Picks panel; Einhorn talks about the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge; and Duggan tells Anderson about the international slant 
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At the Editors’ Picks panel at this year’s Day of Dialog, moderator Stephanie Anderson, Darien Library, CT, brought up the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge, a program born on Twitter that promotes the reading of all books published by the redoubtable editor of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Einhorn was at Day of Dialog in her […]

Thomas Friedman, Robert Littell, Amos Oz | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Friedman, Thomas L. Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running a Country, and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations. Farrar. Nov. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780374273538. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374715144. CD: Macmillan Audio. POLITICAL SCIENCE Our world is accelerating in exciting and dangerous ways, with technology allowing for self-driving cars and Wifi-enhanced […]

From Archer to Steel | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Archer, Jeffrey. This Was a Man. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781250061638. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867512. $28.99. SAGA A lot of stuff happens in this seventh and final volume of Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles,” starting with a gunshot—but who fires and who’s targeted is anyone’s guess. As Giles Barrington discovers unsettling […]

Queen Victoria, Pixar, Space Travel, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Alvarez, Walter. A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. Norton. Nov. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393292695. $26.95. SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY If you’re familiar with the “Impact Theory,” which blames dinosaur extinction on a crash-landed asteroid, then you’re familiar with Berkeley geologist Alvarez; he originated the idea. Here he argues that Big History, which […]

James Patterson’s New BookShots Line

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Short fiction can be a tough sell these days, which is surprising in our lightning-fast times when a quick read should appeal. And, alas, some people have stopped reading altogether in favor of various device-driven entertainments. Mega-best-selling author Patterson aims to buck those trends with his new BookShots line, which offers brief, reasonably priced books […]

Benjamin Black, Elena Ferrante, Pulitzer Prize Winner Lowery, George Mitchell | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2016, Pt. 3

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Black, Benjamin. Golden Lane. Holt. Nov. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781627795173. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627795180. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL John Banville writes impeccable literary works like the Man Booker Prize–winning The Sea, while as Benjamin Black he writes impeccable crime novels starring Dublin-based pathologist Quirke. Here he assumes his Black persona but travels back to 1599 […]