Talking with Cynthia Bond About Her Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Pick, Ruby

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When beautiful Ruby Bell returns home to East Texas to wander barefoot along the red dirt roads, her mind seemingly gone and her black skin and lustrous black hair thick with dirt, she is scorned by the townsfolk, who set her up as an example of sinful aspiration to be avoided. But she attracts the […]

Haruki Murakami, Ian Rankin, Two New York Times Reporters as Debut Novelists, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Buck, Rinker. The Oregon Trail: An American Journey. S. & S. Aug. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781451659160. $28. HISTORY In the years 1845–1860, 400,000 pioneers traveled west along the Oregon Trail, moving 2,000 miles from Missouri to the Pacific in what has come to be regarded as the largest land migration in history. Buck, an award-winning […]

Mystery from Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Peter Robinson, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Cha, Steph. Dead Soon Enough: A Juniper Song Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250065315. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872066. MYSTERY Finally flaunting a bona fide detective license, Juniper Song gets a twisty case that has her tracking a young Armenian American woman named Lusig, hired as a surrogate by older cousin Rubina because […]

Literary Reads from Ivan Doig, Alice LaPlante, Andreï Makine, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Doig, Ivan. Last Bus to Wisdom. Riverhead. Aug. 2015. NAp. ISBN 9781594633638. $27.95. LITERARY Raised in the mid-1950s by his beloved grandmother in Montana’s Two Medicine Country, known to anyone who has read Doig’s big-sky novels, orphaned Donal Kyle feels as if he’s been tossed into cold water when Gram, recovering from surgery, sends him […]

From Soviet Intelligence to Hurricane Katrina | History Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Haslam, Jonathan. Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence. Farrar. Aug. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780374219901. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374710408. HISTORY Professor of the history of international relations at Cambridge, Haslam offers an overview of Soviet intelligence from the October Revolution to the end of the Cold War that encompasses not just the […]

Registration Open for the New Editors’ Picks Webcast: Your Next Big Reads from HarperCollins, the Penguin Publishing Group, and Random House LLC

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S.J. Watson’s Second Life. Erika Johansen’s The Invasion of the Tearling. Two debuts with 75,000-copy first printings. Titles drawn from the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the popular e-series The Underwriting. And new books by the authors of the best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Ready Player One. To […]

Notable Books and More | ALA Midwinter 2015

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On Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago, the Reference and Users Services Association announced its 2015 Notable Books List, comprising 26 top titles for libraries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. That list, along with the 2015 Booklist Editors’ Choice list, serves as the basis of the longlist […]

Julianna Baggott, Alice Hoffman, Adam Johnson, John Scalzi, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1

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Baggott, Julianna. Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. Little, Brown. Aug. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780316375108. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316375092. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316337694. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION Author of the “Pure” trilogy, a bleak and gorgeously rendered dystopian tale, Baggott here does something arrestingly different. Reclusive author Harriet Wolf is long dead, but rumors […]

Kelley Armstrong, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Iceberg Slim Rediscovered, & More | Hot Commercial Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1

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Armstrong, Kelley. Deceptions: A Cainsville Novel. Dutton. Aug. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780525953067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698191129. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FANTASY Having learned that her biological parents are convicted serial killers has sent Olivia Taylor Jones into seclusion in the town of Cainsville, where she’s since been wrestling with some pretty dark forces. In this third […]

A Political Murder, a World War II Affair, & The Girl Who Slept with God | Debut Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1

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Bartsch, Jeff. Two Across. Grand Central. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781455554621. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455554607. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455590070. COMING OF AGE Brilliant but socially maladroit teenagers Stanley and Vera meet when they tie for first place in the National Spelling Bee, then try to escape their too-controlling parents by entering into an in-name-only marriage. […]

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