Barbara's Picks

Beattie, Gabaldon, Gay, Sullivan, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Beattie, Ann. The Accomplished Guest: Stories. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501111389. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501111402. SHORT STORIES Since her 1976 publishing debut with the story collection Distortions and the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie has worked in both genres, but her gifts really belong to short fiction. Here’s her 11th story collection, following […]

Nina George, Joseph Kanon, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Bialosky, Jill. Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir. Atria. Jun. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9781451693201. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781451693218. MEMOIR An award-winning poet and novelist, Bialosky had a New York Times best seller with her affecting memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Here she returns with another memoir. Treating poems as significant markers […]

Sherman Alexie, Alexandra Fuller, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316270755. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316270762. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316395649. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Notable for his precise, punch-in-the-gut writing, as evidenced by his PEN/Malamud and PEN/Hemingway honors, and winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s […]

Hawkins, Simsion, Midwinter Keynoter Bell, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Bell, W. Kamau. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. Dutton. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101985878; ebk. ISBN 9781101985892. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/HUMOR Bell has been called “the most promising new talent in political […]

Caputo, Chevalier, Russo, & Up-and-Coming Segal | May 2017, Pt. 4

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Caputo, Philip. Some Rise by Sin. Holt. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781627794749. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627794756. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A journalist who shared a Pulitzer with a team reporting on election fraud in Chicago and perhaps best known for his memoir A Rumor of War, Caputo also writes sharp, politically informed fiction, and his […]

Librarians, the West Bank, Anxiety, Segregated America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cassidy, Kyle & Ronald Rice, ed. This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information. Black Dog and Leventhal: Hachette. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780316393980. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316393997. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316464260. LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE In 2014, author/photographer Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate called […]

Nesbo, Strout, & Four Big Science Titles | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Nesbø, Jo. The Thirst. Knopf. May 2017. 352p. tr. from Norwegian by Neil Smith. ISBN 9780385352161. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385352178. THRILLER Back in the swing after 2014’s Police, which saw tough Oslo detective Harry Hole battling a killer planning to wreak vengeance on the police, Harry again helps out the force when a serial killer […]

Ford, Murakami, Shreve, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 2

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Bouman, Tom. Darling Cory: A Henry Farrell Novel. Norton. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780393249644. $NA. MYSTERY Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, as well as LibraryReads honors and a John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, Bouman’s Dry Bones in the Valley featured a rural […]

Backman, Garrow, Gordon, & a Trip to Timbuktu | Barbara’s Picks, May 1, 2017

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Backman, Fredrik. Beartown. Atria. May. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501160769. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501160783. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY FICTION Starting with his breakout debut, A Man Called Ove, Backman became an international sensation and New York Times best-selling author. In its focus on a struggling town seeking redemption through youth sports, his latest echoes […]

Award-Winning Short Fiction, Hamlet Worldwide, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Arimah, Lesley Nneka. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories. Riverhead. Apr. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780735211025. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735211049. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Arimah won the 2015 African Commonwealth Prize for the Granta-published “Light,” was a finalist for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for the title story, […]