Barbara's Picks

Chabon, Comey, Gay, Hurston, Russo, Winchester, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2018

Alinejad, Masih. The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran. Little, Brown. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316548915. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316549073. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Award-winning Iranian journalist Alinejad was arrested for her activism as a teenager; went to Tehran with a young husband who, later, shamefully divorced her; fought nine […]

Kushner, Ondaatje, Simsion, & More | May 2018

Alam, Rumaan. That Kind of Mother. Ecco. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062667601. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062667625. LITERARY As he did in his celebrated debut, Rich and Pretty, Alam takes a women’s-eye view to give us a larger picture of the world. Panicked about raising her baby, first-time white mother Rebecca invites understanding African American hospital […]

Barnes, Ehrenreich, Powers, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2018

Al Samawi, Mohammed. The Fox Hunt. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062678195. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678218. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR Raised a devout Muslim in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, Al Samawi contemned Judaism until  he began reading a Bible someone sneaked him when he was 21. Reaching out to Jews on social media and […]

Ball, Forna, Frazier, Mayes, & Nesbø | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar./Apr. 2018

Ball, Jesse. Census. Ecco. Mar. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780062676139. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676153. LITERARY A Granta Best of Young American Novelists, NYPL Young Lion, and Plimpton Prize winner whose A Cure for Suicide was long-listed for the National Book Award, Ball gets a chance to break out with this affecting story, already getting in-house raves. […]

Albright, King, Moore, Pardlo, & Snyder | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Apr. 2018

Albright, Madeleine. Fascism: A Warning. Harper. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062802187. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062802231. lrg. prnt. POLITICAL SCIENCE Having grown up in Czechoslovakia under the Nazi and Communist regimes, former Secretary of State Albright can give context to her discussion of the rise of reactionary tendencies in the world today, from Russia’s Vladimir Putin, […]

From Bohjalian to Wideman | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385542418. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542425. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/THRILLER Here’s a milestone: Bohjalian is publishing his 20th novel, and as always it combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up with another bad hangover […]

Buruma, Kaplan, & a Neruda Biography | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Buruma, Ian. A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101981412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981429. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR A leading public intellectual, the author of numerous award-winning titles, and named among 100 top global thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy, Buruma has succeeded Robert B. Silvers as the editor of the […]

War, Immigration, & Top-Flight Fiction | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2018

Abouzeid, Rania. No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria. Norton. Mar. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780393609493. $26.95. CURRENT EVENTS/MIDDLE EAST For her in-depth coverage of the Middle East, Beirut-based Abouzeid has earned numerous honors, from the George Polk Award to the European Commission’s Anna Lindh Journalist Foundation Award. Here she gives a history […]

From Hannah to Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2018

Hannah, Kristin. The Great Alone. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780312577230. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250165619. CD. Macmillan Audio. POP FICTION In 1974, what could be harder for 13-year-old Leni Allbright than having a dangerously unsettled Vietnam vet dad? Having him lose yet another job and decide to move the family to the Alaskan wilderness, […]

Politics, Memoir, Essays | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2018

Amis, Martin. The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986–2017. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781400044535. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525520252. LITERARY ESSAYS Smartly acidulous in his nonfiction as in his fiction, celebrated British author Amis (now based in Brooklyn) collects 30 years’ worth of essays ranging from Trump and terrorism […]