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 […]

Nadia Hashimi, Ann Hood, Tom Wolfe, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2016, Pt. 2

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Agee, Jonis. The Bones of Paradise. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780062413475. $25.99. LITERARY FICTION Ten years after the tragedy at Wounded Knee, where the 7th Calvary slaughtered more than 200 Lakota men, women, and children, white rancher J.B. Bennett and young Native American Star are found murdered on a remote stretch of Bennett’s land. […]

Jay McInerney, Eowyn Ivey, Jesmyn Ward, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Donohoe, Kathleen. Ashes of Fiery Weather. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544464056. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544526693. LITERARY FICTION Ranging across six generations, from famine-stalked Ireland to post–9/11 New York, Donohoe’s ambitious debut offers portraits of women in the Keegan/O’Reilly clan, bound together by fire and ash. For a family of firefighters, life is fraught […]

Delia Ephron, Laura McHugh, Cynthia Ozick, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Bennett, Claire-Louise. Pond. Riverhead. Jul. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780399575891. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399575914. SHORT STORIES Originally published by the Dublin press Stinging Fly, which has given us the likes of Kevin Barry and Colin Barrett, Bennett’s story collection attracted enough attention to get a book deal in Britain, where the Guardian called it “stunning.” This […]

Jesse Ball, Jules Feiffer, Ruth Ware, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ball, Jesse. How To Set a Fire and Why. Pantheon. Jul. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101870570. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870587. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION If you didn’t know Ball’s off-kilter, engagingly experimental writing by the time 2014’s Silence Once Begun became a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Los Angeles Times Book […]

Jessie Burton, Julian Fellowes, Hisham Matar, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 1

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Burton, Jessie. The Muse. Ecco: HarperCollins. Jul. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062409928. $27.99. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Once again, the author of the New York Times best-selling The Miniaturist unfolds history in an intriguing way. In the late 1930s, Olive Schloss lives with her parents, a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, in a hardscrabble Spanish coastal […]

Big Fiction Debuts, Key Current Events Titles, and Do-It-Yourself Shakespeare | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 5

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Cline, Emma. The Girls. Random. Jun. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780812998603. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998610. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/COMING OF AGE Cline gets to prove why she won the 2014 Paris Review Plimpton Prize with this first novel featuring lonesome teen Evie Boyd, who’s drawn to a bunch of louche and daring-looking girls in […]

Anne Tyler Revisits Shakespeare, plus Ausubel, Danielewski, & Newcomer El Rashidi | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2016. Pt. 4

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Ausubel, Ramona. Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty. Riverhead. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781616205621. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698410855. LITERARY Ausubel debuted with No One Is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a New York Public Library’s Young Lions finalist that was ambitious, gorgeously written, and occasionally […]

From Palestine to the Supreme Court to Diane Arbus | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4

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Ehrenreich, Ben. The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9781594205903. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698148192. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. POLITICAL SCIENCE A National Magazine Award winner, Ehrenreich spent time over the last three years living with several Palestinian families in the West Bank; his reporting on what he […]

Alan Furst, Mary Roach, Same-Sex Marriage, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 3

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Cenziper, Debbie & Jim Obergefell. Twenty-One Years to Midnight: The Lovers, Lawyers and Activists Who Brought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. Morrow. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062456083. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062456090. MEMOIR/LAW In 2013, when John Arthur was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he and Obergefell, his partner of two decades, flew to Maryland […]