Laird Hunt, Laila Lalami, Ben Lerner, Joseph O’Neill, Christos Tsiolkas | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Hunt, Laird. Neverhome. Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780316370134. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316370127. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316370158. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his previous novel, Kind One, and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award, Hunt is a real writer’s writer poised for breakout with this […]

Wendy Davis, Dana Goldstein, Steven Pinker, Terry Pratchett, Tavis Smiley | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Davis, Wendy. Untitled Memoir. Blue Rider. Sept. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780399170577. $27.95. MEMOIR/POLITICS A women’s rights heroine for her nearly 11-hour filibuster to block a bill that aimed to close all but five abortion clinics in Texas, Texas state senator Wendy Davis is equally famed for being a single mom who eventually got herself into […]

Margaret Atwood, Robert Bennett Jackson, Tana French, Emily St. John Mandel, T. Jefferson Parker, Merritt Tierce | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept 2014, Pt. 4

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Atwood, Margaret. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. Doubleday. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780385539128. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Of the nine stories featured in Atwood’s first collection since 2006’s Moral Disorder, only three have been previously published. The feel is generally witty and somewhat outré; a woman with a genetic abnormality is assumed to be a vampire, a […]

Richard Blanco, Charles M. Blow, John Lahr, Brian Turner, Sheila Weller | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

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Blanco, Richard. Untitled Memoir. Ecco. Sept. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062313768. $25.99. MEMOIR Blanco has won Agnes Starrett, Tom Gunn, Patterson, and PEN/American Beyond Margins honors for his poetry. What’s more, he was appointed the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay poet to receive that […]

Great Women’s Fiction from Chan, Dodd, Karon, & More | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Chan, Darcie. The Mill River Redemption. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780345538239. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345541567. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION As a self-published ebook, Chan’s The Mill River Recluse sold more than 700,000 copies and was picked up for print publication by Ballantine, which will release it in June. In this follow-up […]

Ackerman, Carr, Darnton, Fukuyama, Kissinger | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Ackerman, Diane. The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. Norton. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780393240740. $27.95. SCIENCE Humans now dominate 75 percent of the landmass, and our technological prowess allows us to gift orangutans with iPads and collect DNA samples even as species are killed off. As distinguished naturalist and poet Ackerman notes, “Our […]

Ann Hood, Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman, Hilary Mantel, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Hood, Ann. An Italian Wife. Norton. Sept. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780393241662. $25.95. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Winner of the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and the Best American Spiritual Writing Award, among other honors, Hood seems primed to write a multigenerational saga with a quest at its heart. At the turn of the 20th century, Josephine Rimaldi […]

Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeffrey Kluger, Nicholas Kristof/Sheryl WuDunn, Geoffrey Ward/Ken Burns | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 2

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Gillibrand, Kirsten. Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780804179072. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804179089. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. MEMOIR/WOMEN’S STUDIES Appointed in 2009 to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate seat when Clinton became secretary of state, Gillibrand was elected to her first six-year Senate term in 2012 with […]

David Bezmozgis, David Cronenberg, James Ellroy, Sarah Waters | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 2

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Bezmozgis, David. The Betrayers. Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780316284332. $26. LITERARY A New Yorker 20 Under 40 honoree, Bezmozgis writes incisive, propulsive prose that has won him a stack of awards and nominations; Natasha and Other Stories won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for First Book, and The Free […]

Sophie Hannah Does Agatha Christie, Gail Sheehy Revisits Her Own Passages, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 1

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Hannah, Sophie. The New Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Mystery. Morrow. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780062297211. $25.99. CD: HarperAudio. MYSTERY Because only Shakespeare and the Bible outsell Agatha Christie, internationally best-selling  author Hannah must have been thrilled when the Christie estate authorized her writing a new Christie mystery—the first time it has ever done so. Given […]

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