Final April 2013 Previews: Rees on Hitler, Meyer on the Borgias, and Best Poetry of 25 Years

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Barnett, Kristine. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. Random. Apr. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780812993370. $27; eISBN 9780679645245. CD/Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR At age 12, Jacob Barnett became a paid researcher in quantum physics, and his IQ is higher than Einstein’s was. But as a distracted toddler, he was diagnosed with autism, and Jacob’s […]

Hilary Mantel Wins the Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies

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Sometimes lightning strikes twice, and we can only be grateful. Hilary Mantel, whose Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009—in the process redefining historical fiction and the very concept of narrative voice—has won the Man Booker again, this time for Wolf Hall’s sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. It’s only the third time that […]

Mystery, Mar. 2013: Paul Doherty, Rhys Bowen, Erin Hart, and More

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Although this issue starts coverage of April 2013 titles, I am backtracking one month to make sure you are alerted to the wealth of mystery titles appearing in March. You’ll find a good number of award winners, including folks like Brad Parks and Erin Hart who started out with a bang. Police procedurals, gritty tough […]

March 2013: Books for Humanists; A New Work by Nabokov, Auster and Coetzee, Blake Bailey’s Next, and More

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Auster, Paul & J.M. Coetzee. Here and Now: Letters (2008–2011). Viking. Mar. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780670026661. $27.95. LETTERS Can you imagine a conversation between these two great writers, the sharp, cerebral Auster and the Novel prize–winning Coetzee? Here is a conversation, a collection of the correspondence they began shortly after meeting in 2008. Like all […]

SF/Fantasy, Mar. 2013: Terry Brooks, Vicki Pettersson, Andrew Pyper, and More

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Brooks, Terry. Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara. Del Rey: Ballantine. Mar. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780345523501. $28. FANTASY Bad news: dangerous creatures are breaching the magical barrier, now beginning to deteriorate, that has imprisoned them since time immemorial. Even as some folks prepare for battle, others go on a quest whose success will ultimately […]

Mystery Previews, Jan.-Feb. 2013: Alan Bradley, Dana Stabenow, Charles Todd, and More

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Back in History Winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers Association of Australia, Kerry Greenwood crafts a story billed as mystery but seemingly more suspenseful historical in Out of the Black Land (Poisoned Pen. Feb. 2013. 250p. ISBN 9781464200380. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464200403. $14.95), about a  reluctant new Great Royal Scribe in […]

Big Janaury 2013 SF/Fantasy: Greg Bear’s Halo: Silentium and Jordan/Sanderson’s A Memory of Light

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Big Janaury 2013 SF/Fantasy: Greg Bear’s Halo: Silentium and Jordan/Sanderson’s A Memory of Light

Four Memoirs by Women, Jan. 2013: Rebecca Dana, Robin Quivers, Rosie Schaap, Alisa Valdes

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Four Memoirs by Women, Jan. 2013: Rebecca Dana, Robin Quivers, Rosie Schaap, Alisa Valdes

Four Big Hardcover Romances, Jan. 2013: Adrian, Evanovich/Kelly, Krentz, and Moyes

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Four Big Hardcover Romances, Jan. 2013: Adrian, Evanovich/Kelly, Krentz, and Moyes

International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Breakfast: 21 Thrillers To Shiver Your Bones

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International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Breakfast: 21 Thrillers To Shiver Your Bones

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