Susan Wittig Albert on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Heart

An LJ 2016 Indie Ebook Award winner, Susan Wittig Albert’s historical novel Loving Eleanor tells of the romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) and reporter Lorena Alice “Hick” Hickok (1893–1968). Here, Albert talks about the significance of their story and her own experience being an indie author.

Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and […]

Technology, Literature, & Dan Rather | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Berlin, Leslie. Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781451651508. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451651522. TECHNOLOGY Five of the world’s six most valuable companies are high-tech firms, and they were helped to the top by the six innovators profiled here, who broke ground in 1970s and early […]

Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide | Last Chance

The 2017 Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide will be ready this week. Here’s your last chance to register in advance for the guide. This year’s guide contains over 200 listings, with many of the giveaways and signing opportunities on a schedule, which makes the guide particularly handy. Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, Don Winslow, Alice […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2017

With thoroughly documented and imaginative chapters, American Watercolor will have wide appeal; a well-turned-out roundup of 16 new fashion and art titles; Danticat’s brave work interrogates The Art of Death with insight and warmth; satisfying recipes for upscale as well as down-home entertaining

Timely Titles: FBI Fiction | Wyatt’s World

From Margaret Truman to Thomas Harris to James Patterson, authors of FBI fiction continue to build on a rich tradition and a long backlist. Considering recent headlines, now is a good time to generate a display and suggest titles. Below are some newer novels and one classic.

Allende, Keneally, Sontag, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. Atria. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501178139. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501178153. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY When the personal shades into the political, Allende is there. Her latest novel features 60-year-old human rights scholar Richard Bowmaster, who feels he’s hit the end of the road—and one snow-blown Brooklyn […]

From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops […]

Music, Art, & Literature | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2017

A-Trak. When the Needle Dropped: A DJ’s Journey. Scribner. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781476745497. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476745510. MEMOIR/MUSIC His full name is Alain Macklovitch, but he’s known worldwide as A-Trak, and through his memoir he traks, er, tracks a huge trend in music: the emergence of the DJ as the star of the show […]

Short Stories for Distracted Minds | Wyatt’s World

A long novel can provide the perfect escape, sometimes a weeks-long fall into story, character, and place. But other times such needed focus is in short supply, and what readers really crave are brief pieces that can recenter their thinking—like boot camp meditation. Here are five collections to do just that.

Eco, Erdrich, Khizr Khan, Kevin Young, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2017

Eco, Umberto. Chronicles of a Liquid Society. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2017. tr. from Italian by Richard Dixon. 272p. ISBN 9780544974487. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544974579. PHILOSOPHY/ESSAYS Novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and semiotician nonpareil (see his star turn in Laurent Binet’s sensational The Seventh Function of Language, which supposes that Roland Barthes was murdered), Eco began […]

Bowen, McCall Smith, Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2017

Bowen, Rhys. The Ghost of Christmas Past. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250125729. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250125736. MYSTERY It’s not the happiest Christmas for private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan, who has just suffered a miscarriage, so spending the holiday at a mansion on the Hudson seems like a good thing. But the household […]

Life After Loss, Intuitive Art, Recovery Memoirs, Building Resiliency | Self-Help Reviews

TAKE A BREAK, BREATHE, AND HELP OTHERS Except for a few books, this column reviews the newest works dealing with the most challenging aspects of life.

Gates, Hallberg, Hoffman, Yuknavitch, & More | Last of the Sept./Oct. 2017 Picks

Davis, Lanny J. The Unmaking of the President 2016: The Case Against FBI Director James Comey and How He Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency. Scribner. Oct. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501177729. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781501180408. POLITICAL SCIENCE Yale-trained lawyer Davis, who served in the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, offers state-by-state analysis […]

Last of the October Nonfiction | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2017

Alpeyrie, Jonathan with Stash Luczkiw: The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s 81 Days of Captivity in Syria; a Story of Survival. Atria. Oct. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501146503. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501146541. MEMOIR Having reported from over a dozen conflict zones, French American photojournalist Alpeyrie became news himself in April 2013 when he was betrayed by […]

LJ Fiction Reviews: May 15, 2017

Engrossing erotic crime from Castille, with playful writing, abundant sex, and plenty of melodrama from Wild & Bliss; Binet’s latest is sensational fun for the intellectually astute; genre experts pick the top summer reads; a grim, spare, and fascinating first novel from sf’s Tidbeck

Celebrating National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

Close out April, National Poetry Month, by sharing and reading poems new and old. From backlist favorites to debut works to titles not yet on the shelves, here are five books to underscore the vibrant power of the poet and poetry reader.

Judges Needed for Indie Ebook Awards 2017

LJ’s third annual Indie Ebook Awards are almost underway, and we’re looking for voracious readers to serve as judges. Volunteers will be asked to assess books in one of five categories: romance, sf, fantasy, mystery, or YA. This is an amazing opportunity to discover and support local authorship and reward self-published talent.

Biography/History/Memoir | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2017

BIOGRAPHY Aldous, Richard. Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian. Norton. Oct. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393244700. $29.95. BIOGRAPHY Key adviser and so-called court historian to President John F. Kennedy, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner whose work exemplified the presidential biography. He’s getting a biography of his own from Bard historian […]