Kunzru, See, Russian Revolution, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 3

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Dunant, Sarah. In the Name of the Family. Random. Mar. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780812996975. $28. ebk. ISBN 9780812996982. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL FICTION Renowned for her bright and disciplined way with Renaissance Italy, New York Times best-selling novelist Dunant again visits the Borgias, to whom she recently paid court in Blood and Beauty. Pope Alexander […]

21 Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 3

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Abbott, Jeff. Blame. Grand Central. Mar. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781455558438. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455558452. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455595662. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Another Sam Capra thriller from this three-time Edgar nominee? Actually not. Abbott has decided to take a break and write a stand-alone psychological suspense novel, for which there are no plot details but […]

Ancient Egypt, Chinese Aspirations, & More | History Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 3

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Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781608196708. $30. POLITICAL SCIENCE In 1961, when Ellsberg served as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, he helped draft Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. Then he leaked the Pentagon Papers, and the […]

Musical Memoirs | Wyatt’s World

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Memoirs take a musical turn this fall, with a number of high-profile singers turning to the page rather than the microphone to tell their tales. Here are five essential titles as an overture.

A Good Beginning | SELF-esteem

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Reading a series means a long-term literary commitment, and there’s nothing like finding that amazing Book 1 to get you started. Here are just a few indie titles available on SELF-e that will provide an engaging first taste of worlds waiting to be explored.

Musical Marguerite, Malick’s New World, Caregiver Catharsis, Renais on the Holocaust | Fast Scans, September 15, 2016

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Marguerite is no less funny for substituting tragicomedy for broad farce; Plá’s riveting drama–cum–social and political commentary should serve as a catharsis; Malick’s exquisitely shot amalgam of narrative storytelling; Night and Fog is not lacking for impact

National Book Foundation Recognizes African American Poetry Organization Cave Canem

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The National Book Foundation today announced that this year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community will be presented to Cave Canem, an organization that supports African American poetry. In its 12th year, the award has been presented to distinguished individuals from Dr. Maya Angelou and Dave Eggers to Terry Gross and […]

National Book Awards Long Lists

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Long lists have the advantage of maximizing excitement not only about the award in question but about books generally, offering a wider range of good titles that are sometimes surprising and other times suddenly obvious. The long lists for the National Book Awards, rolled out last week over four days, are no exception. The nonfiction […]

Four Rising-Star Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 2

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Butler, Nickolas. The Hearts of Men. Ecco. Mar. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062469687. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469700. LITERARY Butler, who debuted with the heartfelt Shotgun Lovesongs, which won honors ranging from the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award to France’s Prix Page/America, returns after the story collection Beneath the Bonfire with another look at male bonding. At Camp […]

Worldwide Mystery | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 2

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Andrew, Sally. The Satanic Mechanic: A Tannie Maria Mystery. Ecco. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062397690. $26.99. MYSTERY Having triumphed with Recipes for Love and Murder, which was listed by O, The Oprah Magazine among “16 Books To Start 2016 Right,” this second mystery features recipe writer Tannie Maria, now an amateur sleuth. When the nature […]

Plague and Mutation | Medical Books Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 2

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Hatch, Steven, M.D. Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250085139. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085146. MEMOIR/MEDICAL An assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, specializing in infectious disease and immunology, Hatch traveled to Liberia in 2013 to work at a hospital there. Six months later, several of […]

Keep the Reading Going for Fall | Wyatt’s World

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Part of providing readers’ advisory (RA) services with ease is having books at the forefront of your mind to offer patrons with a range of interests. The bevy of fall reading lists supply plenty of choices. Here are five titles making such lists, paired with a secondary offering to keep the reading going.

National Book Awards Fiction Long List Announced

Wrapping up the announcement of its four long lists for the National Book Awards, begun with young people’s literature, poetry, and nonfiction, the National Book Foundation today announced its fiction long list. (See also “National Book Award Poetry Long List Announced” and “National Book Award Nonfiction Long List Announced”). The books chosen focus tightly on […]

The Future of Gaming | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, September 15, 2016

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While video game evolution has reached something of an equilibrium, there are still many places to go. Let’s take a look at what games, gamers, and gaming have to look forward to in the future.

National Book Award Nonfiction Long List Announced

Continuing the rollout of its four long lists for the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation today announced its nonfiction long list. (See also “National Book Award Poetry Long List Announced.”) The list is strongly focused on America history and politics, ranging from Andrew J. Bacevich’s America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A […]

National Book Award Poetry Long List Announced

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Starting Monday, September 12, the National Book Foundation is rolling out the announcement of its four long lists for the 2016 National Book Award on a daily basis, leading with the long list for Young People’s Literature. Today’s long list features ten poetry books from a broad cross-section of authors, from former poet laureates Rita […]

Hot-Button Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 1

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Atogun, Odafe. Taduno’s Song. Pantheon. Mar. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781101871454. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871461. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/CULTURAL HERITAGE When Nigerian musician Taduno returns home from exile, he finds himself unrecognized in an unrecognizable land and learns that his girlfriend has been abducted by government agents. He faces a tough choice: to battle the powers […]

Dangerous Reading, Dangerous Writing

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Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan’s half-dozen literary honors range from the Wiener Award to the Bernstein Prize, given to her latest novel, All the Rivers (Random. Mar. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780375508295. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781588361868. Downloadable: Random Audio). It was highly praised when it was first published in Israel, but when a group of teachers asked […]

Elif Batuman, Mohsin Hamid, Chris Hayes, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 1

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Batuman, Elif. The Idiot. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781594205613. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101622513. lrg. prnt. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY FICTION As evidenced by her National Book Critics Circle finalist, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Batuman is a refreshingly different breed of critic, offering intriguingly personal and […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alter, Adam. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781594206641. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698402638. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA The newest addiction? It’s not to a substance but to a behavior, argues New York University professor Alter, author of the New York Times […]