Winners of the 2017 National Book Awards Announced

“Books matter because they give us information and hope and connect us to other people,” said Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, in a recorded message at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15, at Cipriani’s in New York. Lucas appeared in person as well, appealing to the tightly packed audience for support (envelopes in the program facilitated donations) and proclaim the desire to “not just celebrate [both winners and finalists] tonight but…keep celebrating the work they do.”

Computer Legacies | Video Reviews

This DVD is recommended for fans of similar PC documentaries such as Silicon Cowboys and Triumph of the Nerds; a fascinating history of a technical success but commercial failure in early computer technology

Atkins, Griffiths, Indridason, & More | Mystery Previews, May 2018

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic. Putnam. May 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780399177019. $27; ebk. 9780698413078. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio & Books on Tape. MYSTERY Twenty years after a stash of paintings was lifted from a Boston museum, paint chips from the most valuable piece land on a journalist’s desk, and Boston PI Spenser is […]

Chabon, Comey, Gay, Hurston, Russo, Winchester, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2018

Alinejad, Masih. The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran. Little, Brown. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316548915. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316549073. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Award-winning Iranian journalist Alinejad was arrested for her activism as a teenager; went to Tehran with a young husband who, later, shamefully divorced her; fought nine […]

Key American History Titles | Nonfiction Previews, May 2018

Abrams, Dan & David Fisher. Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency. Hanover Square: Harlequin. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335424693. $26.99. HISTORY The only case in a two-decades-long career for which we have an almost complete transcript, Abraham Lincoln’s last big trial before his run for the presidency was deeply […]

Motherhood, Mermen, & Miss Subways | Literary Fiction Previews, May 2018

Brinkley, Jamel. A Lucky Man: Stories. Graywolf. May 2018. 264p. ISBN 9781555978051. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781555979959. SHORT STORIES An Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, Brinkley makes his debut to good effect: it was chosen as an Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2018 title by the American Booksellers Association. In these stories, men and boys struggle with issues of […]

Deadmen, Warriors, & Gods | Fantasy Previews, May 2018

  Andrews, Ilona. Magic Triumphs. Ace: Penguin. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780425270714. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698136823. CD/downloadable: Brilliance Audio.  FANTASY Mercenary Kate Daniels has settled into love and family with the former Beast Lord, but it can’t last. Her father is testing her prodigious powers, the Witch Oracle foresees blood, and the strange box that’s just […]

Heal the Living, The Stranger, Their Finest | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The definitive “spaghetti Western”; a heartfelt tale in which the beat goes on; with detached precision, Haneke explores how control functions in relationships; a highly ­welcome Stranger; an inspirational picture for modern-day cynics

International Flavors | Wyatt’s World

The Cookbook Countdown continues with works to inspire a global twist on Thanksgiving dinner.

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Shida’s book is mindful, challenging knitting at its best; Page’s illustrated resource explores the territory of cuisine beyond the restraints of recipe; excellent in terms of getting the “inside scoop” on the White House and training oneself to deal with all kinds of people; Tong offers a charming book about a second-generation American’s search for his family and himself in contemporary China

Kushner, Ondaatje, Simsion, & More | May 2018

Alam, Rumaan. That Kind of Mother. Ecco. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062667601. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062667625. LITERARY As he did in his celebrated debut, Rich and Pretty, Alam takes a women’s-eye view to give us a larger picture of the world. Panicked about raising her baby, first-time white mother Rebecca invites understanding African American hospital […]

The Cookbook Countdown Begins | Wyatt’s World

It’s that time of year, when readers turn to the culinary collection to guide them through preparing those upcoming special meals. Start highlighting the richness of your holdings with books that get readers thinking about the cooking life of others—and their own.

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War | Reference eReviews

There’s no question that Secret Files offers valuable primary source material. However, given the high price, those who have a large collection budget and serve scholars of these subjects should seek out a free trial before committing to ­purchasing.

Fright Night Fun | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Horror games may be some of the most fully realized narrative works in gaming, taking the experience of a ghost story, slasher thriller, or demon hunt to the next level. Players are no longer the passive observers of someone else’s frightful journey, they encounter the terror ­firsthand.

From Christine Lahti to the Duchess de Guermantes | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Abrams, Stacey. Minority Leader: How To Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change. Holt. Apr. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781250191298. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250191304. SELF-HELP/POLITICAL House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to […]

What’s Old Is New Again | Wyatt’s World

There is great pleasure to be found in a twice-told tale that borrows liberally and inventively from existing literature. From fictional takes on how a famous story came into being to a recasting of a Shakespeare play, there are plenty of fall books that literally mine the backlist.

Short List Announced for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books short-listed for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given for the previous year’s best adult titles published in the United States. The short-listed fiction titles all comment on American history and culture. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) is the 2011 Pulitzer […]

Sam Shepard’s Final Fiction

When Sam Shepard died on July 27, it was impossible to believe that we would hear no more of that wise, astringent voice. Granting us respite, this December Knopf will release his final work of fiction, Spy of the First Person (96p. ISBN 9780525521563. $18), which he finished just before his death and which is […]

Barnes, Ehrenreich, Powers, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2018

Al Samawi, Mohammed. The Fox Hunt. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062678195. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678218. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR Raised a devout Muslim in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, Al Samawi contemned Judaism until  he began reading a Bible someone sneaked him when he was 21. Reaching out to Jews on social media and […]

Five Essential Poetry Titles | Poetry Previews, Apr. 2018

Dennis, Carl. Night School. Penguin. Apr. 2018. 112p. ISBN 9780143132356. pap. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780525504337. POETRY The author of plainspoken verse that presents everyday life, then looks beneath the surface to see what’s grinding away beneath, Dennis returns with a substantive 13th collection (after Another Reason) exploring how we grapple with the world through imagination. […]