Kent Haruf, Erika Johansen, Stephen King, Milan Kundera, S.J. Watson | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781101875896. $23.95. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE Haruf lays claim to impressive awards (e.g., Whiting Writers’ Award, the Wallace Stegner Award) and nominations (the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and his Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction have sold 1.4 million copies combined. But the […]

Greek Crisis, Baby vs. CEO, & a Surprising Double Agent | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Angelos, James. The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins. Crown. Jun. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385346481. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/WORLD A freelance journalist and former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with expertise on the European debt crisis, Angelos has been covering Greece for a decade and finally moved there in 2013. He’s well primed, […]

Here We Come, Nantucket: Hot Beach Reads by Women Authors from Collins to Frank to Hilderbrand | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Collins, Jackie. The Santangelos. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2015. 544p. ISBN 9781250048233. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848900. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Her daughter is Europe’s hot new model, her son is being set up for murder, and enemies (not to mention a druggie Colombian club owner) circle like vultures, but does that stop Lucky Santangelo? Absolutely not. […]

Creepy (Barker, Oates), Literary (Bellow, Styron), Political (Lemmon), Epic (Stephenson) & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Barker, Clive. The Scarlet Gospels. St. Martin’s. May 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781250055804. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781466859555. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Big news here: Barker’s first adult novel since 2007 brings back Hellraiser icons Harry D’Amour, good-guy investigator of the supernatural, and unimaginably evil Pinhead. It’s their final showdown, and whatever the outcome, Barker has announced […]

Bacigalupi, Crais, Kenyon, Lescroat, Sandord, & More | Chiller Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Kickback. Putnam. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780399170843. $26.95. THRILLER When 17-year-old Dillon Yates is sentenced to a lockdown juvenile facility for a minor prank, his mother asks Spenser to investigate why so many youngsters from their town have received similar sentencing from the local get-tough judge. The ugly answer has […]

The Arts, Business, & Current Culture | Nonfiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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ARTS Luzzi, Joseph. In a Dark Wood. HarperWave. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062357519. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062357533. MEMOIR “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.” You know the opening lines of Dante’s Inferno, as does award-winning literary critic and Bard professor Luzzi, who found his woods dark indeed […]

From Interactive to Straight Text with Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz

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In August 2014, Atavist Books released The New World, a digital novel by New Yorker 20 under 40 author Chris Adrian (The Great Night) and Webby Award winner Eli Horowitz (The Silent History) that utilized nonlinear narrative devices via the Atavist app to tell a truly mind-bending love story. After some surprise sympathy text messages, […]

The Countdown Ends in Your Kitchen: Home Cooking | Wyatt’s World

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From Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Fast and Cowin’s Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen to the playbook for Dinner, these cookbooks will teach you how to prepare a delicious meal.

Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)

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Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

David McCullough, Toni Morrison, Jo Nesbo, Jane Smiley, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 3

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Hillerman, Anne. Rock with Wings. Harper. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780062270511. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062270535. MYSTERY With the 2013 publication of Spider Woman’s Daughter, award-winning journalist Hillerman took over the series starring famed tribal officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee that had won raves for her father, the late Tony Hillerman. Good move: the book […]

The Bill of Rights, Waterloo, & Yoga Queen Indra Devi | History & Biography Previews, May 2015, Pt. 3

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Berkin, Carol. The Bill of Rights: James Madison and the Politics of the People’s Parchment Barrier. S. & S. May 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781476743790. $27.50. HISTORY We regard the Bill of Rights as the crowning achievement of the Constitution and indeed central to our definition as Americans, so it’s sobering to learn from Berkin, Presidential […]

Domestication, Neuroscience, & the Feeling Brain | Science Previews, May 2015, Pt. 3

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Bauer, Susan Wise. The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Norton. May 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780393243260. $26.95. SCIENCE With climate change, energy policy, and issues around the teaching of evolution rocking the news, Bauer, a professor at William and Mary and “Story of the World” series editor, wants […]

Regional Foodways: Travel by Way of Skillet, Dutch Oven, or Oyster Knife | Wyatt’s World

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Here are five titles that offer the twin pleasures of travel and food—and perhaps a gentle nudge to try something brand new this Thanksgiving (more than one book includes a recipe using pumpkins).

New Mo Yan, Pelecanos shorts, and Vaillant’s first fiction | Jan. 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

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Anderson, Catherine. Silver Thaw. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781470394158. Reader to be announced. Anderson (Here to Stay) launches a contemporary romance series about first love and second chances. Amanda Banning has moved to Mystic Creek, OR, with her six-year-old daughter for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time. Writing her secret yearnings on slips […]

For All Audiences: the LGBT Experience, the Aftermath of 9/11, Holocaust Histories, Plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Interviews with men and women elected to public office who are openly LGBT, the life and work of Noam Chomsky, one of the backstories of September 11, 2001, the fate of Jewish children in Belgium who escaped the Holocaust.

French’s Latest Dublin Murder, Mandel’s Breakout; Miller on 20th-Century American History | Audiobook Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Nerve-wracking psychological suspense, excellently narrated by Hogan and Hutchinson; Potter demonstrates her talent and tells Mandel’s story of the survivors of a worldwide pandemic; Jazz Age Manhattan, endlessly appealing.

Time, Quality, and the Shifting Digital Landscape at the Columbia Media Conference

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Conveniently, I live just blocks from Columbia University, which made it easy for me to stumble out of bed on Sunday, November 9, to attend the third annual Columbia Media Conference, sponsored by the Spectator Publishing Company (parent company of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the second-oldest student newspaper in the country) and aimed at encouraging […]

Chess at Auschwitz, Balkans War, & Friendship Via Wikipedia | Eleven Big Fiction Debuts, May 2015, Pt.

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Acampora, Lauren. The Wonder Garden. Grove. May 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780802123558. $24. SHORT STORIES A real estate agent contemplates yet another tackily enlarged house. A group of suburban women gather to reveal themselves briefly to one another and condescend to the rest of the world. A father-to-be abandons a successful career at the urging of […]

Taya Kyle, Tavis Smiley, & Four Big Musicians| Memoir Previews, May 2015, Pt. 2

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General Bello, Maria. Love Is Love. Dey Street. May 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062351838. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062351852. MEMOIR Having sparked a major conversation when “Coming Out as a Modern Family” appeared in the much-read “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, Bello here expands on her story of falling in love with a woman […]

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935–1965; Global Plants | Reference eReviews

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A database of documents that are intended to “collect, preserve, and interpret the unfolding history of American enterprise.” A digital library of plant specimens from around the world.

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