Star Authors at Day of Dialog | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Sept. 2017

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Allen, Danielle. Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781631493119. $24.95. MEMOIR James Conant Bryant University Professor at Harvard, Allen offers a memoir that sums up the tragedy of African American youth today and the continuing inequity in our justice system. Her cousin, Michael Alexander Allen, arrested at […]

Englander, Lagercrantz, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Denfeld, Rene. The Child Finder. Harper. Sept. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062659057. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062659071. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Naomi is a child finder, an investigator who’s especially good at locating lost children because once upon a time she was lost herself. Now she’s after Madison Culver, who vanished three years ago when her family […]

Dodd, Karon, Follett, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

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Bergmann, Emanuel. The Trick. Atria. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781501155826. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501155840. HISTORICAL German-born, Los Angeles–based Bergmann offers a promising debut novel about ten-year-old Max, desperate to find a love spell to heal the rift between his parents, who approaches an embittered old man known in 1930s Germany as the Great Zabbatini. Zabbatini […]

The Templars, McKinley, & More | History Previews, Sept. 2017

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Conant, Jennet. Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 640p. ISBN 9781476730882. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781476730929. BIOGRAPHY Conant supervised the production of poison gas during World War I, insisted on open admissions as Harvard president, championed U.S. entrance into World War II as an adviser to Franklin Roosevelt, […]

Spring Clean Reads: Five New Books To Help with the Mess | Wyatt’s World

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It seems that books on cleaning are becoming the new cookbooks—guides readers are as happy to page through and dream over as they are to use. Regardless of patron intentions, here are five titles to assist with a superclean.

Beauty and the Beast Redux | RA Crossroads

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The story of Beauty and the Beast, first published by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, is a fraught one, oft used as an example of repulsive messaging toward women and argued over by scholars.

14 Award-Worthy Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

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Bolton, Sharon. Dead Woman Walking. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250103444. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103451. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Winner of a Mary Higgins Clark Award, Bolton here dreams up an unusual premise. A woman manages to survive the crash of a hot-air balloon but still faces trouble. During that awful descent near […]

Audiobooks from Higgins and Woods, and a Double Shot of Patterson’s Bookshots | Xpress Reviews

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Recommended for die-hard Higgins fans only; two winners for Patterson fans and admirers of the Bookshots series; recommended for public libraries where Woods is popular

Not Quite Love at First Sight | SELF-esteem

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Not all romances begin with instant attraction; some start with a misunderstanding, a false assumption, or even a bit of good old-fashioned snark. These SELF-e novels see their couples set off on the wrong foot before finding their happy ending. After all, as the Bard once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

Cinema Paradiso, Buster Keaton, and a Slow-Burning Ixcanul | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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Tornatore’s beloved classic finally debuts on Blu-ray; this topical “slice of life” drama errs on the side of underplaying but is unexpectedly ­poignant; Bustamante’s slow-­burning drama unfolds at a measured pace; Olmi’s paean to the peasant life, fittingly told in an unflashy style

Mendelsohn’s Odyssey, Ward/Burns on Vietnam, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Blum, Ben. Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime. Doubleday. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780385538435. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538442. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR Why would an upright young man, determined to become a U.S. Army Ranger, join with two fellow soldiers and two strangers the day before his deployment to Iraq […]

National Book Critics Circle Awards | Publishing Year 2016

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On Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2016. As with last November’s National Book Awards, a sense of political urgency hung over the proceedings.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

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For art lovers, Treasures of Asian Art is a worthwhile investment; Blumenthal delivers life-and-times political history at its best; Moss’s website translates well as an excellent training guide for any level of outdoor fun; this honest account will find resonance among consumers of popular faith narratives

Resist with Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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If games are part of your library’s circulating media, then gamers might be among those looking for some distraction and understanding, and here are some games you could recommend.

Greenblatt, Korda, Sattouf, Taubman, Tur | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Greenblatt, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Norton. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780393240801. $27.95. ebk. ISBN 9780393634587. HISTORY If anyone can reanimate the famous story of Adam and Eve, it’s Pulitzer Prize winner Greenblatt, whose eloquence and erudition vivified Renaissance Italy in The Swerve and had us strutting the Elizabethan stage in […]

Adler-Olsen to Robb | 17 Thriller Previews, Sept. 2017

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Scarred Woman. Dutton. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780525954958. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698409781. CD: Penguin Audio. THRILLER The body of an elderly woman is found in a Copenhagen park, and since this book features Det. Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division, you can bet the case bears resemblance to an […]

Exquisite Prose & Breakout Authors | Literary Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

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Hasbún, Rodrigo. Affections. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 144p. tr. from Spanish by Sophie Hughes. ISBN 9781501154799. $23; ebk. ISBN 9781501154812. LITERARY Named one of Granta’s 22 Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists in 2010 and one of the “Bogotá 39” at 2007’s Hay Festival, Bolivian-born, Texas-based Hasbún is an author smart readers should know. Now […]

Writing Her Story | Wyatt’s World

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There are many ways to celebrate Women’s History month. Here are five suggestions, from novels about women by women to nonfiction marking important moments and figures, both past and present.

Rick Bass Wins The Story Prize

It may have been International Women’s Day, but on the evening of March 8 The Story Prize went to Rick Bass, the sole male author among the three finalists. Bass’s collection, For a Little While, took the $20,000 prize (and an engraved silver bowl), awarded to the outstanding short story collection of the year.

Rick Bass Wins The Story Prize

It may have been International Women’s Day, but on the evening of March 8 The Story Prize went to Rick Bass, the sole male author among the three finalists. Bass’s collection, For a Little While, took the $20,000 prize (and an engraved silver bowl), awarded to the outstanding short story collection of the year.