Alice Hoffman | Spotlight LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2016

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“This novel comes from lots of different places,” explained Hoffman in a phone interview with LJ, “but one thing I was thinking about was mothers and daughters, and I was missing my own mother.”

Ford, Murakami, Shreve, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 2

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Bouman, Tom. Darling Cory: A Henry Farrell Novel. Norton. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780393249644. $NA. MYSTERY Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, as well as LibraryReads honors and a John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, Bouman’s Dry Bones in the Valley featured a rural […]

Top Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 2

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Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780544912588. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544912380. LITERARY/SAGA This embracing and salt-sharp tale by Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist Alyan magnifies the problem of displacement in the Middle East by chronicling the fate of one family continually uprooted after the Six-Day War of 1967. After her […]

It’s a Mystery | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 2

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Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse. Viking. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781101981320. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981337. MYSTERY/COZY Enjoying a break from her husband and sons, who are off camping, Lori Shepherd heads to a quilting bee. There, widowed Annabelle Craven reveals a secret about her first husband’s death that leads Lori to investigate […]

Making History | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 2

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Allison, Graham. Destined for War: America, China, and Thucydides’s Trap. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780544935273. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780544935334. POLITICAL SCIENCE/HISTORY Founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, who has served in both the Reagan and the Clinton administrations and twice won the Pentagon’s highest civilian award, Allison coined the term the […]

From Finders Keepers to A Man Called Ove to the Original Star Trek | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, November 1, 2016

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Admit The Exterminating Angel; a Greater college success story; A Man Called Ove gets a second chance; TV’s Star Trek launches a genre

Debut Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

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Preparing any family feast can make even assured home cooks feel a bit like a newbie. For much-needed fellowship, spend some time with these accomplished chefs’ debut offerings.

LJ’s Materials Survey | Last Chance!

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Librarians everywhere, I hope that you find Prepub helpful. Now, could you help us by completing our annual materials survey? It’s packed with information about budgets and circulation, and we’d like the broadest range of data possible from the nation’s public libraries. Date of completion has been extended to November 14. Please fill out our […]

Backman, Garrow, Gordon, & a Trip to Timbuktu | Barbara’s Picks, May 1, 2017

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Backman, Fredrik. Beartown. Atria. May. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501160769. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501160783. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY FICTION Starting with his breakout debut, A Man Called Ove, Backman became an international sensation and New York Times best-selling author. In its focus on a struggling town seeking redemption through youth sports, his latest echoes […]

Four Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 1

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Crichton, Michael. Dragon Teeth. Harper. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062473356. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473370. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. THRILLER Set in 1876, at the height of the Bone Wars—the frantic competition by paleontologists to find the very best preserved dinosaur fossils—this newly discovered novel should cheer up fans of Crichton, who died in 2008. To […]

Four Key Current Events Titles | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 1

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Attkisson, Sharyl. The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. Harper. May 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062468161. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062468185. POLITICAL SCIENCE The smear: it’s the concerted effort of those working in opposition to individuals or ideas to bring them down with ugly depiction—hit stories—based on […]

Cookbook Countdown, Week Two: Home Cooking | Wyatt’s World

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For all the thrill of trying to replicate complicated dishes, or those using exotic, buy-on-the-Internet ingredients, there is much to be said for learning how to cook well at home.

Getting To Know Giallo | Video Reviews, November 1, 2016

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Giallo films, a genre originating in Italy, are an evolutionary step between the classic murder mystery and the American slasher film craze of the 1970s and 1980s. Visually the emphasis is on presenting shocking and unusual murders.

Kennedy Chronicles | Audio Reviews, November 1, 2016

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Compelling, convincing, and current, Kennedy has Framed a great listen for fans of true crime aficionados and conspiracy theorists; Tye delivers an insightful look into the ways Bobby Kennedy became involved in the civil rights movement

LJ’s Materials Survey | Respond Now

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Librarians, how do thrillers, historicals, biographies, and art books circulate at you library? What’s growing faster, your ebook collection or your audio collection? Is your materials budget booming or heading south, and why? Library Journal wants to know so that we can write our annual materials survey. Please fill out our survey by November 7, […]

Award-Winning Short Fiction, Hamlet Worldwide, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Arimah, Lesley Nneka. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories. Riverhead. Apr. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780735211025. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735211049. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Arimah won the 2015 African Commonwealth Prize for the Granta-published “Light,” was a finalist for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for the title story, […]

From Boylan to Karen White | Pop Fiction, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Boylan, Jennifer Finney. Long Black Veil. Crown. Apr. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451496324. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451496348. Downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE/LGBT LGBT rights advocate, Op-Ed page contributor to the New York Times since 2007, and the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College, Boylan still finds time to write both fiction and […]

Literature, Music, TV | Arts Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Bloom, Harold. Falstaff: Give Me Life. Scribner. Apr. 2017. 176p. ISBN 9781501164132. $22; ebk. ISBN 9781501164156. LITERATURE Distinguished critic Bloom, known especially for his Shakespeare scholarship, shows us why Falstaff—central to the three Henry plays—is considered Shakespeare’s greatest comic character. As Bloom explains, readers experience Falstaff differently as they move through life, which clarifies how […]

Women Composers, Part 2 | Music Matters

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In my previous column, we began a three-part series exploring female composers, beginning with the Medieval through early Romantic period. Here, we’ll look at artists of the 20th ­century.

Last of the April 2017 Nonfiction | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Drezner, Daniel. The Ideas Industry. Oxford Univ. Apr. 2017. 344p. ISBN 9780190264604. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE Professor of International Politics at Tufts University and author of such books as The System Worked, Drezner examines the uncomfortable evolution of the public intellectual, once someone who debated issues in an open forum and now more likely someone with […]