Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Lost Stories


Fitzgerald, F. Scott. I’d Die for You: And Other Lost Stories. Scribner. Apr. 2017. 320p. ed. by Anne Margaret Daniel. ISBN 9781501144349. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501144363. SHORT STORIES Accepted for publication during Fitzgerald’s lifetime but never printed, written as movie scenarios but never filmed, or rejected by editors because of content or style—even when money […]

Cory Doctorow, Michael Eric Dyson, Roxane Gay, Vaddey Ratner | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1


Doctorow, Cory. Walkaway. Tor. Apr. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780765392763. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765392787. SF Cyber-visionary Doctorow, a multi-award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, returns to adult fiction after eight years with a story set in a futuristic dystopia. Life’s necessities, like food, clothing, and shelter, can be printed out via computer, but the world […]

Key Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1


Bausch, Richard. Living in the Weather of the World: Stories. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780451494825. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494832. SHORT STORIES Recipient of a PEN/Malamud Award, among other honors, Bausch has been called a master of the short story by the New York Times Book Review, and here he gets to strut his stuff. […]

Books for Our Times | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1


Douthat, Ross. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501146923. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146947. RELIGION As conservative New York Times columnist Douthat clarifies, Pope Francis’s stewardship as 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church is not without controversy. His raising issues like communion for […]

A New Dan Brown Title for September 2017


Too early for a September 2017 title? Not when it’s the next Dan Brown thriller. Doubleday has just announced that Origin (ISBN 9780385514231. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542692. CD/downloadable: Random Audio), the new title in the series starring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, will be published in the United States and Canada on September 26, 2017. Transworld […]

From Attenberg to Lesser to Schlink | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 4


Attenberg, Jami. All Grown Up. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780544824249. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780544824263. LITERARY FICTION Author of the New York Times best-selling and Los Angeles Times Book Prize short-listed The Middlesteins and, more recently, of the well-received Saint Mazie, Attenberg again lays bare the soul of a woman. Her heroine here is […]

Last of the Big March 2017 Fiction | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 4


Alcott, Kate. The Hollywood Daughter. Doubleday. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780385540636. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385540643. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL A New York Times best-selling author of historical fiction, Alcott returns to the Hollywood setting of her most recent novel, A Touch of Stardust—not surprisingly, since she was raised in Los Angeles and married into a […]

Great Literary Titles & World Politics | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 4


Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables. Farrar. Mar. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780374223236. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374716295. LITERARY CRITICISM A prolific translator and Princeton professor of French and comparative literature whose Is That a Fish in Your Ear? was a Los Angeles Book Prize finalist, Bellos discusses not just […]

Escape into Reading | Wyatt’s World


Need a break from politics? Even as the next round of debates unfold, great new fall books arrive, offering a refuge. Here are five choices to aid varied getaways.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]