Media Stars, Rock Stars, Actors, & More | Memoir Previews, Nov./Dec. 2017

Archibald, Brett. Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 384p.ISBN 9781250143303. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250143310. CD: Macmillan Audio. MEMOIR While on a surf-charter boat tossed about by a storm in the Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia, Archibald blacked out from food poisoning, fell overboard, and came to with the […]

Katherine Arden, Ursula Le Guin, Andy Weir | Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2017

Arden, Katherine. The Girl in the Tower. Del Rey: Ballantine. Dec. 2017, 384p. ISBN 9781101885963. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885970. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/FANTASY Following her absorbingly vibrant and highly praised debut, the LibraryReads pick The Bear and the Nightingale, Arden returns with a sequel that continues the story of the brave and impetuous Vasya in […]

Register for the 2017 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

It’s June, so it must be time for the American Library Association’s annual conference. And that means it’s time for the 2017 ALA Galley and Signing Guide. After all, how else will you find Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter and Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, Jamie Ford’s Love and Other Consolation Prizes and Celeste Ng’s Little […]

BookExpo Book Buzz 2017

What buzzed big at BookExpo this year? Big-name books, of course, like Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner), New York Times Best Book author Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl (Norton), and new works from National Book Award winners Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing, Scribner) and Alice McDermott (The Ninth Hour, Farrar). On the […]

Foodies Rejoice | Wyatt’s World

On June 16, The Great British Baking Show returns to PBS with Season 4, marking the perfect time to display new summer cookbooks and the best sure-bet titles. Here are four fresh choices plus one classic to accompany the series.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 15, 2017

This engrossing read should stimulate lively discussion among Hemingway aficionados; Sancton delivers a highly recommended mix of luring tabloid fare and professionally researched courtroom drama; anyone worried about the planet should check out Goodell’s look at sea-level rise

Summer Listening | Wyatt’s World

June is audiobook month, which nicely coincides with the start of summer reading. Here are five must-listens, perfect for hot commutes or epic road trips.

Summer Reading, A Running Start | Wyatt’s World

One of the hottest reading seasons of the year is about to begin, and the delights are plentiful. From Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness to Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body to several killer thrillers, readers have some prime choices, with plenty more are on the way.

Susan Wittig Albert on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Heart

An LJ 2016 Indie Ebook Award winner, Susan Wittig Albert’s historical novel Loving Eleanor tells of the romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) and reporter Lorena Alice “Hick” Hickok (1893–1968). Here, Albert talks about the significance of their story and her own experience being an indie author.

Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and […]

Technology, Literature, & Dan Rather | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Berlin, Leslie. Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781451651508. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451651522. TECHNOLOGY Five of the world’s six most valuable companies are high-tech firms, and they were helped to the top by the six innovators profiled here, who broke ground in 1970s and early […]

Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide | Last Chance

The 2017 Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide will be ready this week. Here’s your last chance to register in advance for the guide. This year’s guide contains over 200 listings, with many of the giveaways and signing opportunities on a schedule, which makes the guide particularly handy. Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, Don Winslow, Alice […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2017

With thoroughly documented and imaginative chapters, American Watercolor will have wide appeal; a well-turned-out roundup of 16 new fashion and art titles; Danticat’s brave work interrogates The Art of Death with insight and warmth; satisfying recipes for upscale as well as down-home entertaining

Timely Titles: FBI Fiction | Wyatt’s World

From Margaret Truman to Thomas Harris to James Patterson, authors of FBI fiction continue to build on a rich tradition and a long backlist. Considering recent headlines, now is a good time to generate a display and suggest titles. Below are some newer novels and one classic.

Allende, Keneally, Sontag, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. Atria. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501178139. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501178153. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY When the personal shades into the political, Allende is there. Her latest novel features 60-year-old human rights scholar Richard Bowmaster, who feels he’s hit the end of the road—and one snow-blown Brooklyn […]

From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops […]

Music, Art, & Literature | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2017

A-Trak. When the Needle Dropped: A DJ’s Journey. Scribner. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781476745497. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476745510. MEMOIR/MUSIC His full name is Alain Macklovitch, but he’s known worldwide as A-Trak, and through his memoir he traks, er, tracks a huge trend in music: the emergence of the DJ as the star of the show […]

Short Stories for Distracted Minds | Wyatt’s World

A long novel can provide the perfect escape, sometimes a weeks-long fall into story, character, and place. But other times such needed focus is in short supply, and what readers really crave are brief pieces that can recenter their thinking—like boot camp meditation. Here are five collections to do just that.

Eco, Erdrich, Khizr Khan, Kevin Young, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2017

Eco, Umberto. Chronicles of a Liquid Society. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2017. tr. from Italian by Richard Dixon. 272p. ISBN 9780544974487. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544974579. PHILOSOPHY/ESSAYS Novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and semiotician nonpareil (see his star turn in Laurent Binet’s sensational The Seventh Function of Language, which supposes that Roland Barthes was murdered), Eco began […]