Spring Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

With holiday feast days, the opening of farmers markets, and longed-for seasonal favorites finally showing up in stores, spring is an excellent time to reevaluate cookbook collections.

Q&A: Catherine Brunelle | SELF-esteem

In Claire Never Ending, SELF-e author Catherine Brunelle traces a family though generations of captivating women, all of whom share the middle name Claire. Each vignette gives a snapshot of a life in progress—from a hot air balloonist to those with connections to witchcraft to the first-generation Claire sailing to her new life. Here, Brunelle talks about ancestry, pregnancy, and her favorite reads.

Making Libraries Sing | Music Matters

Instead of focusing on a genre of music, or items to add to your collections, this column offers a shout-out to a librarian with a double life, and the work she and others do to bring music to patrons in a variety of ways.

Presidential Portraits | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2017

Baime, A.J. The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9780544617346. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780544618480. HISTORY Author of the New York Times best-selling The Arsenal of Democracy and Go Like Hell, veteran reporter Baime chronicles the first few months in office of the […]

Caroline Hart, Darynda Jones, & More | Mystery Previews, Oct. 2017

Alexander, Tasha. Death in St. Petersburg: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250058287. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250146168. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY In glorious St. Petersburg, where Lady Emily’s husband is carrying out work for the Crown, a ballerina lies blood-spattered in the snow. Lady Emily is on the case, even […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 1, 2017

Climbers will inhale Caldwell’s book and want more; poet Kampa’s urge to feel, to will herself into others’ being, is a gift that will carry her far; comedian Boyle’s book is hard to put down and full of solid advice; clear, real-world discussions of issues facing transgender people; perfect for browsing, this work will awaken a desire for questing and adventure

LJ Fiction Reviews: May 1, 2017

Creech’s vividly descriptive and candid narrative gifts readers a timeless tale; gentle humor and evocative prose illuminate these characters’ need for a Refuge; Elsberg sucks readers into a mind-boggling, all too scary world; Goldberg’s Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect; a suspenseful, original, and confident debut to please fans of the hard-boiled PI genre

Must-Have Books on Syria: Check Your Collection | Wyatt’s World

The fractured country of Syria is once again front-page news, making this a moment to attend to the collection. Here are five essential titles to help readers understand past and current events in the war-torn region.

Clinton, Coates, Taibbi, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Blakeslee, Nate. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West. Crown. Oct. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101902783. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101902790. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. NATURAL HISTORY Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Blakeslee’s Tulia dealt with wrongful conviction in a small Texas town. […]

From Buarque to Thien | Literary Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Buarque, Chico. My German Brother. Farrar. Oct. 2017. 192p. tr. from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin. ISBN 9780374161200. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374715137. LITERARY In this new novel from celebrated Brazilian singer/songwriter Buarque, set in 1960s São Paulo, teenage reprobate Ciccio snitches a book from the extensive library of his icily unobservant scholar father and finds a […]

Pierce Brown, Khan, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Bonansinga, Jay. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250058522. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862753. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Lilly Caul has survived the apocalypse and settled her people safely in plague-desecrated Atlanta. But she cannot let go of her dream of returning to home-sweet-home Woodbury and […]

The Dark Is Rising | Wyatt’s World

Even as daylight lingers longer each evening, many releases of early spring are plenty dark. Here are five examples, ranging from true crime to debut thrillers to the current “it” book.

Present and Future | Social Science Previews, Sept. 2017

Bruder, Jessica. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Norton. Sept. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780393249316. $26.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE Expanding her eye-opening Harper’s cover story, “The End of Retirement,” which shows that many Americans can no longer afford to quit work during the so-called golden years, Bruder introduces us to an intrepid bunch that give new […]

Taking Care of Body and Soul | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2017

Brand, Russell. Fix: Freedom from All Your Addictions. Holt. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250141927. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250141934. CD: Macmillan. MEMOIR Once in thrall to heroin, alcohol, sex, food, and more, comedian and movie star Brand helps others recover from addiction as he did by explaining that the real question is not “Why are you […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: April 15, 2017

Otis Redding finally gets the “Respect” he deserves; Alexie’s portrayals of family relationships, identity, and grief have the universality of great literature; this scrumptious entrée into six-legged cuisine is for all general science readers

Gardens Big and Small | Wyatt’s World

Spring is here, and even if the weather across the country doesn’t prove that point, the focus on gardens and flowers in the bevy of new books on the topic announce that it’s time to get working on our outdoor spaces (or tiny indoor gardens). Here are just a few from the fresh crop of which to choose.

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

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

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

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

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, […]