Daring Librarians, Hamilton as Musical, Quindlen’s New Novel, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Doerries, Bryan. The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan. Pantheon. Apr. 2016. 160p. ISBN 9780375715167. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870990. GRAPHIC NOVEL/CLASSICS Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, which aims to help service members, veterans, and their families cope with the damage of war, both physical and emotional, by presenting readings of ancient Greek […]

Parenting Titles, from Childbirth Through Post-College | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Raeburn, Paul & Kevin Zollman. The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know—Your Kids. Scientific American: Farrar. Apr. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780374160012. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374714406. PARENTING Journalist Raeburn, whose Do Fathers Matter? won a National Parenting Publications Gold Medal, has […]

Key Literary Titles from Duchovny, Hellenga, Jane Hamilton, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Duchovny, David. Bucky F*cking Dent. Farrar. Apr. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780374110420. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714765. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A quirky but heartfelt fable like his New York Times best-selling Holy Cow, this new work by Golden Globe Award–winning actor Duchovny features Carter administration–era Ivy Leaguer Ted Fullilove, who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium while […]

Penguin Random House Forms New Adult Library Marketing Group


In a not unexpected move following the July 2013 merger of Random House and the Penguin Group, Penguin Random House has announced the creation of a unified, cross-company Penguin Random House Adult Library Marketing Group. Company officials said that this move is aimed at further strengthening its presence in the adult library market. “We will […]

Cooking | Best Sellers, October 2015


From Cake My Day! and Trisha’s Table to Everyday Detox and The Plantpower Way

Jaipur Literature Festival Comes to Boulder Public Library


Proclaimed the world’s largest free literary festival, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has attracted world-class writers since its 2006 inception in Jaipur, India. On September 19–20, it left home for very nearly the first time and came to America, where it was hosted by a public library. The Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns, […]

Why Fiction Matters | The Center for Fiction Has the Answer


Why fiction matters. That was the topic under discussion at a key panel presented by the New York City–based Center for Fiction at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 20, and it’s also the name of an exciting new series just launched by the center, featuring leading novelists reflecting broadly on the continued value of […]

Irish Writers Baume & Binchy, Man Booker Short-lister Sahota, Adam Hochschild, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Baume, Sara. Spill Simmer Falter Wither. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780544716193. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780544716223. LITERARY FICTION A lonely man and a one-eyed dog form a bond, and the man takes his furry friend into his home. Before, they were treated like outcasts by the villagers, but now they are feared as a […]

Top Commercial Fiction from Brackston, Evanovich, Mitchard, & More | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Billingsley, ReShonda Tate & Victoria Christopher Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. Gallery. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476748887. pap. $15. POP FICTION/AFRICAN AMERICAN Billingsley and Murray are both No. 1 national best-selling authors, with the former a NAACP Image Award winner and the latter a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, and they have joined together […]

Debut Fiction from Award Winners, Movie Moguls, & Journalists | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Heaney, Katie. Dear Emma. Grand Central. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781455534609. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455534593. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455534647. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMING OF AGE Author of the beloved and funny memoir Never Have I Ever and a staff writer at Buzzfeed, Heaney turns out a coming-of-age tale starring college junior Harriet, the anonymous […]

From the Apostles to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to India Today | Social Science Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Anderson, William. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harper. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062419682. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062419682. LETTERS Everyone loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, it seems; Pioneer Girl, her annotated autobiography, which was published in 2014 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, reached the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best […]

Judicious Reading: The Supreme Court Rules the Page | Wyatt’s World


The U.S. Supreme Court Justices seem to be everywhere right now: from debate topics to late-night broadcasts. Here are five books on the court, its issues, and its role in American life.

From Paulette Jiles to Bruce Wagner | Literary Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Jiles, Paulette. News of the World. Morrow. Mar. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780062409201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062409225. HISTORICAL After the Civil War, people in northern Texas are so starved for word of the world that Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a decent living traveling the region’s rough roads to read newspapers to paying crowds. Then he […]

From Girls & Sex to Battling Depression, Key Women’s Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Anderson, Gillian & Jennifer Nadel. WE: A Manifesto for Modern Women. Atria. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781501126277. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501126291. SELF-HELP Award-winning actor/producer Anderson and award-winning journalist Nadel are best buddies, and together they’ve written something a little different: not a memoir of what they’ve learned from their friendship but a manifesto coming out of […]

Games in Early Access | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, September 15, 2015


Early Access makes enthusiastic gamers part of the development process and lets them support developers they trust and games in which they believe. Many games still in Early ­Access have experienced great success and built huge fan bases.

2015 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced


From Monday, September 14, through Thursday, September 18, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long-lists for the National Book Awards (NBA), which will be presented at an invitation-only awards ceremony on November 18. The long-lists, ten books each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, ranged beyond hard hitters like Lauren Groff’s Fates […]

The Churchill Archive, Judaic Scholar Digital Reference Library, & Quetzal | Reference eReviews, September 15, 2015


The Churchill Archive will be of use to 20th-century historians and scholars, free and affordable full-text books on Judaism that are a boon to researchers, Quetzal may be appropriate for research-heavy biomedical institutions or companies

Chevalier, Fishman, O’Brien, Oyeyemi, & Spiotta | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 1


Chevalier, Tracy. At the Edge of the Orchard. Viking. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780525953005. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698404199. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Chevalier is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous audience favorites, notably Girl with a Pearl Earring, and with this book, as a way to introduce her to new readers, her new publisher […]

From Annie Dillard & Edward O. Wilson to Charlotte Brontë’s Fiery Heart | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Dillard, Annie. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. Ecco. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062432971. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062433015. ESSAYS On September 10, President Barack Obama awarded Dillard the National Humanities Medal “for her profound reflections on human life and nature,” as the White House citation said. “In poetry and prose, Ms. Dillard has invited […]

From Commissario Guido Brunetti to Intrepid Maisie Dobbs | Barbara’s Suspense Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Leon, Donna. Waters of Eternal Youth. Atlantic, Mar. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780802124807. $26. MYSTERY Commissario Guido Brunetti’s 25th case has a little twist; there’s no dead body and possibly no crime. Late one night, a teenager splashed into the bottle-green waters of a Venice canal, and the stumbling drunk who pulled her out—not before she […]