Krauss, le Carré, McDermott, Rushdie, Ward | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Krauss, Nicole. Forest Dark. Harper. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062430991. $27.99. LITERARY A National Book Award finalist, Anisfield-Wolf Award winner, Granta Best Young American Novelist, New Yorker Twenty Under Forty, and New York Times best-selling author to boot, Krauss returns with an expectedly rich and inviting new work. Larger-than-life Jules Epstein is now retired, and […]

Politics, Art, & Grief | Memoir Previews, Aug./Sept. 2017

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Ausiello, Michael. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies; A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words. Atria. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781501134968. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134982. MEMOIR A longtime entertainment journalist, now founder and editor in chief of TVLine.com, Ausiello knows how to write. But here he’s set himself a tough task: discussing what happened […]

Lincoln in the Bardo (What To Read, Listen to Next) | RA Crossroads

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In his first novel, Saunders creates a kind of polyphonic spree, with more than 100 different voices telling a tale of pain, loss, and anger but also love and communion.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

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Art lovers, collectors, and scholars will delight in this book; an upbeat view of women’s health, fitness, and psychology; this honest memoir will interest all readers; a thought-provoking work for those interested in all stages of urban planning and placemaking; an engrossing blend of food science, regionalism, and ethnic studies; young and old activists alike will be inspired by this hopeful call for change

Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD Blu-ray | Video Reviews, March 1, 2017

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Fragments of Love, Concrete Love, Woman of the Year

Perspectives on Music Discovery | Music Matters

In a 2002 interview with the New York Times, David Bowie famously predicted within a decade music’s ubiquity would be such that its presence would be unremarkable, “like running water or electricity.” Fifteen years later, the prophecy has proven prescient, if not downright uncanny (though somewhat less percipient were his subsequent warnings about the imminent demise of copyright).

The Literature of Exile

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With a revised executive order banning U.S. entry to citizens from six largely Muslim countries, Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert examines the refugee experience through literature.

Boyne, Senna, Messud, Perrotta, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug 2017

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Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Hogarth: Crown. Aug. 2017. 592p. ISBN 9781524760786. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524760809. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The author of the multi-award-winning and mega-best-selling children’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and of adult fiction like 2015’s blade-sharp A History of Loneliness, Boyne here tells the affecting story of Cyril […]

Biography, Freud, & Flood | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2017

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Atlas, James. The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale. Pantheon. Aug. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781101871690. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871706. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/LITERARY Atlas is a publishing-world fixture, having founded Atlas Books and the “Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives” series and been a staff writer, contributor, or editor for publications from Time to the New York […]

Kenyon, Wilson, & a War of the Worlds Sequel | Pop Fiction Previews, Aug. 2017

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Baxter, Stephen. The Massacre of Mankind. Crown. Aug. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9781524760120. $27. SF Winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, Baxter does something daring: he offers a sequel to H.G. Wells’s iconic The War of the Worlds, featuring Wells’s narrator, Walter Jenkins. Fourteen years after the last invasion, humans complacently […]

War, the UN, & Wrongful Conviction | Social Science Previews, Aug. 2017

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Brennan, Thomas J. USMC (Ret.) & Finbarr O’Reilly. Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War. Viking. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780399562549. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399562563. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR/MILITARY Though the cause may be different, war correspondents suffer posttraumatic stress disorder at about the same rate as combat […]

Q&A: Nicole Evelina | SELF-esteem

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In her “Guinevere’s Tale” trilogy, Nicole Evelina turns the image of Camelot’s queen on its head and allows this iconic figure to tell her story in her own words. Below, the author discusses the importance of a character often synonymous with adultery and betrayal, the research required to rework a legend, and how to avoid rookie mistakes in self-publishing.

From David Abrams to Jenny Zhang | Literary Fiction Previews, Aug. 2017

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Abrams, David. Brave Deeds. Black Cat: Grove/Atlantic. Aug. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780802126863. pap. $16. LITERARY A New York Times Notable Book, Barnes & Noble pick, and finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, Abrams’s Fobbit was among the first—and most sharply satiric—in a long line of fiction by soldier writers of the Middle […]

Patterson, Scottoline, Slaughter, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2017

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Brennan, Allison. Shattered. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781250129277. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250129284. THRILLER After a friend’s young son is kidnapped and suffocated, a crime for which the friend’s wife now stands accused, investigative reporter Max Revere is looking into three similar cases over the last two decades. Funny how no one wants […]

Foodie TV Returns | Wyatt’s World

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Netflix’s Chef’s Table, Season 3, begins Friday, February 17. Help your readers meet the new chefs and get in the mood for cooking with these recently released and backlist selections.

Routledge Historical Resources; World Religions Online | Reference eReviews, February 15, 2017

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The content that’s here is scholarly and beneficial; it’s what’s not included that may concern customers; suitable for a wide range of patrons, World Religion Online provides all the material necessary for a high school–level paper while offering a beginning point for AP or community college research.

Switching Things Up | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, February 15, 2017

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Last fall, Nintendo announced its new gaming console, the Switch. It hooks up to a television like all other gaming consoles, but it can also function as a mobile gaming device…. While cross-functionality between mobile and home consoles has been done before, never has a consistent game play experience been possible.

From Being There to Solace | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, February 1, 2017

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Being There. 130+ min. Hal Ashby, dist. by Criterion Collection. Mar. 2017. DVD ISBN 9781681432823. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781681432816. $39.95. SATIRE Peter Sellers as a gardener-turned-guru. Canoa: A Shameful Mystery. 115+ min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. Felipe Cazals, dist. by Criterion Collection. Mar. 2017. DVD ISBN 9781681432809. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781681432793. $39.95. DRAMA Fiction in […]

History of Mass Tourism | Reference eReviews, February 1, 2017

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Academic libraries, particularly ones that specialize in hospitality management and business, will welcome this addition to their database collections. Public libraries might also find this a worthy offering, though it may not be a high-budget priority.

Fiction Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul./Aug. 2017

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Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me. Knopf. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780451494603. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494610. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY In this debut from rising Nigerian star Adebayo, Yejide and Akin fall in love and get married but fail to conceive a child. The consequences are dire, as Yejide’s parents eventually saunter in with a young […]