Winter Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2018

Berenson, Alex. The Deceivers. Putnam. Feb. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780399176166. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698407534. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER At the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, a terrorist sting gone intentionally wrong results in puddles of blood. So what’s that got to do with John Wells’s new assignment? That’s for the […]

Britain’s Century, African American Triumph, the Cold War , & More | History Previews, Feb. 2018

Blum, Howard. We Shall Bury You! Harper. Feb. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780062458247. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062458278. HISTORY A New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning author who typically investigates significant but little-known corners of U.S. history, Blum relies on recently declassified files to tell a story that starts with brilliant linguist/codebreaker Meredith Gardner learning that a […]

August Genre Highlights | Wyatt’s World

From new and established authors alike, plenty of genre books are published in August, just in time for a final, savor-the-summer-day read. These examples span romance, historical fiction, suspense, and more.

Certain Women, David Lynch, Rebecca, the Vietnam War | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

Certain Women in Montana; growing up David Lynch; Téa Leoni as Madame Secretary; Ken Burns documents The Vietnam War; Du Maurier’s 1940 novel, Rebecca; Sam Elliott was born to play The Hero

Ann Hood’s Morningstar: Growing Up with Books | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Following The Book That Matters Most, fiction about a reading group whose members each present the book that most shaped or sustained their lives, Ann Hood’s Morningstar: Growing Up with Books seems like the perfect nonfiction complement.

Armstrong, Beaton, Knott, Todd, & More | Mystery Previews, Feb. 2018

Anderson, Kent. Green Sun. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780316466806. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316466820. lib. ebk. 9780316510134. Downloadable: S. & S. Audio. MYSTERY/POLICE PROCEDURAL Anderson has kept us waiting a long time after Sympathy for the Devil (1987) and the New York Times Notable Book Night Dogs (1996), take-no-prisoner works that received good […]

Seeking Justice, Uncovering the Past, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Burke Harris, Nadine, M.D. The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780544828704. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544828728. SOCIAL SCIENCE Founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, profiled in The New Yorker, and a TED talker whose “I Was Thinking Too Small” has […]

Summer Reading Final Call | Wyatt’s World

As August begins the slow slide into fall, back-to-school commercials toll doom for students and the baseball season rounds the corner into an extended homestretch. Make the most of the final month of vacations with a last look at summer reading.

Literary Highlights | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Anderson, James. Lullaby Road. Crown. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781101906545. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101906569. LITERARY THRILLER Engrossing and beautifully written, Anderson’s The Never-Open Desert Diner was issued by a small press in 2015, picked up by Crown in 2016, and received generally glowing reviews. Protagonist Ben Jones, a truck driver plying Utah’s highways, returns in […]

Winter with Knausgaard & Ali Smith, Cornwell Revisits Shakespeare, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2018

Benjamin, Melanie. The Girls in the Picture. Delacorte. Jan. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9781101886809. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101886816. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Mary Pickford was full of the firsts: the first to have her name above the marquee, to win Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie, and to place her hand- and footprints […]

Timely Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Aliu, Xhenet. Brass. Random. Jan. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399590245. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399590252. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, Aliu draws on her own life to tell the story of teenage Luljeta, in identity crisis and insistent that her […]

From The Breaking Point to The Lovers to La Poison | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

The Breaking Point casts John Garfield at sea; in Fargo, a husband plans his wife’s demise; punk rocker Vicious and his gal are Sid & Nancy; E.L. Doctorow’s short story Wakefield stars Bryan Cranston

Dheepan, Zombies, Hitchcock, Oscar Winner Pelle, French Musicals | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Jacques Audiard’s realistic drama steadily builds toward a Taxi Driver–like denouement; Colm McCarthy’s meagerly distributed theatrical feature deserves a wider audience; Hitchcock’s rare “failure” proves to be more intriguing than some directors’ successes; French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy brilliantly embraces Hollywood conventions

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, August 2017

A beautiful representation of Dutch painting and Vermeer; top football titles for summer/fall; major poets on the human experience; a Cold War espionage story that seems implausible but is still true; an enchanting book on the Himalayas and Indian culture; a vibrant and dynamic Pilgrimage in Islam; Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned species

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, August 2017

Brady’s riveting psychological debut chiller will wow thriller lovers; a must-read for DeMille’s many fans; Ribchester’s fascinating historical mystery is a sure bet for fans of Hitchcockian suspense; sexy, racy, and simmering with heart-pounding passion, Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; a Sip of Carr’s haunting first novel will leave readers hopeful for the future

Heal Thyself: Four Key Self-Help Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Chopra, Deepak  M.D., & Rudolph E. Tanzi. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary Plan for Wholeness in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Crown. Jan. 2018. 320p ISBN 9780451495525. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451495532. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SELF-HELP/HEALTH Having worked together on two big books, Super Brain and Super Genes, both the basis for PBS specials, Chopra and Tanzi […]

Preston/Child, Burke Pere & Fille, & More | Thriller Previews, Jan. 2018

Archer, Ursula & Arno Strobel. Strangers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2018. 320p. tr. from German. ISBN 9781250113061. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113078. THRILLER After foul play, a woman doesn’t recognize the man claiming to be her fiancé and not only wonders whether she should trust him but feels the need to attack him. And he begins […]

Book Lit: Five Looks at Reading | Wyatt’s World

Reading about reading is the best kind of busman’s holiday. These five titles convey the power and solace of literature and the intrigue of favorite characters made new. Plenty of backlist titles are also available, making this topic a reliable display idea.

Short Fiction to Debut Novel | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jan. 2018

MacArthur, Robin. Heart Spring Mountain. Ecco. Jan. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062444424. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062444455. LITERARY Winner of the PEN New England Book Award for Fiction, MacArthur’s Half Wild offered stories both complex and polished about women from the backwoods who want up and out. Her debut novel draws on the same milieu, featuring New […]

From Lampedusa to Black Lives Matter | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jan. 2018

Bartolo, Pietro & Lidia Tilotta. Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story. Norton. Jan. 2018. 224p. tr. from Italian by Chenxin Jiang. ISBN 9780393651287. $25.95. MEMOIR Born into a family of fishermen, Bartolo has run the only medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa for 25 years, tending to his fellow islanders while also helping […]