Laird Hunt, Yiyun Lee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3


Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. Norton. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393242072. $28.95. PHILOSOPHY/MIND & BODY Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and winner of the Erasmus Prize, Dennett knows how to talk to lay readers; he’s published numerous books, not just with academic presses […]

Harrison, Kadrey, Kenyon, & More | SF/Fantasy Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3


Carey, Jacqueline. Miranda and Caliban. Tor. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780765386793. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765386809. FANTASY Carey, who knows fantasy—she’s author of the New York Times best-selling “Kushiel’s Legacy” series—here reimagines the greatest fantasy of them all, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Taking a different angle, she depicts Miranda as lonely and longing for friendship with the […]

Jio, Kinsella, Lipman, & More | Pop Fiction, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3


Hepworth, Sally. The Mother’s Promise. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250077752. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889927. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Australian author Hepworth splashed down big with her debut, The Secrets of Midwives, and followed up quickly with The Things We Keep. Now she’s back breaking hearts with the story of single mother Alice, her […]

Inkblots, Depression, Relationships, & More | Psychology Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3


Bennett, Michael, M.D. F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship. Touchstone. Feb. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781501140563. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501140570. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS A board-certified psychiatrist educated at Harvard Medical School, Bennett had a New York Times best-selling hit with his first book, the cheerfully in-your-face F*ck Feelings. Here he recommends ditching […]

Water Cooler RA 2.0 | Wyatt’s World


Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is dominating the book conversation this week (and likely beyond), yet also making headlines at the moment are a wealth of other titles pertaining to the current cultural climate. Here are five to suggest, all fitting nicely into the present dialog.

Coen Bros. Blood Simple, Cap America, Pelé, Valley of the Dolls | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray


All the Way, From Afar, Night Train to Munich

Looted Books, Librarian Heroes


Published in spring 2016, Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu celebrated the librarians who recently rescued hundreds of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts when militants invaded their city. Anders Rydell’s The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race To Return a Literary Inheritance (Viking. Feb. 2017. 384p. tr. […]

Jamison, Oates, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2107, Pt. 2


Darnielle, John. Universal Harvester. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780374282103. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374714024. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY FICTION Mountain Goats composer/performer Darnielle launched his writing career in a big way with 2014’s Wolf in White Van, a New York Times best seller that was long-listed for the National Book Award, a finalist for the […]

From Armstrong to Todd | Mystery Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 2


Armstrong, Kelley. A Darkness Absolute. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781250092175. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092205. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY In City of the Lost, first in Otherworld creator Armstrong’s more earthly new series, homicide detective Casey Duncan fled to off-the-grid Rockton, a secret town in the Canadian wilderness where you must apply to […]

America, the Soviet Union, World Anger | History Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 2


Clavin, Tom. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250071484. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466882621. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORY Revisiting the territory he trod in The Heart of Everything That Is, his most popular book, New York Times best-selling author Clavin takes us […]

Norse Mythology


Ancient mythology has inspired plenty of good literature, including the wonderfully tilted worlds of the internationally best-selling and multi-multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman, who draws on the tales of the North Germanic people in his work. Now he’s combined those tales into a single novelistic arc. Titled Norse Mythology (Norton. Feb. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780393609097. $25.95; ebk. […]

Drabble, Nguyen, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1


Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780374134952. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715762. LITERARY FICTION A durable author of contemporary English-language literature named a Dame of the British Empire in 2008, Drabble has plenty of life experience to bring to her portrait of graying if relentlessly busy Francesca Stubbs. Even as she […]

Award-Worthy Fiction | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1


Danielewski, Mark Z. The Familiar. Vol. 4: Hades. Pantheon. Feb. 2017. 880p. ISBN 9780375715006. pap. $26.95. LITERARY/FANTASY One Rainy Day in May, the first volume of National Book Award finalist Danielewski’s magnum opus, The Familiar, was published in 2015 and quickly hit the New York Times best sellers list, rising to No. 5. The entire […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1


Alexander, Brian. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250085801. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085818. ECONOMICS In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, OH, the quintessential all-American town. Seventy years later, it’s fighting for its life, with its main industry—Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s […]

Harry Potter: The Backlist | Wyatt’s World


Just as Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, with authors John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, has looked to stories past to create the latest entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, readers’ advisers can reach into the stacks and pull out plenty of Potter read-alikes to share.

Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Vols. I & II | Reference eReviews, August 2016


An extensive library of seminal works in modern Christian thought; carefully curated material representative of thinkers across the Muslim community (including both non-Western and Western perspectives)

Debuting Arden, Award Winner Krivák, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4


Arden, Katherine. The Bear and the Nightingale. Del Rey. Jan. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101885932. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885949. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY/LITERARY A darkly magical fairy tale for adults, this promising debut takes us to the edge of Russia’s immense wilderness, where Vasilisa loves hearing her nurse’s old-time stories, especially about the blue-eyed winter demon […]

Olympic Reading | Wyatt’s World


Starting August 5, media broadcasts turn their attention from the divisiveness of American politics to the united and global celebration of sport. There are plenty of titles to provide parallel reading. Here are five starting examples.

History, Literature, Cultural Studies | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4


Blackburn, Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Elissa Epel. The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger. Grand Central. Jan. 2017. 302p. ISBN 9781455587971. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455587964; lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455569939. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HEALTH & FITNESS Currently president of the Salk Institute, Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along […]

From Brunonia Barry to Beatriz Williams | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4


Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal. Crown. Jan. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101905609. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101905616. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S Author of the New York Times best-selling The Lace Reader, Barry returns to spooky Salem for a 25-year-old triple homicide now being reinvestigated by Chief of Police John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney. He’s […]