Geraldine Brooks, J.M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, & the Return of Lisbeth Salander | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

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Brooks, Geraldine. The Secret Chord. Viking. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780670025770. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL FICTION Brooks, who wins both prizes (e.g., the Pulitzer for March) and audiences (there are two million copies of her books out there), has always triumphed with historical subjects, and she’s back at it with this novel about King […]

Reed Farrel Coleman, Louise Penny, Anne Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

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Beaton, M.C. Dishing the Dirt: An Agatha Raisin Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250057426. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466861183. MYSTERY New York Times best-selling sleuth Agatha Raisin is used to thwarting murderers, but in her latest case she’s the suspect. New-in-town therapist Jill Davent had snickered about Agatha’s humble origins, pursued her ex-husband, […]

Jan Karon, Jojo Moyes, Nicholas Sparks, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

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Dallas, Sandra. The Last Midwife. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781250074461. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466886148. HISTORICAL Dallas, a New York Times best-selling author, follows up A Quilt for Christmas with another historical. Gracy Brookens, the only midwife in a small 1880s Colorado mining town, has delivered hundreds of babies but now has been accused […]

Biography (e.g., J.M. Coetzee, Mary McGrory) & History (e.g., World War II) | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

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Attwell, David. J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time. Viking. Sept. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780525429616. $27.95. LITERARY CRITICISM/BIOGRAPHY Currently a professor at the University of York, Attwell completed an MA in African literary theory and criticism at the University of Cape Town, where his supervisor was Nobel Prize–winning novelist J.M. […]

Second Novels | Wyatt’s World

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Here are five authors to introduce to readers while their “read back” file is still slim and their careers are taking off.

Foyle’s War, Human Rights in Uganda, Positive Force Movement, New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, March 15, 2015

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The World War II British mystery series moves further into the postwar world, a well-crafted film of those who seek to peddle an ill-considered program to an uninformed populace, several generations of punks singing about positive social change.

Licensed To Game | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, March 15, 2015

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There are licensed games available that will appeal to most patrons, whether they’re film buffs, comics collectors, thriller readers, or TV junkies.

Library of Congress Honors Louise Erdrich

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, to be awarded during the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5, at Washington, DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The award is given for both artistic merit and originality of […]

Margaret Atwood, John Banville, Lauren Groff, Anthony Horowitz | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2015, Pt. 2

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Atwood, Margaret. The Heart Goes Last. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Sept. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780385540353. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385540360. lrg prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio LITERARY/DYSTOPIAN Sounds like classic Atwood. In her first stand-alone novel since the Man Booker Prize–winning The Blind Assassin, published in 2000, the Canadian author draws on the same almost-here dystopia as […]

Mary Karr, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joyce Carol Oates | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2015. Pt. 2

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Karr, Mary. The Art of Memoir. Harper. Sept. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780062223067. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062223081. WRITING Karr is a Pushcart Prize–winning poet and essayist, but she’s perhaps best known for her New York Times best-selling The Liars’ Club, a National Book Critics Circle finalist and PEN Nonfiction Award nominee that effectively launched the current […]

Best-Selling Thrillers from Jussi Adler-Olsen to Kathy Reichs | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 2

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Hanging Girl. Dutton. Sept. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9780525954941. $28. CD: Penguin Audio. THILLER In the sixth Department Q thriller (after The Marco Effect), a cold case involving a 17-year-old girl found hanging in a tree leads Det. Carl Mørck and his assistants, Assad and Rose, to a sun-worshipping cult on the remote […]

Essential Memoirs from Margo Jefferson, Wendell Pierce, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 2

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Jefferson, Margo. Negroland. Pantheon. Sept. 2015. 240p. ISBN 9780307378453. $25. MEMOIR Former New York Times theater critic Jefferson defines Negroland as “a small region of Negro America where residents are sheltered by privilege and plenty,” and in 1947 she was born into it. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the […]

The National Book Critics Circle Honors Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, at Its 2014 Awards Ceremony

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In an awards ceremony on March 12, 2015, honoring the best writing of publishing year 2014, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) crowned the careers of distinguished writers Marilynne Robinson and David Brion Davis, winners in fiction and nonfiction, respectively, while settling its precedent-breaking dual nomination of Claudia Rankine in the poetry and criticism categories […]

APA launches Sound Learning site

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This Audio Publishers Association’s new Sound Learning website provides librarians and teachers with the resources they need to integrate audiobooks into their learning programs. Sections on the website include information about teaching literacy with audiobooks, testimonials from students, resources for public libraries on increasing circulation, and collection development suggestions organized by age range.

ALSC announces 2015 Notable Children’s Recordings

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2015 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination, exhibit venturesome creativity, and reflect […]

Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1980 | Reference eReviews, March 1, 2015

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This collection gives ready, granular access (thanks to meticulous metadata) to an exhaustive archive of formerly confidential material.

Final Summer Sweep: Louis de Bernières, Ernest Cline, & More

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This newsletter opens coverage of September titles, before you even have a chance to shimmy into your bathing suit and head to the pool, and it’s the last chance to cite a few big summer titles that have come to my attention late. Note, for instance, Louis de Bernières’s The Dust That Falls from Dreams […]

Bill Clegg, Richard Dawkins, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Erica Jong | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2015, Pt. 1

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Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. Scout: Gallery. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781476798172. $26. LITERARY FICTION Clegg is a leading literary agent and the author of two well-regarded memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days, which detail how he fell into crack addiction and stays sober now. So […]

Patrick deWitt, Lori Ostlund, Edward St. Aubyn, & More Award-Winning Writers | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 1

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deWitt, Patrick. Undermajordomo Minor. Ecco. Sept. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780062281203. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062281234. LITERARY FICTION If you liked DeWitt’s The Sisters Brothers, an edgily funny remake of the classic Western that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, you’ll probably like his new work, too. Weak and hapless Lucien (Lucy) Minor feels like a […]

Race, Education, & the Prison System | Social Science Reviews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 1

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Faderman, Lillian. The Gay Revolution:The Story of the Struggle. S. & S. Sept. 2015. 512p. ISBN 9781451694116. $35. SOCIAL HISTORY Winner of six Lambda Literary Awards, two Stonewall Book Awards from the American Library Association, and Yale’s James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize and Lecture for Exemplary Scholarship in Lesbian/Gay Studies, among other honors, Faderman is […]