ALA Buzz Books, Pt. 2 | ALA Annual 2016

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Exhibitors at this summer’s annual American Library Association (ALA) conference had lots of books for the taking—ALA means never having enough book bags—and as I pointed out last week, many titles that buzzed at BookExpo America (BEA) also buzzed at ALA. We see the same this week, as more publishers reveal their in-demand titles. Sourcebooks […]

Auster, Cusk, Lescroart, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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Adiga, Aravind. Selection Day. Scribner. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501150838. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501150852. LITERARY FICTION As with his Booker Prize–winning The White Tiger, Adiga shows us caste-ridden contemporary India but focuses on something more personal: the heavy burdens parents can place on children and the compelling complexity of sibling relationships. Two brothers in a […]

19 Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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Bauer, Belinda. The Beautiful Dead. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2017. 260p. ISBN 9780802125330. $25. CD: Dreamscape Audio. THRILLER Winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award for her entire oeuvre, British author Bauer returns with a spine tingler featuring TV crime reporter Eve Singer. Eve’s career has taken off with […]

From Dorothy Day to Michelle Obama | Biography Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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Chambers, Veronica, ed. The Meaning of Michelle: 15 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781250114969. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250114976. BIOGRAPHY Edited by Chambers, whose anthologies include the best-selling Mommy Wars, and offering contributions from Roxane Gay, Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris Perry, Brittney […]

Bernie Sanders To Publish “Our Revolution”

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On November 15, Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, will release a new book by U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The book, sanderstitled Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In (304p. ISBN 9781250132925. $27. ebk. ISBN 9781250132932. CD: Macmillan Audio), offers both an account of Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and an argument for the progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda he proposes to create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all.

Baking Is Back | Wyatt’s World

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To the delight of many, PBS’s The Great British Baking Show returns for its third season. Celebrate and connect with readers by diving into the stacks and putting your best baking books on display. Here are a few new works to consider as well.

Books That Buzzed | ALA Annual 2016

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Alan Moore’s Jerusalem. Brit Bennett’s The Mothers and Nathan Hill’s The Nix. Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty and Anna Snoekstra’s Only Daughter. Jonathan Rabb’s Among the Living and Robert Hicks’s The Orphan Mother. Patrick Phillips’s Blood at the Root and Beth Macy’s Truevine. Many of the books that buzzed […]

Eliot Ackerman, Han Kang, Mark Kurlansky, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

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Ackerman, Elliot. Dark at the Crossing. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101947371. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947388. LITERARY A Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ackerman is among the soldier-writers who have returned home to give us a considered view of the fighting. He’s […]

Rising Stars | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

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Barkan, Josh. Mexico: Stories. Hogarth: Crown. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101906293. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781101906309. SHORT STORIES What do you do when a drug lord walks into your restaurant? Or when a parent walks into your classroom and threatens to kill you if his son falls for the wrong girl? These are some of the […]

Obama, Russian Bears, & Banking | Current Events Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

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D’Antonio, Michael. A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250081391. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893276. POLITICAL SCIENCE Part of a Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize, D’Antonio is the author of numerous books, most recently Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (which the […]

Andrew Carnegie Medals | ALA Annual 2016

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On Saturday, June 25, at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Orlando, the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were given to two winners originally announced at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book & Media Awards Ceremony & Reception at ALA Midwinter. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the fiction medal for his debut novel, The Sympathizer (Grove), a visceral account of a South Vietnamese double agent posted to America after Saigon’s fall, and Sally Mann won the nonfiction medal for her formally ambitious Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown).

Domestic Drama, Ingrid Bergman, Woman in the Dunes, & More | Trailers: What’s New on DVD/Blu-ray, July 1, 2016

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The Affair returns for a second season; Welles’s rendition of Dinesen’s The Immortal Story; Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words; 1960s Britain; Mother’s Day with Aniston and Roberts

Women’s Rights, Women’s Lives | Video Reviews, July 1, 2016

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Women’s studies and civil rights scholars will find Reflections Unheard essential viewing; the Women of ’69 are a must-have

Lean/Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” Frankenheimer’s Manchurian Candidate, an Oscar-Nominated “Bedouin Western,” & More | Fast Scans, July 1, 2016

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David Lean collaborates with playwright Noel Coward to produce a heartbreaking drama; I, Anna, a seductive film noir; Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury radiates chills in The Manchurian Candidate; an exciting disaster flick, well grounded in reality

The Year in Music (So Far) | Music Matters, July 1, 2016

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Though we’ve lost far too many musical icons this year already, 2016 has also been an amazing year for new music.

Aliens Among Us: The Gender Gap in SF | SELF-esteem

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The first sf book I remember [reading] features a female engine mechanic, Lieutenant Lily, who “loves the big machines” and is the best shot on her spaceship’s crew—she’s also a frog. On my frequent library visits, I’d plunder the children’s section for more silly space adventures like Jane Yolen’s Commander Toad. As my reading advanced, however, I realized Lieutenant Lily was an endangered species. Although my parents and librarians found dozens of wonderful books with plucky heroines (no mean task in the 1990s, before YA became a publishing craze), there seemed to be a black hole on the sf shelf. Why did females, as characters or as authors, seem so rare in these stories?

Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World

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Round out audiobook month with a selection of summer listens—aural experiences perfect for taking a road trip, lounging the afternoon away, or sunning on a beach.

Arts in Education | Video Reviews, June 15, 2016

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An outstanding chronicle of teaching, learning, and creating high-quality collaborative art; an essential purchase for any dance or arts advocacy collection, PS Dance will be enjoyed as well by a general audience

Last Chance To Grab Your 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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If you’re heading to the American Library Association conference in Orlando this week, don’t forget to take along the 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide, whether as a download or a printout. There is one important addendum to the guide: Patrick Phillips will be signing Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, on […]

Missy Franklin, Siri Hustvedt, Dava Sobel | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2106, Pt. 3

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Franklin, Missy & others. Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion. Dutton. Dec. 2016.320p. ISBN 9781101984925. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101984932. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR Having won five medals—including four golds—at the London Olympics, Franklin will be one of the highest-profile members of the U.S. Olympics team in Rio this summer. Meanwhile, she’s just gone […]