Award-Winning Novelists from Rachel Cusk to Yu Hua | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Crummey, Michael. Sweetland. Liveright: Norton. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780871407900. $24.95. LITERARY Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada for his most recent work, Galore, Crummey sets his new work on an isolated Canadian island—so isolated, in fact, that the government has offered to resettle folks from the island’s one town, the ever-diminishing Sweetland, provided […]

Reading Hollywood (or Thereabouts) | Wyatt’s World

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Lives are upended in Arts & Entertainments, Bloom’s character-rich coming-of-age story, Grant’s memoir illustrates the virtue of resilience, Harvey on the intimate power of film, and glitzy beach reading from Sohn.

Big Fiction Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bailey, Martine. An Appetite for Violets. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781250056917. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466860711. HISTORICAL Under-cook at dark and looming Mawton Hall, Biddy Leigh wants to marry her sweetheart and open a tavern but instead finds herself accompanying her new mistress to Italy, where she notes down her adventures in […]

History/Biography from Thomas Cromwell to the Great Society to the Death of Tin Pan Alley | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Borman, Tracy. Thomas Cromwell. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2015. 336p.ISBN 9780802123176. $30. BIOGRAPHY Here’s a nonfiction account of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s invaluable adviser, to go with the fictional account that Hilary Mantel has provided in the Man Booker Award winners Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies. Borman has special insight (and an audience-pleasing touch) […]

Science, Creativity, Animal Rights, & AIDS | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Ashton, Kevin. How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery. Doubleday. Jan. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781594204340. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781594204340. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SUCCESS Invention: it’s not a sudden, blazing act of genius but the accumulation of many small steps, minus many small setbacks, and the turning of chance insight […]

Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece, Peter O’Toole’s Last Act, Halle Berry’s New Look, & More | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

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Fosse’s musical, lots of drama, and Cuarón’s Y tu Mamá También.

Bio of AA’s Bill Wilson, a New Season of Call the Midwife, Top Indie & Foreign Picks, & More | Video Reviews

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A powerful production of the story of AA cofounder Bill W., fans will be delighted to reunite with the midwives and Anglican nuns of London’s East End, real-life Elvis impersonator John ­McInerny delivers a powerful performance

Sweterlitsch’s Debut of the Month, Jay Lake Obit, New Authors Nelson, Patel, & Schultz, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

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The premise of Sweterlitsch’s debut novel is fascinating in its possibilities, emotionally rich story­telling is sure to win Hobb new fans, Schultz delivers a sterling urban fantasy debut with a great cast of characters

Rader-Day’s Debut of the Month, Lin’s Coming-of-Age Thriller, the Latest from Penny, Trow, plus Series Lineup, & More | Mystery Reviews

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Rader-Day captivates from page one with her psychologically attuned debut, Taiwan’s traditions play a major role in Lin’s category-defying thriller, Penny leaves series readers blinking back tears, Serafim’s plotting is methodical and traditional

Marc Seifer on Framed! | Tantorious

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Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Marc J. Seifer is the author of several books, including The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis and the acclaimed biography Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla. His book Framed!: Murder, Corruption, and a Death […]

Attention-Grabbing Stories | African American Fiction (and More!)

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Overworked plot devices can destroy readers’ enthusiasm, so it’s such a thrill to discover fresh out-of-the-ordinary action in this month’s selections.

ThrillerFest IX: The ITW Debut Authors Breakfast

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One goal of International Thriller Writers, sponsor of ThrillerFest, which this year met July 8–12 in New York City, is to help new writers move their careers forward through mentoring, education, and collaborative efforts. It does so partly through the Debut Authors Program, open to active-status ITW members only. This year’s program embraced more than […]

Taste, Touch, & the Mind-Body Connection | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Beilock, Sian. How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment To Influence How You Think and Feel. Atria. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781451626681. $26. COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Let’s agree that mind and body interact with all the power and bounce of billiard balls cue-sticked by a championship player and ask what’s […]

Writers To Watch, from Scott Blackwood to David Whitehouse | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Blackwood, Scott. See How Small. Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780316373807. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316373975. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316294843. CRIME Three teenage girls who had been tied up in a small-town Texas ice cream shop that was then set on fire watch over those they’ve left behind, trying to find ways to help them […]

A Different Kind of Beach Reading | Wyatt’s World

In the Kingdom of Ice

From adventures to tragedies to court cases and more, here are five titles that allow readers to get their feet wet without leaving home.

Physics, July 2014 | Best Sellers

October 2013 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Books That Buzzed at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

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Look at the titles flying out of the publishers’ booths at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, and you’ll get a good idea of what folks will be reading across America in the coming months. It’s not surprising that high-profile works like Lauren Oliver’s Rooms and Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life got […]

A Guantánamo Diary, plus Pierce Brown, Miranda July, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brown, Pierce. Golden Son. (Red Rising Trilogy, Bk. 2). Del Rey. Jan. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780345539816. $25; ISBN 9780345539823. SF In Brown’s debut, Red Rising, a rigidly hierarchical society on Mars keeps Reds slaving beneath the soil under the pretense that they are building for a future the dominant Golds already enjoy. But a Red […]

Big Commercial Fiction from Dorsey, Gray, Patterson, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Dorsey, Tim. Shark Skin Suite. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780062240019. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062240033. THRILLER After indulging in a bunch of legal movies, Florida fan and off-the-rails killer Serge Storms decides he’s found his calling…sort of. His efforts are what you might call paralegal, but they’re crucial when former flame Brook Campanella, who defends […]

Memoirs from Jessie Close, Gail Godwin, Jay Williams, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Close, Jessie with Peter Earley. Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness. Grand Central. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781455548828. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781455548811. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579495. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Sister of the celebrated actress Glenn Close, who offers running commentary and an epilog, Close suffers from severe bipolar disorder—an illness running […]

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