American Intervention, Siberian Exile, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3


Baier, Bret. Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission. Morrow. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062569035. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062569066. CD: HarperAudio. HISTORY Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor, a co-moderator for three of this year’s Republican presidential debates, and the host of Special Report with Bret Baier, the top cable news show in its […]

Reading as Counterprogramming | Wyatt’s World


Politics has likely dominated many conversations this week and will continue to do so in the days and months to follow. For readers who need to step away for a bit, here’s an eclectic group of choices.

LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016


Boyle and Koryta are at their very best; debuters Chang and Domet will drive demand; Wurster’s comic mystery is a delight; sports-themed romances from Angell, Bowen, & Phillips; plus, sf master Willis delivers a fun, near-future romp; and Roberson’s successful Firewalk will appeal to horror and urban fantasy fans alike

Partners in Crime: How Indie Authors and Libraries Gain New Readers

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When I decided to participate in the SELF-e program, I did so because I saw it as a boon for indie writers, librarians, and readers. As a relatively unknown author writing in the very popular crime fiction genre, I often find it difficult to make my work stand out and to establish a loyal audience. I’ve also found this to be true with the first YA novel that I’ve written. Today, there are so many great books available by both traditionally published and self-published authors that it is more challenging than ever to catch the attention of new readers.

ALA Buzz Books, Pt. 2 | ALA Annual 2016


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


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


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


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”


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


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


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


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


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


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

Caption going here about these photos; showing Feldman on the top left, Donna Seaman from Booklist, and then Billy Collins, the keynoter, shown here holding up a book (his?) that I believe he read from. Photos by Johhny Coooker

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


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


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


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


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


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?