Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2013, Pt. 2: Sports Stars, Classical Music, & Anxiety

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  Bradlee, Ben, Jr. The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Little, Brown. Dec. 2013. 784p. ISBN 9780316614351. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316084482; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316163712. CD: Hachette Audio. BIOGRAPHY/SPORTS On leave from 25 distinguished years as a reporter and then deputy managing editor at the Boston Globe, Bradlee gives us a biography of […]

Barbara’s Picks, December 2013, Pt. 1: Diana Gabaldon, Mireille Guiliano, Jim Harrison, & Donna Leon

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Gabaldon, Diana. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Delacorte. Dec. 2013. 1008p. ISBN 9780385344432. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780440246442. TIME TRAVEL In the latest in Gabaldon’s relentlessly seductive series, readers get to time-travel to revolutionary Philadelphia, where Jamie Fraser joins wife Claire Randall as the redcoats march into town—a doubtless unnerving sight for our Scottish hero. […]

Fiction Previews, Sept. 2013, Pt. 6: Crime/Adventure/Mystery/Thriller Titles for the Early Fall

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Brandman, Michael. Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do. Putnam. Sept. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780399159503. $26.95. CRIME An award-winning producer who collaborated with Robert B. Parker on the television movie adaptations of Parker’s Spenser titles (for A&E) and Jesse Stone titles (for CBS), three of which featured his original screenplays, Brandman seems like the right […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2013, Pt. 3: Of Hamlet, English Spelling, Italy by Rail, and More

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Chopra, Aneesh. Big Small Smart: How American Government Can Accomplish More with Less Through Open Innovation, Collaboration, and Participation. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780802121332. $25. POLITICAL SCIENCE As the federal government’s first chief technology officer, Chopra worked hard to help Americans through online means, bringing in everything from electronic records for veterans to […]

Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2013, Pt. 3: History from Nellie Bly to the Hatfields and McCoys

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Alexandrov, Vladimir. The Black Russian. Atlantic Monthly. Mar. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780802120694. $25. BIOGRAPHY Several years ago, while preparing a course on Russian émigré culture between the wars, Yale professor Alexandrov ran across a reference to “the famous Russian Negro Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas,” said to have owned an entertainment establishment in Moscow called Maxim’s. A […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 2: Debut Novels, Including Roger Hobbs’s Frankfurt Hit, Ghostman

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Amin, Manisha Jolie. Dancing to the Flute. Atria: S. & S. Feb. 2013. NAp. ISBN 9781451672046. pap. $15. CD/downloadable: S. & S. Audio. POP FICTION Born in Kenya to Indian parents, Amin grew up in Australia listening to her mother spin out Indian folktales as her father played the flute. So you can tell what […]

Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2013, Pt. 3: Jim Harrison, Adam Mansbach, Jared Diamond, and More

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Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2013, Pt. 3: Jim Harrison, Adam Mansbach, Jared Diamond, and More

Fiction Previews, November 2012, Pt. 1: McCall Smith, Mayle, Munro, and More

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Fiction Previews, November 2012, Pt. 1: McCall Smith, Mayle, Munro, and More

Barbara’s Picks: October 2012, Pt. 4: Alexie, Leon, Morton, Mozingo

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Barbara’s Picks: October 2012, Pt. 4: Alexie, Leon, Morton, Mozingo

Nonfiction Previews, May 2012, Pt. 1: From Bissinger’s Fathers Day to Westin’s Exit Interview

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Nonfiction Previews, May 2012, Pt. 1: From Bissinger’s Fathers Day to Westin’s Exit Interview

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