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

Nonfiction Previews, February 2012, Pt. 1: From Math Geniuses to National Defense

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Nonfiction Previews, February 2012, Pt. 1: From Math Geniuses to National Defense

My Picks: January 2012, Pt. 2: From First Novelist Ayad Akhtar to Thriller Champion Val McDermid

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My Picks: January 2012, Pt. 2: From First Novelist Ayad Akhtar to Thriller Champion Val McDermid

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