Makos on Korean War Heroism, Moynahan on the Siege of Leningrad, Panetta on Government, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Oct. 2014, Pt. 5


Kaplan, Eric. Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation. Dutton. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780525954392. $20. PHILOSOPHY Candidate for a PhD in philosophy at Berkeley, as well as co-executive producer of and writer for the hit TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Kaplan has the tools to make accessible some big philosophical questions: how are our […]

John Grisham, Joseph Kanon, Val McDermid, Chuck Palahniuk, Jodi Picoult | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3


Grisham, John. Untitled Thriller. Doubleday. Oct. 2014. NAp. ISBN 9780385537148. $28.95 CD: Random  Audio. SUSPENSE After Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, so did a number of related law firms and businesses. Here, third-year law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job at the big Manhattan firm Scully & Pershing—and with it goes all her dreams. She […]

Top Pop from Richard Paul Evans, Debbie Macomber, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 1


Dallas, Sandra. A Quilt for Christmas. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781250045942. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466846081. HISTORICAL/CHRISTMAS Home alone tending family and farm once husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Confederates, Eliza Spooner works on a quilt to keep Will warm during those long winter months in uniform. Then she […]

Great Women’s Fiction from Chan, Dodd, Karon, & More | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3


Chan, Darcie. The Mill River Redemption. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780345538239. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345541567. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION As a self-published ebook, Chan’s The Mill River Recluse sold more than 700,000 copies and was picked up for print publication by Ballantine, which will release it in June. In this follow-up […]

Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeffrey Kluger, Nicholas Kristof/Sheryl WuDunn, Geoffrey Ward/Ken Burns | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 2


Gillibrand, Kirsten. Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780804179072. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804179089. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. MEMOIR/WOMEN’S STUDIES Appointed in 2009 to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate seat when Clinton became secretary of state, Gillibrand was elected to her first six-year Senate term in 2012 with […]

Summer Chillers from C.J. Box, Chelsea Cain, Kathy Reichs, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2014, Pt. 2


Adrian, Lara. Crave the Night: A Midnight Breed Novel. Delacorte. Aug. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780345532633. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780345532640. Downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. PARANORMAL ROMANCE This latest “Midnight Breed” story depicts the doubtless doomed passion between Nathan, an elite warrior trained only to kill, and Jordana, privileged member of a prominent Breed family and promised […]

Summer Heart Warmers (Harbison, McCullough) & Sexy Reads (Hoover, McHugh) | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2014, Pt. 1


Bertino, Marie-Helene. 2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas. Crown. Aug. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780804140232. $25. CD:Penguin Random Audio. LITERARY On the day before Christmas, spunky nine-year-old Madeline Altimari goes hunting for the famed Philly jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas, hoping to make her debut, even as Madeline’s divorced teacher hunts for love and Cat’s Pajamas […]

From Sally Beauman & Robert Hellenga to Jude Deveraux & Danielle Steel | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2014, Pt. 2


Beauman, Sally. The Visitors. Harper. Jul. 2014. 544p. ISBN 9780062302687. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062302717. LITERARY/HISTORICAL This isn’t simply the story of the friendship between delicate Lucy, sent from England to recover from typhus in sun-glazed Egypt, and a girl she meets there, the daughter of an American archaeologist. It’s also the story of the hunt […]

History from Fred Kaplan, Michael Korda, David Reynolds, & More | Nonfiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 1


Borneman, Walter R. American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution. Little, Brown. May. 2014. 480p. ISBN 9780316221023. $33. ebk. ISBN 9780316221016. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365185. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY Borneman, author of the best-selling The Admirals, recapitulates the few crucial months of the American Revolution, from Paul Revere’s December 1774 ride to Portsmouth, […]

Fiction Thrills, Including One-Day Laydowns from Barr, Rollins/Blackwood, & Scottoline | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 3


Alpert, Mark. The Furies. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250021359. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022776. THRILLER A thriller with a fantasy twist from Scientific American contributing editor Alpert. Witches really do dwell among us, owing to a rare genetic flip-flop, something John Rogers learns too well when he’s yanked into the midst of war between […]