From Aciman to Coretta Scott King | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3

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Aciman, André. Enigma Variations. Farrar. Jan. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780374148430. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714772. LITERARY FICTION Aciman made his name with the memoir Out of Egypt and came forth as a novelist with 2007’s Let Me Call Your Name, a New York Times Notable Book that won numerous other honors; 2013’s Harvard Square got raves. […]

From Dorothy Day to Michelle Obama | Biography Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2

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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 […]

Women on Top: Biographies of Leaders Who Shaped the Course of History

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Readers who enjoy biographies of compelling and powerful women will relish The Huntress; every library must have a copy of First Women; Maggs seeks to shine the spotlight on the Wonder Women who changed history

Writers in Fact and Fiction | Audio in Advance September 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Literary biographies and memoirs, plus fiction featuring a novelist

Broadway Babies | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 15, 2016

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An amusing collection of Broadway anecdotes; a reflective memoir from Barbara Cook, the original Marian the Librarian; a thoroughly captivating biography of Mary Martin, one of Broadway’s most successful and intriguing stars.

Microbes, Murder, & the Mysteries of Patty Hearst | Audio in Advance August 2016 | Nonfiction

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Nonfiction audiobooks releasing in August 2016

Günter Grass’s Last Work, the Nabokov-Wilson Feud, & More | Barbara’s Picks, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Beam, Alex. The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Pantheon. Dec. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781101870228. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870235. LITERATURE/biogr In 1940, leading man of American letters Edmund Wilson helped asylum-seeker Vladimir Nabokov get settled in this country, introducing him to editors and assigning him book reviews for the […]

On Elvis Presley & George Lucas | Nonfiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Connolly, Ray. Being Elvis. Liveright: Norton. Dec. 2016. 369p. ISBN 9781631492808. $27.95. BIOGRAPHY Longtime British rock journalist Connolly, also a novelist and award-winning screenwriter, interviewed numerous Sixties and Seventies stars while working for the London Evening Standard. Elvis Presley was among them. Now, on the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death, Connolly has crafted a biography […]

The Eighth Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share | BookExpo America 2016

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The best was saved for last as tote-bag-laden librarians gathered at the close of the final day of BookExpo America, held May 11–13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, to share their discoveries on the exhibit floor. The Association of American Publishers-LJ-sponsored Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel, moderated by LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams, featured a bevy […]

Queen Victoria, Pixar, Space Travel, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Alvarez, Walter. A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. Norton. Nov. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393292695. $26.95. SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY If you’re familiar with the “Impact Theory,” which blames dinosaur extinction on a crash-landed asteroid, then you’re familiar with Berkeley geologist Alvarez; he originated the idea. Here he argues that Big History, which […]