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 […]

Game of Crowns by Christopher Andersen | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Christopher Andersen’s Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne

From De Quincey to Abramovic to the Beatles | Arts Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 3

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Abramovic, Marina. Walk Through Walls: Becoming Marina Abramovic. Crown Archetype. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101905043. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101905050. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ART/MEMOIR Preeminent performance artist Abramovic has been stripped, burned, and cut and has sat with a loaded gun to her head or simply sat for hours—all in the name of an art that […]

Mary Roach, Tig Notaro, & Amy Tan | Audio in Advance June 2016 | Nonfiction

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Nonfiction audiobooks releasing in June 2016

Joe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore | LJ Review

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Lepore (The Secret History of Wonder Woman) tells the story of Joe Gould (1889–1957), a curious footnote of the American modernist literary movement, who long claimed to be working on a nine-million-word text, The Oral History of Our Time.

T.C. Boyle, Ha Jin, & the Conclusion of a Big Biography on Eleanor Roosevelt | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2016, Pt. 1

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Boyle, T.C. The Terranauts. Ecco. Oct. 2016. 528p. ISBN 9780062349408. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062349460. LITERARY FICTION Winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for his entire oeuvre at last year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Boyle returns quickly after the New York Times best-selling The Harder They Come. In this eco-relevant work, set in 1994, […]

From J.M.W. Turner to Al Capone | Biography Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 1

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Ackroyd, Peter. Alfred Hitchcock. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Oct. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780385537414. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537421. Downloadable: Random Audio BIOGRAPHY An award winner in both fiction and nonfiction (e.g., he claims the Whitbread Book Award for Biography), Ackroyd here explains how a fearful, chubby little boy became the masterly and iconic director Alfred Hitchcock. […]