Fiction Previews, Dec. 2013, Pt. 2: Robards, Wagner, First Novelist Baxter, & More

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Andersen, Laura. The Boleyn Deceit. Ballantine. Dec. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780345534118. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345534125. HISTORICAL Andersen recently launched a Tudor trilogy with The Boleyn King, which imagines that Anne Boleyn gave birth to a lusty baby boy who would become king of England. Here, Henry IX, called William by intimates, has passed through […]

Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2013, the Last Roundup: From Mary Beard to Eileen Rockefeller

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Beard, Mary. Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780871407160. $28.95. HISTORY Described by the New York Times as “the closest thing, if it exists, to a celebrity classics professor” in a story about her having stood up to some naysayers who abused her on the Internet, Cambridge scholar […]

Fiction Previews, Sept. 2013, Pt. 5: Essential Reading Beyond the Commercial Blockbusters: Baker, Horn, Perrotta, & More

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Baker, Nicholson. Traveling Sprinkler. Blue Rider: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780399160967. $26.95. LITERARY Baker’s The Anthologist, in which Paul Chowder tries valiantly to get started on a collection of formal verse, won best-book nods from a half-dozen venues. This new novel again features the hapless Chowder, here eager to jump-start his life […]

Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2013, Pt. 2: Rachel Kushner’s New Novel, Edna O’Brien’s Memoir

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Kimberling, Brian. Snapper. Pantheon. Apr. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780307908056. $24.95; eISBN 9780307908063. LITERARY FICTION When a publicist tells me that a book is punch-in-the-gut affecting and that she wants to scream it from the rooftops, I do sit up and listen. Now I’m a convert. The topic might seem improbable—Nathan Lochmueller is a bird researcher […]

Fiction Previews, Mar. 2013, Pt. 1: Ann Hood, Marisa Silver, Fowler on Zelda Fitzgerald, & More

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Fowler, Therese Anne. Z—: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2013. NAp. ISBN 9781250028655. $24.99. HISTORICAL FICTION Fowler won an LJ star for her 2008 debut, Souvenir, settling comfortably into fraught contemporary relationship territory and finding herself compared to Jodi Picoult. Here she does something entirely different, reimagining the tumultuous life of the […]

Nonfiction Previews, October 2012, Pt. 3: Colbert, Janzen, Khan, & Underwater Dogs

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Nonfiction Previews, October 2012, Pt. 3: Colbert, Janzen, Khan, & Underwater Dogs

Last-Minute September 2012 Titles: Samuel Beckett, Michael Koryta, & More

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Last-Minute September 2012 Titles: Samuel Beckett, Michael Koryta, & More

Making Moral Choices with Four Debut Authors: A Public Library Association Panel

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Making Moral Choices with Four Debut Authors: A Public Library Association Panel

Barbara's Picks, March 2012, Pt. 3: A Departure for Lansdale, Essays from Robinson

Barbara's Picks, March 2012, Pt. 3: A Departure for Lansdale, Essays from Robinson

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