Split-Brain Theory, Evolution, Interstellar Travel, & More | Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bell, Jim. The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780525954323. $27.95. ASTRONOMY The Voyager spacecraft mission was launched in 1977 with the aim of traveling into interstellar space; Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2013 and sister craft Voyager 2 is expected to do so in 2015. Clipping along […]

Big Fiction Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bailey, Martine. An Appetite for Violets. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781250056917. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466860711. HISTORICAL Under-cook at dark and looming Mawton Hall, Biddy Leigh wants to marry her sweetheart and open a tavern but instead finds herself accompanying her new mistress to Italy, where she notes down her adventures in […]

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

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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 […]

Pop Fiction by 24 Best-Selling Authors from Tasha Alexander to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

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Alexander, Tasha. The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur. Oct. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250024695. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250024688. CD: Macmillan Audio. SUSPENSE Appropriately, this latest in the New York Times best-selling series starring Lady Emily opens with a murder at a lavish masquerade ball, for the victim is not who she seems to be, […]

Drones, Counterinsurgency, and Coming Home | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 1

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Dreazen, Yochi. The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War. Crown. Oct. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780385347839. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780385347846. MILITARY A decorated two-star officer, Maj. Gen. Mark Graham is all too familiar with the suicide epidemic among soldiers—and how it’s shoved under the rug by the military. He and his […]

Literary Gems (e.g., Nancy Huston, Brian Morton) and Some Major Debuts | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Adcock, Siobhan. The Barter. Dutton. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780525954224. $26.95. LITERARY In present-day Texas, Bridget feels a certain emptiness after giving up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter—and a certain anxiousness because she alone senses that an alien presence has entered the house. A century before, a bride from the city […]

Best-Selling Commercial Fiction from Ken Follett to Sherrilyn Kenyon to James Patterson | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Marco Effect. Dutton. Sept. 2014. 480p. ISBN 9780525954026. $27.95. THRILLER In the next Department Q story from Denmark’s top crime writer, also a New York Times best-selling author, Det. Carl Mørck and his colleagues get caught up in a missing-persons case that touches on 15-year-old Marco Jameson, in rebellion against his Gypsy […]

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

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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 […]

Richard Bausch, Malcolm Brooks, Jules Feiffer, Richard Flanagan, Elizabeth Green, Daniel J. Levitin| Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2014, Pt. 1

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Bausch, Richard. Before, During, After. Knopf. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780307266262. $26.95. LITERARY FICTION Winner of everything from a PEN/Malamud Award to the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Bausch offers a 20th work of fiction that blends private and public trauma to devastating effect. Disaffected Congressional aide Natasha and faith-challenged […]

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

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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 […]