Baby Drivers, Hippo Farms, Former Manhattans | What We’re Reading & Watching

Coast into the Labor Day weekend with romanticized cityscapes, superheroes and superheroines, mythical creatures, and reading outside our comfort zones.

Timely Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Aliu, Xhenet. Brass. Random. Jan. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399590245. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399590252. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, Aliu draws on her own life to tell the story of teenage Luljeta, in identity crisis and insistent that her […]

Not What They Imagined: Dystopian Worlds

Jennie Melamed’s debut Gather the Daughters creates a beautiful suspense-filled world while Forever On creates a clever exposition of how the cyberworld of social media operates

Star Authors at Day of Dialog | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Sept. 2017

Allen, Danielle. Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781631493119. $24.95. MEMOIR James Conant Bryant University Professor at Harvard, Allen offers a memoir that sums up the tragedy of African American youth today and the continuing inequity in our justice system. Her cousin, Michael Alexander Allen, arrested at […]

What To Read (and Watch) After “1984”

Fiction, both classic and contemporary; nonfiction; and film and TV for readers who have finished George Orwell’s 1984 and still hunger for more titles to give them perspective on the current social and political climate.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin | LJ Review

Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping post­apocalyptic trilogy (The Passage; The Twelve) are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel.

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.

Checking In, Going Out, Reading All Night | What We’re Reading

Saga

The Library Journal/School Library Journal gang is getting a little meta, reading books and articles about films and exhibitions they’ve seen, keeping their kids in red jammies, and enjoying—finally!—adult fiction.

Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2013, Pt. 4: Atwood, Berg, Brook, Gurganus, Lethem, Rush, Shacochis, Vann

Atwood, Margaret. Maddaddam. Doubleday. Sept. 2013. 416. ISBN 9780385528788. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537834. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. DYSTOPIAN FICTION In this wrap-up to the magisterial trilogy begun with Oryx & Crake and continued with The Year of the Flood, the waterless flood has indeed descended, wiping out most of humanity. Ren and Toby have rescued poor […]