Cunningham, Doerr, Hemmings, Kendal, Levitt/Dubner, McCullough Jr. | Barbara’s Picks, May 2014, Pt. 2

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Cunningham, Michael. The Snow Queen. Farrar. May 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780374266325. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374710347. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY FICTION Lovelorn yet again, Barrett Meeks looks to the sky as he wanders through New York’s Central Park and is transfixed by a luminous white light that beams down on him angelically, inducing a religious conversion […]

History, from America’s First War Correspondents to the Trial of a Khmer Rouge Prison Officer | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 1

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Brown, Frederick. The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914–1940. Knopf. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780307595157. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385351638. HISTORY Ah, France, home of the Enlightenment, where art, reason, and humanist tradition reign. In fact, Brown, a distinguished cultural historian (e.g., Flaubert, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) here shows how these ideals collapsed in […]

Histories of Paris & World War II, Biographies of Begin & Chavez | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 1

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DeJean, Joan. How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City. Bloomsbury USA. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781608195916. $28. HISTORY Everyone thinks of Paris as being remade in the 19th century under the direction of Baron Haussmann, but DeJean argues that its real rebirth occurred as it emerged from the medieval past in the […]

Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 204, Pt. 1: Sarah Addison Allen, Isabel Allende, Wiley Cash, Joyce Carol Oates

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Allen, Sarah Addison. Lost Lake. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250019806. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250019813. POP FICTION Allen offers her own brand of magic in books like Garden Spells and The Peach Keepers and always gets on the New York Times best sellers list. Here she sends newly widowed Kate to Lost Lake Cottages […]

Fiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 1: Oates Gives Us Monroe as a White Rose

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Fiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 1: Oates Gives Us Monroe as a White Rose

Nonfiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 1: Kofi Annan, Thomas Ricks, and Roughneck Tom

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Nonfiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 1: Kofi Annan, Thomas Ricks, and Roughneck Tom

Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2012, Pt. 3: From Richard Ford to David Maraniss on Obama

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Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2012, Pt. 3: From Richard Ford to David Maraniss on Obama

Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2012, Pt. 3: From Colin Powell to Naomi Wolf

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Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2012, Pt. 3: From Colin Powell to Naomi Wolf

Barbara’s Picks, May 2012, Pt. 3: Albright, Wilson, Fountain, First Novelist Cash

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Barbara’s Picks, May 2012, Pt. 3: Albright, Wilson, Fountain, First Novelist Cash

Barbara's Picks, Apr. 2012, Pt. 2: From Lionel Shriver to Archangel Reforestation

Barbara's Picks, Apr. 2012, Pt. 2: From Lionel Shriver to Archangel Reforestation

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