Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2013, Pt. 1: David Finkel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Adam Mansbach, Donna Tartt, Scott Turow, Simon Winchester

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Finkel, David. Thank You for Your Service. Sarah Crichton Bks: Farrar. Oct. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780374180669. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Head of the Washington Post’s national reporting team and both a Pulitzer Prize winner and a MacArthur Fellow, Finkel did an extraordinary job of explaining the Iraq War to us in The Good Soldiers, a […]

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. 4: Four Commercial Blockbusters from Brown, Gruber, Lindsay, & Sparks

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Brown, Sandra. Deadline. Grand Central. Sept. 2013. 300p. ISBN 9781455501519. $28. CD: Hachette Audio. SUSPENSE War-weary journalist Dawson Scott needs the distraction of the case dropped into his lap by an FBI contact; former U.S. Marine Jeremy Wesson, son of terrorists who have been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for decades, is missing and […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 2: Top Commercial Fiction from Cain, Garwood, and More

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Billingham, Mark. The Dying Hours. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Aug. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780802121486. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802193285. THRILLER Tom Thorne, no longer a detective but back in uniform owing to his headstrong ways, doubts that several deaths among London’s elderly are suicides, as they have been classified. As he investigates, he must go it […]

Final April 2013 Previews: Rees on Hitler, Meyer on the Borgias, and Best Poetry of 25 Years

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Barnett, Kristine. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. Random. Apr. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780812993370. $27; eISBN 9780679645245. CD/Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR At age 12, Jacob Barnett became a paid researcher in quantum physics, and his IQ is higher than Einstein’s was. But as a distracted toddler, he was diagnosed with autism, and Jacob’s […]

Fiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 3: Jennifer Gilmore, James Salter, Jean Thompson, and More

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Campbell, Drusilla. When She Came Home. Grand Central. Apr. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781455510351. pap. $14.99. POP FICTION The author of satisfying human dramas like Blood Orange and Little Girl Gone, Campbell returns with a deeply relevant story. Back from Iraq, Frankie Byrne must confront her daughter’s trouble with school bullies, her husband’s contentiousness, her career […]

Fiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 2: Six More Best-Selling Authors, from Kenyon to Keyes

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Abé, Shana. The Sweetest Dark. Bantam. Apr. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780345531704. $16; eISBN 9780345531711. PARANORMAL A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Romantic Times award winner famed for her Drákon series—which features humans who can turn themselves into dragons and living smoke—Abé here crosses into YA territory with the story of Lora Jones. Placed […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 3: Top Commercial Fiction: Berwin, Picoult, and Philip’s Firebrand: As Good as the Hunger Games?

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Berwin, Margot. Scent of Darkness. Pantheon. Feb. 2012. 240p. ISBN 9780307907523. $25; eISBN 9780307907530. Downloadable: Random Audio. POP FICTION Berwin’s best-selling debut, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, was edgy, sort-of magic realism that sometimes went over the edge but was really loved by the people who loved it—it was translated into 19 […]

Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2013, Pt. 2: Julianna Baggott, Amity Gaige, Cissy Houston, Maurice Sendak

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Baggott, Julianna. Fuse. Grand Central. Feb. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781455503087. $25.99. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. DYSTOPIAN In Baggott’s laceratingly inventive Pure, those not safely under the Dome at the bomb-bright apocalyptic moment have been permanently fused to whatever was nearby, object or human, and Partridge defies his father, Dome master Willux, by escaping to the wider […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 1: 18 Thrillers from Berenson, Block, Kellerman, Talty, & More

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Fiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 1: 18 Thrillers from Berenson, Block, Kellerman, Talty, & More

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