Winter Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2018

Berenson, Alex. The Deceivers. Putnam. Feb. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780399176166. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698407534. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER At the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, a terrorist sting gone intentionally wrong results in puddles of blood. So what’s that got to do with John Wells’s new assignment? That’s for the […]

Britain’s Century, African American Triumph, the Cold War , & More | History Previews, Feb. 2018

Blum, Howard. We Shall Bury You! Harper. Feb. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780062458247. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062458278. HISTORY A New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning author who typically investigates significant but little-known corners of U.S. history, Blum relies on recently declassified files to tell a story that starts with brilliant linguist/codebreaker Meredith Gardner learning that a […]

Seeking Justice, Uncovering the Past, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Burke Harris, Nadine, M.D. The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780544828704. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544828728. SOCIAL SCIENCE Founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, profiled in The New Yorker, and a TED talker whose “I Was Thinking Too Small” has […]

Winter with Knausgaard & Ali Smith, Cornwell Revisits Shakespeare, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2018

Benjamin, Melanie. The Girls in the Picture. Delacorte. Jan. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9781101886809. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101886816. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Mary Pickford was full of the firsts: the first to have her name above the marquee, to win Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie, and to place her hand- and footprints […]

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 […]

Preston/Child, Burke Pere & Fille, & More | Thriller Previews, Jan. 2018

Archer, Ursula & Arno Strobel. Strangers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2018. 320p. tr. from German. ISBN 9781250113061. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113078. THRILLER After foul play, a woman doesn’t recognize the man claiming to be her fiancé and not only wonders whether she should trust him but feels the need to attack him. And he begins […]

Cortés vs. Montezuma, Erasmus vs. Luther, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2018

Baatz, Simon. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9780316396653. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316396677. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316510677. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY/TRUE CRIME The rape of 16-year-old chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit by womanizing architect Stanford White and White’s subsequent […]

Eco, Erdrich, Khizr Khan, Kevin Young, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2017

Eco, Umberto. Chronicles of a Liquid Society. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2017. tr. from Italian by Richard Dixon. 272p. ISBN 9780544974487. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544974579. PHILOSOPHY/ESSAYS Novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and semiotician nonpareil (see his star turn in Laurent Binet’s sensational The Seventh Function of Language, which supposes that Roland Barthes was murdered), Eco began […]

Krauss, le Carré, McDermott, Rushdie, Ward | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2017

Krauss, Nicole. Forest Dark. Harper. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062430991. $27.99. LITERARY A National Book Award finalist, Anisfield-Wolf Award winner, Granta Best Young American Novelist, New Yorker Twenty Under Forty, and New York Times best-selling author to boot, Krauss returns with an expectedly rich and inviting new work. Larger-than-life Jules Epstein is now retired, and […]

Politics, Art, & Grief | Memoir Previews, Aug./Sept. 2017

Ausiello, Michael. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies; A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words. Atria. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781501134968. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134982. MEMOIR A longtime entertainment journalist, now founder and editor in chief of TVLine.com, Ausiello knows how to write. But here he’s set himself a tough task: discussing what happened […]