Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2013, Pt. 2: al-Shaykh, Charleson, Ferguson, Griswold, Shriver, Solnit

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al-Shaykh, Hanan. One Thousand and One Nights: A Sparkling Retelling of the Beloved Classic. Pantheon. Jun. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780307958860. $26; eISBN 9780307958877. LITERATURE A crucial and sometimes controversial figure in Middle Eastern literature, Lebanese author al-Shaykh here translates 19 of the stories young queen Shahrazad told her husband each night so that he would […]

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 […]

Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 3: Inspiration, Recipes, and Advice from Henry Cloud, Daphne Oz, and Others

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Blum, Susan with Michele Bender. The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. Scribner. Apr. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781451694970. $27.99; eISBN 9781451695007. HEALTH An assistant clinical professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Blum herself suffered from an autoimmune condition, increasingly common owing […]

Mystery, Mar. 2013: Paul Doherty, Rhys Bowen, Erin Hart, and More

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Although this issue starts coverage of April 2013 titles, I am backtracking one month to make sure you are alerted to the wealth of mystery titles appearing in March. You’ll find a good number of award winners, including folks like Brad Parks and Erin Hart who started out with a bang. Police procedurals, gritty tough […]

Barbara’s Picks: Alter on the Election and William Gass’s First Fiction in Nearly Two Decades

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Alter, Jonathan. Untitled on Obama. S. & S. Mar. 213. 448p. ISBN 9781451646078. $30; eISBN 9781451646108. CURRENT EVENTS No one knows how Alter’s book will end, as it will be essentially the story of how President Obama won or lost his bid for a second term. Author of the best-selling The Promise: President Obama, Year […]

Fiction Previews, Mar. 2013, Pt. 3: Crossing Borders with Nancy Kricorian, Amit Majmudar, Elif Shafak, and More

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Epstein, Jennifer Cody. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment. Norton. Mar. 2013. ISBN 9780393071573. 384p. $26.95. HISTORICAL After the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo rips apart 15-year-old Yoshi’s old life, she builds a new one with the help of three Americans: downed bomber pilot Cam; Billy, an Occupation soldier guarding a secret; and Anton, an architect who […]

Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 4: Animals, Food, and the Arts

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Arnot, Bob. The Aztec Diet. Morrow. Feb. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780062124050. $25.99. HEALTH/DIET What has eight times the omega-3s of salmon, six times more calcium than milk, three times more iron than spinach, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, four times more selenium than flax, and five grams of fiber in just 70 calories? The […]

Poetry May-September 2012: 56 Works from Trethewey, Plumly, Shaughnessy, & More

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Poetry May-September 2012: 56 Works from Trethewey, Plumly, Shaughnessy, & More

Barbara’s Picks: October 2012, Pt. 3: Erdrich, Helprin, Lehane, Wolfe, Egan, Gompertz

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Barbara’s Picks: October 2012, Pt. 3: Erdrich, Helprin, Lehane, Wolfe, Egan, Gompertz

Fiction Previews, October 2012, Pt. 3: DeMille, Donoghue, Dunmore, & More

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Fiction Previews, October 2012, Pt. 3: DeMille, Donoghue, Dunmore, & More

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