Top Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 2

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Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780544912588. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544912380. LITERARY/SAGA This embracing and salt-sharp tale by Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist Alyan magnifies the problem of displacement in the Middle East by chronicling the fate of one family continually uprooted after the Six-Day War of 1967. After her […]

Four Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 1

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Crichton, Michael. Dragon Teeth. Harper. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062473356. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473370. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. THRILLER Set in 1876, at the height of the Bone Wars—the frantic competition by paleontologists to find the very best preserved dinosaur fossils—this newly discovered novel should cheer up fans of Crichton, who died in 2008. To […]

Award-Winning Short Fiction, Hamlet Worldwide, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Arimah, Lesley Nneka. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories. Riverhead. Apr. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780735211025. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735211049. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Arimah won the 2015 African Commonwealth Prize for the Granta-published “Light,” was a finalist for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for the title story, […]

From Boylan to Karen White | Pop Fiction, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

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Boylan, Jennifer Finney. Long Black Veil. Crown. Apr. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451496324. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451496348. Downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE/LGBT LGBT rights advocate, Op-Ed page contributor to the New York Times since 2007, and the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College, Boylan still finds time to write both fiction and […]

Plague and Mutation | Medical Books Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 2

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Hatch, Steven, M.D. Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250085139. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085146. MEMOIR/MEDICAL An assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, specializing in infectious disease and immunology, Hatch traveled to Liberia in 2013 to work at a hospital there. Six months later, several of […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alter, Adam. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781594206641. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698402638. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA The newest addiction? It’s not to a substance but to a behavior, argues New York University professor Alter, author of the New York Times […]

Building Better Bodies, Protecting Data, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 4

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Buting, Jerome F. Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System. Harper. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780062569318. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062569332. TRUE CRIME The criminal defense lawyer for Steven Avery in the Teresa Halbach murder trial, chronicled in the headlines-making Netflix original documentary series, Making a Murderer, Buting uses that case and […]

Laird Hunt, Yiyun Lee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

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Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. Norton. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393242072. $28.95. PHILOSOPHY/MIND & BODY Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and winner of the Erasmus Prize, Dennett knows how to talk to lay readers; he’s published numerous books, not just with academic presses […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexander, Brian. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250085801. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085818. ECONOMICS In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, OH, the quintessential all-American town. Seventy years later, it’s fighting for its life, with its main industry—Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s […]

Last-Minute Call | Three Big Books This Fall

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It’s not just Bernie Sanders dropping into the fall schedule last minute with Our Revolution. In December, best-selling author Michael Lewis returns with The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Norton. 320p. ISBN 9780393254594. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393254600), an account of the groundbreaking (and ultimately Nobel Prize–winning) studies by Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman […]