Voices of Iran | LJ Reviews, March 15, 2016

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A memoir from Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi about her persecution in Iran; a collection of stories about Iranians who have fought for political change in a country where doing so could be extremely dangerous

Nicholson Baker, Mike Love, Danielle Trussoni, Jennifer Weiner | Essential Memoirs, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1


Baker, Nicholson. Substitute. Blue Rider. Sept. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780399160981. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780399160981. MEMOIR Mention Baker’s name, and folks will likely think first of his daring and deeply descriptive novels, like Vox and House of Holes. But let’s remember that he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, namely, Double Fold: Libraries […]

Cancer Connections | LJ Reviews


Ross weaves a book that is more than the sum of these parts; Williams is a gifted writer who turns the greatest crisis of her life into an engaging story that reads almost like a novel.

A Celebrity Friendship, a Musician as Healer, & More | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1


Achon, Julius & John Brant. The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon. Ballantine. Aug. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780553392159. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780553392166. Downloadable: Random Audio.  BIOGRAPHY Born into poverty in Uganda, Achon was forced into the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army at age 12 but escaped to become a gifted local runner. He was […]

Delia Ephron, Laura McHugh, Cynthia Ozick, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3


Bennett, Claire-Louise. Pond. Riverhead. Jul. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780399575891. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399575914. SHORT STORIES Originally published by the Dublin press Stinging Fly, which has given us the likes of Kevin Barry and Colin Barrett, Bennett’s story collection attracted enough attention to get a book deal in Britain, where the Guardian called it “stunning.” This […]

The Idiot Brain, Fashion Photography, the Microbiome, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3


Burnett, Dean. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To. Norton. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780393253788. $26.95. COGNITIVE SCIENCE Ever popular, books about the brain typically extol its wonders, but Burnett lets us in on all the weird things it does, ranging from blackouts to insomnia, and all the mistakes we’ve made in trying […]

Cyberwar, Chicken Farms, & the Social History of LSD | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Nonfiction


Amundsen, Lucie B. Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm—From Scratch. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504685825. Reader TBA. When the Amundsens decided to start a commercial-scale pasture-raised egg farm, their entire agricultural experience consisted of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg. But with a heavy dose of humor, they learned to […]

DeConnick & Co., Gaiman, Mizuki, Morrison, Smith/Winet, and others | Graphic Novels Reviews, January 1, 2016


An adult drama that offers heavy plot traction as well as food for thought, an unmissable addition to one of comics’ greatest series, a poignant father-son drama, Thompson’s take on the American Dream, an original memoir of love and loss

Martin Luther, the Silk Roads, & the Inner Lives of Teenage Girls | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Nonfiction


Booker, Cory. United. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101926666. Reader TBA. United States Senator Booker sounds a stirring call to reorient our civic discourse around the principles of empathy and solidarity. Telling candid, inspiring stories from his life and career, and imparting lessons learned from people who motivated him to serve, he speaks of rising above […]

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks


lj ljThis year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]