Richard Bausch, Malcolm Brooks, Jules Feiffer, Richard Flanagan, Elizabeth Green, Daniel J. Levitin| Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2014, Pt. 1


Bausch, Richard. Before, During, After. Knopf. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780307266262. $26.95. LITERARY FICTION Winner of everything from a PEN/Malamud Award to the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Bausch offers a 20th work of fiction that blends private and public trauma to devastating effect. Disaffected Congressional aide Natasha and faith-challenged […]

Getting Educated with Jason Boog, John Casey, William Deresiewicz, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2014, Pt. 1


Boog, Jason & Betsy Bird. Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age—From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between. Touchstone. Aug. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781476749792. pap. $15.99. EDUCATION Once publishing editor at Mediabistro, Boog launched into fatherhood by writing this book on turning children into lifelong readers. After interviewing childhood development experts, […]

Award-Worthy Fiction from Aaron Gwyn, Sadie Jones, Simon Sebag Montefiore, & More | Fiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 1,


Davenport, Randi. The End of Always. Twelve. May 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781455573073. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455573066. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455552108. Downloadable: Hachette. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association Prize for Creative Non-fiction, Davenport drew on her family history to write this first novel about a young woman’s desire to escape a legacy of […]

History from Fred Kaplan, Michael Korda, David Reynolds, & More | Nonfiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 1


Borneman, Walter R. American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution. Little, Brown. May. 2014. 480p. ISBN 9780316221023. $33. ebk. ISBN 9780316221016. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365185. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY Borneman, author of the best-selling The Admirals, recapitulates the few crucial months of the American Revolution, from Paul Revere’s December 1774 ride to Portsmouth, […]

History & Political Science from the Fight for Marriage Equality to the Lives of Mitterrand | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 4


Aly, Götz. Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust. Metropolitan: Holt. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780805097009. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780805097047. HISTORY A noted scholar of the Holocaust who’s won the National Jewish Book Award and the Heinrich Mann Prize, among other honors, Aly argues that German anti-Semitism […]

Get That Job, Retire Well; Books from Top Financial Adviser Edelman, Twitter Cofounder Stone, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 3


Brown, Laura. How To Write Anything: A Complete Guide. Norton. Apr. 2014. 560p. ISBN 9780393240146. $35. REF/WRITING SKILLS How do you say it best, whether in business, academics, or your personal life? Writing coach Brown offers more than 200 hands-on entries with examples. Since Brown has a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia, […]

Top Literary Fiction from Tomorrow’s Household Names | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 2


Bacharach, Jacob. The Bend of the World. Liveright: Norton. Apr. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780871406828. $25.95. LITERARY No quite 30 and drifting amiably along in Pittsburgh, Peter Morrison suddenly finds himself drawn to the somewhat ominous couple Mark and Helen while also tolerating addicted friend Johnny’s obsession with conspiracy theories—except that people really are spotting UFOs. […]

Rock On: Four Big Music Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 2


Bailey, Philip with Keith Zimmerman & Kent Zimmerman. Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire. Viking. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780670785889. $28.95. MUSIC Ninety million records sold. Eight Grammy awards. Lot of platinum and gold records. And lead singer Bailey’s leaping multi-octave range. The numbers speak for themselves, but Bailey has more […]

History from Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte to Kennan’s Diaries | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 3


Berkin, Carol. Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Knopf. Feb. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780307592781. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385351621. BIOGRAPHY How many readers know that Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome, married a Baltimore beauty named Elizabeth Patterson, which so angered Napoleon that he insisted Jerome renounce her or lose all his powers? As […]

Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jan. 2014, Pt. 5: Dow, Grandin, Moore, & More


Brewster, Joe & Michèle Stephenson. American Promise: Raising Black Boys To Succeed in School and in Life. Spiegel & Grau. Jan. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780812994483. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780812994490. EDUCATION The black male achievement gap is a real problem even for successful parents like Harvard-trained psychiatrist Brewster and Columbia Law School graduate Stephenson, who became […]