Albright, King, Moore, Pardlo, & Snyder | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Apr. 2018

Albright, Madeleine. Fascism: A Warning. Harper. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062802187. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062802231. lrg. prnt. POLITICAL SCIENCE Having grown up in Czechoslovakia under the Nazi and Communist regimes, former Secretary of State Albright can give context to her discussion of the rise of reactionary tendencies in the world today, from Russia’s Vladimir Putin, […]

Award-Worthy Authors from Ausubel to Tolstaya | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Ausubel, Ramona. Awayland: Stories. Riverhead. Mar. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781594634901. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410862. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist for her debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, Ausubel continues her elegant, risk-taking way with this […]

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 […]

Short Fiction to Debut Novel | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jan. 2018

MacArthur, Robin. Heart Spring Mountain. Ecco. Jan. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062444424. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062444455. LITERARY Winner of the PEN New England Book Award for Fiction, MacArthur’s Half Wild offered stories both complex and polished about women from the backwoods who want up and out. Her debut novel draws on the same milieu, featuring New […]

Mendelsohn’s Odyssey, Ward/Burns on Vietnam, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

Blum, Ben. Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime. Doubleday. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780385538435. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538442. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR Why would an upright young man, determined to become a U.S. Army Ranger, join with two fellow soldiers and two strangers the day before his deployment to Iraq […]

Boyne, Senna, Messud, Perrotta, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug 2017

Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Hogarth: Crown. Aug. 2017. 592p. ISBN 9781524760786. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524760809. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The author of the multi-award-winning and mega-best-selling children’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and of adult fiction like 2015’s blade-sharp A History of Loneliness, Boyne here tells the affecting story of Cyril […]

Fiction Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul./Aug. 2017

Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me. Knopf. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780451494603. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494610. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY In this debut from rising Nigerian star Adebayo, Yejide and Akin fall in love and get married but fail to conceive a child. The consequences are dire, as Yejide’s parents eventually saunter in with a young […]

Books Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

Bassingthwaighte, Ian. Live from Cairo. Scribner. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501146879. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146893. LITERARY FICTION A Hopwood Award winner and finalist for the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, Fulbright grantee Bassingthwaighte worked in Egypt in 2009 to help refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa. Thus he brings both writing skills […]

Beattie, Gabaldon, Gay, Sullivan, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

Beattie, Ann. The Accomplished Guest: Stories. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501111389. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501111402. SHORT STORIES Since her 1976 publishing debut with the story collection Distortions and the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie has worked in both genres, but her gifts really belong to short fiction. Here’s her 11th story collection, following […]

Backman, Garrow, Gordon, & a Trip to Timbuktu | Barbara’s Picks, May 1, 2017

Backman, Fredrik. Beartown. Atria. May. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501160769. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501160783. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY FICTION Starting with his breakout debut, A Man Called Ove, Backman became an international sensation and New York Times best-selling author. In its focus on a struggling town seeking redemption through youth sports, his latest echoes […]