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 […]

Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2013, Pt. 3: Aciman, Margulis, Roach, Tremain, Wolitzer

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  Aciman, André. Harvard Square. Norton. Apr. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780393088601. $25.95. LITERARY FICTION From vivid, scalding Alexandria (Out of Egypt: A Memoir) to the sensuous Italian Riviera (Call Me by Your Name) to snow-crusted Manhattan during Christmas (Eight White Nights), Aciman has transported us far and wide in his acutely observed works, whether fiction […]

Fiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 3: Jennifer Gilmore, James Salter, Jean Thompson, and More

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Campbell, Drusilla. When She Came Home. Grand Central. Apr. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781455510351. pap. $14.99. POP FICTION The author of satisfying human dramas like Blood Orange and Little Girl Gone, Campbell returns with a deeply relevant story. Back from Iraq, Frankie Byrne must confront her daughter’s trouble with school bullies, her husband’s contentiousness, her career […]

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 […]

Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2013, Pt. 2: Rachel Kushner’s New Novel, Edna O’Brien’s Memoir

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Kimberling, Brian. Snapper. Pantheon. Apr. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780307908056. $24.95; eISBN 9780307908063. LITERARY FICTION When a publicist tells me that a book is punch-in-the-gut affecting and that she wants to scream it from the rooftops, I do sit up and listen. Now I’m a convert. The topic might seem improbable—Nathan Lochmueller is a bird researcher […]

Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 2: Thirteen Key Memoirs, from “Astor Orphan” Aldrich to Poet Wiman

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Aldrich, Alexandra. The Astor Orphan: A Memoir. Ecco: HarperCollins. Apr. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780062207937. $24.99; eISBN 9780062207968. lrg prnt. MEMOIR The name Astor conjures up the glorious Gilded Age, but by the time Aldrich came along, the Astors were a pretty tarnished bunch. Aldrich lived with her family in the servants’ quarters of Rokeby, the […]

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 […]

Fiction Previews, Mar. 2013: Pt. 4: Seven Debuts To Watch

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Bill, Frank. Donnybrook. Farrar. Mar. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780374532895. pap. $15. LITERARY FICTION Bill’s debut story collection, Crimes in Southern Indiana, raised a collective gasp, so this first novel has been greatly anticipated. The subject is a bloody, three-day, bare-knuckle fight called the Donnybrook, held on a 1000-acre plot in isolated southern Indiana. As bettors […]

Scribner Rereleasing Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” with Alternate Endings

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Scribner Rereleasing Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” with Alternate Endings

Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2012, Pt. 2: Sebastian Faulks, Scott W. Berg, George Howe Colt

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Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2012, Pt. 2: Sebastian Faulks, Scott W. Berg, George Howe Colt

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