Last of the Big May Titles | Fiction & Nonfiction Previews, May 2018

Fiction Brooks, Terry. The Skaar Invasion. Del Rey: Ballantine. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780553391510. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780553391527. Downloadable. FANTASY As the end of the Shannara books near—this is the second book in a four-part wrap-up that reads like a stand-alone series—Paranor is swarming with invaders who don’t seem too vindictive. Alas, they presage a […]

Banville, Mamet, Zadie Smith, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2018

Banville, John. Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9781524732837. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524732844. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/TRAVEL Not just a memoir, this new work by Man Booker Prize winner Banville recounts his relationship with Dublin, a significant force in his life if not in his fiction until the Quirke mystery series […]

Saying Yes to New Adventures: Experiencing Paris

No matter if you are exploring the wonderful sights of Paris first hand, or need an escape form day-to-day life, both books provide engaging and enjoyable looks at the City of Love

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Traveling Through Scotland

Highlighting ancient and modern marvels, cathedrals and train stations, and libraries and museums, these are two must-have books for readers who love Scottish culture and have a urge to travel

Nonfiction on Retro Cameras, Hustvedt’s Essays, and Lonely Planet Travel 2017 | Xpress Reviews

Anyone who appreciates fine photography will love this book; an excellent and fearlessly wide-ranging collection that never stops at the easy answer but continually probes deeper; a quick and engaging overview useful to travelers in planning their next escape

Nonfiction on Middle Eastern Poetry, Ted Roosevelt Jr., Königsberg, the Great War, Library Budgets, Artists’ Letters | Xpress Reviews

A spicy and special treat for Middle Eastern collections; Brady’s work augments our appreciation of interactions within the Roosevelt clan; a unique but true story of leadership, loyalty, hardship, and war; readers curious about art will find this irresistible

Armchair Travel: Place and Time | Wyatt’s World

For armchair travelers, these five titles will transport them in time and place.

Eliot Ackerman, Han Kang, Mark Kurlansky, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

Ackerman, Elliot. Dark at the Crossing. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101947371. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947388. LITERARY A Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ackerman is among the soldier-writers who have returned home to give us a considered view of the fighting. He’s […]

Obama, Russian Bears, & Banking | Current Events Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

D’Antonio, Michael. A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250081391. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893276. POLITICAL SCIENCE Part of a Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize, D’Antonio is the author of numerous books, most recently Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (which the […]

After the Fourth | What We’re Reading

The “What We’re Reading” team are planning big trips, relishing romance, hefting Outlander, curating our closets, checking out YA nonfiction, parsing Patchett, and sticking the dismount.