Fiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 2: Six More Best-Selling Authors, from Kenyon to Keyes

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Abé, Shana. The Sweetest Dark. Bantam. Apr. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780345531704. $16; eISBN 9780345531711. PARANORMAL A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Romantic Times award winner famed for her Drákon series—which features humans who can turn themselves into dragons and living smoke—Abé here crosses into YA territory with the story of Lora Jones. Placed […]

Fiction Previews, Mar. 2013, Pt. 3: Crossing Borders with Nancy Kricorian, Amit Majmudar, Elif Shafak, and More

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Epstein, Jennifer Cody. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment. Norton. Mar. 2013. ISBN 9780393071573. 384p. $26.95. HISTORICAL After the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo rips apart 15-year-old Yoshi’s old life, she builds a new one with the help of three Americans: downed bomber pilot Cam; Billy, an Occupation soldier guarding a secret; and Anton, an architect who […]

Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2013: Pt. 3: Peter Higgins, Michael Moss, Ruth Ozeki, and M.G. Vassanji

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Higgins, Peter. Wolfhound Century. Orbit: Hachette. Mar. 2013. 380p. ISBN 9780316219679. $25.99. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. FANTASY Inspector Vissarion Lom has been ordered to Mirgorod, his country’s corrupt capital, to ensnare a terrorist. He’s chosen not simply because he’s an outsider amid the city’s secret police, cabaret girls, and rabid party loyalists—not to mention golems and […]

Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2013, Pt. 1: Simon Armitage, Billy Crystal, Beverly Donofrio, Linda Greenlaw

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Armitage, Simon. Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey. Liveright: Norton. Mar. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780871404169. $24.95. MEMOIR A multi-award-winning British poet (he’s even a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was named Millennium Poet, writing a 1000-line poem), Armitage is a superb storyteller in all forms. He’s written novels, an opera libretto, and […]

Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2013, Pt. 4: Jim Crace, Ron Currie Jr., and Karen Russell

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Crace, Jim. Harvest. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Feb. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780385520775. $24.95. LITERARY Multi-award-winner Crace (Being Dead) creates astonishing worlds, and he seems to have done so again in a work set in an isolated English village of indeterminate time and place but essential forcefulness. One frosty morning, smoke is seen drifting skyward, one […]

Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 4: Animals, Food, and the Arts

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Arnot, Bob. The Aztec Diet. Morrow. Feb. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780062124050. $25.99. HEALTH/DIET What has eight times the omega-3s of salmon, six times more calcium than milk, three times more iron than spinach, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, four times more selenium than flax, and five grams of fiber in just 70 calories? The […]

Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2013, Pt. 3: Cory Doctorow, Kim Harrison, and Garry Wills

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Doctorow, Cory. Homeland. Tor Teen. Feb. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780765333698. $17.99. DYSTOPIAN Ignore the “teen” in Tor Teen; Doctorow is the ultimate crossover author, whose sharp writing and commitment to investigating the hot-button political and technological issues of today (and tomorrow) engage YA and adult readers alike. This sequel to Little Brother, a New York […]

Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 3: Chagnon, Kaplan, Shlaes, and Tuszynska Court Controversy

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Bouton, Katherine. Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You. Sarah Crichton: Farrar. Feb. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780374263041. $26. HEALTH & FITNESS/HEARING Nearly 20 percent of Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss, and Bouton, who was a senior editor at the New York Times for over two decades, is one […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 2: Debut Novels, Including Roger Hobbs’s Frankfurt Hit, Ghostman

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Amin, Manisha Jolie. Dancing to the Flute. Atria: S. & S. Feb. 2013. NAp. ISBN 9781451672046. pap. $15. CD/downloadable: S. & S. Audio. POP FICTION Born in Kenya to Indian parents, Amin grew up in Australia listening to her mother spin out Indian folktales as her father played the flute. So you can tell what […]

Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2013, Pt. 3: Jim Harrison, Adam Mansbach, Jared Diamond, and More

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Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2013, Pt. 3: Jim Harrison, Adam Mansbach, Jared Diamond, and More

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