ALA Buzz Books, Pt. 2 | ALA Annual 2016

Exhibitors at this summer’s annual American Library Association (ALA) conference had lots of books for the taking—ALA means never having enough book bags—and as I pointed out last week, many scallytitles that buzzed at BookExpo America (BEA) also buzzed at ALA. We see the same this week, as more publishers reveal their in-demand titles. Sourcebooks continued the hit parade with Marie Benedict’s The Other Einstein and Craig Carlson’s Pancakes in Paris; Grove Atlantic with Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River; Simon & Schuster with Alice Hoffman’s Faithful; and Perseus Books Groups with John Bradshaw & Sarah Ellis’s The Trainable Cat and John Simpson’s The Word Detective, among other big nonfiction titles. But some juicy new titles surfaced as well.

While it made sense that Pulitzer Prize winner Butler’s study of the consequences of war drew attention, other quickly vanishing titles at the Grove Atlantic booth included Tim Murphy’s Christodora, about New York City from the AIDS-scarred 1980s to over-the-top rich 2020s, as seen through events surroudning one East Village building; Molly Brodak’s Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir, the award-winning poet’s account of her bank robber father; and Thomas Perry’s Old Man, a new thriller from the Edgar Award winner starring an army intelligence agent who’s been on the run for 35 years.

Hot titles from Simon & Schuster included two fiction titles: Colleen Hoover’s new-love-or-old-love It Ends with Us and debut author Armando Lucas Correa’s The German Girl, limning the consequences of the infamous voyage of the St. Louis as it tried to deliver Jewish refugees to safety in 1939. But some intriguing nonfiction titles popped here, among them Tilar Mazzeo Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto, about a Polish social worker’s remarkable efforts during and after the war; Alejandro Danois’s The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball, about a hardscrabble high school basketball team in 1980s Baltimore that triumphantly produced four NBA players; and Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, with the National Book Award winner collecting essays that leap from James Baldwin’s 1962 “Letter to My Nephew” to reassess America on race today.

More hot S. & S. nonfiction: Jennifer Weiner’s memoir, A Hungry Heart, with often funny moments that have fueled her writing; and Paul Brinkley-Rogers’s Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir, the Pulitzer Prize–winning war correspondent’s recall of a still reverberant affair with an older Japanese woman in 1959.

Consortium fielded six booths with ten publishers, plus a combined display, which made for lots of activity. Sought-after books included Bernice McFadden’s The Book of Harlan (Akashic), about two African American musicians imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp, so eye-opening that people came up hours before and days after the one-time giveaway begging for copies. All copies of Ursula Le Guin’s Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000–2015, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week (Small Beer) disappeared five minutes after they were put out (desperate folks even offered money).

Other big Consortium titles included Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (Haymarket), a revised edition of her important 2004 book; Meredith Tax’s A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State (Bellevue Literary), with reportedly “super” high demand; Rabbi Ben Kamin’s I Don’t Know What To Believe (Central Recovery Press), which had the press’s busiest signing on record; Christine Moore’s Little Flower Baking (Prospect Park), where the giveaways were actually salted caramels made by the author; and Kate Greenaway Medal winner William Grill’s The Wolves of Currumpaw (Flying Eye), an illustrated retelling of Ernest Thompson Seton’s epic wilderness drama Lobo, the King of Currumpaw, originally published in 1898, that should appeal to the child-at-heart of all ages.

Among forthcoming books distributed in galley format by Perseus Books Group, Tyler Nordgren’s Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets, Laurie Hess’s Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love), and Cait Murphy’s A History of American Sports in 100 Objects stood out. But Perseus had many recently published titles available as well, including paperback editions of successful hardcovers.

People helped themselves to self-help and personal-interest titles like Jes Baker’s Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living (Seal), Glade B. Curtis & Judith Schuler’s Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 8th ed. (Da Capo Lifelong), Sheila Hamilton’s All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness (Seal), Melissa Milne’s The Naughty Diet: The 10-Step Plan to Eat and Cheat Your Way to the Body You Want (Da Capo Lifelong), and Andy Steve’s Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget (Avalon). Titles like Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein’s It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, rev. ed. (Basic) proved weightier, but Irena Brignull’s The Hawkweed Prophecy (Weinstein), YA fantasy with crossover appeal, is just plain fun.

Titles That Buzzed at ALA

Ahrnstedt, Simona. All In. Kensington. Jun. 2106. 336p. ISBN 9781496706195. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781496706201. WOMEN’S

Atwood, Margaret. Hag-Seed. Hogarth: Crown. (Hogarth Shakespeare.) Oct. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780804141291. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804141307. LITERARY

Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal. Crown. Jan. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101905609. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101905616. WOMEN’S/SUPERNATURAL

Belle, Kimberly. The Marriage Lie. Mira: Harlequin. Dec. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780778319764. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460396353. WOMEN’S

Bennett, Brit. The Mothers. Riverhead. Oct. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780399184512. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399184536. LITERARY

Berenson, Laurien. Live and Let Growl: A Melanie Travis Mystery. Kensington. Jul. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781496703385. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781496703392. MYSTERY

Black, Cara. Murder on the Quai: An Aimée Leduc Investigation. Soho Crime. Jun . 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781616956783. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616956790. MYSTERY

Brignull, Irena. The Hawkweed Prophecy. Weinstein. Sept. 2106. 368p. ISBN 9781602863002. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781602863019. YA FANTASY

Brom. Lost Gods. Harper Voyager. Oct. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9780062095688. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062095701. FANTASY

Butler, Robert Olen. Perfume River. Atlantic Monthly. Sept. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780802125750. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802190109. LITERARY

Colgan, Jenny. The Bookshop on the Corner. Morrow Paperbacks. Aug. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780062467256. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9780062467263. WOMEN’S

Correa, Armando Lucas. The German Girl. Atria. Oct. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781501121142. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501121241. HISTORICAL

Cotterill, Colin. I Shot the Buddha. Soho Crime. Aug. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781616957223. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957230. MYSTERY

Delaney, JP. The Girl Before. Ballantine. Jan. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780425285046. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780425285053. THRILLER

Dermansky, Marcy. The Red Car. Liveright: Norton. Oct. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9781631492334. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631492341. LITERARY

Diamond, Peter. Another One Goes Tonight. Soho Crime. Jul. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781616957582. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957599. MYSTERY

Durst, Sarah Beth. The Queen of Blood: Book One of The Queens of Renthia. Harper Voyager. Sept. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780062413345. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413369. FANTASY

Flint, Emma. Little Deaths. Hachette. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780316272476. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316272490. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316272513. THRILLER

Forman, Gayle. Leave Me. Algonquin. Sept. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781616206178. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616206482. WOMEN’S

Graham, Heather. Deadly Fate. Mira: Harlequin. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780778330127. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460395646. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Grill, William. The Wolves of Currumpaw. Flying Eye. Jul. 2016. 80p. ISBN 9781909263833. $24. WOLVES/CHILDREN’S

Groom, Winston. El Paso. Liveright: Norton. Oct. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9781631492242. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631492259. LITERARY

Hallinan, Timothy. Fields Where They Lay. Soho Crime. Oct. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781616957469. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957476. MYSTERY

Hannah, Sophie/Agatha Christie. Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Novel. Morrow. Sept. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062458827. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062458841. MYSTERY

Hashimi, Nadia. A House Without Windows. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780062449689. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062449665. LITERARY

Hicks, Robert. The Orphan Mother. Grand Central. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062391568. $26; ebk ISBN . LITERARY/HISTORICAL

Hill, Nathan. The Nix. Knopf. Aug. 2016. 640p. ISBN 9781101946619. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101946626. LITERARY

Hoffman, Alice. Faithful. S. & S. Nov. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9781476799209. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476799261. WOMEN’S

Hood, Ann. The Book That Matters Most. Norton. Aug. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393241655. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780393253849. WOMEN’S FICTION

Hoover, Colleen. It Ends with Us. Atria. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781501110368. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781501110375. WOMEN’S

In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Pegasus. Dec. 2016. 384p.ed. by Lawrence Block. ISBN 9781681772455. $25.95. SHORT STORIES

Jiles, Paulette. News of the World. Morrow. Apr. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780062409201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062409225. HISTORICAL

Konar, Affinity. Mischling. Lee Boudreaux: Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780316308106. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316308083. LITERARY

Kristoff, Jay. Nevernight. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781250073020. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466885035. FANTASY

Lackberg Camilla. The Lost Boy. Pegasus. Oct. 2016. 512p. ISBN 9781681772042. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681772721. MYSTERY

Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. Grand Central. Feb. 2017. 496p. ISBN 9781455563937. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781455563913. LITERARY

Lesser, Elizabeth. Marrow: A Love Story. Harper Wave. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062367631. $25.99. ebk. ISBN 9780062367648. MEMOIR

McAllister, Tom. The Young Widower’s Handbook. Algonquin. Feb. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781616204747. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616206543. LITERARY

McFadden, Bernice. The Book of Harlan. Akashic. May 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781617754463. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781617754548. LITERARY

Mastai, Elan. All Our Wrong Todays. Dutton. Feb. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781101985137. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101985144. LITERARY

Meier, Leslie. British Manor Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery. Kensington. Sept. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780758277107. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780758277121. MYSTERY

Moore, Alan. Jerusalem. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2016. 1184p. ISBN 9781631491344. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781631491351. LITERARY

Moore, Graham. The Last Days of Night. Random. Sept. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780812988901. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812988918. HISTORICAL

Moriarty, Liane. Truly Madly Guilty. Flatiron: Macmillan. Jul. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781250069795. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250069818. WOMEN’S

Murphy, Tim. Christodora. Grove. Aug. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9780802125286. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780802190437. LITERARY

Novak Brenda. The Secret She Kept. Mira: Harlequin. Jul. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780778330110. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460395844. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Overstreet, Jason. The Striver’s Row Spy. Kensington. Aug. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9781496701763. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781496701770. HISTORICAL

Paris, B.A. Behind Closed Doors. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250121004. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121011. THRILLER

Patterson, James. Woman of God. Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780316274029. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316317542. THRILLER

Perry, Thomas. Old Man. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Jan. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780802125866. 26. THRILLER

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. First Star I See Tonight. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062405616. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062405630. ROMANCE

Picoult, Jodi. Small Great Things. Ballantine. Oct. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780345544957. $28.99. ebk. ISBN 9780345544964. WOMEN’S FICTION

Rabb, Jonathan. Among the Living. Other. Oct. 216. 320p. ISBN 9781590518038. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781590518045. LITERARY

Reilly, Meg Little. We Are Unprepared. Mira: Harlequin. Aug. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780778319436. pap. $15.99. SUSPENSE

Scranton, Roy. War Porn. Soho. Aug. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781616957155. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781616957162. LITERARY

Silver, Marissa. Little Nothing. Blue Rider. Sept. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780399167928. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698146808. LITERARY

Slaughter, Karin. The Kept Woman. Morrow. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780062430212. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062430236. THRILLER

Snoekstra, Anna. Only Daughter. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2106. 288p. ISBN 9780778319443. pap. $15.99. THRILLER

Towles, Amor. A Gentleman in Moscow. Viking. Sept. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780670026197. $27. SUSPENSE

Valente, Anne. Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down. Morrow. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062429117. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062429131. COMING OF AGE

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. Doubleday. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780385537032. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537049. LITERARY

Wiggs, Susan. Family Tree. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062425430. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062425478. ROMANCE

Woodson, Jacqueline. Another Brooklyn. Amistad: Harper Collins. Aug. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780062359988. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062446329. LITERARY


Arce, Julissa. My Underground American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive. Center Street. Sept. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781455540242. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781455540259. MEMOIR

Baker, Jes. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living. Seal. Oct. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781580055826. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781580055833. SELF-HELP

Bonney, Grace. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. Artisan. Oct. 2016. 360p. ISBN 9781579655976. $35. ebk. ISBN 9781579657260. WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Bourdain, Anthony. Appetites. Ecco. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062409959. $37.50; ebk. ISBN 9780062409966. COOKING

Bradshaw, John & Sarah Ellis. The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat. Basic. Sept. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780465050901. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465096497. PETS

Brinkley-Rogers, Paul. Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir. Touchstone. Aug. 2106. 368p. ISBN 9781501151255. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501151279. MEMOIR

Brodak, Molly. Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir. Black Cat: Grove. Oct. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9780802125637. pap. $16. MEMOIR

Browne, David. So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead. Da Capo. Apr. 2016. 520p. ISBN 9780306824470. pap. $19.99; ebk. ISBN9780802125637. MUSIC

Curtis, Glade B. & Judith Schuler. Your Pregnancy Week by Week. 8th ed. Da Capo Lifelong. May 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780738218939. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738218946 HEALTH/FAMILY

Danois, Alejandro. The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball. S. & S. Sept. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781451666977. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451666991. SPORTS

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race. Scribner. Aug. 2016. 288p. ed. by Jesmyn Ward. ISBN 9781501126345. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501126369.

Foer, Joshua & others. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. Workman. Sept. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780761169086. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780761189671. TRAVEL

Franklin, Ruth. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2016. 656p. ISBN 9780871403131. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781631492129. BIOGRAPHY/LITERARY

Hamilton, Sheila. All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness. Seal. Apr. 2017. 312p. ISBN 9781580056502. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781580055857. PSYCHOLOGY

Hanson, Thor. The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History. Basic. Mar. 2016. 320p.  pap. ISBN 9780465097401. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465048724. NATURE

Hart, Taylor. Crochet Taxidermy: 30 Quirky Animal Projects, from Mouse to Moose. Storey. Aug. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9781612127361. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612127378. NEEDLEWORK

Hess, Laurie. Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love). Da Capo. Nov. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780738219578. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738219585. ANIMALS

Kamin, Rabbi Ben. I Don’t Know What To Believe:  Making Spiritual Peace with Your Religion. Central Recovery. Feb. 2016. 260p. ISBN 9781942094043. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781942094050. RELIGION

Khosrova, Elaine. Butter: A Rich History. Algonquin. Nov. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781616203641. $25.95. ebk. ISBN 9781616206505. CULINARY HISTORY

Le Guin, Ursula. Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000–2015. Small Beer. Oct. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781618731340. $24. ESSAYS

Macy, Beth. Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South. Little, Brown. Oct. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780316337540. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316337564. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316337533. HISTORY

Mann, Thomas E. & Norman J. Ornstein. It’s Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. rev. ed. Basic. Apr. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780465096206. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465096732. POLITICAL SCIENCE

McBride, Regina. Ghost Songs: A Memoir. Tin House. Oct. 2016. 350p. ISBN 9781941040430. pap. $15.95. MEMOIR

Mazzeo, Tilar J. Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Gallery: S. & S. Sep. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781476778501. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476778525. HISTORY

Millard, Candace. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill. Doubleday. Sept. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780385535731. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385535748. HISTORY

Milne, Melissa. The Naughty Diet: The 10-Step Plan to Eat and Cheat Your Way to the Body You Want. Da Capo Lifelong. Jun. 2106. ISBN 9780738218717. $25.99. HEALTH/DIET

Moore, Christine. Little Flower Baking. Prospect Park. Apr. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781938849602. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781938849756. COOKING

Murphy, Cait. A History of American Sports in 100 Objects. Basic. Oct. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780465097746. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465097753. SPORTS

Ndibe, Okey. Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American. Soho. Oct. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781616957605. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781616957612. MEMOIR/LITERARY

Nehamas, Alexander. On Friendship. Basic. May 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780465082926. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465098613. PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL

Nordgren, Tyler. Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. Basic. Sept. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780465060924. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465096466. SCIENCE

Phillips, Patrick. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America. Norton. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780393293012. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393293029. HISTORY

Reeder, Lydia. Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory. Algonquin. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 978161620466. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616206536. SPORTS/HISTORY

Sadler, Anthony & others. The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes. PublicAffairs. Aug. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9781610397339. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610397346. CURRENT EVENTS

Schwartz, Kyle. I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids. Da Capo Lifelong. Jul. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780738219141. pap. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738219158. EDUCATION

Simpson, John. The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary. Basic. Oct. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780465060696. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465096527. MEMOIR/LANGUAGE

Snyder, Brad & Tom Sileo. Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory. Da Capo. Sept. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780306825149. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780306825156. MEMOIR/CURRENT EVENTS

Solnit, Rebecca. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Haymarket. Mar. 2016. 192p. ISBN 9781608465767. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781608465798. SOCIAL SCIENCE

Steves, Andy. Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget. Avalon. Jun. 2016. 376p. ISBN 9781631212505. pap. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781631212512. TRAVEL

Tardi, Alex. Champagne Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink. Public Affairs. May 2016. 296p. ISBN 9781610396882. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610396899. BEVERAGES

Tax, Meredith. A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State. Bellevue Literary. Aug. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781942658108. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781942658115. CURRENT EVENTS

Warren, Elizabeth & Amelia Warren Tyagi. The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke. Basic. Apr. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780465097708. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465097715.

Weiner, Jennifer. A Hungry Heart. Atria. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476723402. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476723440. MEMOIR

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.