Barbara Hoffert

About Barbara Hoffert

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.

Stay Healthy | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2018

Arch, Liz. The Courage To Rise: Using Movement, Mindfulness, and Healing Foods To Triumph over Trauma. Morrow Paperbacks. Dec. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062694232. pap. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062694249. HEALTH & FITNESS Internationally renowned yoga teacher/life coach Arch shows you the right moves to heal pain, anxiety, and depression, getting the trauma that causes them out […]

Cuba, Tesla, Sports | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2018

Ariosto, David. This Is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro’s Shadow. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250176974. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250176981. HISTORY/CUBA Offered a two-year assignment in Cuba by CNN in summer 2009, Ariosto (currently managing editor of the digital news publisher Brut) headed south and discovered a scattering of tourists and the hard […]

Dreamwalkers, Techies, & the Dakota | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2018

Barbash, Tom. The Dakota Winters. Ecco. Dec. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062258199. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062258236. LITERARY/HISTORICAL To recover from the malaria he contracted during Peace Corps service, Anton returns home to (of all places) New York City’s gilded Dakota apartment building, where he gets caught up in the efforts of his father, late-night host Buddy […]

Galley & Signing Roundup | ALA 2018

Prepub Alert reporting in the week that the American Library Association (ALA) convenes for its annual conference is always given over to a guide to the best titles attendees can find on the show floor. Though LJ could not do a full-scale galley guide this year, this roundup of 75 top titles, plus key signings, […]

Spotlight on Big-Buzzing Debut Novelist Tommy Orange | LibraryReads Author

Set in Oakland, as its title suggests, Tommy Orange’s There There uses coruscating, whip-fast language to delineate the Oakland ­Native community and the ­Native experience generally.

Editors’ Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

“It’s ALA on the Hudson; 75 percent of the people I see here are librarians,” proclaimed a publisher at BookExpo, and many of them landed at LJ‘s Day of Dialog, with 228 librarians packing the auditorium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice auditorium on May 30 for the event’s 20th anniversary. The tightly scheduled […]

Editors’ Picks List: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

John Glusman, Vice President and Editor in Chief, W. W. Norton Benjamin Balint. Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy. Norton. Sept. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781324001317. $26.95. LITERATURE Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang. Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military. Norton. Sept. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780393064445. $27.95. SCIENCE […]

Changes Afoot for Prepub Alert

Here are the first big titles from December, as usual a thinner month owing to the holidays (though several holiday mysteries are presented). In June, this newsletter is generally taken over by the ALA galley guide, but because LJ cannot offer one this time ’round, next Monday you’ll see a roundup of key titles from […]

From John Boyne to Val McDermid | Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2018

Boyne, John. A Ladder to the Sky. Hogarth: Crown. Nov. 2018. NAp. ISBN 9781984823014. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781984823038. Downloadable. LITERARY FICTION Aspiring writer Maurice Swift climbs that ladder to the sky by taking advantage of famed novelist Erich Ackermann, whom he encounters in a West Berlin hotel, and spinning Ackermann’s secrets to the world. Now […]

Holiday Chills & Foreign Climes | Mystery Previews, Dec. 2018

Ahnhem, Stefan. Eighteen Below: A Fabian Risk Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9781250103222. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103239. MYSTERY In this third entry in the Fabian Risk series from screenwriter Ahnhem (who’s adapted Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallender books), police track a wealthy young techie entrepreneur’s car as it races through the Swedish city […]