Barbara Hoffert

About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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.

More Power Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

  English, Talley. Horse. Knopf. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781101874332. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101874349. Downloadable. LITERARY/COMING OF AGE When her father abandons the family, leaving behind heartbreak and chaos, Teagan steadies herself by working hard to train Ian—that is, Obsidian, her father’s head-tossingly, fiercely beautiful, stubbornly independent-minded horse. By all accounts, not your average girl-with-horse […]

Pop Fiction from Robert Jackson Bennett to Koren Zailckas | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Bennett, Robert Jackson. Foundryside. Crown. Aug. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9781524760366. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524760373. Downloadable. FANTASY A winner of Edgar, Shirley Jackson, and Phillip K. Dick honors, Divine Cities author Bennett launches a new series set in a city run on industrialized magic. Crack thief Sancia Grado has been tasked with lifting an artifact from […]

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced

On Sunday, February 11, at the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) and Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Little, Brown) won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, respectively. The announcement was […]

Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Two Key Education Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Duncan, Arne. How Schools Work. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501173059. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501173073. EDUCATION Duncan has been deeply involved in education for three decades, from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to his position as Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, so he’s got a real insider’s perspective, from which he […]

Debuts with Credentials | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Holmes, JM. How Are You Going To Save Yourself. Little, Brown. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780316514880. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316514873. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316412490. Downloadable. LITERARY In these linked stories, both harrowing and funny, Holmes clarifies what it’s like to be young, black, and male in America. Set in Pawtucket, RI, the stories are narrated […]

Late-Summer Mystery, from Andrews to Muller | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Andrews, Donna. Toucan Keep a Secret: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250115478. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250115485. MYSTERY Dashing over to Trinity Episcopal to check on the toucan the reverend is fostering, Meg Langslow finds an elderly parishioner murdered in the columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. It soon […]

Reichs, Patterson, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2018

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Washington Decree. Dutton. Aug. 2018. 592p. tr. from Danish by Steve Schein. ISBN 9781524742522. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524742546. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Top-of-the-heap crime fiction writer in Denmark, Adler-Olsen set this book in America, where 14-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers is among a group of dedicated campaign works who helped elect Democratic senator Bruce Jansen […]

National Book Foundation Introduces Translation Award

On January 31, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced that it voted unanimously to establish a fifth National Book Award that would honor fiction and nonfiction translated into English and published in the United States. The National Book Award for Translated Literature fits in with the board’s new mission statement to celebrate the best literature […]

Midwinter Galley Roundup

806  HarperCollins The Big Thrill: Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder (150 galleys), meta-mystery with a crusty detective being helped by an accomplished novelist named Anthony Horowitz; Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies (150 galleys), featuring a young man whose struggles after his father’s suicide are complicated by his flirtatious stepmother and an enigmatic stranger; […]