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.

Discovering America’s Favorite Novel | PBS Announces The Great American Read

On Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) introduced The Great American Read, an eight-part multiplatform series that will culminate in what PBS calls the first-ever national vote for America’s favorite novel. The series, created for PBS by the independent television production company Nutopia, will […]

Albom, Philbrick, Picoult, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Albom, Mitch. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Harper. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062294449. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294463. lrg. prnt. CD. VISIONARY FICTION Remember little Annie, whose life was saved by war veteran–turned–amusement park mechanic Eddie in Albom’s blockbuster The Five People You Meet […]

Nineteen Killer Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Blaedel, Sara. The Midnight Witness. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781538759790. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538759783. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538760239. Downloadable. THRILLER An internationally best-selling author often called the “Queen of Crime” in her native Denmark (never mind that she now lives in New York), Blaedel sets Det. Louise Rick a new and challenging […]

From an MBA Mastermind to a Ravenmaster | Memoir Previews, Oct. 2018

Eichenwald, Kurt. A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399593628. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399593635. Downloadable. MEMOIR A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, and a New York Times best-selling author (e.g., The Informants), Eichenwald could tell a remarkable enough story about his life, but […]

Top Biography & History / Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

  Ackroyd, Peter. Dominion: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250003652. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135537. HISTORY Ackroyd has won Whitbread and Somerset Maugham honors for fiction and James Tait Black honors for biography, but that wasn’t enough for him. In […]

Dogs, Cats, Parrots, & Killers | Mystery Previews, October 2018

Andrews, Donna. Lark! The Herald Angels Sing: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250192943. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250192967. MYSTERY In the multi-award-winning author’s next Christmas mystery (e.g., How the Finch Stole Christmas), Meg Langslow finds a baby in the church’s manger, setting of the live nativity, with a note implicating […]

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

On Monday, April 16, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced before a hushed crowd in the recently renovated Joseph Pulitzer World Room at Columbia University’s Pulitzer Hall. The announcement was made by Dana Canedy, administrator of the awards and herself someone to be celebrated. Formerly a senior editor at the New York Times, where […]

Madeline Miller’s Circe: Perpetual Outsider, Powerful God | No. 1 LibraryReads Author

Like her Orange Prize–winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s Circe revitalizes our appreciation of ancient Greek mythology and its profound insights into human nature, never mind its basis in the antics of the gods.

Music, Arts, & Literature To Soothe the Savage Breast | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Beastie Boys. Beastie Boys Book. Spiegel & Grau. Oct. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9780812995541. $50; ebk. ISBN 9780812995558. Downloadable. MUSIC Remaining band members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz tell the story of the New York City hardcore band Beastie Boys, of which LJ editor-at-large John Berry’s son John was a founding member. With […]

Fiction, Poetry, History, Sanders | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Beschloss, Michael. Presidents of War. Crown. Oct. 2018. 752p. ISBN 9780307409607. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780804137010. CD/downloadable. HISTORY NBC News Presidential Historian and a multi-award winner for his print and television work, Beschloss (Presidential Courage) considers the U.S. president as commander in chief, moving from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War to clarify how […]