Baldacci, Faulks, Harvey, Saunders | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2018

Baldacci, David. Long Road to Mercy. Grand Central. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781538761571. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781538761557. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761564. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Good new, Baldacci fans; here’s a new series starring Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent who plies her trade in America’s western wilds as a criminal profiler specializing in serial killers. (She’s […]

Pop Fiction for Fall | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Archer, Jeffrey. Heads You Win. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781250172501. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250172518. CD. HISTORICAL In 1968, after his father is assassinated by the KGB, Russian teenage Alexander Karpenko flips a coin to decide whether he and his mother should emigrate (desperately) to London or to New York. Readers get two versions […]

BookExpo Galley Guide Due This Week

BookExpo is upon us, and so is LJ’s annual Galley & Signing Guide, arriving this week to help you negotiate the ever-crowded, ever-enticing show floor. Organized chronologically, the guide offers descriptions of over 200 key titles from publishers large and small that will be given away at the show, plus signings by authors you’ll surely […]

LJ Talks to First Novelist Aja Gabel | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Gabel’s thoroughly absorbing debut clarifies the special intimacy that’s inevitably a part of playing in a string quartet, but it goes a step further. As Gabel noted in a phone conversation with LJ, “This setup is ripe for plumbing human ­relationships.”

Top Spring Poetry: Both Veterans and Newcomers Offer Thematically Diverse Work

A wise, accomplished book for most readers; eerie and approachable; solid work from a rising poet; not easygoing but absorbing, important reading; serious readers will find rich rewards; an important story affecting and effective in its simplicity; if Stein wants to spin “to lose my bearings,” she wants us to spin, too—excellent poetry

Franzen, Lethem, Oates, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2018

Franzen, Jonathan. The End of the End of the Earth: Essays. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780374147938. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374719289. CD. ESSAYS Legend-in-his-time Franzen veers from fiction, here collecting essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years that examine themes contained in his novels. From his young adulthood in New York to […]

Perry, Penny, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2018

Bruen, Ken. In the Galway Silence. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Nov. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780802128829. $26. MYSTERY Asked to investigate the murder of twin brothers even as he tends the nine-year-old of his new girlfriend, Jameson-downing former cop Jack Taylor encounters a stealthy vigilante assassin nicknamed Silence and learns the true meaning of the proverb […]

Sophisticated Reads | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Berlin, Lucia. Evening in Paradise: More Stories. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780374279486. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374718312. SHORT STORIES Berlin, Lucia. Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780374287597. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374718329. MEMOIR Published in 2015, A Manual for Cleaning Women posthumously collected stories by the brilliant, […]

Three Big Biographies | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Dery, Mark. Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey. Little, Brown. Nov. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780316188548. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780316451079. BIOGRAPHY He had over 20,000 books and six cats, roomed with Frank O’Hara at Harvard, wore full-length fur coats and a full-length Edwardian beard, attended virtually every performance of […]

Michelle Obama, Susan Gubar, Elaine Pagels | Barbara’s Memoir Picks, Nov. 2018

Gubar, Susan. Late-Life Love: A Memoir. Norton. Nov. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780393609578. $25.95; ebk. 9780393609578. MEMOIR With her husband facing age-related disabilities and she herself battling cancer (she writes the monthly New York Times column “Living with Cancer”), leading literary critic Gubar (Madwoman in the Attic) looked at what eminent authors from Ovid to Shakespeare to […]