Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists Is Pure Magic | Library Reads Author

In Chloe Benjamin’s vibrant new novel, The Immortalists, four siblings in 1969 New York visit a fortune teller said to predict the date of one’s death. The reader can’t help but wonder how different their lives might have been had they never made that visit.

Y Is for Paperback | Good-bye, Sue Grafton

Mystery fans mourning the passing of Sue Grafton, whose Alphabet mysteries opened in 1982 with A Is for Alibi, will always wonder what “Z” might have brought. Grafton’s final offering, Y Is for Yesterday, appeared last August to reviews soaked in nostalgia for the entire series and anticipation of the end. Reading groups and those […]

Critics & Authors | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2018

Jeppesen, Travis. See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea. Hachette. Jul. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780316509152. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316509138. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316509169. Downloadable. TRAVEL/CURRENT EVENTS A perennially edgy novelist/poet (e.g., The Suiciders) and an artist whose work has popped up at the Whitney Biennial, Jeppesen has visited North […]

Summer Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Castillo, Linda. A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250121318. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121332. CD. MYSTERY In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It’s no accident, and […]

Summer Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Arthurs, Alexia. How To Love a Jamaican: Stories. Ballantine. Jul. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781524799205. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524799212. Downloadable. SHORT STORIES In 11 stories, 2017 Plimpton Prize winner Arthurs captures the lives of Jamaican immigrants in America and the families they’ve left behind. Among the scenarios: a teenager is reunited with his mother in New […]

Memoir & More | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Memoir Bernstein, Jamie. Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. Harper. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062641359. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062641373. MEMOIR For the centenary in 2018 of legendary composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s birth, to be celebrated with a two-year global extravaganza involving more than 1,000 events, his daughter recalls “growing up Bernstein” and the father […]

LJ Talks to Joseph Cassara | Debut Spotlight

The great gift of Joseph Cassara’s debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties is his describing so acutely a little-portrayed community—queer people of color—in luxurious, gorgeously inflected language embodying gracefully intercut portraits to illuminating effect.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Lecture To Be Published

On December 7, Kazuo Ishiguro delivered the 2017 Nobel Lecture in Literature while in Stockholm accepting the Nobel Prize. On December 12, Knopf will publish his lecture, titled My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs (64p. ISBN 9780525654957. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525654964). In the lecture he says, “So here I am, a man in my […]

From Horowitz to Homes | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2018

Backman, Fredrik. Us Against You. Atria. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781501160790. $26.99. CD. LITERARY Sweden’s literary contribution to the New York Times best sellers list, Backman revisits Beartown, where the cherished hockey team is slated for the dust heap. The players join a rival team in Hed, a new team forms (with a surprise coach), […]

Assad to Cyberwarfare to Uncomfortable Conversations | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2018

Auletta, Ken. Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else). Penguin Pr. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780735220867. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780525633310. Downloadable. MEDIA STUDIES Longtime “Annals of Communications” columnist for The New Yorker, NYPL Literary Lion Auletta examines the $2 trillion global advertising and marketing business, seriously under siege since the Digital […]