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History, Biography, Memoir, Religion | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2018

Anderson, Jon Lee (text) & José Hernández (illus.). Che: A Revolutionary Life. Penguin Pr. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780735221772. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780525560920. GN/BIOGRAPHY New Yorker staffer Anderson has written frequently about Latin America, His reporting facilitated the discovery of Che’s skeletal remains three decades after they were secretly buried in Bolivia, and he’s also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Big-Name Protagonists from Jack Reacher to Alex Cross | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2018

Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Oath of Office. Putnam. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780735215955. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780735215962. lrg. prnt. CD/Downloadable. THRILLER The Ayatollah’s power in Iran is subsiding, and a Persian Spring blossoms brightly. But even as President Jack Ryan advises caution, the Campus casts its eye on an international arms dealer stepping into the […]