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Public Library Association Galley Roundup 2018

1206 HarperCollins Big-Name Fiction: Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives, smart, absorbing reading as a clash between have-a-lots and not-so-fortunates leads to murder on a scrap of land in Long Island Sound; Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist’s Two Steps Forward, falling in love while walking the Camino de Santiago; Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder, with […]

Ackerman, Harkness, Hosseini, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Previews, Sept. 2018

Ackerman, Elliot. Waiting for Eden. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9781101947395. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947401. Downloadable. LITERARY Having served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and now covering the Syrian conflagration from Istanbul, Ackerman surely knows war; his highly praised Green on Blue and National Book Award finalist Dark at the Crossing prove […]

Dear America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2018

Anderson, Carol. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. Bloomsbury USA. Sept. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781635571370. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781635571387. POLITICAL SCIENCE In White Rage, a New York Times best seller that won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Emory professor Anderson chronicled efforts since 1865 to block the advancement of […]

Cleeves, Todd, Weaver, & More | Mystery Previews, Sept. 2018

Blauner, Peter. Sunrise Highway. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781250117410. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250117434. CD. MYSTERY During a sun-blasted mid-Seventies summer on Long Island, troubled teen JT’s testimony helps convict a high school football star of a schoolgirl’s murder. Decades later, with numerous women found murdered along Long Island’s Sunrise Highway, tough NYPD […]

The Wide World | Literary Fiction Previews, Sept. 2018

  Cullen, Helen. The Lost Letters of William Woolf. Graydon House: Harlequin. Sept. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781525892080. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096730. LITERARY In a debut compared to Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, lost letters end up at the Dead Letters Depot, where letter detectives wade through missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, smudgy ink, lost […]

From Emma Hooper to Anne Tyler | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug. 2018

Hartsuyker, Linnea. The Sea Queen. Harper. Aug. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780062563736. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062563750. HISTORICAL In The Half-Drowned King, Hartsukyer’s debut and the first in a trilogy vivifying Norse history, Ragnvald Eysteinsson threw in his lot with Harald of Vestfold, who would become king of a unified Norway. Here, Ragnvald is king of Sogn […]

Knausgaard, Macy, Tomalin, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2018

Chivers, C.J. The Fighters. S. & S. Aug. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781451676648. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451676679. MILITARY HISTORY Part of a team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Chivers walked the walk with American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq for over a dozen years. Now, as a writer-at-large for the New York […]

Gangsters, Feminists, & Brazil | History Previews, Aug. 2018

Anderson, Sam. Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis. Crown. Aug. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780804137317. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780804137324. Downloadable. URBAN SOCIOLOGY A former book critic for New York magazine and currently critic-at-large at the New […]

From Heiress to Novelist to Impostor | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2018

Bingham, Sallie. The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke. Farrar. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780374142599. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374142599. CD. BIOGRAPHY Businesswoman, philanthropist, war correspondent, horticulturist, art collector: heiress Doris Duke was once tagged as the richest girl in the world, but obviously she was a whole lot more. Multithreat author/activist Bingham burrowed through […]

Of Current Interest | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Auerbach, David. Bitwise: A Life in Code. Pantheon. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781101871294. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871300. COMPUTERS A National Magazine Award–nominated writer and software engineer who helped develop instant messaging technology for Microsoft and the software needed to sift through Google’s data stores, Auerbach looks back at his youthful fascination with and training in computer […]