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 […]

Fun Fall Fiction | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Anthony, Gretchen. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners. Park Row: Harlequin. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307860. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096587. FAMILY LIFE Even as she blithely pens her annual holiday letter, Violet is planning her husband’s retirement party. But she’s in for a surprise; daughter Cerise uses the event to announce before 200 guests that […]

Award-Worthy Gems | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame. Friday Black. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781328911247. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781328915139. SHORT STORIES A George Saunders protégé whose short stories have won awards, Adjei-Brenyah here publishes a much-anticipated first collection that highlights racism and its painful absurdities by putting its characters in unexpected situations. “Zimmer Land,” for instance, […]

The 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Awards | Fitting Choices for Our Times

Established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf and presented by the Cleveland Foundation, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are unique among national juried awards in honoring books that confront racism and celebrate diversity. Winners of this year’s 83rd annual awards were announced March 29 by 2015 honoree Marlon James. They include fiction […]

Democracy & Fascism | Four Key September 2018 Titles

Fukuyama, Francis. Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment. Farrar. Sept. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780374129293. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374717483. POLITICAL SCIENCE Stanford political scientist Fukuyama, who came swiftly to prominence with The End of History and the Last Man, most recently critiqued the dangerous rise of interest groups in 2014’s prescient Political […]

Beevor, Kubica, Ruiz Zafón, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2018

Barker, Pat. The Silence of the Girls. Harper Element. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385544214. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385544221. Downloadable.  LITERARY Booker Prize–winning Barker, who set her celebrated “Regeneration” trilogy during World War I, here reaches back in time to the Trojan War, when women served mainly as slaves or prostitutes or laid out the dead. […]

Graham, Robb, Jance, & More | Chiller Previews, Sept. 2018

Ellison, J.T. Tear Me Apart. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778330004. pap. $16.99. THRILLER Surgery after a heinous downhill crash reveals that competitive skier Mindy Wright needs a stem cell transplant for previously undetected leukemia, but inexplicably her parents aren’t a match—which must be connected to something desperate Lauren Wright did in the past. […]

Eliza Hamilton, Mohandas Gandhi, & Pirates | History & Biography Previews, Sept. 2018

Bunker, Nick. Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781101874417. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101874424. BIOGRAPHY Printer, journalist, scientist, Founding Father: that’s our near-mythic image of Benjamin Franklin. But what was he like when he was young? Bunker, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for An Empire on Edge: How Britain Came To […]

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 […]