Literary Glitter | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Faye, Gaël. Small Country. Hogarth: Crown. Jun. 2018. 224p. tr. from French. ISBN 9781524759872. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781524759896. Downloadable. LITERARY Ten-year-old Gabriel’s life in Burundi is completely upended when adjacent Rwanda erupts hideously in flames. Based on songwriter/rapper Faye’s own experiences, this debut novel captured numerous awards in France, including the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, […]

Historical/Pop/Fantasy/Women’s | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Historical Fiction Dallas, Sandra. The Patchwork Bride. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250174031. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250174055. HISTORICAL When granddaughter June calls off her wedding, even as Ellen finishes the wedding quilt she’s been making, Ellen tells June the story of a Kansas-born woman who seeks a husband in New Mexico Territory in 1898. […]

Historical Perspectives | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Crouch, Gregory. The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Fortune in the American West. Scribner. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781501108198. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501108211. HISTORY Like so many others, Irish immigrant John Mackay rushed to 1840s California in search of gold. It didn’t pan out, but in 1859, he walked 100 miles […]

Last of the Big May Titles | Fiction & Nonfiction Previews, May 2018

Fiction Brooks, Terry. The Skaar Invasion. Del Rey: Ballantine. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780553391510. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780553391527. Downloadable. FANTASY As the end of the Shannara books near—this is the second book in a four-part wrap-up that reads like a stand-alone series—Paranor is swarming with invaders who don’t seem too vindictive. Alas, they presage a […]

Politicians, Movie Stars, & Olympians | Memoir Previews, May 2018

Barak, Ehud. My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace. St. Martin’s. May 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781250079367. ebk. ISBN 9781466892088. CD. MEMOIR/POLITICS Barak’s life is so deeply entwined with his homeland that any memoir he offers will also be a history of Israel. Here he focuses on his efforts in 2000 to find […]

Essential Arts Titles | Nonfiction Previews, May 2018

Harkness, Deborah (text) & Colleen Madden (illus.). The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. Viking. May 2018. 608p. ISBN 9780735220744. $40; ebk. 9780735220751. Downloadable. LITERATURE Hilburn, Robert. Paul Simon: The Life. S. & S. May 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781501112126. $30. BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC […]

Greenblatt, Palahniuk, & Newcomer Gabel | Barbara’s Picks, May 2018

Gabel, Aja. The Ensemble. Riverhead. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735214767. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735214781. Downloadable. WOMEN’S FICTION Steely first violinist Jana. Beautiful second violinist Brit. Self-confident violist Henry, ever the prodigy. And cellist Daniel, prickly and horny and troublesome. They’ve come together as the Van Ness Quartet, and they go on to great success in […]

Not Just Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2018

Agresti, Aimee. Campaign Widows. Graydon House: HarperCollins. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781525804267. pap. $15.99. WOMEN’S New to Washington, DC, Cady Davenport isn’t overjoyed when she loses her fiancé to the campaign trail, but then she befriends other “campaign widows”: a mommy blogger, a website editor, an elegant Georgetown resident, and a woman who’s reluctant to […]

From the Opium Wars to Putin’s Russia | History Previews, 2018

Baier, Bret & Catherine Whitney. Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire. Morrow. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062748362. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062748492. CD. HISTORY Author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Three Days in January and anchor of Fox News Channel’s top-rated Special Report with Bret Baier, […]

From Michael Koryta to Amanda Quick | Thriller Previews, May 2018

Bell, Ted. Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel. Morrow. May 2018. 544p. ISBN 9780062684516. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062684547. lrg. prnt. THRILLER High in the Swiss Alps, Alex Hawke’s young son, Alexei, is swept from a burning cable car by mysterious assailants in a helicopter even as Vladimir Putin parachutes from the plane that carried him away […]