Barbara's Picks

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 […]

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 […]

Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Three Novels & a Memoir | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2018

Guerrero, Jean. Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. One World: Random. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399592393. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399592409. Downloadable. MEMOIR A PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize winner, Guerrero is the Fronteras reporter for San Diego’s NPR/PBS affiliate, focusing on cross-border issues. Here she writes more personally about her father, a Mexican immigrant who saw himself as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]