Women’s History Month: Read On | Wyatt’s World

Nonfiction explorations, a grand collection of comics portraits, and a welcome anthology of reimagined tales are just some of the books that help readers celebrate the history and achievements of women.

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 […]

The Books of March | Wyatt’s World

March brings a number of highly anticipated titles, including Ramona Ausubel’s story collection Awayland, Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon’s Blood of the Four, Rebecca Kauffman’s The Gunners, and Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter. Here are five more, from genre picks to new short fiction.

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, March 15, 2018

An excellent translation that will appeal to medieval enthusiasts, fans of chivalric romance, and French literature; this comprehensive, unflinching narrative and analytical treatment of President Carter is essential; fans of space travel, NASA, and engineering ingenuity will find this highly engaging; a tribute to the underacknowledged female pioneers of technology

Australian Fiction | Wyatt’s World

Just as Nordic novels had their heyday before becoming a reliable source for not-to-miss titles, Australian fiction is having its own moment. These five new novels illustrate how the history of the nation and its changeable locales provide fodder for mysteries, thrillers, and literary fiction.

Elizabeth Strout Wins 14th Annual Story Prize

The 14th annual Story Prize, given to the top short story collection published in 2017, went to Elizabeth Strout for Anything Is Possible. Strout, who won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her collection Olive Kitteridge, will take home $20,000 a…

Music for (All of) the Ages | Music Matters

Whether the vagaries of early spring temperatures are keeping energetic kids indoors or parents are thinking ahead to summer road trips, music that can be enjoyed by every member of the family is worth its weight in gold.

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 […]

From New Matter to the Flu | Science & Medical Previews, Aug. 2018

Arnold, Catharine. Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781250139436. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250139450. HISTORY One hundred years after the Spanish Flu scoured the globe, killing 50 million people worldwide and 550,000 in the United States (five times the number of military fatalities in […]

Culinary Crossroads | Wyatt’s World

The metaphor that America is a melting pot is made concrete in its layered and various foodways. Here are five books that prove this point.

More Power Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

  English, Talley. Horse. Knopf. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781101874332. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101874349. Downloadable. LITERARY/COMING OF AGE When her father abandons the family, leaving behind heartbreak and chaos, Teagan steadies herself by working hard to train Ian—that is, Obsidian, her father’s head-tossingly, fiercely beautiful, stubbornly independent-minded horse. By all accounts, not your average girl-with-horse […]

Pop Fiction from Robert Jackson Bennett to Koren Zailckas | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Bennett, Robert Jackson. Foundryside. Crown. Aug. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9781524760366. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524760373. Downloadable. FANTASY A winner of Edgar, Shirley Jackson, and Phillip K. Dick honors, Divine Cities author Bennett launches a new series set in a city run on industrialized magic. Crack thief Sancia Grado has been tasked with lifting an artifact from […]