History, Biography, Memoir, Religion | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2018

Anderson, Jon Lee (text) & José Hernández (illus.). Che: A Revolutionary Life. Penguin Pr. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780735221772. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780525560920. GN/BIOGRAPHY New Yorker staffer Anderson has written frequently about Latin America, His reporting facilitated the discovery of Che’s skeletal remains three decades after they were secretly buried in Bolivia, and he’s also […]

Baldacci, Faulks, Harvey, Saunders | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2018

Baldacci, David. Long Road to Mercy. Grand Central. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781538761571. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781538761557. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761564. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Good new, Baldacci fans; here’s a new series starring Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent who plies her trade in America’s western wilds as a criminal profiler specializing in serial killers. (She’s […]

Pop Fiction for Fall | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Archer, Jeffrey. Heads You Win. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781250172501. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250172518. CD. HISTORICAL In 1968, after his father is assassinated by the KGB, Russian teenage Alexander Karpenko flips a coin to decide whether he and his mother should emigrate (desperately) to London or to New York. Readers get two versions […]

BookExpo Galley Guide Due This Week

BookExpo is upon us, and so is LJ’s annual Galley & Signing Guide, arriving this week to help you negotiate the ever-crowded, ever-enticing show floor. Organized chronologically, the guide offers descriptions of over 200 key titles from publishers large and small that will be given away at the show, plus signings by authors you’ll surely […]

Franzen, Lethem, Oates, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2018

Franzen, Jonathan. The End of the End of the Earth: Essays. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780374147938. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374719289. CD. ESSAYS Legend-in-his-time Franzen veers from fiction, here collecting essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years that examine themes contained in his novels. From his young adulthood in New York to […]

Perry, Penny, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2018

Bruen, Ken. In the Galway Silence. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Nov. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780802128829. $26. MYSTERY Asked to investigate the murder of twin brothers even as he tends the nine-year-old of his new girlfriend, Jameson-downing former cop Jack Taylor encounters a stealthy vigilante assassin nicknamed Silence and learns the true meaning of the proverb […]

Sophisticated Reads | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Berlin, Lucia. Evening in Paradise: More Stories. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780374279486. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374718312. SHORT STORIES Berlin, Lucia. Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780374287597. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374718329. MEMOIR Published in 2015, A Manual for Cleaning Women posthumously collected stories by the brilliant, […]

Three Big Biographies | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Dery, Mark. Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey. Little, Brown. Nov. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780316188548. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780316451079. BIOGRAPHY He had over 20,000 books and six cats, roomed with Frank O’Hara at Harvard, wore full-length fur coats and a full-length Edwardian beard, attended virtually every performance of […]

Michelle Obama, Susan Gubar, Elaine Pagels | Barbara’s Memoir Picks, Nov. 2018

Gubar, Susan. Late-Life Love: A Memoir. Norton. Nov. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780393609578. $25.95; ebk. 9780393609578. MEMOIR With her husband facing age-related disabilities and she herself battling cancer (she writes the monthly New York Times column “Living with Cancer”), leading literary critic Gubar (Madwoman in the Attic) looked at what eminent authors from Ovid to Shakespeare to […]

Big-Name Protagonists from Jack Reacher to Alex Cross | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2018

Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Oath of Office. Putnam. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780735215955. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780735215962. lrg. prnt. CD/Downloadable. THRILLER The Ayatollah’s power in Iran is subsiding, and a Persian Spring blossoms brightly. But even as President Jack Ryan advises caution, the Campus casts its eye on an international arms dealer stepping into the […]

Nigerian Author Chibundu Onuzo | Learning from Libraries

When I was growing up, there was a library about ten minutes’ drive from my house. It was a private library, and to borrow a book you had to pay $1.50, which was no small change in noughties Nigeria. You could only keep the book for two days, and after the deadline passed, you paid […]

Murakami & Rice, Frederick Douglass & Valley Forge | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Barry, Dave. Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. S. & S. Oct. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781501161155. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501161179. CD. HUMOR Barry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and one of America’s favorite humorists, gives us advice on aging gracefully by looking at the creature he knows who’s done it the […]

Dragons & More | SF/Fantasy/Horror Previews, Oct. 2018

Fink, Joseph. Alice Isn’t Dead. Harper Perennial. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062844132. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062844163. CD. HORROR Keisha Lewis keeps seeing her presumably dead wife, Alice, off to the side in news stories about catastrophes nationwide and seeks her out by becoming a trucker. Instead, she uncovers a truly out-of-this-world conspiracy. From the creator […]

Current Concerns | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Addario, Lynsey. Of Love & War. Penguin Pr. Oct. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780525560029. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780525560036. Downloadable. PHOTOJOURNALISM Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Addario stuns us into awareness with 200-plus photographs featuring the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. With essays by Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, Christy Turlington, and more. Asim, Jabari. We Can’t Breathe: On […]

From Anne Frank to George R.R. Martin | Graphic-Format Previews, Oct. 2018

Frank, Anne (text) & David Polonsky (illus.). Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Novel. Pantheon. Mar. 2018. 160p. ed. by Ari Folman. ISBN 9781101871799. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871805. GN/HISTORY This work, the only graphic novelization of Anne Frank’s diary authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, uses text from the diary and art by award-winning Israeli children’s […]

Outer Space, Inner Peace, & Camille Paglia | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Decker, Jessie James. Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food. Del Rey: Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062851376. pap. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780062851383. HEALTH & FITNESS Up there in the news as a recording artist and songwriter (remember the No. 1 Billboard country album, Southern Girl City Lights?), plus style entrepreneur and […]

Women’s Lives, Women’s Trauma | Video Reviews

An intimate view of the difficulties in mitigating the effects of severe trauma—highly recommended for adult audiences; valuable to those on the spectrum and their caretakers and all who work with and love them; a worthy view of the emotional impact of sexual abuse even years after the event

Discovering America’s Favorite Novel | PBS Announces The Great American Read

On Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) introduced The Great American Read, an eight-part multiplatform series that will culminate in what PBS calls the first-ever national vote for America’s favorite novel. The series, created for PBS by the independent television production company Nutopia, will […]

Albom, Philbrick, Picoult, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Albom, Mitch. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Harper. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062294449. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294463. lrg. prnt. CD. VISIONARY FICTION Remember little Annie, whose life was saved by war veteran–turned–amusement park mechanic Eddie in Albom’s blockbuster The Five People You Meet […]

Nineteen Killer Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Blaedel, Sara. The Midnight Witness. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781538759790. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538759783. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538760239. Downloadable. THRILLER An internationally best-selling author often called the “Queen of Crime” in her native Denmark (never mind that she now lives in New York), Blaedel sets Det. Louise Rick a new and challenging […]