RA Back Pocket: Genre Fiction | Wyatt’s World

It’s been a good year for genre fiction, with notable series continuing strong and new titles breaking through and captivating readers. Highlighting the work of key authors, these five sure bets will serve readers’ advisory librarians for a long time to come.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Lecture To Be Published

On December 7, Kazuo Ishiguro delivered the 2017 Nobel Lecture in Literature while in Stockholm accepting the Nobel Prize. On December 12, Knopf will publish his lecture, titled My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs (64p. ISBN 9780525654957. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525654964). In the lecture he says, “So here I am, a man in my […]

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 […]

Start of the Summer Chills | Thriller Previews, June 2018

Belle, Kimberly. Three Days Missing. Park Row: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307716. pap. $15.99. THRILLER Kat Jenkins’s son Ethan disappears on an overnight school trip, but another mother whose child is safe receives the ransom demand. Glamorous Stefanie Huntington, wife of Atlanta’s mayor, watches her carefully constructed life tumble as both mothers rush to […]

Mostly Domestic, but Not Bliss | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2018

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom. Viking. Jun. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780525522652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522669. MYSTERY Lori Shepherd drops off husband Bill at a client in rural England, then heads into a storm that strands her at the creepy King’s Ransom inn, where mysterious footsteps echo. Adviser-from-another-world Aunt Dimity reminds her that […]

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 […]

RA Back Pocket: Fiction | Wyatt’s World

Let the countdown to 2018 begin with fiction. Here are titles to slip into our Readers’ Advisory (RA) back pockets for use in displays and booklists and to read during the holidays.

Hayek/Lithgow, Artist Lynch, Forster’s Maurice, French Animation, Drama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Miguel Arleta’s biting satire of the privileged class works despite a few kinks; Lynch provides insight into the formative process that eventually graduated to animation, short works, and feature films; Laguionie’s endearing animated tale celebrates a hardscrabble dame in her dotage; a splendid restoration plus an additional disc of extras befitting a near-classic film; a revelatory pas de deux from two veteran actresses

The Top Ten Best Games Ever | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

For five years, I’ve been honored to talk to LJ’s readers about games, the people who play them, and how bringing gaming into the library can help connect with patrons. Now, the time has come to pass the joystick to others.

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 […]

Cookbook Countdown: Ending with Sweets | Wyatt’s World

Kick off the holiday season on a sweet note by building a display of baking books. These five titles serve as excellent starting suggestions.

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 […]