Fiction, Poetry, History, Sanders | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Beschloss, Michael. Presidents of War. Crown. Oct. 2018. 752p. ISBN 9780307409607. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780804137010. CD/downloadable. HISTORY NBC News Presidential Historian and a multi-award winner for his print and television work, Beschloss (Presidential Courage) considers the U.S. president as commander in chief, moving from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War to clarify how […]

Fun Fall Fiction | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Anthony, Gretchen. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners. Park Row: Harlequin. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307860. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096587. FAMILY LIFE Even as she blithely pens her annual holiday letter, Violet is planning her husband’s retirement party. But she’s in for a surprise; daughter Cerise uses the event to announce before 200 guests that […]

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 […]

In Pursuit of Lost History: How a Forgotten Doctor Inspired a Novel

Jody Shields, author of The Winter Station, found the subject of her new novel after she stumbled across a reference to a Russian doctor’s memoir of the 1910–11 Manchurian plague in a medical journal. Both the doctor and the epidemic, which killed 60,000 people, had been lost to history.

You Say You Want a Resolution | What We’re Reading & Watching

The WWR/W team makes reading resolutions (or not) and takes #Shelfie photos

Pop Goes the Fiction | Last of the Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

  Chambers, Becky. Record of a Spaceborn Few. Harper Voyager. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062851154. $26.99; pap. 9780062699220. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062699237. SF Astrobiology educator Chambers continues her multi-award-nominated sf “Wayfarers” series, set in the brimming Galactic Commons, with humans wondering about their past after having found a place among the stars. With a 30,000 hardcover […]

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 […]

Stories Set in the World of Black Mirror | February Fiction on Audio

A collection of stories set in the world of Black Mirror, a debut novel about an Iranian poet, and a new book from Sophie Kinsella.

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. […]

1918 Stories | Fiction Reviews

A well balanced story of grief and hardship as a family navigates loss and moving forward; historical fiction and thriller come together with a seamless blend of fact and fiction in post-World War I New Orleans