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 […]

Top Biography & History / Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

  Ackroyd, Peter. Dominion: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250003652. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135537. HISTORY Ackroyd has won Whitbread and Somerset Maugham honors for fiction and James Tait Black honors for biography, but that wasn’t enough for him. In […]

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 […]

The Myth of the American Dream | Collection Development: Income Inequality

Income inequality continues to be a global problem, but perhaps nowhere is it more glaringly obvious than in the United States. These 33 resources offer background, in-depth analyses, and calls to action for closing the gap.

Beevor, Kubica, Ruiz Zafón, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2018

Barker, Pat. The Silence of the Girls. Harper Element. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385544214. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385544221. Downloadable.  LITERARY Booker Prize–winning Barker, who set her celebrated “Regeneration” trilogy during World War I, here reaches back in time to the Trojan War, when women served mainly as slaves or prostitutes or laid out the dead. […]

Eliza Hamilton, Mohandas Gandhi, & Pirates | History & Biography Previews, Sept. 2018

Bunker, Nick. Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781101874417. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101874424. BIOGRAPHY Printer, journalist, scientist, Founding Father: that’s our near-mythic image of Benjamin Franklin. But what was he like when he was young? Bunker, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for An Empire on Edge: How Britain Came To […]

Intersectional Feminism | Collection Development

Today’s intersectional feminism focuses on solidarity among social justice movements as well as shared responsibility for equality. These 27 resources will energize any collection.

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 […]

Women of the World: Well-Known and Untold Moments in History

A highly readable collective biography of four women who transformed American life; a fresh presentation of thoughtful political commentary from a historical and feminist perspective; a spirited and courageous young woman is honored with an enlightening biography of her life and troubled times