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 […]

Award-Worthy Gems | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame. Friday Black. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781328911247. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781328915139. SHORT STORIES A George Saunders protégé whose short stories have won awards, Adjei-Brenyah here publishes a much-anticipated first collection that highlights racism and its painful absurdities by putting its characters in unexpected situations. “Zimmer Land,” for instance, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Debuts with Credentials | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Holmes, JM. How Are You Going To Save Yourself. Little, Brown. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780316514880. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316514873. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316412490. Downloadable. LITERARY In these linked stories, both harrowing and funny, Holmes clarifies what it’s like to be young, black, and male in America. Set in Pawtucket, RI, the stories are narrated […]

Literary Glitter | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Christensen, Kate. The Last Cruise. Doubleday. Jul. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385536288. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385536295. Downloadable. LITERARY PEN/Faulkner Award winner Christensen takes us on the final voyage of the 1950s-era ocean liner Queen Isabella, as guests nostalgically enjoy fine dining, retro drinks, and luscious jazz, with both cell phones and children banned. Belowdecks, tensions simmer […]

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.