Madeline Miller’s Circe: Perpetual Outsider, Powerful God | No. 1 LibraryReads Author

Like her Orange Prize–winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s Circe revitalizes our appreciation of ancient Greek mythology and its profound insights into human nature, never mind its basis in the antics of the gods.

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 […]

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 […]

Remarkable Women & Civil Rights Struggle | History Previews, Apr. 2018

Barnet, Andrea. Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World. Ecco. Apr. 2018. 528p. ISBN 9780062310729. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062310743. HISTORY Rachel Carson fought for the environment and Jane Jacobs for livable cities; Jane Goodall shows us the link between humans and animals and Alice Waters how to […]

Heal Thyself: Four Key Self-Help Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Chopra, Deepak  M.D., & Rudolph E. Tanzi. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary Plan for Wholeness in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Crown. Jan. 2018. 320p ISBN 9780451495525. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451495532. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SELF-HELP/HEALTH Having worked together on two big books, Super Brain and Super Genes, both the basis for PBS specials, Chopra and Tanzi […]

Cortés vs. Montezuma, Erasmus vs. Luther, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2018

Baatz, Simon. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9780316396653. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316396677. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316510677. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY/TRUE CRIME The rape of 16-year-old chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit by womanizing architect Stanford White and White’s subsequent […]

Top Historicals, Horror from Koontz, Fashionable Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Bracht, Mary Lynn. White Chrysanthemum. Putnam. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780735214439. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735214453. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL Of Korean heritage, Bracht boldly faces one of the ugly facts of World War II: the Japanese military forced 200,000 women into sexual slavery when it annexed Korea. In 1943, Hana, one of the […]

Books To Buzz About | Day of Dialog 2017

Five novelists, including three first-timers, discuss their buzzy fiction

Allende, Keneally, Sontag, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. Atria. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501178139. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501178153. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY When the personal shades into the political, Allende is there. Her latest novel features 60-year-old human rights scholar Richard Bowmaster, who feels he’s hit the end of the road—and one snow-blown Brooklyn […]

From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops […]