Franzen, Lethem, Oates, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2018

Franzen, Jonathan. The End of the End of the Earth: Essays. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780374147938. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374719289. CD. ESSAYS Legend-in-his-time Franzen veers from fiction, here collecting essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years that examine themes contained in his novels. From his young adulthood in New York to […]

Current Concerns | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Addario, Lynsey. Of Love & War. Penguin Pr. Oct. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780525560029. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780525560036. Downloadable. PHOTOJOURNALISM Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Addario stuns us into awareness with 200-plus photographs featuring the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. With essays by Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, Christy Turlington, and more. Asim, Jabari. We Can’t Breathe: On […]

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 […]

Democracy & Fascism | Four Key September 2018 Titles

Fukuyama, Francis. Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment. Farrar. Sept. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780374129293. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374717483. POLITICAL SCIENCE Stanford political scientist Fukuyama, who came swiftly to prominence with The End of History and the Last Man, most recently critiqued the dangerous rise of interest groups in 2014’s prescient Political […]

Dear America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2018

Anderson, Carol. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. Bloomsbury USA. Sept. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781635571370. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781635571387. POLITICAL SCIENCE In White Rage, a New York Times best seller that won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Emory professor Anderson chronicled efforts since 1865 to block the advancement of […]

History, Current Events, & More | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Ambinder, Marc. The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983. S. & S. Jul. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781476760377. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476760391. HISTORY Respected reporter and award-winning television producer Ambinder zeroes in on the nerve-wracking year when Soviet leaders so feared a nuclear strike from America that they put their intercontinental ballistic missiles […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Barnes, Ehrenreich, Powers, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2018

Al Samawi, Mohammed. The Fox Hunt. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062678195. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678218. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR Raised a devout Muslim in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, Al Samawi contemned Judaism until  he began reading a Bible someone sneaked him when he was 21. Reaching out to Jews on social media and […]