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 […]

Three Novels & a Memoir | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2018

Guerrero, Jean. Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. One World: Random. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399592393. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399592409. Downloadable. MEMOIR A PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize winner, Guerrero is the Fronteras reporter for San Diego’s NPR/PBS affiliate, focusing on cross-border issues. Here she writes more personally about her father, a Mexican immigrant who saw himself as […]

Top Pop | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Gray, Shelley Shepard. Her Fear: The Amish of Hart County.  Avon Inspire: HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062846099. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062469212$. 12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469182. AMISH When pregnant, unmarried Amish girl Sadie Detweiler is sent to stay with chilly relatives, she is befriended by outgoing Amish EMT Noah Freeman after he visits her ailing […]

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 […]

Greenblatt, Palahniuk, & Newcomer Gabel | Barbara’s Picks, May 2018

Gabel, Aja. The Ensemble. Riverhead. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735214767. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735214781. Downloadable. WOMEN’S FICTION Steely first violinist Jana. Beautiful second violinist Brit. Self-confident violist Henry, ever the prodigy. And cellist Daniel, prickly and horny and troublesome. They’ve come together as the Van Ness Quartet, and they go on to great success in […]

Not Just Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2018

Agresti, Aimee. Campaign Widows. Graydon House: HarperCollins. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781525804267. pap. $15.99. WOMEN’S New to Washington, DC, Cady Davenport isn’t overjoyed when she loses her fiancé to the campaign trail, but then she befriends other “campaign widows”: a mommy blogger, a website editor, an elegant Georgetown resident, and a woman who’s reluctant to […]

Carr, Dickey, Scalzi, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Borowitz, Alexandra. Family and Other Catastrophes. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780778317555. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488020339. WOMEN’S/HUMOROUS If you had a self-absorbed therapist mother and a disdainful academic father, with difficult siblings to boot, you too might be an obsessive-compulsive hypochondriac like Emily Glass. Now that she’s finally found love with wonderful David, […]

Stories by Shriver & Sittenfeld & More Upmarket Fiction | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Allnutt, Luke. We Own the Sky. Park Row: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778314738. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078712. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE In this debut, a man struggles with the consequences of his son’s devastating illness, downing alcohol and surveying the wreck of his marriage as he posts stunning scenes of places he and his son visited […]

Deveraux, Steel, & Lots of Fantasy Award Winners | Pop Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Baker, Mishell. Impostor Syndrome. Saga: S. & S. Mar. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9781481480185. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481451956. FANTASY In this third in the Nebula Award–nominated “Arcadia Project” series, the project’s London and Los Angeles agents battle for power, the fey courts split their support, and London seeks ascendancy by framing LA agent Millie Roper’s partner, […]

Ball, Forna, Frazier, Mayes, & Nesbø | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar./Apr. 2018

Ball, Jesse. Census. Ecco. Mar. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780062676139. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676153. LITERARY A Granta Best of Young American Novelists, NYPL Young Lion, and Plimpton Prize winner whose A Cure for Suicide was long-listed for the National Book Award, Ball gets a chance to break out with this affecting story, already getting in-house raves. […]