Held on September 15 to coincide with the Brooklyn Book Festival, the first-ever Day of Dialog Brooklyn was a great success, with folks coming from the tristate area (and nationwide) to hear authors like Alice McDermott and Stephanie Powell Watts and a editors introducing winter/spring 2018 titles. The Editors Picks‘ panel embraced houses large and […]
Besides offering New Perspectives, speakers at this aptly named panel at LJ’s inaugural Day of Dialog Brooklyn asked thought-provoking questions. Obama campaign blogger Sam Graham-Felsen‘s debut novel, Green (Random, Jan. 2018), depicts the experiences of a white boy in a mostly black school. His novel is a reflection of his lived experience, “what it felt […]
The “Great Book Club Picks” panel at LJ’s inaugural Day of Dialog/Brooklyn 2017
Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385542418. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542425. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/THRILLER Here’s a milestone: the ever-popular Bohjalian is publishing his 20th novel, and as always it combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking airline stewardess Cassandra Bowden wakes up with another […]
Buruma, Ian. A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101981412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981429. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR A leading public intellectual, the author of numerous award-winning titles, and named among 100 top global thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy, Buruma has succeeded Robert B. Silvers as the editor of the […]
Benson, Adrienne. The Brightest Sun. Park Row: Harlequin. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778331278. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488028090. LITERARY Harlequin’s new literary imprint is feeling radiant about this debut from the African-raised Benson, who returned to work there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Set in 1990s under Africa’s bright sun, it explores the lives of three […]
Bell, Natasha. Exhibit Alexandra. Crown. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781524761073. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524761097. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER Alexandra Southwood has been imprisoned in a locked room, and husband Marc is increasingly frantic as her bloodied belongings are found. But all is not as it seems in this ramping-up debut, touted for its hairpin twists […]
Bartlett, Karen. Architects of Death: The Family Who Engineered the Death Camps. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250117700. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250117717. HISTORY It’s wasn’t ideology, just business, but it sure was hell: journalist Bartlett tells the story of Topf and Sons, the small, respected family firm of German engineers that designed and built […]
We’re just a handful of weeks away from a new round of consequential elections around the world, and with the wounds of 2016 still raw, a fresh wave of books on politics and political concerns hits the shelves. Here are five examples from those with firsthand experience and those who will fuel future elections to come.
The popular “Editors’ Picks” panel, moderated here by LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams, commenced the half-day event, with six New York editors and publishers presenting a preview of their biggest fall 2017–winter 2018 titles. Debut authors, new imprints, existing lines exploring uncharted genre territories, and current topics were all part of the conversation.
December 2016 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
A jewel in the slush pile, a killer clown, New York’s soul, umbrellas, and some lit for bored and brilliant kids.
A good Halloween read can mean many things. Some readers are looking for scares that will keep them up at night, while others want to feel the coziness of autumn in a more lighthearted romp. Evil can come in the form of zombies and monsters, or you can root for well-meaning witches and ghosts. LJ’s SELF-e Select runs the gamut for a well-rounded literary experience this October.
During the week of September 11, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, revealing its continuing focus on diverse, of-the-moment books while reminding us how rich publishing can be these days. It’s no surprise to see National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing […]
From A New Way To Bake and Mighty Salads to King Solomon’s Table and The Pho Cookbook
Acronyms galore—and how to study for them
The World of Renaissance Italy offers incredible riches for advanced high school students, nonspecialist undergraduates, and general readers; Magill’s Literary Annual, 2017, will satisfy writers, editors, and academics studying current literature; Gale Small Business Builder will be a welcome resource for undergraduates, instructors, and, above all, entrepreneurs at any stage of establishing a business
Despite glimmers of familiar playfulness, Backman has undoubtedly taken a dark turn in Beartown; Libraries will want to acquire Miss Burma immediately; The Pink Panther Collection brings together the best of these films and is highly recommended for public and academic libraries; Sink or Swim will leave the audience thinking further on the effects of global warming on real people
The life story of May Morris is an excellent resource for art history students but may be too specific for public libraries; new photography titles explore the essentials of the medium; highly recommended presidential picks; an affecting and personal look into the experiences of minor migrants; Chez Panisse chef Waters writes about her childhood and Coming to My Senses
Adams’s intriguing new mystery series celebrates the power of books and women’s friendships; award-winning debut novelist Birkby shines a spotlight on the overlooked female characters of the Sherlock Holmes stories; the landscape of Hannah’s latest is hard and bleak, but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self; Parks knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension
Be it the fate of twins, an author’s second novel, braided narratives, or literary twosomes, September brings a number of titles concerned with the concept of two.
A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family; an excellent stand-alone noir novel; a compelling portrayal of a young woman’s struggles; Grisham’s 32nd novel; for readers of popular chick lit and those who enjoy foodie literature; Land has written an intense, insightful first novel; for fans of Boston noir; Raphael spins a satisfying detective story; Stasi’s thriller is fascinating and clever; for readers who Victorian crime fiction
The scientific efforts of Halley and Hooke are equal to or even greater than the those of Newton; Hollinger hopes to convince readers that missionaries are worthy of study; a fun and scary collection of Internet wrongdoings; the events that led to the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
A sweet, poignant love story featuring a refreshingly ambitious heroine and an introspective hero; because of the short pagination, character motivation and development suffer; a fast and emotionally satisfying read—a promising debut; libraries will want to add the series to their romance collections
For listeners who enjoy the suspense genre; recommended for Amos Decker series fans; for listeners who enjoy uplifting contemporary fiction; best appreciated by those who knew New York during urban renewal; for fans of fish-out-of-water stories; of interest to Cubs fans