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Adult Books - Nonfiction - Social Sciences - Politics & Government
Double Down: Game Change 2012.
Halperin, Mark (author) and John Heilemann (author).
512p. Penguin, hardcover, $29.95 (9781594204401).
Oh, political junkies, it's time to feast on the red-and-blue deliciousness that was the 2012 election. As they did in their book about the previous presidential joust, Game Change (2010), the well-connected authors have worked their sources thoroughly to give readers a warts-and-all look at what went on behind the scenes. >>read more
Adult Books - Nonfiction - Arts - Movies & Television
The Fat Lady Sang.
Evans, Robert (author).
240p. illus. It, paperback, $17.99 (9780062286048). 616.8.
Readers expecting a follow-up to veteran film producer Evans' swaggering 1994 memoir, The Kid Stays in the Picture, may be surprised by this book's deeply personal slant and by its author's vulnerability. In 1998, Evans, producer of such classic movies as Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather, and Chinatown, was incapacitated by a trio of strokes. >>read more
Adult Books - Fiction - General Fiction
We Are Water.
Lamb, Wally (author).
576p. Harper, hardcover, $29.99 (9780061941023).
Lamb's much-anticipated new novel explores the secrets of a Connecticut family on the occasion of mother Annie's remarriage to another woman. An artist who has found great success recycling junk into angry visual art, Annie is ambivalent about marrying Viveca, the art dealer responsible for her success. >>read more
Books For Youth - Fiction - General Fiction
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck.
Kinney, Jeff (author). Illustrated by Jeff Kinney.
224p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $13.95 (9781419711329). Grades 5-8.
Greg Heffley's eighth adventure (but who's counting?) centers on his relationship with his best friend, Rowley—more specifically, the demise of that relationship when Rowley gets a girlfriend. At first, Greg tries to insert himself into the mix, but he soon tires of Abigail's pathological control (she changes Rowley's hairstyle) and fussy propriety (she won't let him eat off of the cafeteria floor). >>read more
| SECOND LOOKS
Adult Books - Nonfiction - Sports & Recreation
The Football Man.
Hopcraft, Arthur (author).
256p. Aurum, paperback, $15.95 (9781781311516).
This was first published in England in 1968, and its title refers to the kind of football played there, with a ball you can't throw unless it goes out of bounds or you are a goalkeeper. Widely recognized as a classic, it is composed primarily of thoughtful, essayistic profiles of the different kinds of men—players, managers, team directors, referees, fans, amateurs, and journalists—who then populated the sport. >>read more
| THE TRAVIS MCGEE PROJECT
Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott introduced this reading project—revisiting all 21 of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee novels—in the November 1, 2012 Back Page.
Adult Books - Fiction - Crime Fiction - Mystery
The Dreadful Lemon Sky.
MacDonald, John D. (author).
272p. Lippincott, hardcover, $5.95 (0-397-01074-5).
The sixteenth Travis McGee novel—and the second to be published in hardcover—holds a special place in the series' history: it was the first McGee novel to appear on the New York Times best-seller list, rising to number three during a 23-week run. It was also the first to get widespread reviewing attention, the raves coming from all directions, even from the New Yorker, which applauded MacDonald's "keen depiction of the moral grubbiness of contemporary American life." >>read more
| FEATURE ARTICLE
50 Years, 50 Books: The Assassination of JFK in Fiction
By Ben Segedin
When Truth and Fiction Are Equally Strange
If John Fitzgerald Kennedy's election to the presidency in 1960 symbolized youthful optimism in America, then his assassination in Dallas three short years later represented the advent of a new cynicism and paranoia in America, a sudden and drastic coming-of-age. That Kennedy was never able to fulfill his promise only served to frustrate his supporters' high hopes—and when, less than a year later, the Warren Commission pinned the blame on a lone gunman, speculation and conspiracy theories ran rampant.
Much of that speculation continues to this day. According to Jill Abramson in the New York Times, 40,000 books about JFK have been published in the 50 years since Kennedy's death. >>read more
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Adult - Nonfiction
Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas.
Sunstein, Cass R. (author).
304p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26 (9781476726625). 001.9.
The Hotel Oneira.
Kleinzahler, August (author).
112p. Farrar, hardcover, $24 (9780374172930). 811.
Night Sweats: An Unexpected Pregnancy.
Crossett, Laura (author).
104p. Lulu, paperback, $10.00 (9781304005533); Amazon, e-book, $3.99. 813.
Smarter Crime Control: A Guide to a Safer Future for Citizens, Communities, and Politicians.
Waller, Irvin (author).
300p. Rowman & Littlefield, hardcover, $39 (9781442221697); Rowman & Littlefield, e-book, $38.99 (9781442221703). 364.4.
Adult - Fiction
Crime Fiction - Mystery
Johnson, D. E. (author).
352p. Minotaur, hardcover, $25.99 (9781250006769); Minotaur, e-book (9781250036483).
Electricity and Other Dreams.
Hicks, Micah Dean (author).
230p. New American, paperback, $15.95 (9780984943944).
"Hicks' masterful combination of familiar scenes with uncanny creations reads like the love child of Eudora Welty and Edgar Allan Poe, or what it might have been like if Tim Burton had directed Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Romance - Contemporary Romance
Feel the Heat.
Meader, Kate (author).
416p. Forever, hardcover, $6 (9781455599592).
Crime Fiction - Mystery
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly.
Christie, Agatha (author).
100p. Harper/Witness Impulse, e-book, $2.99 (9780062334466).
"Christie's storytelling is as engaging as ever, and it's always nice to see ol' Hercule back at work."
The Journey Prize.
Hill, Miranda (editor) and Mark Medley (editor) and others.
256p. McClelland & Stewart, paperback, $17.99 (9780771047367).
Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink.
Gruenenfelder, Kim (author).
320p. St. Martin's/Griffin, hardcover, $14.99 (9781250005045).
Crime Fiction - Spy/Espionage
No Dawn for Men.
LePore, James (author) and Carlos Davis (author).
272p. The Story Plant, hardcover, $14.95 (9781611880731); The Story Plant, e-book (9781611880748).
Crime Fiction - Thriller/Suspense
Mosley, Walter (author).
250p. Vintage, e-book, $9.99 (9780345804457).
"It feels a bit like an experiment, the author toying with an idea that's not yet fully formed, but Mosley's fans will still want to check it out."
Once upon a Winter's Heart.
Carlson, Melody (author).
160p. Center Street, paperback, $11 (9781455528110); Center Street, e-book, $8.99 (9781455528127).
Romance - Romantic Suspense
Humphreys, Sara (author).
320p. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paperback, $6.99 (9781402258558).
Books For Youth - Fiction - Graphic Novels
Dance Class #6: "A Merry Olde Christmas."
Beka (author). Illustrated by Crip.
48p. Papercutz, hardcover, $10.99 (9781597074421). Grades 4-8. 741.5.
Youth - Nonfiction
History - U.S. History
Ben Franklin for Beginners.
Ogline, Tim E. (author). Illustrated by Tim E. Ogline.
160p. Steerforth, paperback, $16.99 (9781934389485). Grades 6-9. 973.3092.
Science - Animals
How Big Were Dinosaurs?
Judge, Lita (author). Illustrated by Lita Judge.
40p. Roaring Brook, hardcover, $17.99 (9781596437197). K-Grade 2.
History - U.S. History
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Sandler, Martin W. (author).
176p. illus. Bloomsbury, hardcover, $22.99 (9780802722775). Grades 6-10. 940.53.
"Beautifully illustrated with well-chosen photographs and other documents, this handsome book offers a clear view of an episode in American history that still receives too little focus."
Science - Animals
Tuchman, Gail (author).
32p. illus. Scholastic, paperback, $3.99 (9780545533775). K-Grade 3. 597.3.
Folklore & Fairy Tales
Time for Flowers, Time for Snow: A Retelling of the Legend of Demeter and Persephone.
Huser, Glen (author). Illustrated by Philippe Beha.
56p. Tradewind, hardcover, $18.95 (9781896580265). Grades 2-4. 782.1026.
Folklore & Fairy Tales
Twisted Myths: 20 Classic Stories with a Dark and Dangerous Heart.
McHugh, Maura (author). Illustrated by Jane Laurie.
144p. Barron's, hardcover, $19.99 (9780764166204). Grades 6-10.
Folklore & Fairy Tales
Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico.
Goldman, Judy (author). Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck.
64p. Charlesbridge, hardcover, $16.95 (9781580893725). Grades 4-6. 398.20972.
Youth - Fiction
Alexis and the Missing Ingredient.
Simon, Coco (author).
160p. illus. Simon & Schuster/Simon Spotlight, hardcover, $15.99 (9781442485884); Simon & Schuster/Simon Spotlight, e-book, $5.99 (9781442485891). Grades 3-5.
Always Dance with a Hairy Buffalo.
Winkler, Henry (author) and Lin Oliver (author).
192p. Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99 (9780545298902); Scholastic, paperback, $5.99 (9780545298858); Scholastic, e-book, $5.99 (9780545539401). Grades 3-6.
Pierce, Tamora (author).
464p. Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99 (9780439842976). Grades 6-9.
Ponti, James (author).
336p. Aladdin, hardcover, $16.99 (9781442441316). Grades 4-7.
Bob the Bursting Bear.
Rosen, Michael (author). Illustrated by Tony Ross.
32p. IPG/Andersen, hardcover, $17.99 (9781849394406). PreS-Grade 1.
Biggs, Brian (author). Illustrated by Brian Biggs.
56p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, hardcover, $14.99 (9780061958113). PreS-Grade 2.
The Christmas Cat.
MacDonald, Maryann (author). Illustrated by Amy June Bates.
32p. Dial, hardcover, $16.99 (9780803734982). K-Grade 2.
Circus 1, 2, 3.
van Genechten, Guido (author). Illustrated by Guido van Genechten.
32p. Clavis, hardcover, $13.95 (9781605371627). PreS-K.
Cozy Light, Cozy Night.
Kleven, Elisa (author). Illustrated by Elisa Kleven.
32p. Creston, hardcover, $16.99 (9781939547026). PreS-Grade 1.
Dance of the Red Death.
Griffin, Bethany (author).
336p. Greenwillow, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062107824). Grades 9-12.
Corp, Carey (author) and Lorie Langdon (author).
368p. Blink, hardcover, $17.99 (9780310742302). Grades 10-12.
Gier, Kerstin (author). Translated by Anthea Bell.
464p. Holt, hardcover, $17.99 (9780805092677). Grades 8-12.
Cole, Kresley (author).
336p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $18.99 (9781442436671). Grades 9-12.
Messenger, Shannon (author).
576p. Aladdin, hardcover, $17.99 (9781442445963). Grades 4-7.
The Extinction Gambit.
Pryor, Michael (author).
376p. IPG/Random Australia, paperback, $12.99 (9781864718201). Grades 9-12.
"Both turn-of-the-century London and the Demimonde are fully realized settings, and wicked and witty Evadne, though she may not be typically 'good,' is terrific fun."
Ungerer, Tomi (author). Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer.
45p. Phaidon, hardcover, $16.95 (9780714865355). Grades 1-3.
Friends and Traitors.
Hill, C. J. (author).
400p. Feiwel and Friends, hardcover, $16.99 (9781250024619). Grades 7-10.
Gobble You Up.
Wolf, Gita (author). Illustrated by Sunita.
40p. Tara, hardcover, $34.95 (9788192317144). K-Grade 3.
The Good Ship Crocodile.
Lewis, J. Patrick (author). Illustrated by Monique Felix.
32p. Creative Editions, hardcover, $17.99 (9781568462387). PreS-Grade 1.
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein.
Grimly, Gris (author). Illustrated by Gris Grimly.
208p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, hardcover, $24.99 (9780061862977). Grades 8-11.
Barclay, Eric (author). Illustrated by Eric Barclay.
32p. Scholastic, hardcover, $16.99 (9780545464772). PreS-K.
Tapia, Jeff (author).
240p. Clarion, hardcover, $16.99 (9780547995489). Grades 3-6.
"Tapia's flawless world building and characterization are further amplified by funny footnotes. For readers of Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game (1978) or Susan Patron's The Higher Power of Lucky (2006), this will not disappoint."
Katie Woo, Don't Be Blue.
Manushkin, Fran (author). Illustrated by Tammie Lyon.
96p. Capstone, paperback, $4.95 (9781404881013). K-Grade 2.
King for a Day.
Khan, Rukhsana (author). Illustrated by Christiane Krömer.
32p. Lee & Low, hardcover, $17.95 (9781600606595). Grades 2-4.
"While this is undeniably grounded in a Lahori tradition, it is also a universal tale of one boy's good-natured, competitive spirit and desire to shine, if only for a day. This story could be paired with Jacqueline Woodson's Each Kindness (2012) to spark discussion about being a bystander."
Leap of Faith.
Blair, Jaime (author).
240p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $16.99 (9781442447134). Grades 8-12.
The Mesmer Menace.
Hamilton, Kersten (author). Illustrated by James Hamilton.
144p. Clarion, hardcover, $16.99 (9780547905686). Grades 2-4.
The Monster in the Mudball.
Gates, S. P. (author).
224p. Lee & Low/Tu, hardcover, $16.95 (9781620141410). Grades 4-7.
MacCarthy, Patricia (author). Illustrated by Patricia MacCarthy.
32p. Frances Lincoln, hardcover, $17.99 (9781847802835). K-Grade 3.
Peet, Mal (author) and Elspeth Graham (author). Illustrated by P. J. Lynch.
48p. Candlewick, hardcover, $15.99 (9780763662325). Grades 4-6.
Nancy Clancy Sees the Future.
O'Connor, Jane (author). Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
128p. HarperCollins, hardcover, $9.99 (9780062082978). Grades 2-4.
Nickel Bay Nick.
Pitchford, Dean (author).
272p. Putnam, hardcover, $16.99 (9780399254659). Grades 4-7.
Corderoy, Tracey (author). Illustrated by Tim Warnes.
32p. Tiger Tales, hardcover, $14.99 (9781589251502). PreS-K.
Off We Go! A Bear and Mole Story.
Hillenbrand, Will (author). Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand.
32p. Holiday, hardcover, $16.95 (9780823425204). PreS-Grade 1.
Lupica, Mike (author).
224p. Scholastic, hardcover, $16.99 (9780545381833). Grades 4-7.
Pull Down the Night.
Kotecki, Nathan (author).
352p. Houghton, hardcover, $17.99 (9780547731148). Grades 10-12.
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac.
Wang, Gabrielle (author). Illustrated by Sally Rippin.
32p. Candlewick, hardcover, $14.99 (9780763667788). PreS-Grade 1.
"Pair this with Ed Young's Cat and Rat (1995) and Marie Sellier's What the Rat Told Me (2009) for a Chinese-folklore-themed storytime, or share it with older students for an accessible and engaging model of fable writing."
Crossan, Sarah (author).
368p. Greenwillow, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062118721). Grades 7-10.
Horowitz, Anthony (author).
384p. Philomel, hardcover, $17.99 (9780399254413). Grades 6-9.
Scarlet in the Snow.
Masson, Sophie (author).
336p. IPG/Random Australia, paperback, $12.99 (9781742758152). Grades 7-10.
Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Shepard, Sara (author).
384p. HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062128225). Grades 8-10.
The Severed Tower.
Mitchell, J. Barton (author).
384p. St. Martin's/Griffin, hardcover, $18.99 (9781250009470). Grades 9-12.
A Single Pearl.
Napoli, Donna Jo (author). Illustrated by Jim LaMarche.
32p. Disney/Hyperion, hardcover, $17.99 (9781423145578). K-Grade 2.
Smarty Marty's Got Game.
Gutierrez, Amy (author). Illustrated by Adam McCauley.
40p. Cameron + Co., hardcover, $17.95 (9781937359515). Grades 1-3.
Stanton, Angie (author).
416p. HarperTeen, paperback, $9.99 (9780062272560). Grades 7-10.
Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish.
Harry, Rebecca (author). Illustrated by Rebecca Harry.
32p. Scholastic, hardcover, $16.99 (9780545541039). PreS-Grade 2.
Arnold, Elana K. (author).
352p. Random, hardcover, $17.99 (9780385742139). Grades 10-12.
The Storybook of Legends.
Hale, Shannon (author).
304p. Little, Brown, hardcover, $17 (9780316401227). Grades 4-7.
van Diepen, Allison (author).
288p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, hardcover, $16.99 (9781442463110); Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, paperback, $9.99 (9781442463127). Grades 9-12.
"The tight plotting and pacing are the strengths here. Every scene builds nail-biting tension, and the bit players reveal themselves to be critical threads in a tangled, menacing web."
The Taming of the Tights.
Rennison, Louise (author).
320p. HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062226204). Grades 7-10.
Casella, Jody (author).
256p. Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, hardcover, $16.99 (9781582704357); Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, paperback, $9.99 (9781582703923). Grades 7-10.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
Pastis, Stephan (author). Illustrated by Stephan Pastis.
304p. Candlewick, hardcover, $14.99 (9780763660505). Grades 4-7.
Bachmann, Stefan (author).
432p. Greenwillow, hardcover, $16.99 (9780062195210). Grades 4-7.
Wings of Fire.
Sutherland, Tui (author).
336p. Scholastic, hardcover, $16.99 (9780545349208). Grades 4-7.
Media - Adult Nonfiction - Arts
Shirley Jones (author)Shirley Jones (reader)
7hr. Tantor, CD, $34.99 (9781452614861); DD, $16.99 (9781452684864).
Reference - Cookery
Cocktails: The Bartender's Bible. 11th ed.
Difford, Simon (author).
504p. illus. Firefly, hardcover, $49.95 (9781770852228). 641.
Reference - Science
The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy: More Than 100 Years of Covering the Expanding Universe.
Dean, Cornelia (editor) and Neil DeGrasse Tyson (editor).
576p. illus. Sterling, hardcover, $24.95 (9781402793202). 530.
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