Patrick A. Smith

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The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

Highly recommended for readers interested in the history and evolution of the spy trade and political intrigue from a participant's perspective; le Carré's voice still resonates. [See Prepub Alert, 3/28/16.]

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Highly recommended for readers of Jackson's fiction as well as those interested in the connection between the inner lives of authors and their work. [See Prepub Alert, 3/28/16.]

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

Highly recommended for readers of Gaiman's work, specifically, and sf and fantasy generally, as well as those interested in cultural criticism and the art and craft of writing. [See Prepub Alert, 11/23/15; "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/16, p. 29.]

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder

A must for a new generation of readers of Wilder's stories and for those who recall having enjoyed the "Little House" books as a child and wish to gain further insight into the life of the series' author. [See Prepub Alert, 9/28/15.]

Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me

Recommended for fans of Child's work or aspiring novelists who could benefit from an insider's view of the messy, complicated, and transcendent act of writing.

Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark

Highly recommended for readers interested in the literary and cultural history of 1930s Europe. [See Prepub Alert, 7/13/15.]

The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue

Forsyth relates the many fascinating episodes of his life with joie de vivre and a disarming sense of wonder that will ring true with readers of his novels. Also recommended for those unfamiliar with Forsyth's fiction but intrigued by the rich observations and well-earned ruminations of a master of his craft. [See Prepub Alert, 4/27/15.]

The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett

Ward's focus on the origins of Hammett's writing style and his connecting the events of the author's background to the fiction are the highlights of this brief, accessible biography. Endnotes and a selected bibliography are useful for researchers and those wishing to dig deeper into the historical and cultural contexts underpinning Hammett's achievements. Highly recommended for readers of literary biography, mystery, and crime fiction.

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

A necessary work for any reader interested in 20th-century literature or literary biography. This completes the picture recently sketched out by Greg Bellow (Saul Bellow's Heart) and Saul himself in the collected nonfiction title There Is Simply Too Much To Think About (edited by Benjamin Taylor). [See Prepub Alert, 11/24/14.]

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