Albom, Philbrick, Picoult, & More | Barbara's Picks, Oct. 2018

Albom, Mitch. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Harper. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062294449. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294463. lrg. prnt. CD. VISIONARY FICTION Remember little Annie, whose life was saved by war veteran–turned–amusement park mechanic Eddie in Albom’s blockbuster The Five People You Meet in Heaven? Now, after a terrible accident on her wedding night, she’s heaven-bound herself and about to meet the man who died saving her. With a big tour to cities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Michigan, plus Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego and St. Louis. Berney, Lou. November Road. Morrow. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062663849. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062663870. lrg. prnt. THRILLER Street lieutenant to New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello, Frank Guidry runs fast when John F. Kennedy is assassinated; he’s just been to Dallas for Marcello, whose associates are now ending up dead. Planning to disappear in Las Vegas, he stops to help a beautiful woman who’s leaving her drunk husband with daughters and dog in tow. A fugitive road trip! Following the Edgar Award–winning The Long and Faraway Gone; with a 100,000-copy first printing. De Hart, Jane Sherron. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life. Knopf. Oct. 2018. 768p. ISBN 9781400040483; ebk. ISBN 9780525521594. Downloadable. BIOGRAPHY Professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, De Hart (coauthor, Women’s America) spent 15 years interviewing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family, friends, and associates to write this biography. A big story, from Ginsburg’s growing up Jewish during World War II to her work with the ACLU’s women’s rights project to her ascension to the Supreme Court; with a 40,000-copy first printing. Ellis, Joseph J. American Dialogue: The Founding Fathers and Us. Knopf. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385353427. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353434. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. HISTORY Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Ellis examines contemporary issues by asking, “What would the Founding Fathers think?” Here are Jefferson on racism, Adams on economic inequality, Washington on American imperialism, and Madison on the doctrine of original intent, addressing interpretations of the Constitution. A way out of the paralysis of contemporary political discussion? With a 150,000-copy first printing. Grann, David. The White Darkness. Doubleday. Oct. 2018. 144p. ISBN 9780385544573. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780385544580. HISTORY After Killers of the Flower Moon, an LJ Best Book and National Book Award and Carnegie Medal of Excellence finalist, Grann changes course to chronicle the Antarctic adventures of Henry Worsley. A British special forces officer obsessed with famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, Worsley launched Antarctic expeditions in 2008 and 2015, becoming the first person to have successfully trekked Shackleton’s routes across the great white continent. Leavy, Jane. The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created. Harper. Oct. 2018. 560p. ISBN 9780062380227. $32.50; ebk. ISBN 9780062380241. lrg. prnt. CD. BIOGRAPHY The New York Times best-selling author of Sandy Koufax and The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, former sportscaster Leavy takes on the biggest baseball legend of all, the man Roger Angell called “the model for modern celebrity.” Not just the story of Babe Ruth but of how America came to create its heroes; with a 500,000-copy first printing MacGregor, Neil. Living with the Gods: 40,000 Years of Peoples, Objects and Beliefs. Knopf. Oct. 2018. 512p. ISBN 9780525521464. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780525521471. HISTORY Former director of the British Museum, MacGregor again deploys the template that made A History of the World in 100 Objects and his subsequent titles such a success: he uses objects throughout the ages and the places they're found to explore a specific idea. Here it’s faith as a means of understanding our place in the cosmos, with an eye to both shared narratives and the clash of those that differ. With a 35,000-copy first printing. Perry, Sarah. Melmoth. Custom House: Morrow. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062856395. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062856418. lrg. prnt. GOTHIC Following the internationally best-selling The Essex Serpent, which made lots of Best and Notable lists, Perry crafts a literary gothic that opens in Prague, where Helen Franklin works as a translator after abandoning England. She and friend Karel discover a letter referencing Melmoth the Witness, a little-known folkloric figure who wanders through time, enticing malcontents to join her lonely walk. Is Melmoth real? Is she watching Helen? Why has Karel vanished? Multiple settings down the ages; with a 100,000-copy first printing. Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown. Viking. Oct. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780525426769. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698153226. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. HISTORY Chronicling the final, fateful year of the Revolutionary War, National Book Award winner Philbrick highlights Gen. George Washington’s military mastery in understanding that he couldn’t win the war without French naval power and shows how the Battle of the Chesapeake—fought without a single American ship—made the victory at Yorktown possible. Picoult, Jodi. A Spark of Light. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780345544988. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780345544995. Downloadable. WOMEN’S FICTION The author of nine consecutive No. 1 New York Times best sellers, with sales up nearly 50 percent between 2014’s Leaving Time and 2016’s Small Great Things, Picoult returns with topical fiction involving a gunman taking hostages at a women’s reproductive health services clinic. What’s especially tough for Hugh McElroy, the police hostage negotiator, is that daughter Wren is inside the clinic. With a focus on characters, from the medical staff to the patients to the gunman himself.

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