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Marcia Butler’s PICKLE’S PROGRESS is featured in Refinery29’s Best Books of April and Vulture’s notable releases: “A wild ride. A suicide, an Upper West Side brownstone, and twin brothers come together in this surprising and trenchant debut,” and NPR.org calls it a “surprising and audacious debut novel.” Kirkus says it “starts with a crash then slows as the characters’ personalities develop,” and Booklist says, “With detached wit and restrained horror at her characters’ behavior, Butler explores the volatile nature of identity in this provocative novel.” 

This Wall Street Journal review raves that in ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED “Katharine Smyth pulls off a tricky double homage in her beautifully written first book, a deft blend of memoir, biography and literary criticism that’s a gift to readers,” and The Washington Post calls it “a transcendent book, not a simple meditation on one woman’s loss, but a reflection on all of our losses, on loss itself, on how to remember and commemorate our dead.” Smyth’s memoir was named one of the best books of January by Town and Country, Bustle, Nylon, TimeTory BurchHuffPost, and BookRiot. It was excerpted in The Paris Review and LitHub, and reviewed by Time, Vulture, Bookpage, and The Boston Globe who called it “a powerful book, driven by the engine of Smyth’s controlled, rich description.”

BuzzFeed features Bette Howland’s first book in 30 years, CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE, in its Spring preview. The early reviews are all stars and raves: Kirkus calls it “a remarkable literary voice rediscovered,” Publishers Weekly writes “This is a collection to savor, and Howland is an author to celebrate,” and Booklist raves “Much like Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women, this story collection reinstates a long overlooked artist of live-wire incisiveness, shredding wit, and improbable beauty.” 

Vanessa McGrady’s ROCK NEEDS RIVER: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption has been featured on Read It Forward and CBC Radio, and in the New York Post. The Washington Post listed it in their “10 Books to Read this February,” saying that “McGrady chronicles her non-fairytale path to parenthood with uncommon candor,” and Kirkus calls it “an expressive and love-filled tale of a unique adoption scenario… the conversational tone makes the reader feel like a trusted friend.”   

ZOO NEBRASKA by Carson Vaughan is “a resonant, at times heart-wrenching tale of small-town Americana,” writes Publishers Weekly. “Vaughan’s nuanced, poignant storytelling provides a sobering take on what happens when the best intentions go awry.” And Kirkus calls it “a thoughtful meditation that will appeal to animal lovers and readers interested in tales of small communities coming together.”

Newsweek features a cover excerpt from James Donovan’s SHOOT FOR THE MOON, and an excerpt appears in Salon. It was also featured in the Dallas Morning News, Garden & Gun, and on Space.com, Midnight in the Desert radio, Blue Dot Podcast, Coast to Coast AM, the Jim Bohanon Show, and on C-SPAN’s Book TV. In their starred reviews, Publishers Weekly writes “this is a perfect volume to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and all that led up to it,” and Booklist says “Donovan’s history is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration of the Apollo mission. Kirkus celebrates it as a “welcome addition to the literature of space exploration.”

Refinery29 and PopSugar both name FUTURE PERFECT by Victoria Loustalot one the “Best Books” of winter. Salon’s interview digs into the unexpected lessons learned as Loustalot researched the book, interviewing shaman, mystics, psychics and more. Kirkus Review’s starred review calls it “Witty and occasionally irreverent…. Where she ends up on the divide between proof and faith is fascinating.” And Thrive Global runs a excerpt entitled “Advice is Overrated” just in time for the new year.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier tells her harrowing story in UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. To launch her book Speier shared her journey with interviewers on CBS Sunday Morning, Today, PBS Newshour, Andrea Mitchell Reports, and NPR, and in the pages of Politico, Roll Call and the New York Post. And here she tells her courageous story of resilience with Dr. Oz.

Real Simple names Jaclyn Gilbert’s debut novel, LATE AIR, one of their 5 Best Books About Running. Her essays appear in LitHub and Tin House, who call her piece one of the “most daring things [she’s] ever put into words.” And Gilbert is also interviewed on PEN and Longreads.

“One of the boldest voices in American fiction,” Ben Fountain’s BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN received rave reviews in The New York Review of Books, Commonweal, and the Washington Post. The Associated Press and Publishers Weekly highlighted it in their fall previews, and in their starred reviews Booklist calls it “pithy and profound,” and Publishers Weekly says it is “the best portrait yet of an astounding election. BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN was named one of the Best Books of 2018 in The Guardian, Lit Hub, and Shelf Awareness. 

In its rave review  the New York Times calls Bill Cunningham’s FASHION CLIMBING, “an unexpected gift… a Strunk and White of chic,” an “obscenely enjoyable romp,” writes Simon Doonan in the New York Times Book Review. T Magazine and Town & Country run thoughtful appreciation essays and Vogue excerpts, EW.com chronicles the incredible story behind the secret memoir, InStyle highlights the 7 surprising things they learned, and Vanity Fair declares “Cunningham’s book seems to sit entirely apart from the vast canon of fashion memoirs.”

Parker Posey’s memoir, YOU’RE ON AN AIRPLANE, is just out with coverage in Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer Book Preview, a New York Times Magazine interview, Washington Post Style section feature, Vogue review, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, and a 5-page spread in People Magazine. Her interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is a must-watch, and here’s a completely charming interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Dr. Dan Siegel discusses the science behind meditation and his latest bestseller, AWARE, with Dr. Phil. Yoga Journal runs an excerpt on how meditation can change your life, and tune into the nature of consciousness on Spirituality and Health’s podcast

The Washington Post calls Katharine Weber’s STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY “a beautifully wrought paean of praise for the ordinary pleasures taken for granted by the able-bodied.” Amazon Book Review cites Weber as “an expert stylist who takes an admirably detached view of the high stakes in this plot.” And Kirkus’s starred review raves it is “possibly the best work yet from an always stimulating writer.”

Stanford professor James Fishkin’s Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Yes, Ordinary Citizens Can Decide Complex Issues,” is adapted from his book DEMOCRACY WHEN THE PEOPLE ARE THINKING.

The Memphis Flyer calls Inman Majors’ PENELOPE LEMON “a diverting page-turner.” It’s one of Read it Forward’s Favorite Reads of August, Kirkus calls it “a light and lively send up of modern woes,” the Knoxville News Sentinel says “Majors’ mixture of ‘saints and sinners’…is a laugh out loud read,” and Nashville Scene calls it “saucy and profane and funny on every page.”

In OBAMA: An Oral History 2009-2017, Brian Abrams offers an unprecedented insider view of the Obama White House and administration. Here, Abrams shares his secrets in Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and The Daily Beast’s juicy excerpt details “How the GOP screwed Obama on immigration reform.”

The stories in Valerie Trueblood’s TERRARIUM: New and Selected Stories are “small on the outside, but once you’ve stepped through the door they expand in all directions until, by the end, surely it’s a novel you just finished reading,” writes the New York Times Book Review. Read an excerpt on Lit Hub, as well as these stunning reviews in Publisher’s Weekly–comparing Trueblood to Alice Munro and Lydia Davis, Bustle, and the Seattle Times.

General Michael Hayden explores THE ASSAULT ON INTELLIGENCE in his must-read excerpt in The New York Times, as well as on NPR, CNN, and CBS This Morning. Here he discusses our national intelligence crisis on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and on NPR’s 1A.

NPR.org calls Kevin Powers “a hell of a writer,” and says A SHOUT IN THE RUINS “is nothing short of brilliant.” The San Francisco Chronicle writes that it “sizzles with authentic tragedy, realism and unreconciled memory.  PBS Newshour airs Power’s In My Humble Opinion essay, “When Memorial Day Becomes Every Day.” A Kirkus starred review makes comparisons to Faulkner, and Library Journal’s starred review calls it “a masterly meditation on our unbreakable connection to a world predicated on cyclical violence.”

Andrew Lawler’s op-ed “Virginia Dare and the Myth of American Whiteness” runs in the Washington Post, and National Geographic runs an excerpt from THE SECRET TOKEN: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony. Here he offers insight into who really founded America in this USA Today op-ed.

“Better Call Saul Meets La Leche League in this creative… harrowing account of [Baker’s] childbearing years at the center of the Midwestern methamphetamine crisis,” writes Kirkus Reviews of Laura Jean Baker’s debut, THE MOTHERHOOD AFFIDAVITS. Baker also shares her humor and wisdom in pieces on Salon, Washington Post’s On Parenting, and Scary Mommy.

Time Magazine runs a timely excerpt from high powered divorce lawyer James Sexton’s IF YOU’RE IN MY OFFICE, IT’S ALREADY TOO LATE, entitled “Facebook is a Cheating Machine.” And here Sexton helps “Steve” viewers answer their toughest relationship questions. Here’s Sexton on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and Good Morning America, as well as a juicy feature in the New York Post and his essay, “Is Marriage Ruining Your Sex Life?” in Psychology Today.

The Washington Post calls Christopher Potter’s THE EARTH GAZERS a “beautifully written overview of our voyage into the heavens,” and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Potter and Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins.

In this Time.com op-ed, psychotherapist, mental health consultant for AMC’s Mad Men, and author of IT’S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION, Hilary Jacobs Hendel shows couples how emotion science can ease the pressure of creating the perfect Valentine’s Day.

Jillian Medoff’s THIS COULD HURT launches with a rave review in the Washington Post, and as one of EW.com‘s Books to Read in January 2018. Popsugar, Book Riot, and Southern Living all include it as one of the most anticipated books of 2018. And check out Medoff’s voracious reading habits in this Shelf Awareness Reading With Q&A.

Naima Coster’s HALSEY STREET is one of People Magazine’s Best New Books, and is a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Award.

Dr. Jennifer Taitz advises readers HOW TO BE SINGLE AND HAPPY in the NY Post, San Francisco Chronicle and on Buzzfeed. Here she writes about how to avoid loneliness in Time.com.

PBS Newshour divulges “How Rupi Kaur Became a Hero to Millions of Young Women.” THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and continues to dominate, along with MILK AND HONEY. See features on NPR’s Morning Edition and in the New York Times Style section, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Bustle, Women’s Wear Daily and Teen Vogue.

 

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