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Bina Venkataraman’s THE OPTIMIST’S TELESCOPE is reviewed by the New York Times, named a ‘book of the month’ by the Financial Times, excerpted in TIME magazine, and is one of Adam Grant’s recommended reads on LinkedIn. Her stellar TED Talk  and appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe are well worth the watch.

Inspired by the relationships built among families who adopted children from the same  orphanage in rural China, author of the picture book A CRAZY MUCH LOVE Joy Jordan-Lake shares her experiences in Working Mother magazine.

Launching with interviews on NPR/KQED’s Forum, CBS Radio, KALW, KGO-TV AND KPFA, excerpts in The Guardian and CrimeReads, and a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle, Vivian Ho’s THOSE WHO WANDER digs into the epidemic surrounding America’s lost street kids.

Phyllis Fagell’s MIDDLE SCHOOL MATTERS ‘must read’ (Booklist) is featured in the Chicago Tribune and offers wisdom for parents and educators in her can’t-miss contributions to the Washington Post’s On Parenting column.

WORLD CLASS author Teru Clavel talks about education around the world on NBC’s Today. Tune in to see her discuss international education with Fareed Zakaria on CNN soon too.

Rick Atkinson’s new book in the Revolution Trilogy, THE BRITISH ARE COMING, became an instant bestseller upon publication. The New York Times Book Review featured a Joe Ellis review on its cover and interviewed him on their podcast, the Washington Post reviewed and ran an opinion piece by George Will, and Scott Simon conducted a long onsite interview in Lexington, Massachusetts with Atkinson for NPR’s Weekend Edition. Look for Rick on his 20+ city tour this spring and fall!

Candace Bushnell asks IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY? on Good Morning America and in the New York Times and People Magazine. Popsugar,, Entertainment Weekly, Porter, and Newsday include  IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY? in their best books of summer features, and Bushnell is part of recent features in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Style Section.

Victims’ rights attorney Carrie Goldberg and her vital new book, NOBODY’S VICTIM are featured in Elle, The Guardian, New York Times, The Cut, and on WNYC’s All of it with Allison Stewart. Both The Lily and Medium have run excellent excerpts, Book Riot and Esquire include it in their best books of summer roundups, and pre-pub reviews have been universally exceptional in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.

After appearing on NBC’s Today with her husband, Willie Geist, Christina Geist’s second children’s book SORRY GROWNUPS, YOU CAN’T GO TO SCHOOL! hits the bestseller list! The mom, entrepreneur and author sat down with Mika Brzenzinski for a [Know Your Value] conversation on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. And here Willie and Christina talk about their long-lasting relationship in Glamour.

NBC’s Today introduced THE PLAZA by Julie Satow with a decadent tour of the iconic hotel. Stellar reviews and features rolled out in the New York Times Book Review,, Vulture, Town and CountryNew York Daily News, Newsday, and the New York Post. And excerpts in Travel & Leisure, Bloomberg’s Businessweek, and rounded out the media trifecta to launch on of Time magazine’s “must reads of the summer.”

William Dameron’s debut memoir THE LIE is featured in both an excerpt and interview in Salon and reviewed by the New York Times Book Review. Dameron’s essay on his evolving relationship with his daughters after coming out can be found in the New York Times Well Family section, and tune into this hour long interview with WBAI’s Leonard Lopate at Large.

Susan Richards Shreve’s MORE NEWS TOMORROW made the New York Times’ New & Noteworthy column, and is one of the ‘Best Books of Summer according to The Week and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It’s a People magazine ‘Pick of the Week’ and received terrific pre-publication reviews in Kirkus (starred!), Shelf Awareness and Library Journal.

Marcia Butler’s PICKLE’S PROGRESS is featured in Refinery29’s Best Books of April and Vulture’s notable releases, and 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.”

The extraordinary story of a midwestern zoo gone amiss at the heart of ZOO NEBRASKA by Carson Vaughan is told in these features in New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in excerpts in Pacific Standard and Lit Hub. Publishers Weekly calls it “a resonant, at times heart-wrenching tale of small-town Americana… 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.”

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.”  Inside Hook, Vanity, Booklist, Bustle and put CALM SEA on their best books lists. Paris Review Daily runs Honor Moore’s afterword, and the Wall Street Journal and Full Stop run rave reviews.

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, 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.

“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, 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 covered 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.”

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. calls Kevin Powers “a hell of a writer,” and says A SHOUT IN THE RUINS “is nothing short of brilliant.” And PBS Newshour airs Power’s In My Humble Opinion essay, “When Memorial Day Becomes Every Day.”

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.

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. 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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