News in April 2021
News in April 2021
Sharon Stone’s THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE is featured in Time Magazine’s “How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good.” They write: “The most compelling passages…are the clear-eyed, and at times brutally honest, recollections of how [Stone’s] persevered in the wake of trauma inflicted not by nature or accident but by other people…In spite of Stone’s four decades in the industry, THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE is far from the glitzy account of Hollywood that readers might expect. Instead, it shows a woman who’s spent the majority of her years in the public eye seizing the opportunity to tell her story entirely on her own terms.” Knopf published the memoir on March 30, 2021.
Gabriela Garcia’s debut novel, OF WOMEN AND SALT, was chosen as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and hit the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction bestseller list at #19. Vanity Fair also included the novel in its April Books & Totes feature. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution praises Garcia’s “varied lyricism,” noting that “[t]he book dismantles a variety of myths, including the idea that Latino people are a monolith and function as one unified body,” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls the novel “[a] breathtaking narrative from an author whose voice is already as confident as that of more seasoned writers.” Flatiron Books published the novel on March 30, 2021.
Demi Moore’s INSIDE OUT is featured in Time Magazine’s “How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good.” They write: “One of the most apt examples of [the] approach to taking back control of the narrative, and an early example of this rising trend, may be Demi Moore’s 2019 memoir, INSIDE OUT. The prototype of an A-lister during the tabloid era, the actor was committed to laying bare even the most painful moments of her life in service of telling her full story, making for a read that was not only compelling but also nuanced in its bracing honesty.” Harper published the memoir on September 24, 2019.
Henry Porter’s THE OLD ENEMY was named a Book of the Month by The Sunday Times. They write: “This novel is at once an up-to-the-minute political novel about an emergent second Cold War, a timeless ripping espionage yarn and a continuation of the lives of characters who become richer with each appearance. It’s an impressive achievement and, as ever with Porter, told in an addictive blend of tangy dialogue and polished prose.” Atlantic Monthly Press will publish the book on June 8, 2021.
Lucy Ives’s story collection COSMOGONY was chosen as a Paris Review Staff Pick. Reviewer Jane Breakell writes: “[The] stories acknowledge that yes, things that seem awful are only human, but also, knowing this intellectually doesn’t really make it any easier emotionally. What does make it bearable—for this reader—is a beautifully honed sense of the absurd, which kept me smiling throughout much of this collection.” Soft Skull published the book on March 9, 2021.
BookPage has awarded Vince Granata’s EVERYTHING IS FINE a starred review, calling it “riveting”: “Granata writes with compassion, reflection and unsparing honesty of not only his brother’s metamorphosis but also his own transformation after the crime—how he was finally able to find his way back to his life, memories and love of his brother.” Atria Books will publish the memoir on April 27, 2021.
Audrey Clare Farley’s biography of Ann Cooper Hewitt, THE UNFIT HEIRESS, received a stellar review from Lady Science. The reviewer raves: “The most indicting feature of Farley’s book is not America’s eugenic past but America’s eugenic present…We don’t live on the ruins of eugenics; we live within it, twisting its language when the talk of ‘race’ and ‘genes’ is no longer publicly popular. This is a reality that many institutions, scientists, and everyday people in the U.S. have not reckoned with. In drawing a throughline from past to present, Farley forces readers to do so.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on April 20, 2021.
Carole Johnstone’s chilling suspense novel MIRRORLAND is a May Indie Next Pick. Pete Mock of McIntyre’s Fine Books in Pittsboro, NC says: “You will tie yourself in knots trying to figure out what’s happening in MIRRORLAND.” Scribner will publish the novel on April 20, 2021.
Yaara Shehori’s AQUARIUM received a rave from the Jewish Book Council. The reviewer writes: “In her hauntingly surreal debut novel translated from Hebrew, Yaara Shehori questions what it means to hear when hearing is a perpetual source of silence and othering…AQUARIUM ultimately offers a fear-less translation of the elusiveness of human experience, illuminating those rare moments of being that escape our preconception of beauty, even if they can’t be clearly understood the instant they pass through us.” Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published the book on April 13, 2021.
WHY WE BELIEVE author Agustín Fuentes joined Ben Folds on the first episode of the Lightening Bugs podcast, "Discovering the Evolution of Creativity and Why Monkeys Steal Things." Yale University Press published WHY WE BELIEVE published on September 24, 2019.
Publishers Weekly praises Matt Bell’s APPLESEED in the novel’s first trade review, writing that it “is an excellent addition to the climate apocalypse subgenre, and the way it grapples with humanity’s dramatic influence on the planet feels fresh and bracing.” Custom House will publish the book on July 13, 2021.
Olivia Laing’s forthcoming EVERYBODY has earned yet another starred review, this time from Booklist. They write: "Intrepid cultural critic Laing conducts incisive inquiries into complex subjects by assembling a galaxy of innovators with whom to commune. Here she takes a tangible approach to freedom by focusing on how our bodies—from the color of our skin to gender, illness, and sexual orientation—determine our place in society…Laing's finely crafted blend of incisive memoir and biography vitalize this unique chronicle of the endless struggle ‘to be free of oppression based on the kind of body’ one inhabits, a work of fresh and dynamic analysis and revelation.” W.W. Norton will publish the book on May 4, 2021.