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September 23, 2022

Jann S. Wenner’s memoir LIKE A ROLLING STONE debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list for the week of October 2, 2022, appearing at #6 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list and #7 on the Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction list. Little, Brown and Company published the book on September 13, 2022.

September 23, 2022

Rachel Aviv’s STRANGER TO OURSELVES received a rave review from The Wall Street Journal. Elizabeth Winkler writes: “The book unfolds in what are effectively case studies of subjects suffering from different disorders—depression, schizophrenia, psychosis—but these cases are not closed. They do not lend themselves to neat, scientific conclusions. Though the subjects come from different times and cultures, they all occupy what Ms. Aviv calls the ‘psychic hinterlands, the outer edges of human experience, where language tends to fail.’ Ms. Aviv wanders out to these far reaches, reporting with deep empathy and nuance on a category of experience that, she acknowledges, she might not have recognized ‘if I hadn’t been there myself’…Ms. Aviv paradoxically finds language for the most ineffable registers of human experience. She begins to name correctly what has been named wrongly. For a journalist, as for a psychiatrist, there is no higher achievement.” The book also received praise in a review from Wired, where Kate Knibbs writes: “If anyone knows the weight of stories, Aviv does. She’s a star New Yorker writer, capable of drilling into complicated, morally queasy situations and excavating definitive tales from the chaos…The strength of STRANGERS TO OURSELVES is in its engrossing case studies, which contribute vivid anecdotes to this ongoing conversation about the complex and perplexing nature of the mind…Aviv’s pain and empathy are palpable on the page; it is clear she doesn’t want to emphasize their differences but rather underline their fundamental similarity. She wants to end by pointing out, one last time, how porous the borders are between our stories.” Aviv also sat down for conversations and interviews with the LARB Radio Hour podcast, Shondaland, and The Maris Review podcast. Farrar, Straus and Giroux published STRANGERS TO OURSELVES on September 13, 2022.

September 23, 2022

Chelsea Manning’s forthcoming memoir README.txt was featured on the Oberver’s Fall Arts Preview. The citation reads: “It cannot be emphasized enough how many people are looking forward to [README.txt]…As a known whistle-blower, surveillance expert, and most certainly a woman with a full life, it makes perfect sense that she is putting out a memoir.” Farrar, Straus, and Giroux will publish the novel on October 18, 2022.

September 23, 2022

THE SEAPLANE ON FINAL APPROACH by Rebecca Rukeyser was reviewed by Anchorage Daily News. Reviewer Nancy Lord writes: “[A] dark but somehow still quite funny novel…[Rukeyser’s] descriptions are not only precise but rendered in the narrator’s particular, often peculiar, way of seeing and understanding…THE SEAPLANE ON FINAL APPROACH stars a complicated and engaging narrator against a well-wrought Alaska background. As it entertains, it also explores human nature and something about what draws people to Alaska.” Doubleday published the novel on June 7, 2021.

September 23, 2022

The New Yorker ran a beautiful profile on Namwali Serpell and her forthcoming novel, THE FURROWS. Lauren Michele Jackson writes: "Namwali Serpell's new novel reinvents the elegy...THE FURROWS (Hogarth), the fourth book and the second novel from Namwali Serpell, batters against the fixities of language like a moth at a windowpane...The novel’s engine is epistemic as well as emotional, Serpell being one of those novelists who have metabolized the quirks and the canniness of literary theory...Though the novel’s story lines turn and twist, the precision of Serpell’s language remains under exquisite control....The result is a novel that reclaims and refashions the genre of the elegy, charging it with as much eros as pathos. Furrows are the tracks we make and the tracks we cover up, and the shifting ground of Serpell’s novel denies every certainty save that the furrows are where we all live.” Elsewhere, THE FURROWS was featured on Fall previews and roundups from Observer, Lit Hub, The New York Times, and Harper’s Bazaar. Hogarth will publish the novel on September 27, 2022.

September 23, 2022

THE FIFTH ACT by Elliot Ackerman received a rave review from the Lincoln Journal Star. Reviewer J. Kemper Campbell writes: “Ackerman is a skilled writer…His graphic descriptions of he battles he fought in Afghanistan crackle with intensity, and his long-distance attempts to ensure last minute access for desperate Afghans trying to exit the airport using his many military contacts are achingly suspenseful...The true value of this book, however, is Ackerman’s hard-earned credibility as an observer of our Middle East foreign policy. Beginning with George Bush and ending with Joe Biden, no administration escapes his scathing commentary. His disgust with needless wars which cannot be won is palpable…This reviewer thanked Ackerman for his military service after reading his previous book. He now deserves another thanks for his service as a civilian.” Penguin Press published the book on August 9, 2022.

September 9, 2022

With its release date just on the horizon, Laura Warrell’s SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM is making a splash, hitting must-read and most-anticipated lists from Debutiful (“[an] unforgettable…novel whose writing should be studied. The language sings in every sentence”), Bustle (“stunning”), Kirkus ("[a] debut [with] music in [its] prose”), The Washington Post (“[an] engaging debut novel”), Lit Hub (“[a] deeply engaging multifocal debut novel”) and The Root. Warrell was also interviewed for both The Millions and The Los Angeles Times, discussing her inspirations for the novel, the challenges of conveying music on the page, her winding path to publication, and more. Lastly, the book was named one of Apple’s Best Books for September 2022. Pantheon will publish SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM on September 27, 2022.

September 9, 2022

Rachel Aviv’s nonfiction debut STRANGERS TO OURSELVES received a rave review from Jennifer Szalai for The New York Times Book Review. She writes: “Aviv’s narrative is so attuned to subtlety and complexity that any summary risks making it sound like she’s doing something she’s not. This isn’t an anti-psychiatry book — Aviv is too aware of the specifics of any situation to succumb to anything so sweeping and polemical. What she does is recognize the multiplicity of stories that attach to her subjects’ experiences, exploring a variety of interpretations instead of jumping at the impulse to explain them away...STRANGERS TO OURSELVES delicately balances two truths that prove remarkably difficult to hold in tandem…[and] is a book-length demonstration of Aviv’s extraordinary ability to hold space for the ‘uncertainty, mysteries and doubt’ of others.” The book was also featured on The New York Times’ compilation of “18 Books Coming in September.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publishe the book on September 13, 2022.

September 9, 2022

Praise is rolling in for Meg Howrey’s THEY’RE GOING TO LOVE YOU ahead of its publication. The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly: “Howrey delivers a poignant family alienation, regret, and desire…[F]raught scenes provoke staggering bursts of emotion…Howrey expertly builds tension, leading the reader to feel alongside Carlisle both the draw of ballet and her anxiety about her reunion with her father. It’s a breathtaking performance.” The book was featured on The Seattle Times’ must-read books for this fall, alongside generous praise: “[A] stirring coming-of-age tale…Howrey’s writing is precise and eloquent, like finely tuned ballet, but above all, this soul-stirring novel is about love, loyalty, and one’s lifelong relationship to art.” Lastly, the novel was reviewed by Sophie Bress for Fjord, who writes: “Rooted in authenticity, nuance, and honesty…By addressing issues like lack of recognition and pay for choreographers, the lack of female choreographers in ballet, and ballet’s body biases, Howrey not only weaves a poignant story, she makes a statement about the way things are and the ways things need to change.” Doubleday will publish THEY’RE GOING TO LOVE YOU on November 15, 2022.

September 9, 2022

COSMOGONY author Lucy Ives’ forthcoming novel LIFE IS EVERYWHERE is making waves ahead of its fall publication. The book has been featured on most-anticipated lists from Publishers Weekly and The Los Angeles Times, the latter of which praises Ives' "enthralling emotional and psychological acuity, a seemingly bottomless store of knowledge and a thrilling wit." An excerpt of the novel was published on Granta. Ives also wrote a commissioned work of flash fiction entitled "The Sound," which appeared in The Atlantic's first edition of its "Shorter Stories" online series. Graywolf Press will publish the novel on October 4, 2022.