Latino Stories has included Michael Zapata, author of THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU, on their 2020 list of "Top Ten 'New' Latino Latinx Authors You, Your Family, and Teachers Need To Read." They write: "This first book by Michael Zapata, of Ecuadorian and Jewish heritage, thrives in its liminality and invites us to explore what it means to be in exile." Hanover Square Press published the book on February 4, 2020.
Taking the reader beyond the hit Netflix series Narcos, MANHUNTERS presents Steve Murphy’s and Javier F. Peña’s history in law enforcement, from their rigorous physical training and their early DEA assignments in Miami and Austin to the Escobar mission in Medellin, Colombia. St. Martin’s Press published the hardcover edition on November 12, 2019, and will publish the paperback edition on November 17, 2020.
Becky Cooper’s WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE published this week after a flurry of incredible press leading up to its release. Cooper held a virtual launch via Politics & Prose in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning-author Ron Chernow, and Harvard Bookstore will host an event with her and author Patrick Radden Keefe on November 13. The book received excellent reviews from the Boston Globe, NPR, and USA Today, excerpts were featured in Town & Country, CrimeReads, and AARP.com, and Salon and Vogue.com both released interviews with Cooper. Grand Central Publishing published the book on November 10, 2020.
THE LAST DRUID, which is the final novel in Terry Brooks’ long-running SHANNARA series, made its debut this past weekend on the New York Times Bestseller list. It debuted at number 12 on the Combined Print and E-book Fiction list and at number 15 on the Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list. Del Rey published the book on October 20, 2020.
HUMANKIND by Rutger Bregman was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. “This was unquestionably a challenging year for all the obvious reasons,” said 2021 Selection Committee Chair Bill Kelly in an October 26 statement. “And yet, in the end, reading proved to be just the balm one needs to sustain us, to give hope and strength and resilience in the face of an oppressively uncertain future. In that sense, 2020 was a great year to be a reader of outstanding books, and the Carnegie committee sincerely hopes that others will find the same power we did in the books on this year’s longlist.” The shortlist will be released November 17, 2020, with winners being announced on February 4, 2021. Little, Brown and Company published the book on June 2, 2020.
Historian Audrey Clare Farley’s biography of Ann Cooper Hewitt, THE UNFIT HEIRESS, has received two stunning bits of praise. #1 New York Times bestselling author Susannah Calahan calls the book “a sensational story told with nuance and humanity with clear reverberations to the presentt” and “a necessary call to remember the high stakes and terrible history of the longstanding fight for control over women's bodies.” Meanwhile, New York Times bestselling author Luke Dittrich raves: “Audrey Clare Farley has accomplished the rare feat of writing a book that is as thought-provoking as it is page-turning.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on April 20, 2021.
Less than a week out from publication, the New York Times published a stunning feature on Becky Cooper’s WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, detailing Cooper’s decade-long research into the death of Harvard grad student Jane Britton and the college’s role in her murder investigation. Critic Emily Eakin calls the book “a true-crime procedural and a record of its author’s all-consuming obsession,” noting that “is also, more unusually, a young woman’s reckoning with an institution whose mythic reputation belies unsavory secrets.” The book has also been named a best book of November by Shondaland, Amazon Books, Town & Country, the Washington Post, and countless other outlets. Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
The revised edition of Kiese Laymon’s HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA is one of the most anticipated releases of November, appearing on must-read lists in Book Riot, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and the Millions. The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that the essay collection “reflects the current moment…[and] in so doing it also reflects the bitter past.” Meanwhile, while a starred review from Library Journal calls the book “[a] profound work…moving and meditative, this reckoning on Blackness, manhood, and self adds to Laymon's legacy as an influential writer." Scribner will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s TIGHTROPE has been nominated for Best Nonfiction in the opening round of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. Knopf published the book on January 14, 2020.
THE IMMORTALITY KEY by Brian Muraresku was featured at the very top of Goop’s newsletter – which goes to millions – and on The Goop Podcast, where Elise Loehnen describes the book as "completely [captivating]." VICE published an interview with Muraresku, where they spoke with him about “THE IMMORTALITY KEY, the LSD rituals of Ancient Greece, and trippy wine.” Muraresku also appeared on Sirius XM with Jenny McCarthy, who calls Muraresku “the chosen one," and on Andrew Sullivan’s The Dischcast. St. Martin’s Press published THE IMMORTALITY KEY on September 29, 2020.