News - Book Reviews
News - Book Reviews
The New York Times Book Review praises THE NEXT CIVIL WAR by Stephen Marche. Reviewer Ian Bassin writes: “[THE NEXT CIVIL WAR] should be required reading for anyone invested in preserving our 246-year experiment in self-government...The book alternates between fictional dispatches from a coming social breakdown and digressions that support its predictions with evidence from the present. The effect is twofold: The narrative delivers Cormac McCarthy-worthy drama; while the nonfictional asides imbue that drama with the authority of documentary.” Simon & Schuster published the book on January 4, 2022.
In advance of its UK publication, Jakob Guanzon’s ABUNDANCE was featured in the Irish Independent’s Books section and named one of the “4 Best Debut Novels Coming in 2022” by The Daily Telegraph: “Guanzon carefully builds a character with at least one tragic flaw, searching for dignity and clarity. The honest and tender scenes with his son form the novel’s heart and soul, but it is also ignited by tense crime-novel confrontations and some brilliantly sustained descriptions of down-at-heel discount America.” Graywolf Press published the book in the US on March 2, 2021, and Dialogue Books will publish the book in the UK on February 3, 2022.
Publishers Weekly praises REFUSE TO BE DONE by Matt Bell. The reviewer writes: “[A] heartening guide to writing a novel…[W]riters intimidated by the process will find solace in the case [Bell] makes that while good writing is not easy, putting one’s whole self into a novel is an ‘incredible’ joy. Budding novelists, take note.” Soho Press will publish the book on March 8, 2022.
Publishers Weekly awarded a starred review to Daniel Werb’s forthcoming book THE INVISIBLE SEIGE. The reviewer writes: “Epidemiologist Werb (CITY OF OMENS) takes a page-turning and unsettling look at the history of coronaviruses…This is a unique and valuable addition to the expanding body of work on COVID-19.” Crown will publish the book on March 1, 2022.
Winner of the Philippines National Book Award on its original release in 1997, BIBLIOLEPSY by Gina Apostol celebrated its U.S. publication this month. Writer and critic Idra Novey wrote a comprehensive review of the book for The New York Times Book Review, praising it as an “audacious first novel…[evoking] ‘reading’s endlessly replenishable boon.’” The book was also included on must-read lists from Ms. Magazine, Bustle, The A.V. Club, and more. Soho Press published the book on January 4, 2022.
THE LAST SLAVE SHIP by Ben Raines has earned two starred early reviews ahead of its publication. Publishers Weekly calls the book a “riveting chronicle” and “an evocative and informative tale of exploitation, deceit, and resilience.” Meanwhile, Kirkus praises Raines for writing a “highly readable, elucidating narrative that investigates all the layers of a traumatic history.” Simon & Schuster will publish the book on January 25, 2022.
Publishers Weekly awarded Grace Farris’ upcoming MOM MILESTONES a starred review, raving: "[A] clever illustrated take on first-time motherhood... Farris successfully upends the idea of a baby milestone tracker by turning it into an often amusing but sincere and affirming take on motherhood. This is a no-brainer for parents of all experience levels." Publishers Weekly also featured Farris in their recurring “PW Talks” Q&A feature. On the subject of adding “light-heartedness…to the intense experiences of first-time motherhood,” Farris said: “There’s a lot of stuff that you experience in isolation when you’re going through early motherhood, and you think that you’re experiencing something that’s very unique. But really, a lot of it is universal. The cheerful drawings and humor are a way to find a bright side in some of the stuff that can be really demoralizing about becoming a new mom.” Workman Publishing Company will publish the book on March 29, 2022.
Tanaïs's forthcoming IN SENSORIUM was lauded by Kirkus Reviews. They rave: "A novelist and perfume maker serves up a lyrical memoir, sensuous and sensual, that crosses decades and continents. Tanaïs, author of the acclaimed novel BRIGHT LINES, brings a millennial sensibility—and a rejection of outmoded mores—to their work as a sharp observer of the world. Refusing old binaries, they move freely among peoples who are bitterly divided...Readers with an interest in such things will learn, through Tanaïs’ elegant prose, just about everything about sandalwood essences, rhododendron incense, and ‘perfume as fluid as language, as lineage, as rivers of sweat’… A heady pleasure of language in love with the author’s many subjects, and perfectly suited to them.” Mariner Books will publish the book on February 22, 2022.
National Book Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez wrote a glowing review of Hermione Hoby’s novel VIRTUE for the December issue of The New York Review of Books. Nunez praises VIRTUE for its “psychological acuity” and “Nabokovian eye for beauty,” with a “delightful…deliberately parched, matter-of-fact style.” Nunez also applauds the novel’s “skillfully drawn” characters, “each possessing a distinctive, nuanced personality and a complicated psyche,” adding: “Hoby’s gift for sensual description makes us feel we know them viscerally.” Riverhead Books published VIRTUE on July 20, 2021.
MICKEY7, Edward Ashton’s forthcoming science fiction adventure novel, received an early positive review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer writes: “Ashton (THE END OF ORDINARY) crafts a unique hero in amateur historian Mickey Barnes, the breezy narrator of this far-flung, far-future adventure…Sci-fi readers will be drawn in by the inventive premise and stick around for the plucky narrator.” St. Martin’s press will publish the book on February 15, 2022.