News in January 2021
News in January 2021
NEIGHBORS, Danielle Steel’s latest novel, made its debut on the New York Times Bestseller list for the week of January 24th. The book debuted at number 2 on the Hardcover Fiction list and number 3 on the Combined Print & E-book Fiction list. Delacorte Press published the book on January 5, 2021.
Robert Jones Jr.’s THE PROPHETS is enjoying a wealth of praise from Kirkus, Linda's Book Bag, Paperback Paris, and Beyond the Bookends. Kirkus calls the book “an ambitious, imaginative, and important tale of Black queerness through history,” while Linda’s Book Bag writes: “Robert Jones Jr’s writing is sumptuous, even when he is describing the most unpalatable scenes or truths. Descriptions are vivid, poetic and haunting and each seems imbued with emotional depth making for a truly remarkable read.” Jones Jr. was also interviewed by Late Night Lit, the Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast. G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on January 5, 2021.
Rachel Beanland’s debut novel FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER is the winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Prize, which honors a debut work of fiction each year. The novel has also been a Barnes & Noble Book Club pick, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a USA Today’s “Best Books of 2020.” Simon & Schuster published the hardcover edition on July 7, 2020, and will publish the paperback edition on June 1, 2021.
Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry, authors of the forthcoming THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, have been featured in the New York Times for their popular podcast, The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry. Emma Dibdin writes: “If you like your science stories with a side of Sherlock Holmes-esque intrigue, look no further than this charming BBC series. Hosted by the ‘science sleuths’ Dr. Adam Rutherford and Dr. Hannah Fry, ‘The Curious Cases’ sees the duo tackle listener-submitted scientific mysteries, many of which you may have wondered yourself (why do we find noises like a fork scraping a plate so unbearable?) and others you may never have thought of (how many hamsters on wheels would it take to power London?). No matter the subject matter, the hosts’ chemistry and wry rapport makes every episode a delight.” W.W. Norton & Company will publish the book on November 2, 2021.
David S. Reynolds’ ABE: ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN HIS TIMES is a finalist for the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. The Prize has been awarded annually to a work that enhances the general public’s understanding of the Civil War era. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 12 – the 212th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birthday. Penguin Press published the book on September 29, 2020.
Historian Audrey Clare Farley’s biography of American socialite Ann Cooper Hewitt, THE UNFIT HEIRESS, has received its first trade reviews. Kirkus calls the book “Shocking […] a disturbing yet thought-provoking tale of family strife and ethically unsound medical practice,” and Publishers Weekly writes: “Farley sets a brisk pace and persuasively reimagines the dynamic between Ann and Maryon. This is an eye-opening portrait of an obscure yet fascinating case.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on April 20, 2021.
Kirkus praises THE WASTE-FREE WORLD by Ron Gonen, writing: "Advocating a point without descending into mere rhetoric, [Gonen] ventures a well-reasoned case for changing our ways as producers and consumers. Green-minded readers will learn much from Gonen’s investigations." Portfolio will publish the book on April 6, 2021.
James Rickards’ THE NEW GREAT DEPRESSION is a national bestseller, debuting on Publishers Weekly's hardcover nonfiction list at #14 and ranked #5 on the Wall Street Journal’s hardcover business list. The Financial Times praises the book, writing: “Rickards...makes the important point that depressions are as much psychological as numeric…This is…a bracing collection of salvos and boutades – also one with many genuine insights, which make it an enjoyable book to argue with. Let’s just hope that the next 30 years are less bleak than Mr. Rickards expects.” Portfolio published the book on January 12, 2021.
FREEDOM FROM THE MARKET author Mike Konczal joined host Matthew Yglesias on The Weeds podcast to “talk about the past, present, and future of public affordances in America, and discuss the shifts in political imagination that could inaugurate a new era of public programs in the earnest interest of benefitting Americans.” The New Press published the book on January 12, 2021.
Amina Cain’s INDELICACY has been longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. This year’s judges are the T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Roger Robinson, the Irish writer, editor and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson, and novelist and short story writer Jon McGregor. The shortlist will be announced on February 10th, and the winner on March 24th. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published the book on February 11, 2020.
David Goodwillie’s novel KINGS COUNTY is a finalist for the Gotham Book Prize. The annual award was created to encourage and honor writing about New York City in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Avid Reader Press published the book on July 28, 2020.
Georgia Clark’s next rom-com, IT HAD TO BE YOU, has received another glowing endorsement, this time from New York Times bestselling CHELSEA GIRLS and THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE author Fiona Davis. “Clark has concocted a heady kaleidoscope of romance, heartbreak, and healing that’s both rich in insight and enchantingly funny,” Davis declares. “A magical set of intertwined stories that speaks to our times.” Emily Bestler Books will publish the novel on May 4, 2021.