THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow is Anthony Doerr’s selection for The Guardian’s compilation of guest authors’ favorite books of the year. Doerr writes: “David Graeber and David Wengrow offer an engrossing series of insights into how ‘the conventional narrative of human history is not only wrong, but quite needlessly dull.’ They re-inject humanity into our distant forebears.” Science News also named THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING one of their favorite books of 2021, praising: “This provocative history challenges the conventional wisdom that societies progressed through a series of stages that inevitably led to inequalities — instead arguing that people have experimented with a variety of social systems since the Stone Age.” Farrar, Straus, & Giroux published the book on November 9, 2021 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
UNWINDING ANXIETY by Judson Brewer is one of The New York Times’ “8 Favorite Books in 2021 for Healthy Living.” Columnist Tara Parker-Pope writes: “Dr. Brewer, the director of research and innovation at the Mindfulness Center at Brown, is my go-to source for insights about anxiety and stress because he always has simple, science-based hacks to help calm the mind…Dr. Brewer’s innovative approach in his new book is to view anxiety as a habit that can be broken — or at least interrupted, and he offers a step-by-step plan for how to do it.” Avery published the book on March 9, 2021.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. has been recognized on a plethora of best-of lists for 2021, including lists from The New York Times, TIME (“a tender and passionate story of queer Black love, told with a lyricism that justifies the many comparisons to Toni Morrison [Jones Jr.] has received”), NPR, Amazon Books, BookPage, The Orange County Register, and Debutiful. G. P. Putnam’s Sons published the novel on January 5, 2021.
Maggie Nelson's ON FREEDOM has been named a best-of book of 2021 by The Washington Independent Review of Books, NPR, Oprah Daily, and The Washington Post. BUST magazine also lauded ON FREEDOM in their recent issue, writing: ""There are few cultural critics with as much name recognition as MacArthur 'genius' grant recipient Maggie Nelson, author of nine books, including 2015’s New York Times bestseller, THE ARGONAUTS. Her latest, ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT, wades into the cultural discourse around what we are and are not free from. With clear purpose and without hesitation, she tackles freedom through four main lenses—art, drugs, sex, and the environment…This fast-paced collection will leave readers with a lot to ponder, to learn, and to unlearn. It might even prompt one to stay up late blowing up her group chat. Nelson remains respectful of her complex subject matter, never dismissing or oversimplifying what is quite possibly the most important question of our era: Can we ever be truly free?" Graywolf Press published the book on September 7, 2021.
Debutiful named Jamie Figueroa's BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER as one of “The Best Debut Novels of 2021.” Catapult published the novel on March 2, 2021.
Kiese Laymon's reissued essay collection HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA was named one of The New York Times' “100 Most Notable Books of 2021.” Scribner published the essay collection on November 10, 2020.
Dawnie Walton's debut novel, THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV, was named a best-of book of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews, Amazon Books, NPR, and The Washington Post. 37 Ink published the novel on March 30, 2021.
Laura Kipnis' forthcoming book, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CONTAGION, received glowing praise from Publishers Weekly. In their review, they write: “Cultural critic Kipnis (UNWANTED ADVANCES) takes a wry and thought-provoking look at modern trends in sex and relationships. In essays that wander far afield without losing sight of their central topic, the author interweaves autobiography, cultural criticism, psychology, philosophy, feminism, and gender studies...Though Kipnis’s take on relationship dynamics feels pessimistic and somewhat cynical, she is an ardent and astute interrogator of accepted wisdom. Readers won’t always agree, but they’ll relish grappling with this bracing study of modern life.” Pantheon will publish the book on February 8, 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.