The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing has selected THE DEVIL’S PLAYBOOK by Lauren Etter for the shortlist for the Best in Business Books Awards. The winner will be announced later this fall. Crown published the book on May 25, 2021.
The French translation of Robert Jones, Jr.'s New York Times bestselling debut THE PROPHETS is nominated for two prestigious French literary awards: The Femina Prize and The Medici Prize. The English language translation is also nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, a French literary award given each year to an American novel translated into French and published in that year starting January 1. Putnam published the book January 5, 2021.
WELL, Magazine Asia, calls Ron Gonen’s THE WASTE-FREE WORLD “[i]nsightful and comprehensive. Gonen’s experience in government and business, first as a deputy in the Bloomberg administration in New York, and then as leader of an investment firm dedicated to making the economy more circular, gives him a unique lens into the challenges and opportunities in deploying green solutions. A must-read.” Portfolio published the book April 6, 2021.
THE MUTANT PROJECT has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, a prestigious non-fiction book award in England. St. Martin’s Press published the book November 10, 2020.
Maggie Nelson's highly anticipated ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT has landed on the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. Graywolf Press published the book September 7, 2021.
Padma Lakshmi said, “Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of cooking with the women in my family. It is the foundation for all I have spent my life working on.” Her debut children’s book, Tomatoes for Neela, which was illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, lovingly affirms how we can connect to other cultures, as well as to our own, through food. It hit number 1 on Amazon Books Children’s Travel books list. She participated in a Barnes & Noble Storytime for her new book which Viking Books for Young Readers published the hardcover August 31, 2021.
Maggie Nelson's 10th work, ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT was published this week to a storm of positive praise and acclaim. In the New York Times book Review they rave: "With patience and equipoise, she helps us parse those specificities. . .Nelson displays the same eloquent equipoise when she ventures into recent debates about the ethics and politics of sex. . .In discussion after discussion, Nelson shows the same alertness to context, intellectual modesty and the conviction that ethical goodness is never all on one side." The Los Angeles Times describes how Nelson "bounds across knotty subjects like #MeToo, sex positivity, addiction, queer theory, anxiety and carceral feminism without tiring of the painstaking work of untangling controversies. . . . After reading Nelson, your understanding of the word ["freedom"], and of humanity itself, will expand in surprising directions."
Graywolf Press published the book September 7, 2021.
L. Alison Heller’s THE NEIGHBOR’S SECRET has been chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection for September 2021! The thriller also received a starred review from BookPage: “Heller excels at the complex characterization required to engage readers, resulting in a book that’s truly impossible to put down. The myriad anxieties her characters feel—fear for their children, their reputation, their community—are entirely relatable. A sense of dread and foreboding permeates the narrative. We know a murder is coming; Laurel, Abe and Lena all seem on the verge of imploding. With such a wonderful buildup and a truly surprising finish, The Neighbor’s Secret is a delight to read.” Flatiron will publish the book on October 5, 2021.
THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THEY LOVE YOU by Maurice Carlos Ruffin was lauded in a review in the Los Angeles Times. The reviewer writes:
“ While Ruffin’s stories can’t help but transport the reader to humid, sunken, decaying New Orleans, it’s too easy to say this book is merely a set of love songs to the city. What makes such collections ring true is the way they subvert conventional knowledge. For too long, tourism has been a shorthand for worldliness. While mass and social media offer a superficially cosmopolitan perspective on global culture, writers like Ruffin reveal that travel is often less about cultural immersion than blithe escapism . . . Time and again, Ruffin constructs a life’s history in the space of a page or two. His skill as a writer and his birthright as a New Orleanian equip him for the task. Masquerading is a way of life in the city, even outside Carnival season.” One World published the stories August 17, 2021.