Cleyvis Natera’s NERUDA ON THE PARK continues to accumulate great press following its release. The New York Times featured the book on its list of “10 New Books We Recommend This Week,” praising it as an “earnest, provocative debut novel.” Best-selling author Emily Griffin endorsed NERUDA ON THE PARK in an interview with Parade magazine, noting that it will be featured on her new Instagram-based book club. Lastly, author Jasmine Guillory selected NERUDA ON THE PARK for Today’s list of must-read titles for this summer. Guillory writes: “[T]here’s a story that grabbed hold of me as soon as I started reading, and refused to let go. This book took me on a huge journey, and I can’t stop thinking about it.” Ballantine Books published the novel on May 24, 2022.
Nicole Pasulka’s HOW YOU GET FAMOUS published this week to further critical acclaim. Esquire featured the book on its list of must-reads for this summer, alongside glowing praise: “Pasulka takes us tumbling down a glittery rabbit hole in this engrossing look at the last decade of Brooklyn ballroom culture…Through this electric constellation of performers, Pasulka paints a vivid portrait of a singular subculture: joyful and scrappy, it’s gone on to galvanize a community and inspire a wider cultural movement.” Meanwhile, Ms. Magazine featured the book on its June roundup, praising it as an “incisive and important debut.” Simon & Schuster published the book on June 7, 2022.
On the day of its release, Lars Horn’s VOICE OF THE FISH was lauded by The New York Times. Reviewer Corinne Manning raves: “Lars Horn, the author of the rapturous lyric essay VOICE OF THE FISH, muses of these creatures that are older than humans, older even than some cities…Horn wants ‘language and narrative to carry more physicality.’ VOICE OF THE FISH meets this desire with a narrative that swells and recedes, with intimate depictions of the writer’s life…In VOICE OF THE FISH—this baptismal, overflowing narrative that reveals the limitlessness of being — Horn’s clear choice is life and light.” Horn also sat down with Max Ruthless of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, North Carolina for a Q&A for the American Booksellers Association’s “Indies Introduce” segment. Ruthless tells Horn: “This collection of essays is so beautifully written that it made my soul ache. The lyrical style makes every word feel individually crafted and weighted with emotion.” Graywolf Press published the book on June 7, 2022.
In the run-up to its much anticipated US publication, BITCH by Lucy Cooke continues to garner critical praise. Reviewer Dana Dunham for Scientific American writes: “In this effervescent exposé, British zoologist Lucy Cooke documents the ‘scientific phallocracy’ that has warped our perceptions of biological sex in the animal kingdom…Her playful, enlightening tour of the vanguard of evolutionary biology not only highlights animals that disrupt our assumptions about biological sex and its ‘natural’ behaviors…it also celebrates the underappreciated scholars whose research is shifting this reductive paradigm.” Meanwhile, the book was featured on must-read lists for June from The Los Angeles Times and AV Club, the latter of which praises it as a “delightful, revelatory survey of cross-species sexism.” Basic Books will publish the book on June 14, 2022.
Rebecca Rukeyser’s debut novel THE SEAPLANE ON FINAL APPROACH published this week to great press. Apartment Therapy featured the book as a June must-read, praising it as “a bristling, lusty coming-of-age tale.” Meanwhile, Lit Hub featured the book on its summer roundup, with Lit Hub Senior Editor Jessie Gaynor raving: “I can’t deny that there’s something enormously satisfying about reading a book that evokes a place—particularly one I’ve never been—with both tenderness and specificity. Such is the great pleasure of Rebecca Rukeyser’s debut novel.” Doubleday published the novel on June 7, 2022.
Tomi Obaro’s debut DELE WEDS DESTINY continues to be one of this summer’s most anticipated books. The Washington Post featured it on its list of “10 noteworthy books for June,” praising: “Obaro’s writing gives richness and depth to female friendship, depicting the beauty of bonds that last a lifetime.” DELE WEDS DESTINY was also featured on Bustle’s most-anticipated list for June. Knopf will publish the novel on June 28, 2022.
HADES, ARGENTINA by Daniel Loedel is one of 3 finalists for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for 2022. Riverhead Books published the novel on January 12, 2021.
THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton is one of 3 finalists for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for 2022. 37 Ink published the novel on March 30, 2021.
Kendra Allen’s memoir FRUIT PUNCH received a glowing review from Booklist. The reviewer writes: “Allen bestows a fresh literary voice on this memoir filled with humor, honesty, and thought-provoking truth…With admirable and inspiring vulnerability, Allen brings readers along in her journey to understand her very makeup.” Ecco will publish the book on August 9, 2022.
Liska Jacobs’s forthcoming novel THE PINK HOTEL received a strong review from Booklist, which reads: “Jacobs' third novel is over the top in pretty much every way – there's a literal luncheon for couture-clad dogs – an orgiastic quasi-dystopia so sensuously described you might be watching it unfold on Instagram.” THE PINK HOTEL is also one of Lit Hub’s most anticipated books of this summer. Lit Hub CrimeReads Senior Editor Molly Odintz raves: “This is the perfect book to recommend to all your friends in hospitality!!! And also just the perfect book. I tore through this one like a California wildfire—an appropriate comparison, given the novel’s setting in a high-end hotel beset by fires all around.” MCD will publish the book on July 19, 2022.