Barack Obama has shared his summer reading list. One of the books he recommends is EXHALATION by Ted Chiang. Obama says Chiang’s second collection of speculative short stories “will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.” Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.
Andre Aciman’s sequel to his bestselling novel CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, is one of PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019. Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book on October 29, 2019.
Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky’s ASTRO POETS, based on their hit Twitter account, is one of PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019. Flatiron Books will publish ASTRO POETS on October 29, 2019.
Hannah Orenstein’s LOVE AT FIRST LIKE received lots of love from Bustle, landing on their End-of-Summer Reading and 11 Rom-Coms About Love in the Age of the Internet lists. AP has a wonderful review of LOVE AT FIRST LIKE, picked up in the San Francisco Chronicle. Hannah joined Buzzfeed’s morning show AM2DM to discuss her book and how social media affects relationships. Atria published the book on August 6, 2019.
The New York Times chose HEAVY as one of their 50 best memoirs of the past 50 years. It is, they write, “full of sharp, heart-rending thoughts about growing up black in the United States, and his fraught relationship with his body — Laymon’s weight has severely fluctuated over the years, a subject he plumbs with great sensitivity. This is a gorgeous, gutting book that’s fueled by candor yet freighted with ambivalence. It’s full of devotion and betrayal, euphoria and anguish.” Scribner published the book on October 16, 2018.
Barack Obama, for his summer reading list, testifies that reading Dinaw Mengestu’s HOW TO READ THE AIR will give you “a better sense of the complexity and redemption within the American immigrant story.” Riverhead published the book on October 14, 2010.
De’Shawn Charles Winslow was interviewed about his debut novel on the most recent edition of the New York Times Book Review podcast. The book also received a rave review in the New York Times book review which said “From the first page, Winslow establishes an uncanny authority and profound tone that belie the book’s debut status…Much of the story is told through dialogue, rich and truthful conversations among characters reminiscent of those in August Wilson’s plays, expressing so much more than what is on the surface." Bloomsbury Publishing published the book on June 4, 2019.
Hannah Orenstein’s LOVE AT FIRST LIKE is one of Glamour’s Best Romance Novels, Cosmopolitan UK’s New Good Books to Read, and Buzzfeed’s Best Summer Romance Novels. Atria will publish the book on August 6, 2019.
Kate Zambreno’s SCREEN TESTS, previously excerpted in the Paris Review, has received extensive coverage upon its publication. On July 29, SSENSE published a feature on Zambreno, with Claire Marie Healy writing that the new collection “is full of jokes. In it, [Zambreno] twists around moments that feel glamorous, tragic, and bleakly ironic… Reading Zambreno has always felt more intimate than many writers: with Screen Tests, she is more teasing than before. Because what’s more intimate than a joke?” Harper Perennial published the book on July 23, 2019.