News in September 2013
News in September 2013
WILSON by A. Scott Berg was reviewed in the September 22, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. The reviewer Kevin Baker raves: “A. Scott Berg tells the story of Wilson, the man, very well indeed. The author of four previous prizewinning, best-selling biographies, he has a novelist’s eye for the striking detail, and a vivid prose style.” The author was also recently interviewed on the Inside the New York Times Book Review podcast and on the NPR program Fresh Air. Putnam published the book September 10, 2013.
QUIET DELL by Jayne Anne Phillips is an October 2013 Indie Next Pick. The reviewer says that “Phillips portrays the Eicher family so charmingly, especially the youngest child Annabelle, that our horror and outrage are tenfold. This earns a place on the shelf with such classics as Night of the Hunter and In Cold Blood.” The book also received a starred Booklist review, which calls it “a sad—yet irresistible—story of the defenseless victims of a serial murderer.” Simon and Schuster will publish the book on October 15, 2013.
Ryan McIlvain’s ELDERS was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books, which called it “clear-eyed” and said, “Inlaid with darkness and violence … Elders is sharply focused on the broader issues at play in the missionaries’ relationship … the book’s denouement [has] the hallucinatory power of a fever dream.” Hogarth published the book on March 5, 2013.
USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Bernard’s HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN, the next in The Bachelor Fireman series, was published this week. Romantic Times raves, “Bernard has another winner on her hands ... Full of the sexy chemistry and charming antics.” Avon published the book September 24, 2013.
Olivia Laing’s THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING was featured in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Post, USA Today, Flavorwire, The Dish, and Library Journal. Patrick McGrath in The New York Post said, “It’s fascinating, at times profound, and breaks new ground in its portraits of these writers.” New York Times Magazine called it “juicy and sensitive,” while Library Journal called it, “Perennially astonishing authors framed by a perennially popular theme.”
A. Scott Berg’s biography of Woodrow Wilson was recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. USA Today gave the book 4 stars and raves that “we emerge, stunned at the end of a seemingly endless historical tunnel, having met and marveled at the American presidency’s last great idealist.” Wall Street Journal praised the author as a “terrific researcher” and says the book “exhumes hundreds of fresh quotes and details.” Putnam published the book September 10, 2013.
JOHNNY CASH: The Life received a starred review in the September 15th issue of Kirkus, which raves that “the always compelling, accessible writing make this an instant-classic music biography with something to offer all generations of listeners.” Little Brown will publish the book on October 29, 2013.
Derek B. Miller’s NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT was reviewed in Heeb Magazine under “Books We Loved,” saying, “Imagine Philip Roth coming out of retirement, inventing a protagonist that’s less his alter ego and writing a fast-paced thriller.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published the book May 21, 2013.
Choire Sicha’s VERY RECENT HISTORY: AN ENTIRELY FACTUAL ACCOUNT OF A YEAR (c. AD 2009) IN A LARGE CITY was reviewed by The New Yorker, which said, “A certain anesthetized quality to Sicha’s prose serves to underscore the sense of trauma that is daily urban life in a late-capitalist moment, and there is a flinty wit that highlights the memorable moments of resistance.” HarperCollins published the book August 6, 2013.
SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG (etc.) by Delia Ephron was included in the list of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” in the October 2013 issue of O Magazine, which called it a “sparkling collection.” The book was reviewed in the September 15th issue of the New York Times Book Review. The review said “the book builds in gravity and heft to finish gorgeously” and calls the book “a valentine…about love loss and all that is irreplaceable.”
Wayne Koestenbaum’s MY 1980’s AND OTHER ESSAYS was reviewed in Slate, calling it a “motley collection of auto-ethnographic idylls, aesthetic pleas, artistic amicus briefs, Oulipian exercises, and cheek-reddening dream journals…What Wayne brings to the caravan is some serious humanities erudition and, more important, a level of commitment.” Farrar, Straus & Giroux published the book August 13, 2013.
The PEN Center USA awards have recognized Joan Didion with their lifetime achievement award. She will be presented the award by Harrison Ford in a ceremony in October.