News in June 2022
News in June 2022
AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong debuted at #2 on both the Print Hardcover Nonfiction and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction New York Times Bestsellers lists for the week of July 10, 2022. The book also received a rave review from the Sunday Times in the UK. Reviewer James McConnachie writes: “Ed Yong is a gifted British science writer. His first book, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, was an infectiously exciting deep-dive into the microbiome — the world of resident microbes hidden inside our bodies. His coverage of Covid for The Atlantic magazine won him a Pulitzer. His new book aims to open our eyes to another unseen world...Yong calls his book a ‘call for humility,’ and it did fill me with a certain awe. But it goes further. Subtly — Yong is never heavy-handed — it prompts a radical rethink about the limits of what we know — what the world is, even. It is quite a book. And, I felt, putting it down, quite a world.” AN IMMENSE WORLD was subsequently featured as The Times’ Book of the Week, where Rhys Blakely provides equally generous praise: “Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, the book is brimming with [fantastic] observations...This is perhaps the highest compliment one can give to Yong: this fantastic book leaves you wondering what else is left to be discovered.” Random House published the book on June 21, 2022.
Carlene Bauer's GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT received a rave review from The New York Times. Molly Young writes: “The evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist Robin Dunbar is fond of the term homophily — ‘love of the same’ — to describe why certain people strike up friendships…The two women of Carlene Bauer’s glittering novel GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT define homophily. Charlotte and Rose are brave and reckless, self-critical and stylish…The novel’s pockets of sentimentality are offset by streaks of viciousness, accurately reflecting how we tend to remember our pasts: happy times bathed in a distorting glow, miserable times diminished and disowned...GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT is a love story about two friends, but it’s also something thornier — a narrative about the cycles of enchantment, disenchantment and re-enchantment that make up a life.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the novel on June 21, 2022.
VOICE OF THE FISH by Lars Horn was featured in a stunning piece in The Atlantic titled "Where to Turn When You Feel ‘at Odds With Being Human,’" alongside Alexis Pauline Gumbs' UNDROWNED. Alana Mohamed writes: “In the new essay collection VOICE OF THE FISH, Lars Horn wonders 'how common [it is] to feel completely at odds with being human,' and uses a long-standing fascination with marine life to reimagine the body’s potential...VOICE OF THE FISH attempts to undo ideas of what is ‘normal’ or ‘natural’ by teasing out the expansiveness of marine life…Horn and Gumbs ultimately turn to a different, more spiritual plane to reimagine the dichotomies between human and animal. In the process, they challenge us to think anew about the way our bodies can, or might be able to, move through the world.” Graywolf Press published the book on June 7, 2022.
Rebecca Rukeyser sat down for a Q&A with Lit Hub to discuss the themes in her debut novel, THE SEAPLANE ON FINAL APPROACH. Interviewer Tony Tulathimutte writes: “Like her two dads, Davids Cronenberg and Lynch, [Rukeyser’s] always had a knack for details so disgusting they become attractions…but her real talent is much subtler: her ability to coax out the sinister and squeamish side of the seemingly ordinary through close inspection.” Doubleday published the novel on June 7, 2022.
On the day of its highly-anticipated release, Tomi Obaro’s DELE WEDS DESTINY received praise from The New York Times. VIRTUE author Hermione Hoby writes: “[A] loving and lively debut novel…I was carried smoothly through the travails of these women…[and] Obaro’s unadorned style [comes] into its own.” Knopf published the novel on June 28, 2022.
Book Riot featured Kendra Allen’s forthcoming memoir FRUIT PUNCH — which they called a “stunning work of nonfiction” — on its list of “22 More Great New Books to Read in 2022.” Publishers Weekly also included the memoir in a longlist of the most anticipated memoirs of Fall 2022. Ecco will publish the book on August 9, 2022.
On the week of its highly anticipated release, AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong earned two rave reviews. Jennifer Szalai for The New York Times Book Review writes: “That I found myself surprised at so many moments while reading AN IMMENSE WORLD, Ed Yong’s new book about animal senses, speaks to his exceptional gifts as a storyteller... Yong offers these facts in a generous spirit, clearly aware that part of what will enthrall readers is discovering just how few of these facts many of us have known…Yong’s book is funny and elegantly written.” Meanwhile, for NPR’s Book Review, Barbara J. King writes: “Yong writes in a perfect balance of scientific rigor and personal awe as he invites readers to grasp something of how other animals experience the world…[W]ith AN IMMENSE WORLD, Yong brings into beautiful focus a host of other animal sensory worlds that co-exist with ours, and how we may protect them. He has synthesized and compellingly presented a spectacular amount of scientific information to do this, making it look easy along the way. But isn't easy at all. It's a magnificent achievement.” Random House published the book on June 21, 2022.
Peter C. Baker’s debut novel PLANES published amidst a flurry of positive press from both national and local media, including a review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (“[Baker’s] prose is an apt delivery system for a subtle portrait of two women who've been robbed of things they might never recover”), Harper’s (“Baker’s prose is clean and vivid, his characters movingly and effectively evoked…[PLANES] illuminates urgent questions in unexpected ways”), and The New York Times Book Review (“In his debut novel, PLANES, Peter C. Baker delicately crafts the internal lives of these very different people…captur[ing] our shared human ache with stunning accuracy.” PLANES has also made an appearance on a number of most-anticipated and summer reading roundups, including lists by Publishers Weekly, Debutiful, Vulture, and the Chicago Tribune, and Baker has been interviewed by INDY Week, the Our Struggle podcast, and the Burned by Books podcast. Knopf published planes on May 31, 2022.
Kirkus praises JOBS FOR GIRLS WITH ARTISTIC FLAIR by June Gervais as “immersive and wholly alive” and “an enjoyable romp brought to life by its lovable, off-kilter protagonist,” with characters who are “original and a pleasure to read.” Pamela Dorman Books published the novel on June 21, 2022.
Entertainment Weekly published an exclusive cover art reveal and first excerpt of SCHITT’S CREEK writer Monica Heisey’s highly anticipated debut novel, REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY, on June 22. Calie Schepp of EW writes: “[Heisey] has created a tender yet sharp novel that tells the heartbreaking and hilarious tales of a young woman going through a divorce.” The article also includes a short interview with Heisey in which the author discusses her own experience getting a divorce in her twenties, her decision to switch from TV to novel writing, and more. William Morrow will publish the book on January 17, 2023.
Audible named DELE WEDS DESTINY as one of their top 12 audiobooks of June. Audible Editor Margaret Hargrove writes: “[The] resiliency of female friendship is what drew me to DELE WEDS DESTINY... Narrator Tariye Peterside gives each woman a distinct voice that results in a beautifully vivid and lush performance I couldn’t stop listening to. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel your heart swell as these women rediscover their bonds of friendship and face a shocking crisis right before the big day.” Obaro also sat down with Chicago Magazine to discuss the writing process and inspirations for her novel: “I’ve always been drawn to novels about long-lasting friendships and how they change over time. And I was inspired by the relationship my mom has with her two best friends as well. I also thought it would be fun to structure the book around a wedding but to have the heart of the novel really focus on friendships — as opposed to romantic love, which attracts a disproportionate amount of attention…I really tried to write from a place of empathy for each character, even if the portrayals could seem a little unflattering.”
Knopf publishes the novel on June 28, 2022.
Malala Yousafzai selected Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel NERUDA ON THE PARK as her Literati July 2022 Book Club pick. She writes: “Immigrant families know that ‘home’ can mean something different to everyone, even those living under the same roof. Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel, NERUDA ON THE PARK, explores the sacrifices we make for the people and places we call home. I hope you’ll find this thrilling, beautifully-told debut novel the perfect companion for warm summer nights.” Ballantine Books published the novel on May 24, 2022.