News - Book Reviews
News - Book Reviews
Booklist calls Daniel Hornsby’s VIA NEGATIVA “a beautifully crafted story of a man reflecting on his life and his moments of inaction . . . a striking debut that forces readers to consider what holds us back from action.” Sam Sacks of the Wall Street Journal praised the novel’s “stripped-back, sturdy prose” and how “subtly and movingly, the novel teases out the relationship between loneliness and godliness.” The book was also highlighted in The New York Times’ New and Noteworthy as “a promising, energetic debut,” and in The New Yorker’s Briefly Noted, which praised it as a “novel of troubled faith and unlikely connection.” Knopf published the book on August 11, 2020.
ALICE’S FARM by Maryrose Wood has charmed reviewers for Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Drawing favorable comparisons to CHARLOTTE’S WEB, SLJ warmly endorsed the novel’s “quirky characters [and] whimsical adventures.” Booklist praises its "exhibitions of uncommon courage, loyalty, humor, and tolerance―not to mention extreme cuteness,” PW calls it a “resonant cross-species saga of perseverance, loyalty, and magnanimous friendship,” and Kirkus writes: “these characters – animal and human, predator and prey – are lovingly observed . . . Stoutly non-speciesist, this is an effervescent delight.” Feiwel & Friends published the book on September 1, 2020.
Reviewers and fellow authors have continued to praise Alexis Henderson’s THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING. Most recently, author V. E. Schwab shared her excitement about this “feminist tale of the supernatural—and societal—forces that shape a puritanical world” that “swept [her] away” in Parade, and Book Riot included the novel on a list of “19 Black Feminist Books You Need In Your Library.” Ace published the book on July 21, 2020.
Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel RUTHIE FEAR achieved a hat trick of three starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly. Kirkus praises the book for its “resonant characters” and “great sense of place,” while Publishers Weekly writes: “[w]ith its humor and heart, Loskutoff’s harrowing tale offers a heroine to root for. This one hits hard.” Additionally, The Wall Street Journal’s Sam Sacks noted that “[Losuktoff’s] characters are wholly believable, reluctantly adapting to ‘the massive forces shifting around them,’” while The National Book Review hailed the book as “a big social novel with harrowing moments, one filled with empathy, surprises, and a compelling heroine." W. W. Norton & Company published the book on September 1, 2020.
Jennifer Hofmann’s THE STANDARDIZATION OF DEMORALIZATION PROCEDURES has received a rave review the New York Times Book Review. They call it “a gripping debut novel” with “rhythmic prose [and] evocative descriptions of people and places.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post praises Hofmann’s ability “to create intricate illusions of certainty in the midst of derangement,” ultimately crafting “a rare novel that encourages you to read as though your sanity depends on it — just a little further, just a little faster." Little, Brown and Company published the book on August 11, 2020.
Former BuzzFeed News culture reporter Anne Helen Petersen’s upcoming book, CAN’T EVEN, has received two starred reviews. Booklist writes: “This galvanizing read reminds readers that what seems impossible is absolutely not, especially for a generation with so little to lose. Meanwhile, Kirkus raves: “In articulate and persuasive prose . . . Petersen delivers a cogent explanation of the millennial landscape, incorporating in-depth research, interviews, and her own experiences to define the problems that millennials face as they attempt to live up to high, occasionally near-impossible expectations.” CAN’T EVEN has also been named a best book of Fall 2020 by Fortune, EW, and Book Riot, among others, and has been selected as an Amazon Best Book of September. HMH will publish the book on September 22, 2020.
Former New Yorker staff writer Becky Cooper’s WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE has received another glowing review from Library Journal. They write that “Cooper’s suspenseful, intensely intimate work casts a critical lens on institutional misogyny,” adding that the novel is “[s]ure to appeal to true crime readers, especially fans of Michelle McNamara’s I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK.” Cooper also sat down for a Q&A with Publishers Weekly about the ten years’ worth of research she conducted for the book. Additionally, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE has been named a recommended read for the fall by Town & Country, Refinery29, and several other outlets. Grand Central will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
The Globe and Mail has kind words for Andrew Pyper’s latest novel THE RESIDENCE. They write: "Pyper’s ability to make one question truths, what they witness, and even their own existence, is horror in the tradition of Henry James’s TURN OF THE SCREW and Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE." Skybound published the book on September 1, 2020.
Kirkus Reviews praised THE NEW GREAT DEPRESSION by James Rickards as “[a]n ambitious, eccentric look at the wreckage of the American economy in a time of pandemic . . . good takeaways amid the swirl and mayhem. A blend of alarmism, intrigue, and solid financial advice.” Portfolio will publish the book on October 27, 2020.
Former New Yorker staff writer and investigative journalist Becky Cooper’s thrilling true crime debut, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, received its first trade review this week, and a starred one at that! Publishers Weekly raves: “In this mesmerizing debut . . . [Cooper] delves into the phenomenon and morality of true crime fandom. This twist-filled whodunit is a nonfiction page-turner.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on November 10, 2020.