News - Book Reviews

News - Book Reviews

June 17, 2019

Anne Boyer’s poetic rumination on cancer and the healthcare system, THE UNDYING, has received two starred advance reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Kirkus calls the book “a haunting testimony about death that is filled with life,” and PW writes that: “Boyer’s gorgeous language elevates this artful, piercing narrative well above the average medical memoir." FSG will publish the book on September 17, 2019.

LIFELINES by Heidi Diehl
June 10, 2019

Heidi Diehl’s debut novel LIFELINES is one of Cosmopolitan’s Best Books of June 2019 and one of Star Tribune’s Best Summer Reads. HMH will publish the book on June 18, 2019.

THE IMPEACHERS by Brenda Wineapple
June 5, 2019

Brenda Wineapple’s THE IMPEACHERS received a rave review in the May 26, 2019 issue of the New York Times Book Review. The review from Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s All In, calls the book an “ambitious and assured volume.” The book was also reviewed by Jennifer Szalai in the May 16 edition of the New York Times where she called it “an illuminating book.” In addition, the author was interviewed on the New York Times Book Review podcast. Random House published the book on May 21, 2019.

RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN by Ryan Chapman
June 5, 2019

Ryan Chapman’s debut novel RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN receives a rave review from NPR, which calls it “Dark, daring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious,” and adds that, “RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN is one of the smartest — and best — novels of the year.” Simon & Schuster published the book on May 21, 2019.

LIFELINES by Heidi Diehl
June 5, 2019

Heidi Diehl’s debut novel LIFELINES is one of Nylon’s 35 Great Books to Read this Summer. The magazine calls it “a fascinating interrogation of complicated histories—both cultural and personal—as well as an exploration of the roles that art, family, and creativity play in our lives.” Diehl was also interviewed by Saratoga Living, her hometown newspaper. HMH will publish the book on June 18, 2019.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough
May 29, 2019

David McCullough’s THE PIONEERS debuts at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller Hardcover Nonfiction List on Sunday, May 26, 2019. In addition, McCullough was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal which says, “[McCullough] has chosen to shine a lantern into the underappreciated corners of American history....'The Pioneers' is the account not just of one Ohio settlement but of myriad such places across America, where innumerable immigrants (as the settlers were known) came to make a fresh start in a strange land. It is a story as resonant today as ever." The book also received rave reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, which says “Popular historian McCullough uses his well-crafted writing style and thorough research to highlight the evolution of the ‘Ohio territory’... The swiftly moving narrative also shines light on the territory’s consistent antislavery position beginning with the 1787 Northwest Territory Ordinance and leading to the first black vote in 1802…a fascinating and well-written look at the Cutler families and the Americanizing of Ohio” and the Missourian which says "'The Pioneers' is an engaging, educational read about a key, but often overlooked, time in America’s history." Simon & Schuster published the book on May 7, 2019.

CARI MORA by Thomas Harris.
May 29, 2019

An essay on the legacy of the works of Thomas Harris and his creation Hannibal Lector was published in the Washington Post by Bill Sheehan. The piece says "The best of Harris's work, and this includes his latest, long-awaited novel, CARI MORA, has just that feeling of absolute, unquestionable reality. Through a combination of elements--a perfectly realized authorial voice, the steady accumulation of terrible details, an empathetic vision of lost and damaged souls--Harris has created a sense of dreadful intimacy that we cannot escape, that forces us to gaze at unthinkable things, and never look away. No one has illuminated this kind of darkness more thoroughly or effectively than Harris. It seems unlikely that anyone ever will." The book was also reviewed in the Wall Street Journal which writes "A less accomplished or ambitious writer might have crafted a worthy thriller with only one or two of the story strands that Mr. Harris weaves; but the several plot elements in CARI MORA are always in fine balance, as befits the work of a unique master still at the top of his strange and chilling form." Grand Central Publishing published the book on May 21, 2019.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough
May 13, 2019

The latest book from the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough received a rave review from NPR in the first week of its release. NPR states that “the book reads like a novel” and “is a worthy addition to McCullough's impressive body of work.” In other rave reviews the Associated Press, states that McCullough “a master of research and a wonderful storyteller,” and the Deseret News, states that "THE PIONEERS is stirring, engaging and moves along as steadily as the Ohio River . . . revealing a chapter of American heritage that shouldn’t be forgotten." Simon & Schuster published the book on May 7, 2019.

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
May 13, 2019

The second short-story collection from the award-winning science-fiction writer Ted Chiang received a great review in the New Yorker by Joyce Carol Oates who says about the stories in the collection “each is…likely to linger in the memory the way riddles may linger—teasing, tormenting, illuminating, thrilling.” The book also received an “A” review from the AV Club which says that Ted Chiang’s stories are “a religious experience.” Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.

LIFELINES by Heidi Diehl
April 18, 2019
Heidi Diehl has received great trade reviews for her debut novel LIFELINES. Of the book, Kirkus writes, “Richly textured… A serious, nuanced portrait.” Publishers Weekly calls it “[an] elegant debut… This complex, intimate story memorably portrays what it looks like to reckon with one’s choices and to feel both uncertainty and peace.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on June 18, 2019.