News - Book Reviews

News - Book Reviews

I’VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND I’M NOT GOING by Peter McGough
July 3, 2020

In her series of portraits of cultural figures from New York’s LGBTQ+ community, photographer Kate Simon praises Peter McGough’s memoir I’VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND I’M NOT GOING alongside a photograph she took of the author in his home. She writes: “I’ve read and listened to about 10 times. It’s a masterpiece. It’s about AIDS, the 80s and the art world. He’s always been profoundly eloquent, articulate and witty.” Pantheon published the book on September 19, 2019.

AGE LATER by Dr. Nir Barzilai
July 3, 2020

AGE LATER by Dr. Nir Barzilai received a positive review from Booklist. Candace Smith writes: “In this technical but promising book, Barzilai scrutinizes the lives of centenarians to find the key factors behind their healthy longevity. Readers who enjoy learning the science behind medical theories will be fascinated.” St. Martin’s Press published the book on June 16, 2020.

PERFECT TUNES by Emily Gould
July 3, 2020

The Los Angeles Review calls PERFECT TUNES “a subtle and complex meditation on motherhood and how it can throw all of our choices, and their costs, into sharp relief.” Avid Reader Press published the book on April 14, 2020.

RUTHIE FEAR by Maxim Loskutoff
July 3, 2020

Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel RUTHIE FEAR has received great praise in advance of its release date. In a starred review, Kirkus hails it as “anything but predictable . . . With resonant characters and a great sense of place, this novel rarely goes where you’d expect, and is stronger for it.” Also, Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred and boxed review, calling it a “superb debut novel,” and adding that “With its humor and heart, Loskutoff’s harrowing tale offers a heroine to root for. This one hits hard.” W.W. Norton & Company will publish the book on September 1, 2020.

VIA NEGATIVA by Daniel Hornsby
July 3, 2020

Publishers Weekly praised Daniel Hornsby’s forthcoming debut novel VIA NEGATIVA in a starred review. They write: “Hornsby has got the goods, and his stirring tale of self-reflection, revenge, and theological insight isn’t one to miss.” Knopf will publish the book on August 11, 2020.

THE STANDARDIZATION OF DEMORALIZATION PROCEDURES by Jennifer Hofmann
July 3, 2020

Following its starred review from Publishers Weekly, Jennifer Hofmann’s debut novel THE STANDARDIZATION OF DEMORALIZATION PROCEDURES has earned another star, this time from Kirkus. They call the dark satire of Cold War-era East Germany “a remarkable first novel that reads like the work of a seasoned pro.” Little, Brown and Company will publish the book on August 11, 2020.

IT IS WOOD, IT IS STONE by Gabriella Burnham
June 29, 2020

Gabriella Burnham’s debut novel IT IS WOOD, IT IS STONE received a stunning review in the New York Times. Critic Sarah Gerard writes: “This is a remarkable story of secrecy, discovery and self-expression, delivered by a skillful observer.” One World will publish the book on July 28, 2020.

KINGS COUNTY by David Goodwillie
June 29, 2020

Booklist offers immense praise for David Goodwillie’s KINGS COUNTY. They write: "Goodwillie's setting is vivid and his characters rich, with flashbacks fleshing out their backstories. Those who like literary, character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place . . . will enjoy this coming-of-age story." Simon & Schuster will publish the book on July 28, 2020.

GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty
June 29, 2020

GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty received an enthusiastic review in The Nation. They write: “[GOLDEN GATES] is the latest addition to a slate of books on [the housing crisis] that have come out over the past few years . . . but Dougherty’s is among the first to look squarely at the politics of trying to respond to this disaster . . . GOLDEN GATES helps clarify why we have a housing crisis in the first place.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.

THE MARGOT AFFAIR by Sanaë Lemoine
June 18, 2020

Food writer and editor Sanaë Lemoine’s debut novel, THE MARGOT AFFAIR, received a glowing review in the New York Times one week out from its publication. Drawing parallels between the book and the work of Rachel Cusk, Ian McEwan, and Françoise Sagan, critic Sarah Lyall raves: “Even when Margot is at her most misguided, the reader aches for her. Lemoine . . . writes in lush, lyrical prose that perfectly captures the heightened emotion and confusion of being a young woman with a bruised heart and limited experience.” Hogarth will publish the book on June 16, 2020.