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News - Book Reviews
Ted Chiang was bestowed the Imagination in Service to Society Award by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation during their 2020 Unleash Imagination online event. The award was given “for his thoughtful and thought-provoking science fiction, leading us to examine in fresh ways our own beliefs.”
Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.
Library Journal calls Eben Kirksey’s THE MUTANT PROJECT “a fascinating albeit chilling account of how human embryo engineering moved from the realm of sf to scientific fact. Recommended for anyone interested in the brave new world of genetic engineering technologies.” St. Martin’s Press published the book on November 10, 2020.
Kareem Rosser has received an enthusiastic Starred Review from Publishers Weekly for CROSSING THE LINE. They write: “Rosser debuts with the captivating story of how he came to be a champion polo player after his challenging childhood in West Philadelphia. Rosser’s prose is restrained but confident as he notes how fortunate he was to have polo in his life, and how he was able to defy expectations as a young Black boy on the polo field. This remarkable and inspiring story shines.” St. Martin’s Press will publish the book on February 9, 2021.
HUMANKIND by Rutger Bregman was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. “This was unquestionably a challenging year for all the obvious reasons,” said 2021 Selection Committee Chair Bill Kelly in an October 26 statement. “And yet, in the end, reading proved to be just the balm one needs to sustain us, to give hope and strength and resilience in the face of an oppressively uncertain future. In that sense, 2020 was a great year to be a reader of outstanding books, and the Carnegie committee sincerely hopes that others will find the same power we did in the books on this year’s longlist.” The shortlist will be released November 17, 2020, with winners being announced on February 4, 2021. Little, Brown and Company published the book on June 2, 2020.
BookPage lauded THE MUTANT PROJECT by Eben Kirksey, writing: “THE MUTANT PROJECT might provoke and disturb as it raises unsettling questions about the nature of human life, technology and corporate and personal greed, but Kirksey’s entertaining and fascinating combination of detective story, medical history and ethics is a must-read.” St. Martin’s Press will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
HUSH by Dylan Farrow was positively featured in the LA Review of Books. Amy Zimmerman writes: “Billed as a ‘feminist fantasy,’ HUSH’s central themes of truth-telling, suppressed speech, and male propaganda all suggest a “#MeToo novel…Through fantasy world-building, Farrow gives internal struggles shape and slippery phenomena substance.” Wednesday Books published HUSH on October 6, 2020.
HELLO NUMBERS! WHAT CAN YOU DO? by Edmund Harriss and Houston Hughes was praised by Publishers Weekly as “[a]n appealingly energetic visualization of numbers and how they can be added, subtracted, and used to organize space…inviting children to keep counting as high as they can go.” The Experiment will publish the book on November 24, 2020.
In a starred review, Booklist calls CROSSING THE LINE by Kareem Rosser "a marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories. It's an occasionally heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting coming-of-age story…This stereotype-shattering memoir about a Black teenager from Philadelphia who became a polo champion will hook YA readers on many levels." St. Martin’s Press will publish the book on February 9, 2021.
An array of publications have celebrated the recent release of Wally Koval’s ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON. Entertainment Weekly calls it a “visually appealing, wanderlust fulfilling photo book,” and E! Online "a visual feast that will fully ignite your wanderlust." Publishers Weekly praised its "vibrant color composition, both joyful and surreal...breathtaking, witty, and happily ambitious, a perfect diversion for film fans and globe trotters alike." Kirkus declared the book "a charming, whimsical tribute to the Anderson aesthetic," while The New York Times writes: "In this time of quarantine, the lush book, with the photos clustered geographically, reads even more strongly as a wish list.” Lastly, a feature on The Cut showcased a selection of the book’s “perfectly centered, pastel quirky sites — or places replicating Wes Anderson’s cinematic aesthetic.” Voracious published ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON on October 20, 2020.
Andrew Pyper’s horror novel THE RESIDENCE received a three out of four star review in USA Today. They write: “[T]here’s plenty of satisfying horror to be had, though THE RESIDENCE also presents an interesting love story and nicely weaves in America’s struggles with war and slavery.” Skybound Books published the book on September 1, 2020.