News - Book Reviews

News - Book Reviews

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.
EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
April 10, 2019
Vulture has named Ted Chiang’s upcoming story collection EXHALATION one of its most anticipated fiction books of the spring: “Each of [Chiang’s] devastating stories mines little pieces of humanity from unexpected points of view.” Vintage will publish the book on May 7, 2019.
WHAT MY MOTHER AND I DON’T TALK ABOUT by Michele Filgate
April 10, 2019
Michele Filgate’s anthology, featuring essays by Kiese Laymon, Andre Aciman, Leslie Jamison, Carmen Maria Machado, and more, has received starred advance reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Library Journal. "These essays, each one exceptional on its own, encompass both love and writing at their most vulnerable, and could power entire cities with their electricity,” Booklist writes; Library Journal praises them as “stories to be savored,” and Kirkus calls the collection “moving Mother’s Day reading for the fearless and brave.” Simon & Schuster will publish the book on April 30, 2019.
WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
February 1, 2019

NPR Books calls WE CAST A SHADOW “stunning and audacious,” stating “there's a lot going on in WE CAST A SHADOW, but Ruffin proves to be a master at juggling the numerous characters and storylines. It's a fast-paced and intricately plotted book.”

INSURRECTO by Gina Apostol
January 4, 2019

The New York Times Book Reviewer Jen McDonald calls INSURRECTO “brilliant” and praises Apostol as a “magician with language.” Soho Press published the book on November 13, 2018.

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU by Kelsey Miller
November 9, 2018

Bust reviewed Kelsey Miller’s I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU, stating, “it's hard to believe that any thinkpiece or retrospective will be more nuanced, considered, or better-researched.”
Hanover Square Press published the book on October 23, 2018.

HEAVY by Kiese Laymon
November 2, 2018

“HEAVY is a gorgeous, gutting book that’s fueled by candor yet freighted with ambivalence,” writes Jen Szalai in an enthusiastic New York Times review of Kiese Laymon’s memoir. “This generous, searching book explores all the forces that can stop even the most buoyant hopes from ever leaving the ground.” Scribner published the book on October 16, 2018.