News - Book Reviews
News - Book Reviews
The New York Times has listed James McLaughlin as one of four Writers to Watch this Summer, saying of his debut novel, “the book combines intensely observed nature writing with white-knuckle suspense. It is… a literary novel and a thriller. Picture Thoreau having left for Walden with a bunch of bad dudes hot on his heels.” The book also received a starred review in Kirkus where it was called “An intense, visceral debut equal to the best that country noir has to offer.” Ecco will publish the book June 12, 2018.
James Pogue’s debut book about the standoff with the Bundy Family in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon received a positive review from NPR Books. The reviewer, Michael Schaub says “Pogue does an exceptional job of explaining how one of the most bizarre and divisive events in recent U.S. history came to pass. Henry Holt & Co. published the book on May 22, 2018.
“Gripping … what Branch focuses on so beautifully is how one remarkable American family navigates the situation of wanting to do dangerous, peculiar and deeply impressive kinds of work.” Said NATHAN DEUEL in the LA Times. Tucker Coombe in the BLOG // LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS wrote THE LAST COWBOYS is, “. . . rich in detail and which consistently rings true. . .
“Packed with chapter after chapter of Benjamin’s easygoing tales of failure and inability to follow through on stated goals, the book’s biggest and most meta joke is its thoroughgoing rejection of the widespread American tradition of a can-do self-help mentality that permeates most memoirs” notes Alex McLevy of AV Club. An excerpt from the book about his failed Children’s show appeared on Vulture. Dutton published the hardcover on May 1, 2018.
BEARSKIN has received a second starred review, this time from Kirkus, which wrote of the novel, “Told in spare prose and portraying the authentic mechanics of hunting, combat, and psychological defense, the novel dares the reader to root for this damaged antihero but convinces us that he's worth it. An intense, visceral debut equal to the best that country noir has to offer.” Ecco Press will publish the book on June 12, 2018.
Kirkus has given NORTHLAND a starred review, saying of the book, “Richly populated with fascinating northlanders, Native Americans, and many border patrol agents, this is highly entertaining and informative travel literature.” Norton will publish the book July 3, 2018.
Publisher’s Weekly has given BEARSKIN a starred review, and included it in their Best Books of the Summer roundup. They said of the novel, “the novel’s denouement, a smoothly orchestrated confluence of the greater and lesser subplots, plays out against a tempest-tossed natural setting whose intrinsic beauty and roughness provide the perfect context for the story’s volatile events. This is a thrilling, thoroughly satisfying debut.” Ecco Press will publish the book on June 12, 2018.
In The Seattle Times, Irene Wanner described Lucy Cooke’s book THE TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS as “wildly delightful… Lucy Cooke’s extensive travels, research and sense of humor make THE TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS a fascinating modern bestiary.” Basic Books published the title on April 17, 2018.
Carola Lovering’s novel TELL ME LIES received a great review from Kirkus, which calls the debut a “very sexy story.” Atria will publish TELL ME LIES on June 12, 2018.
Joanna Cantor’s debut novel received a positive review in Publisher’s Weekly. The review calls it a “stellar debut” and says “Cantor’s novel is not only full of unexpected turns but hits all the right emotional notes.” Bloomsbury Publishing will publish the book on May 8, 2018.