Kiese Laymon’s HEAVY is an NPR Best Book of 2018, where it was a Staff Pick and also selected for Identity & Culture, Eye-Opening reads, Ladies First, Nonfiction, The States We’re In. “If there's a 2018 book that I believe everyone in America should read,” NPR says, “it's Kiese Laymon's memoir, HEAVY.” Scribner published the book on October 16, 2018.
Jaroslav Kalfar’s novel SPACEMEN OF BOHEMIA has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award. Little, Brown published the book on March 7, 2017.
Casey Gerald’s memoir was named the December pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club. The book was also named one of the Best Books of 2018 by NPR which called the book “beautiful and heartbreaking on every level.” Riverhead published the book on October 2, 2018.
Kelsey Miller’s I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU was featured in the New York Daily News in an article that explored Friends’ enduring legacy Hanover Square Press published the book on October 23,2018.
Olivia Laing’s CRUDO is an NPR Best Book of 2018, selected for Ladies First, Love Stories, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing. They write of it: “I can't think of anything that has captured the feeling of the past few years so well: the ways that world historical crises coexist with daily life, making it hard for either to feel quite real.” Norton published the book on September 11, 2018.
Idra Novey’s THOSE WHO KNEW is an NPR Best Book of 2018, selected for Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side. They describe it as a timely and timeless novel… a completely riveting and elegantly constructed story.” Jim Rutland for the Los Angeles Times called it in a feature review “an uncannily prescient novel that animates the #MeToo movement and speaks to the depth of the moral quagmire we currently find ourselves in."
The Ringer published a feature on the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks which heavily drew on and praised Ryan Walsh’s work of history, ASTRAL WEEKS: A SECRET HISTORY OF 1968. “Excellent,” Lindsay Zoladz writes of the book: “Walsh’s book isn’t an analysis of the finished record so much as a conjuring of the atmosphere in which it was dreamed up—an approach that augments the album’s aura rather than draining it of its magic.” Penguin Press published the book on March 6, 2018.
“Sagal has created a new genre—the five-minute-mile memoir. Combining commentary and reflection about running with a deeply felt personal story, this book is winning, smart, honest, and affecting. Whether you are a runner or not, it will move you," states Susan Orlean during an NPR interview with Sagal.
Simon & Schuster published the book on October 30, 2018.
THE LAST COWBOYS is one NPR’s Bes Books of 2018. " John Branch's portrait of a longtime Mormon ranching and champion rodeo family has all the trappings of a can't-put-it-down modern Western…a smart portrayal of a way of life that's slipping away even in the rural West…an almost mythical area that has long been woven tightly in American identity, and there's a lot in these pages that could help us better understand what's behind this country's deepening urban-rural divisions," says Kirk Siegler, correspondent, National Desk.