Amazon picked MINOR FEELINGS by Cathy Park Hong as one of its best books of the year so far (Biographies and Memoirs category), as did BBC. One World published the book on February 25, 2020.
Larry Watson’s THE LIVES OF EDIE PRITCHARD is an Amazon best book of the month for literature and fiction. Booklist also gave the novel a starred review, enthusing that: “Watson remains incapable of creating characters who aren’t fully formed individuals, as courageous as they are vulnerable, and here he again displays his rare ability to craft strong women and to describe their everyday lives with rare power.” Algonquin Books will publish the book on July 21 2020.
Jason Diamond’s essay collection THE SPRAWL is one of Esquire’s “20 Must-Read Books for Summer 2020.” The magazine praises the way that Diamond “blends cultural criticism, reportage, and memoir to destigmatize America’s oft-derided suburbs,” and call the book a “warm, engaging reminder that places quickly written off can be the birthplace of the next big thing.” Coffee House Press will publish the book on August 25, 2020.
Katherine Arden’s SMALL SPACES is the winner of the 2019-2020 Vermont Middle-Grade Book Award. Honoring excellence in children’s literature, the prize is selected in a vote by Vermont school children in grades 4-8. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book for Young Readers published the book on September 25, 2018.
Anne Helen Petersen’s CAN’T EVEN has received its first trade review from Publishers Weekly. The magazine writes: “[Petersen] supports her claims with strong evidence and calls on millennials to be a force for widespread social change,” adding that the book is “an incisive portrait of a generation primed for revolt.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on September 22, 2020.
Richard Hasen, author of ELECTION MELTDOWN, published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Bring On the 28th Amendment: Efforts by Trump and his allies to suppress the vote are only part of the problem.” Hasen writes: “In a democratic system, we expect our elected officials to be responsive to the views and interests of the voters. If the universe of voters — and, of course, campaign donors — is skewed toward older, wealthier, better educated whiter voters, political decisions will be as well.” Yale University Press published ELECTION MELTDOWN on February 4, 2020.
The New Yorker calls HUMANKIND by Rutger Bregman a “lively social history” that “offers a compelling case for reshaping institutions and policies along genuinely humane lines.” Bregman also spoke about his book on the podcast The Intercept’s Deconstructed. Little, Brown and Company published the book on June 2, 2020.
The New York Times highlighted Conor Doughterty’s GOLDEN GATES in their compilation of texts that have done the most to deepen our understanding of racism in America. They write: “With engaging profiles of housing advocates and the opposition they face, Conor Dougherty’s GOLDEN GATES (2020) focuses on California, but has lessons for all metropolitan areas.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
In their review of LIE MACHINES, The Washington Post deems Howard “unquestionably well-placed” when it comes to discussing social media and its role in spreading political lies. They also refer to Howard’s work in clarifying the 2016 Russian strategy as “pivotal.” Yale University Press published the book on May 19, 2020.
Scott Spencer appeared on KCRW’s literary podcast, Bookworm, to discuss his new novel, AN OCEAN WITHOUT A SHORE. Host Michael Silverblatt says, “It’s THE book for the time we’re living in. Inadvertently, [Spencer’s] written the book for the person who is suffering the solitude of a pandemic.” Ecco published the book on June 16, 2020.