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IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
May 29, 2019

IN WEST MILLS, De’Shawn Charles Winslow debut novel, was featured in the New York Times’ Summer Book Preview: 4 Writers to Watch. Writes The New York Times: "In the book, which spans the 1940s to the 1980s, a woman in North Carolina named Azalea 'Knot' Centre battles alcoholism, various estrangements and her fraught romantic relationships with men. One platonic friend, a married man named Otis Lee Loving, stands by her throughout her hard times. " Entertainment Weekly highlighted debut author De'Shawn Charles Winslow in their Meet the Future of Books feature, where they invited "The summer's hottest debut authors to discuss all things literary." Winslow is the author of In West Mills, a novel about a woman named Knot who refuses to live her life based on societal norms. Bloomsbury will publish the book June 4, 2019.

LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD by Common
May 20, 2019

Common’s new inspirational memoir LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD will debut at #15 on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction section in the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of May 26, 2019. Atria Books published the book on May 7, 2019.

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
May 20, 2019

Ted Chiang’s second collection of speculative short stories EXHALATION will debut at #15 on the Print Hardcover Fiction section in the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of May 26, 2019. Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.

WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Ruffin
May 20, 2019

The LA Review of Books interviewed Maurice Ruffin in a feature titled “De-Melanization Procedure.” In it, they write: “This riotous novel details the farcical lengths this father will go to in order to afford the surgery and save his son from the fate of Blackness while simultaneously hiding his mission from his wife. The novel straddles many modes of storytelling — adventure story, family drama, political satire — but it shines because of the jocular voice of the narrator.” One World published WE CAST A SHADOW on January 29, 2019.

RULES FOR VISITING by Jessica Francis Kane
May 20, 2019

RULES FOR VISITING was featured on The Today Show in the segment Beach Book Bingo: Inside the Summer's Hottest Reads. Isaac Fitzgerald, who selected it, said: “When 40-year-old gardener May receives a surprise windfall of one month of vacation from the university where she works, she decides to visit four old friends, each one from different periods of her life. Through this initially simple and irresistible starting point, Jessica Francis Kane investigates the most universal mysteries of all." Penguin Press published the book on May 14, 2019.

THE OLD DRIFT by Namwali Serpell
May 20, 2019

THE OLD DRIFT was featured on The Today Show in the segment Beach Book Bingo: Inside the Summer's Hottest Reads. Isaac Fitzgerald, who selected it, said: “Namwali Serpell's debut novel centers around three families in Zambia over three generations . . . A saga of both a whole nation and of three particular families within it, 'The Old Drift' is thrilling and rewarding, enormous in scope and boundless with riches." Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.

NECESSARY PEOPLE by Anna Pitoniak
May 20, 2019

Anna Pitoniak’s “smart and stylish” NECESSARY PEOPLE is one of Town & Country’s Best New Books in May. It also made Thrillist and Cosmo’s best summer books lists. Little, Brown will publish the book on May 21, 2019.

RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN by Ryan Chapman
May 20, 2019

Ryan Chapman’s debut novel RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN receives a rave review from Ron Charles at The Washington Post, who calls it “a compact cluster bomb of satire” and promises that: “If you’re part of the Venn diagram that subscribes to N+1 and McSweeney’s, this is the most fun book you’ll read all year.” Additionally, Omnivoracious, the Amazon Book Review, names RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN to its list of Books We Are Talking About. Simon & Schuster will publish the book on May 21, 2019.

THE VICTORIAN AND THE ROMANTIC by Nell Stevens
May 20, 2019

Nell Stevens’ irresistible memoir THE VICTORIAN AND THE ROMANTIC has been shortlisted for a 2019 Somerset Maugham Award by the Society of Authors. Doubleday published the US edition on August 7, 2018.

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.