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Recent NewsMira Jacob's Good Talk and Frans de Waal's Mama's Last Hug are both longlisted for the 2020 Pen America Literary Award (Jacob for the Open Book Award and deWaal for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award)! Huge congratulations!
2019 Roundups (so far):
Guy Winch, PhD, author of Emotional First Aid and How to Fix A Broken Heart launches the first ever column on TED.com, an advice column, aptly named Dear Guy.
Frans de Waal's Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves is a New York Times' best-seller and gets a rave front-page New York Times Sunday Book Review. It gets a starred Kirkus ("a book that will surely make readers want to grab someone's arm and exclaim, 'Listen to this!") and starred Publishers Weekly ("illuminating--and remarkably moving") and starred Booklist ("A captivating survey of animal and human emotions.").
Amy Stewart's Kopp Sisters on the March is given a starred review in both the Library Journal and Booklist. The Washington Post says: "Constance Kopp takes on the military establishment in the fifth in Amy Stewart's entertaining series about three fiercely feminist sisters who refuse to believe that men are meant to rule the world." Her Kopp Sister series is in development at Amazon Studios.
Ruth Kassinger's Slime: How Algae Created Us, Sustained Us, and Just Might Save Us is a New York Times New and Noteworthy Title and a Science Friday Best Book of the Summer. Ira Flatow says: "Kassinger gives these Plain Janes their time in the sun ... Great reading."
Vince Houghton's Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board is called "compulsively readable laugh out loud history" by Mary Roach. Shelf Awareness says: "Houghton explores these foibles with insightful glee. While most of these projects were deadly serious, the sheer audacity of these attempts makes for entertaining reading. Houghton's prose is breezy, punctuated by amusing asides and historical insight.... As funny as it is frightening."
Mira Jacob's Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations is given a starred Publishers Weekly review: "[A] breezy but poignant graphic memoir that takes on racism, love, and the election of President Trump. . . . The 'talks" Jacob relates are painful, often hilarious, and sometimes absurd, but her memoir makes a fierce case for continuing to have them." Time Magazine says the book "emphasizes the complexities of being part of an interracial family and the struggles of parenting in the present moment." Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo's Film 44 acquire the rights to develop as a half-hour comedy series, with Jacob attached to pen the series adaptation. Read more about it in Deadline.
David Sloan Wilson's This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution is "utterly fascinating and beautifully written. . . . [Wilson] addresses deep questions about humanity: how we can avoid physical or mental illnesses, raise children, make groups more effective, create sustainable economies and nurture better planetary stewards", according to Nature Magazine. Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it "Splendid . . . An excellent argument that evolution applies to culture as well as organisms . . . [Wilson is] a masterful educator."
Jeremy N. Smith's Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called Alien is featured on The Today Show, NBC News, and described as a "page-turning real-life thriller" in a starred Kirkus review. It is on Apple's Most Anticipated List and on Bookish's Must Read list. Booklist calls it "riveting" and Library Journal describes it as "fascinating and entertaining." The New York Times says "Smith's writing style...is crisp as he charts the course of Alien's life in a series of vignettes from uncertain undergraduate to successful business owner. The structure works because Smith is a lively storyteller."
RJ Young's memoir Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns is one of Publishers Weekly's five most anticipated memoirs. It is called "honest and heartbreaking" and "searing." Pacific Standard says: "We need more books like this: personal, emotional meditations on gun ownership...showing us all the ways in which guns take on meaning for people, and what happens when those meanings collide."
Hala Alyan's Salt Houses wins the Dayton Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award! It is named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Nylon, Kirkus Reviews, Bustle and BookPage. The book is "moving and beautifully written," according to Entertainment Weekly and "[Alyan is] a master," says The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Paul Collins' Blood & Ivy is "well-researched and beautifully written... filled with Dickensian characters....Collins knows how to build suspense," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it "a vivid true-crime tale from a fascinating bygone era" and Publishers Weekly describes it as "mesmerizing."