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The Language of Butterflies by New York Times' bestselling author Wendy Williams' is "informative and illuminating," according to Science Magazine. It is given a starred review in both Booklist ([Williams'] enthusiasm is convincing and contagious") and Bookpage ("Informative, thought-provoking...Williams is a consummate storyteller, and her narrative seamlessly integrates scientific facts with vivid portraits of characters as colorful as the butterflies that intrigue and inspire them").

"Incisive and approachable...this brisk chronicle delivers meaningful context," says Publishers Weekly about Michael Schuman's Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World. "Of considerable interest to students of world trade, geopolitics, and history," according to Kirkus.

Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Labrire's book, The Sober Lush: A Hedonist's Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life--Alcohol Free, is excerpted in The Lily (Washington Post), under the headline "How self-quarantine feels a lot like getting sober. Here's how we find beauty in the struggle."

The House on Fripp Island by Rebecca Kauffman is a best beach read, according to Entertainment Weekly. This "keen, atmospheric follow-up to The Gunners explores class, friendship, and dark family secret...inevitably, events spiral to a shocking conclusion. Kauffman's characters leap off the page...Readers will devour this suspenseful summer drama," according to Publishers Weekly. Kirkus says "our assumptions about whose tensions, desires, rages, and shy longings might erupt into murder are provoked and reversed right up until the final pages, when the mystery of Fripp Island is revealed...An entertaining and ultimately tender book."

Muhammad H. Zaman's Biography of Resistance is described, in starred Kirkus review, as "a vivid portrayal of our fight against an opponent that has been around for more than 3 billion years." The Wall Street Journal praises the book, saying the author's "sense of urgency is irresistible." The author is awarded a Guggenheim.

Thrilling news: Amanda Eyre Ward's The Jetsetters is Reese's Book Club Pick! And a best summer read, according to Parade Magazine. One of 24 Best Books of 2020, according to Esquire.

Frans de Waal wins the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for Mama's Last Hug!

Amanda Eyre Ward's The Jetsetters is a New York Times' Editors Choice ("A widow takes her three grown children on the Mediterranean cruise she wins in an essay contest. At the heart of Ward's comic story of family estrangement and long-buried trauma is the adage 'There's no such thing as a free ride' - but her novel's ultimate destination is both surprising and transporting") and the New York Times Book Review says "Ward nails how family expeditions are ruined and saved, over and over again, by fleeting moments of connection and the consensus to survive without killing one another."

Mira Jacob's Good Talk is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

A rave review for Franchise by Marcia Chatelain in The New York Times. The book is described as "smart and capacious....[Chatelain] gives this important book an empathetic core as well as analytical breadth." Kirkus calls it "an eye-opening and unique history lesson." Library Journal says it's "invaluable for those studying the intersections of race, economics, and business in the United States."

Deborah Francis-White's The Guilty Feminist is described by Emma Thompson as "essential reading for the planet," and Phoebe Waller-Bridge calls it "hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius."

Mira 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:
  • Frans de Waal's Mama's Last Hug: A New York Times' Notable; an Amazon Best Book of 2019; a Kirkus Best Book; A Science News Favorite; a Library Journal Best Book. Longlisted for the 2020 PEN America Literary Award.
  • Mira Jacob's Good Talk : one of *10* Best Books of 2019, according to Publishers Weekly (where Mira graces the cover of the Magazine), the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Public Library. Also a top 10 Graphic Book according to the New York Times. Named a Best Book of 2019 by The New York Times (A NYT's Notable), Time Magazine, Esquire, The Times Literary Supplement, Buzzfeed, Kirkus, and Library Journal. Longlisted for the 2020 PEN America Literary Award.
  • Ruth Kassinger's Slime: an Amazon Best Book of 2019; a Library Journal Best Book of 2019; A Science News Favorite; A BookPage Best Book
  • David Sloan Wilson's This View of Life: a Kirkus Best Book of 2019.

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."

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,

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