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June
SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is Amazon Editors’ #1 Pick in Business and Leadership

Amazon Editors have selected Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) as their #1 pick among business and leadership books of 2024 so far. Lindsay Powers writes: “A refreshing read that urges us to focus on quality over quantity, lean out, and find meaning in our every day.” 

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is an NPR Staff Favorite

NPR staffers chose their favorite books of the year so far, and Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) was among them. Copy editor Preeti Aroon said: "If you’re the typical knowledge worker, your life is overwhelmed by a dizzying flurry of emails and Slack messages breaking your focus every few minutes. You breathlessly ricochet from task to task yet never get enough real work done. Stop. Take a deep breath. Then read Slow Productivity.... If enough knowledge workers embrace slow productivity, we can revolutionize the world of work.”

The New York Times Features SLOW PRODUCTIVITY

The New York Times asked time-management experts which productivity books they use, and Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) was second on the list. “Several experts recommended books by Cal Newport, a professor of computer science at Georgetown University.”

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Wins Reading the West Award

Melissa Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon (W.W. Norton) has won the 34th Annual Reading the West Book Award in the biography/memoir category. Watch Melissa’s award and acceptance starting at the 2:20 mark.

MAJOR TAYLOR Included on Bank Street College of Education’s 2024 Best Children’s Books of the Year List

Charles R. Smith Jr.'s MAJOR TAYLOR was named one of the Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College of Education.

ISABEL AND THE ROGUE Selected by the LA Times

Liana De la Rosa's ISBAEL AND THE ROGUE was named one of the "16 romance novels to heat up your summer" by the Los Angeles Times.

May
ISABEL AND THE ROGUE Named a Steamy Summer Romance Novel by Oprah Daily

Liana De la Rosa's ISABEL AND THE ROGUE was selected as one of the 6 Steamy Summer Romance Novels by Oprah Daily: "De la Rosa cracks open the stuffiest of Victorian ballrooms, showing that the world is much bigger than England and that history is made by acts of hero- and heroine-ism, both small and large. This book stands on its own, but if you’re a series completist, why not start with the wonderful Ana María and the Fox?"

BRAVE THE WIILD RIVER Is a Pacific Northwest Indie Bestseller

Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (W.W. Norton) debuted on the Pacific Northwest independent booksellers trade paperback nonfiction bestseller list at #12.

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is a Northern California Indie Bestseller

Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (W.W. Norton) debuted on the Northern California independent booksellers trade paperback nonfiction bestseller list at #15.

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is the SciFri Book Club Pick for July

Science Friday’s SciFri Book Club has selected Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (W.W. Norton) as their July pick. 

ISABEL AND THE ROGUE Named a Great Fiction Book for Summer Days (and Nights) by Kirkus

Liana De la Rosa's ISABEL AND THE ROGUE was selected as one of the eight "Great Fiction Books for Summer Days (and Nights)" by Kirkus: "Our starred review says this book will delight fans of historical romance; if you’re not one already, this is a fine place to start."

ISABEL AND THE ROGUE Named One of Kirkus's Hottest Summer Reads of 2024

Liana De la Rosa's ISABEL AND THE ROGUE was included in Kirkus's "24 Hottest Summer Reads of 2024."

ANA MARÍA AND THE FOX Recommended by the Wall Street Journal

Liana De la Rosa's ANA MARÍA AND THE FOX was recommended as a historical romance for fans of Bridgerton: "A perfect mix of slow-burn romance, geopolitical maneuvering and sisterly antics"

LOST ARK DREAMING Reviewed by Charlie Jane Anders in The Washington Post

"The story of three characters from different social classes learning to work together remains compelling"

theSkimm Says HOW IT FEELS TO FIND YOURSELF Is a Best Book for Growth

The Skimm featured Meera Lee Patel’s HOW IT FEELS TO FIND YOURSELF (TarcherPerigee) in its roundup of Best Products to Support Your Mental Health: "In addition to the stunning watercolor illustrations in this book, Patel beautifully breaks down each section into clear themes related to navigating change…. If you or someone you know is entering a new life chapter and feeling daunted by it, this book is a solid companion."

THE GRIEVING BRAIN Is a Best Book on the Brain

Mary-Frances O’Connor’s THE GRIEVING BRAIN was selected by James R. Doty on behalf of The Wall Street Journal as one of Five Best: Books on the Brain: "In The Grieving Brain, Mary-Frances O’Connor demonstrates the astonishing resilience of the human spirit. She studies grief with scientific rigor, examining how our brains process and adapt to extreme emotional experiences." 

THE CHICKEN SISTERS TV Adaptation in the Works at The Hallmark Channel

KJ Dell’Antonia's novel THE CHICKEN SISTERS is being developed for television by The Hallmark Channel and stars Lea Thompson, Schuyler Fisk, Genevieve Angelson and Wendie Malick.

Dr. Thema Bryant Featured on Good Morning America

Dr. Thema Bryant, author of the forthcoming RECLAIM YOURSELF: The Homecoming Workbook, was featured on Good Morning America (beginning at 2:40 in this clip).

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is on the Shortlist for the Reading the West Award

Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (W.W. Norton) is on the shortlist for the 34th Annual Reading the West Book Awards in the category of memoir & biography. Voting is open to the public until May 31. 

COMPANY is Shortlisted for the 2024 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Shannon Sander's debut story collection COMPANY has been shortlisted for the 2024 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, awarded by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation. The Prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

Dr. Thema Bryant Featured on Soul Boom with Rainn Wilson

Dr. Thema Bryant, author of the forthcoming RECLAIM YOURSELF: The Homecoming Workbook, was featured on Soul Boom with Rainn Wilson podcast to discuss healing from religious trauma.

Parade Recommends CHAMBER DIVERS

Parade named Rachel Lance’s CHAMBER DIVERS (Dutton) one of the best new book releases for the week and said, "In this fascinating work of hidden history, author Rachel Lance reveals the brave men and women who risked life and limb–and sometimes lost them–when testing the boundaries of what the human body could endure underwater, all in preparation for D-Day. It's nerve-wracking, inspiring and quite remarkable. Some 80 years after the war ended, we're still learning so much.”

April
SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is a NYT Business Best Seller

Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) is #4 on the New York Times Business Best Sellers list for April. 

Mary-Frances O’Connor Featured in Time

Mary-Frances O’Connor, author of THE GRIEVING BRAIN (HarperOne) was featured in Time magazine’s “Taylor Swift Is Embracing the 5 Stages of Grief. Should You?” 

Hasan Merali Appears on BBC Radio 4’s "Woman’s Hour"

Dr. Hasan Merali, author of SLEEP WELL, TAKE RISKS, SQUISH THE PEAS (HCI) appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” to discuss the ways we can channel our inner toddler to live a happier life. 

CHAMBER DIVERS Excerpted in Wired

Wired published “They Experimented on Themselves in Secret. What They Discovered Helped Win a War," an excerpt from Rachel Lance's CHAMBER DIVERS (Dutton). 

CHAMBER DIVERS Excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine published "To Help the Allied War Effort, These Scientists Got Drunk on Nitrogen," an excerpt from Rachel Lance's CHAMBER DIVERS (Dutton). 

COMPANY Wins the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction at LA Times Book Prizes

Shannon Sander's debut story collection COMPANY was named the winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: “The prose is magnificent, mature and breathtakingly precise, and the collection resounds with a sensitivity and wisdom rarely seen in a debut."

The Children's Book Council Names MAJOR TAYLOR Amongst 2024 Teacher and Librarian's Favorite Books

The Children's Book Council included Charles R. Smith Jr.'s MAJOR TAYLOR: WORLD CYCLING CHAMPION on their 2024 3rd–5th Grade Teacher and Librarian Favorites.

THE POWER FOODS DIET is a Publisher's Weekly Bestseller

Dr. Neal Barnard's THE POWER FOODS DIET appeared on the Publisher's Weekly hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.

Fresh Air Features CHAMBER DIVERS

Rachel Lance appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air to discuss her second book, CHAMBER DIVERS: The Untold Story of the D-Day Scientists Who Changed Special Operations Forever (Dutton), with Terry Gross.

WSJ Reviews A CHANCE TO HARMONIZE

The Wall Street Journal reviewed Sheryl Kaskowitz’s A CHANCE TO HARMONIZE (Pegasus), saying: “The first full-length study of one of the New Deal’s most ambitious cultural initiatives…. A Chance to Harmonize, as well as giving a picaresque account of a remarkable archival project, offers a corrective to the male-dominated narratives of the folk-song field.” 

THE SKIN AND ITS GIRL Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Hemingway Award

Sarah Cypher's debut novel THE SKIN AND ITS GIRL is on the longlist for the 2024 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novels.

THE SKIN AND ITS GIRL Longlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

Sarah Cypher's debut novel THE SKIN AND ITS GIRL was longlisted for the 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award.

THE SKIN AND ITS GIRL named a Stonewall Honor Award Winner

Sarah Cypher's debut novel THE SKIN AND ITS GIRL was selected as a 2024 Stonewall Barbara Gittings Literature Honor Award winner.

Kirkus Gives THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS SOMETIMES a Starred Review

"[Frank] offers a realistic yet sensitive portrait of a child who’s often a little out of step with the rest of the world but who’s undeniably perceptive and thoughtful—and who’s lucky enough to have a sympathetic adult who sees that. Many neurodivergent readers will recognize themselves in Max... A deeply satisfying tale of a square peg who finds a way to triumph."

IN THE LOBBY OF THE DREAM HOTEL is a Finalist for the Vermont Book Award

Genevieve Plunkett's debut novel IN THE LOBBY OF THE DREAM HOTEL was named a finalist for the Vermont Book Award.

WSJ Reviewed SAVING MICHELANGELO'S DOME

The Wall Street Journal reviewed Wayne Kalayjian's SAVING MICHELANGELO'S DOME: "This is Mr. Kalayjian’s first book, but he is a natural writer, and his authority on matters of engineering lends clarity to a difficult topic."

Kirkus Gives ISABEL AND THE ROGUE a Starred Review

"De la Rosa’s sequel to Ana María and the Fox (2023) will delight fans of that book... The well-written story has a rich combination of suspense and complex character development, not to mention a red-hot scene when the two are trapped underneath a desk together, but what will stick with readers is the dramatic and moving ending... A satisfying sequel in a great historical romance series."

Nancy Nichols Featured on NPR's FRESH AIR

Nancy Nichols was interviewed by Terry Gross about her memoir WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL on NPR's FRESH AIR.

March
WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL Selected as One of the Best Books of March 2024 by Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor included Nancy Nichols's memoir WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL on their list of "the 10 best new books of March 2024": "Nichols offers a spirited exploration of the effects of the automobile on American women. She documents the ways driving has both expanded women’s freedoms and, citing midcentury isolation in the suburbs, limited their opportunities."

WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL Reviewed in The New York Post

Nancy Nichols's memoir WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL was reviewed by The New York Post: "In her new, highly readable part memoir, part car history, Nichols makes clear that the woman driver and her experience behind the wheel is no laughing matter." 

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is a New York Times Bestseller

Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) debuted at #2 on the New York Times' Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous bestseller list. 

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is an Indie Bestseller

Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) is an Indie Bestseller at #10, for the week ending March 10, 2024. 

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is a USA Today Bestseller

Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) is a USA Today bestseller, debuting at #46. 

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY Is a Washington Post Bestseller

Cal Newport’s SLOW PRODUCTIVITY (Portfolio) is a Washington Post hardcover nonfiction bestseller, debuting at #10. 

WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL Reviewed in The New York Times Book Review

Nancy A. Nichols's WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL (Pegasus Books) was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review: “[A] fascinating, funny, enraging and often very moving book…For all its hard-edged machinery, gender warring and auto-business shenanigans, the emotional engine of this book is Nichols’s own poignant story.”

THE CHICKEN SISTERS TV Adaptation in the Works

Red Clay Studios is adapting KJ Dell'Antonia's novel THE CHICKEN SISTERS (Putnam) for television.

February
OUR MOON is a New Yorker Best Book

The New Yorker has selected Rebecca Boyle’s OUR MOON (Random House) as one of The Best Books We Read This Week, saying: "This chronicle of our planet’s 'silvery sister' begins with the explosive interaction, four and a half billion years ago, that split the moon from the Earth, and eventually encompasses the climatic chaos that is likely to ensue when it ultimately escapes our gravitational pull.”

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is on the Longlist for the Reading the West Award

Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (WW Norton) has been named to the longlist for the 34th Annual Reading the West Book Awards in the category of Memoir & Biography. Public voting on the shortlists will be from May 1 to 31. 

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is a Southwest Book of the Year

Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (WW Norton) is a Southwest Book of the Year. The committee calls it “an intimate biography” and “a fine Western adventure tale.” 

BEAVERLAND Is a New York Times Bestseller

Leila Philip’s BEAVERLAND (Twelve) appeared at #12 on the New York Times paperback nonfiction list.

The New York Times Recommends OUR MOON

Critics and editors at the New York Times recommend Rebecca Boyle's OUR MOON (Random House). "The moon may seem the least mysterious of our celestial neighbors, but Boyle gracefully argues that our development as a species and a planet is inextricably linked to its presence.”

Library Journal Gives LOST ARK DREAMING a Starred Review

"Verdict: Okungbowa offers readers an amazing, character-driven story set in a vivid, dystopian world."

Kirkus Gives KING OF DEAD THINGS a Starred Review

"Readers will feel transported as the vivid scenes play out on each page, drawing them in with universal elements such as struggles with identity, family, and an uncertain future... An electrifying debut."

BEAVERLAND Is a Barnes & Noble Monthly Pick

Barnes & Noble selected Leila Philip's BEAVERLAND as their nonfiction pick for February.

January
OUR MOON Is a USA Today Bestseller

USA Today’s Best-selling Booklist features Rebecca Boyle’s OUR MOON (Random House), debuting at #96. 

Booklist Gives THE ASTROCHIMPS a Starred Review

“As NASA prepares to return humans to the moon, Cusick reminds readers of America’s often-forgotten first astronauts: chimpanzees. Her riveting and reverent account, packed with fascinating details and archival photos, traces the role these astrochimps played in the Space Race.” 

Publishers Weekly Talks with Nancy A. Nichols, author of WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL

In Women Behind the Wheel, journalist Nichols provides a women’s history of the automobile.

SO FETCH Is a People Magazine Best Book to Read in January

People picked their best reads of January, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s SO FETCH (Dey Street) is #3. They call it “a behind-the-scenes romp."

WOMEN BEHIND THE WHEEL Receives a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

“Journalist Nichols offers a unique and captivating history of women and the automobile. Combing through decades of carmakers’ advertisements and marketing strategies, Nichols finds that not long after its invention in the 1880s, the automobile became 'our most gendered technology'…Nichols interweaves meticulous and intriguing research into engineering and advertising history with poignant reflections on how automobiles have played an outsize role in her own family: an uncle killed in a car accident, an alcoholic father who was a used car salesman, time spent driving herself and her son for cancer treatment…[T]his perceptive study will compel readers to reevaluate their own relationship with cars.”

December
BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is a New Yorker Best Book of 2023

The New Yorker selected Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (WW Norton) as one of its Best Books of 2023.

BRAVE THE WILD RIVER Is ALA Booklist’s Top of the List

ALA Booklist selected Melissa L. Sevigny’s BRAVE THE WILD RIVER (WW Norton) as it’s Top of the List in Nonfiction for 2023.

THE ASTROCHIMPS Reviewed in Publishers Weekly

"Before Mercury Seven astronauts began their explorations, NASA recruited and trained six chimpanzees to compete with Sputnik, which Cusick perceptively depicts in this fascinating work...By touching on subjects of animal rights and experimentation, as well as gender equity within Homo sapiens society, Cusick breathes life into a seldom heard story and reminds readers that while 'we cannot undo the past... we can create a new future.'"

KIND OF A BIG DEAL Is Vulture’s #1 Comedy Book of the Year

Vulture has named Saul Austerlitz’s KIND OF A BIG DEAL (Dutton) the #1 comedy book of 2023: "Anchorman is one of the last great broad, blockbuster comedies, densely packed with over-the-top characters, jokes, catchphrases, and set pieces. It’s great to see it get the full, exhaustive, appreciative analysis and oral history, a treatment afforded to all iconic culture. Saul Austerlitz was the perfect author for the job.”