HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018
Here’s a wrap-up of some books – actually, treasures we didn’t get to hilight this year. I think you’ll connect with one or two. They’re all available as giveaways. Just tell us your favorite book of the year.
Thank you to authors, publishers and publicists for making this post possible.
Pub. Date Aug. 15th, ATRIA
Jill Bialosky’s newest memoir is Poetry Will Save Your Life. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently The Players; three critically acclaimed novels, most recently, The Prize, and a New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, O Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, and Paris Review among others. She co-edited pllkwith Helen Schulman the anthology, Wanting a Child. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry.
Pub. Date Sept. 5th, Scribner
Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel Salvage the Bones, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the day of the cyclone, and the day after. Prior to her appointment at Tulane, Ward was an assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama. From 2008 to 2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010–2011 academic year. Ward joined the faculty at Tulane in the fall of 2014. In 2013 she released her memoir Men We Reaped. In 2017, she was the recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The same year, she received a second National Book Award for her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, which made her the first woman to win two National Book Awards for Fiction.
Pub. Date Sept. 5th, Little Brown
Brendan Mathews is the author of The World of Tomorrow (Little, Brown & Co.), one of Entertainment Weekly’s “20 Must Read Fall Books.” His fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland and has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Born and raised in upstate New York, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MFA from the University of Virginia. He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Pub. Date Oct. 3rd, ATRIA
New York Times bestselling author Maria Dueñas returns with THE VINEYARD, a story of ambition, heartbreak, and desire set in the 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain.
Mauro Larrea’s fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away. Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spain with every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the wife of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family’s legacy. Before long, Larrea finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory.
Pub. Date Oct. 3rd, Hachette Book
Author, Alexis’ own words:
Hello, my name is Alexis Okeowo. Based on the five years I spent Living and reporting from across the continent, I’ve weaved together five narractives that worm a powerful tapestry of Africa today. The novel is called A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa. I’m a staff writer at The New Yorker, and I was part of a team of National Geographic journalists who were finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. My work has also been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing 2017 and The Best American Travel Writing 2017, and been awarded fellowships and grants from New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the International Reporting Project. I’ve lived in Uganda, Mexico, and Nigeria. I now live in Brooklyn.
E-mail: aboutexodus [at] gmail [dot] com
Pub. Date Oct. 3rd, She Writes Press
In Danielle M. Wong’s novel, SWEARING OFF STARS, Amelia Cole―Lia for short―is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s. Finally free from her overbearing Brooklyn parents, she finds a welcome sense of independence in British college life. Lia quickly falls for Scarlett Daniels, an aspiring actress and hardheaded protester. Scarlett introduces her to an exciting gender-equality movement with high stakes. But when their secret love clashes with political uprising, their relationship is one of the casualties.
Years later, Lia’s only memories of Scarlett are obscured by the glossy billboards she sees advertising the actress’s new films. But when a mysterious letter surfaces, she is immediately thrown back into their unsettled romance. Lia’s travels span oceans and continents in her search for Scarlett.
Danielle’s writing has been published on several websites, including Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Her Campus. She has a short story published in Be The Star You Are For Teens, and is currently working on her next novel. http://www.daniellemwong.com
Pub. Date Oct. 10th, Little a (amazon)
In alternating first-person narratives, e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, THE LOST PRAYERS of RICKY GRAVES unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection.
James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship Recipient and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, and the University of California – Berkeley. He has worked as a staff writer and editor for Pagoda Foreign Language Institute, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and Logogog – South Africa. The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is his first novel
Pub. Date Oct. 17th, Berkley
Author, Roben’s own words:
I wrote Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami. I host the NPR One show Full Disclosure (iTunes: FullDRadio.com) and contribute to PBS NewsHour. I was at Businessweek for a decade and have also appeared on CNN, NPR, CNBC, MSNBC and CBS News. Born in Iran; raised in Miami. Graduate of Princeton and the Harvard Business School.
Pub. Date Oct. 24th, Spark Press
In Mindy Tarquini’s nove, THE INFINTE NOW, readers are in flu-ravaged 1918 Philadelphia, where Fiora Vicente, the freshly orphaned and forward-thinking daughter of the local fortune teller, has goals. She has ambitions. But when faced with a future she hasn’t planned, she has second thoughts–and casts her community into a stagnant bubble of time.
Inside the bubble, life among Fiora’s superstitious neighbors continues, but nothing progresses, swamped by a steady stream of unspent seconds. As the pressure builds Fiora realizes she must find the courage to collapse the bubble–or risk trapping her dreams in an unbearable, unyielding, and infinite Now.
Pub. Date Nov. 1st, Lake Union Publishing
Told in alternating tales, at once haunting and redemptive, A TANGLED MERCY is an American epic rooted in heartbreaking true events examining the harrowing depths of human brutality and betrayal juxtaposed against our enduring hope for freedom and forgiveness.
After earning a BA from Furman University and a masters from a theological seminary, Joy re-located to Boston, Massachusetts, area where she earned a masters and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University, and specialized in the role of race and religion in 19-century American fiction, especially in the cultural battle over slavery.
Pub. Date Nov. 7th, FSG Originals.
In debut novelist, Liska Jacobs’, CATALINA, Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsa’s ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking she’s on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.
But Elsa doesn’t want to celebrate. She is lost, lonely, and full of rage, and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her. On Catalina, her determined unraveling and recklessness expose painful memories and dark desires, putting everyone in the group at risk.
Liska Jacobs holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, and The Hairpin, among other publications.
Catalina is her first novel.
All of these books are separate giveaways. It’s New Year’s Day! Just tell us your favorite book of the year, or one resolution you plan to stick to. We’ll announce winners soon.