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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Associated Press on Anne Lamott's SMALL VICTORIES: "Her words heal us all."

“Beautifully written essays, filled with nuggets of wisdom gathered over years of mindful living… Her tone is intimate and the pace slow, allowing readers to linger over each essay, like a great meal with friends you never want to end. She boils complicated matters down to basics, and stretches the limits of emotional depth in simple stories with larger lessons… By sharing her journey from drunk to sober, broken to mended, hungry to spiritually fulfilled, her words heal us all.” Read more...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Washington Post raves about Yelena Akhtiorskaya's "genius" PANIC IN A SUITCASE

Ron Charles writes: "This 28-year-old writer from Odessa subordinates the violence of nations for a moment and offers the balm of laughter… Equal parts borscht stew and Borscht belt … this is the great immigrant story drained of its inspirational hype. … One wonders if Akhtiorskaya hasn’t descended from some unacknowledged Russian branch of Kingsley Amis’s family...Genius." Read the full review here.

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Rave review for Jen Doll's SAVE THE DATE from Time

Time writes: “Jen Doll’s new book, Save the Date, is no Katherine Heigl movie — it’s a smart examination of just how weird weddings can be when put under the microscope….The ultimate wedding party favor is a good story. Doll has several.” Read the review here.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

The New York Times raves about Masha Gessen's new book WORDS WILL BREAK CEMENT: THE PASSION OF PUSSY RIOT

Alexander Nazaryan in the New York Times calls Masha Gessen's WORDS WILL BREAK CEMENT “Urgent  … damning … Much here will be new to the American reader. All of it is infuriating.” We couldn't agree more. You can read the full review here.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 features Patty Chang Anker's SOME NERVE featured Patty Chang Anker's SOME NERVE on their list of fall "Books That Will Make You More Confident, Happy and Spontaneous." Read the review here.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NPR hails Juan Gabriel Vasquez's The Sound of Things Falling and Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed as Best of the Summer!

NPR highlighted six of the best books of Summer 2013 and two Riverhead titles were listed: And the Mountains Echoed and The Sound of Things Falling. Check out what they had to say here!
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Monday, June 10, 2013

James McBride featured in NPR's "5 Books to Look Forward to This Summer"

"You may know the story of John Brown's unsuccessful raid on Harper's Ferry, but author James McBride's retelling of the events leading up to it is so imaginative, you'll race to the finish." Read the rest of the review here.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Entertainment Weekly gives an “A” to Steven Amsterdam’s WHAT THE FAMILY NEEDED

“A father flies, a girl becomes invisible, a nurse hears her patients' unspoken dying words. Somehow the novel feels at once magical and very normal, a wishful fantasy about the strength it can take to love one's family members well.” Grade: A. Read the rest of the review here.

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Friday, February 08, 2013

The New Yorker is "grateful" for Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad

"In addition to enjoying the company of a fellow language nerd on the bus... I found much to be grateful for in the Yagoda." To read more, click here.
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ben Yagoda's How To Not Write Bad on Beth Kephart Books blog!

"[How to Not Write Bad] is a book that asks us to be mindful, to look back over own shoulders at the language trail we leave, to be our own best copy editors, to read, to look things up." To read more, click here.
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