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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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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The New York Times calls A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James a "monumental new novel"

"It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent." Read the full review here.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Emma Straub's THE VACATIONERS in the Washington Post

"In these pages — so funny, so wise and, yes, even so sweet — she’s created the best feel-good story of the summer.” Read more.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vanity Fair raves about YOUR FACE IN MINE

“Jess Row sees the future in Your Face in Mine," says Elissa Schappel in Vanity Fair's August "Hot Type" column. She calls it "a provocative and exhilaratingly bold examination of race in America."

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