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December

  • Author Joe Landsale raved about Samuel Gailey's soon-to-be-published thriller Deep Winter, describing the novel as "a fast paced thriller tense enough to give you paper cuts from turning the pages so quickly."
  • Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World was named by The Economist and by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2013. Additionally, the Washington Post selected Smartest Kids as one of its notable nonfiction books of the year.
  • Ron Carlson in the Washington Post selected Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as one of the ten best books of 2013. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was also chosen as: an NPR staff pick best book of 2013; as one of the year's five best books by New York magazine; as one of the best international novels of the year by the Globe and Mail (Canada); as one of the best novels of the year by the Christian Science Monitor; and as one of the best books to read this year by Salon.com.
  • Alison Richards, at the NPR science desk, selected Dr. Robert Martin's How We Do It as one of the best books of the year, describing it as "one of the best books about sex, & having babies, you're likely to read."
  • The Strategist named Niraj Dawar's Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers one of the five best business titles of the year. In addition, Jack Malcolm praised Tilt, writing that the book was "excellent" and required reading for sales professionals.
  • Alexis Powers in the Arizona Daily Star wrote a glowing review of Sarah Blake's novel The Postmistress, stating that this "wonderful book" can bring tears to the reader's eyes.
  • Tracy Moore, author of Oops! How to Rock the Mother of All Surprises appeared on the "Today Show" to discuss her funny, smart book on unexpected pregnancy.
  • The Improper Bostonian gave its 2013 award for best nonfiction by a local author to Eve LaPlante for Marmee and Louisa, her joint biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother.
  • Booklist gave a starred review to Elisabeth Elo's North of Boston, praising the "surly sexiness" of the novel's heroine, Pirio Kasparov, and describing the novel as "impressive".
  • Quanyu Huang's The Hybrid Tiger: Secrets of The Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids received an excellent starred review from Publishers Weekly.
  • School Library Journal praised Lisa Borders's novel The Fifty-First State, writing that "this thoughtful novel will attract readers who appreciate intelligent family dramas."

November

  • We are extremely pleased to announce that Nan Cuba's Body and Bread has won the 2013 Southwest Book Award from PEN/Texas, and that Birds of Paradise author Andrew Lam has won a 2013 Josephine Miles Book Award from PEN/Oakland.
  • Publishers Weekly has picked Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as one of the best books of 2013. Kirkus named the novel to its list of the best debut fiction of 2013.
  • Amazon.com has picked Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World as one of the best books of 2013.
  • And, not to be outdone, Fortune has picked Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny's Thinking In New Boxes as one of the five best business books of 2013.
  • Publishers Weekly raved about Elisabeth Elo's forthcoming debut, North of Boston, calling it an "outstanding debut" in a starred, boxed review.
  • Reading The Markets wrote that Junheng Li's Tiger Woman on Wall Street was one of the best investing books of 2013.
  • Forbes raved about Tiger Woman on Wall Street, calling it "China 101" and arguing that it should be read by all investors and anyone interested in China.
  • The Los Angeles Times raved about Tim Conway's What's So Funny?, calling it "warm, witty and often laugh-out-loud funny."
  • We are thrilled to announce that What's So Funny? has reached #22 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.
  • Moving Forward author Everett Worthington wrote a brilliant essay on forgiveness for The Table.
  • Publishers Weekly wrote a great review of Wendy Kramer and Naomi Cahn's forthcoming book, Finding Our Families.

October

  • We're excited to announce that Walk In Their Shoes by Jim Ziolkowski and James Hirsch has appeared at #16 on the Los Angeles Times hardcover nonfiction bestsellers list.
  • The Wide Lens author Ron Adner has been shortlisted for the Thinker's 50 Distinguished Achievement Innovation Award.
  • Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has been named a 2013 National Reading Group Month pick. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, author Ann Patchett named the novel as her favorite book so far this year.
  • Columnist Brian LaSorsa has named Karin Tanabe's novel The List as one of the top five things to read to understand Washington, DC.
  • We are very happy to announce that Cheryl Strayed's Wild will be a selected title for World Book Night.
  • It is our pleasure to announce that Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World has continued its reign on the New York Times bestseller list.
  • The Herald Extra published a great review of Len Rosen's new thriller The Tenth Witness, writing that, "those who read Len Rosen's extraordinary first thriller [All Cry Chaos] will delight in the prequel."
  • The Juneau Empire reviewed Craig Simons's The Devouring Dragon, writing that, "Simons traces [China's] path of destruction and loss, but manages to leave readers feeling cautiously optimistic."
  • We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Hurley's The Decision to Trust has won a 2013 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award.
  • Emily DePrang, in the Texas Observer, raved about Nan Cuba's novel Body and Bread.
  • Comedy star Tim Conway appeared on the Today Show to discuss his hilarious new book, What's So Funny?

September

  • We are thrilled to share that Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has been selected for the fiction long list of the National Book Award.
  • INC Magazine reviewed Keith Sawyer's Zig Zag, writing that "the book is a gem, chock full of fascinating findings from research studies and a deep well of tactics that will get you thinking differently."
  • The Summerset Review praised Lisa Borders's new novel, The Fifty First State, writing that, "it's a richly emotional tale of life, death, and how to make a family." The author was also interviewed by Steve Almond in The Nervous Breakdown.
  • NASDAQ.com interviewed Charles Gasparino, author of Circle of Friends.
  • Jim Ziolkowski, author of Walk In Their Shoes, wrote a feature story for Parade that set out his personal and professional journey.
  • Jay Matthews, in the Washington Post, raved about Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World
  • We are happy to share that Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids In The World has made the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. Education expert Dan Willingham raved about the book on his blog.
  • Nina Sankovitch in the Huffington Post reviewed Andrew Lam's Birds of Paradise Lost, writing that "[Lam's] supple and daring imagination…turns the bones of the events into living & breathing portraits of love, sacrifice, sorrow & endurance."
  • DC Books and Authors interviewed Karin Tanabe and discussed her amazing novel, The List.

August

  • Alan Iny and Luc de Brabandere discussed new thinking on creativity, the subject of their new book Thinking In New Boxes, in Bloomberg Business Week.
  • John Gapper, in the Financial Times, gave a good review to Charles Gasparino's new book Circle of Friends: The Massive Federal Crackdown on Insider Trading—and Why the Markets Always Work Against the Little Guy, writing, "some of the book's best scenes come with the preparations of FBI agents to make the small fry of insider trading rings—the Circle of Friends—abandon hope and help to catch bigger fish." Publishers Weekly raved about Circle of Friends, describing the book as "a true account of economic corruption that reads like a thriller." Charles Gasparino was interviewed by CBS This Morning.
  • Amanda Ripley's book The Smartest Kids in the World was excerpted in The Wall Street Journal.
  • In the New York Times Book Review, Jeanette Walls recommended Mira Bartok's The Memory Palace as one of her favorite memoirs.
  • Tikkun magazine gave an excellent review to Andrew Lam's Birds of Paradise Lost.

July

  • The Chicago Tribune raved about Jessica Lott's debut novel, The Rest of Us, writing that "this debut novel is so vividly infused with life that it reads like a memoir… both its central love story and its account of an artistic coming of age glow with verisimilitude, and the mostly plain-spoken prose attains lyrical peaks just when it needs to."
  • Kirkus Reviews praised Jim Ziolkowski's forthcoming Walk In Their Shoes, describing this memoir as "a motivational tale of the changes people can make in the lives of others, given determination and a strong faith in right and wrong."
  • Washington Post book critic Ron Charles selected Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as one of the best summer reads of 2013. In The Coffin Factory blog, Scott Gloden raved about the novel, writing that "Marra writes with exceptional presence, using every character he invents, tying off even the ones that appear for only a few sentences."
  • The San Antonio Express-News printed an excellent, rave review of Craig Simons' book, The Devouring Dragon: How China's Rise Threatens Our Natural World.
  • J. P. Morgan released their top ten summer reading list, featuring Michael Silverstein, Abheek Singhi, Carol Liao and David Michael's The $10 Trillion Prize: Captivating the Newly Affluent in China and India.
  • The Boston Globe raved about Jessica Lott's The Rest Of Us, describing it as "beautifully paced and totally engrossing. Lott writes with directness and clarity seeded with occasional moments of vivid insight and telling detail. She brings to life compelling yet realistic characters that are flawed yet sympathetic, characters I'd happily invite to a dinner party any time—drama and all."
  • Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World received a fantastic, starred review from Publishers Weekly: "this timely and inspiring book offers many insights into how to improve America's mediocre school system."
  • The Wall Street Journal gave an excellent review to Dr. Robert Martin's How We Do It, writing that, "much of 'How We Do It' puts what we consider "natural" under scrutiny. Being complicated, it turns out, is not only more accurate than being simple; it is far more interesting." Dr. Martin was also interviewed by the Atlantic Monthly.
  • Author Yakuri Watanabe has published a book, The Best 500 Yousho, listing the 500 best foreign books for Japanese readers. Included in the list is Dr. Nick Morgan's Give Your Speech, Change the World.
  • Booklist raved about Len Rosen's new novel, The Tenth Witness, giving it an excellent, starred review, and describing it as "a fine novel and further indication that Rosen is a writer of immense talent." Publishers Weekly echoed the praise and stated that "Rosen writes with polish and confidence."
  • The New York Times reviewed Elizabeth Kendall's Balanchine and the Lost Muse, writing that, "the larger portrait she paints, of two curious, forward-looking artists forged in the same fires, is worth spending some time with."
  • The New York Times discussed the ongoing controversy about orcas in captivity, discussing the book Death at SeaWorld by David Kirby.
  • Tony Wagner's Creating Innovators was among the books listed as the best books to read before heading back to college.

June

  • Dr. Robert Martin, author of How We Do It? The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction, was interviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times. The author also wrote a piece in Huffington Post about his research into the biology of sex, pregnancy and maternal care.
  • How We Do It? received a glowing review in the Washington Post.
  • The Washington Independent Review of Books gave a fantastic review to Lavanya Sankaran's The Hope Factory.
  • Tequila Aficionado reviewed Ilana Edelstein's The Patron Way, writing that the book "was a delicious cocktail of innovation and inspiration with a twist of tragedy for a bittersweet finish."
  • Ilana Edelstein and her book were also praised in The Argonaut News (Santa Monica/Marina del Rey).
  • Men's Health interviewed author and basketball legend Earl Monroe and discussed his recently published memoir, Earl the Pearl.
  • S.S. Taylor's The Expeditioners was recommended as a top summer read for kids by Kathie Lee and Hoda on Today.
  • We are delighted to announce that Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has entered the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list at #22. Chip McGrath profiled the author in the New York Times in late May.

May

  • Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has topped the Barnes & Noble Best of May list.
  • The Washington Times gave a nice review to Donovan Campbell's The Leader's Code.
  • Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has been published to universal acclaim. In the New York Times, Dwight Garner called the novel "ambitious and intellectually restless... humane and absurd."
  • Ron Charles, in the Washington Post, called A Constellation of Vital Phenomena "a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles."
  • The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "This beautiful work will matter long after Chechnya has disappeared from our headlines... In his sure hand, the whole of it comes completely to life...The sense of connectedness is as meaningful as the particulars of it. Over and over again, this is an examination of the ways in which many broken pieces come together to make a new whole. In exquisite imagery, Marra tends carefully to the twisted strands of grace and tragedy. Everything in A Constellation of Vital Phenomena....is dignified with a hoping, aching heartbeat."
  • Entertainment Weekly wrote, "With remarkable pathos and a surprising amount of humor, Marra keeps the focus on the relationships, struggles, and tiny triumphs of an unforgettable group of characters... Marra creates a specific and riveting world around his characters, expertly revealing the unexpected connections among them. While Marra doesn't shy away from the very real conflict of the region... this novel, full of humanity and hope, ultimately leaves you uplifted. Constellation deserves to be on the short list for every major award. It's an absolute masterpiece."
  • In other reviews, the Times (London) acclaimed the novel's "storytelling of magical purity," New York magazine described it as "excellent," and the Toronto Globe and Mail described the book as "an ambitious work of art that visits hell in an audacious quest for redemption."
  • Jacki Lyden interviewed Anthony Marra on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.
  • Slate reviewed Ilana Edelstein's The Patron Way, calling this fantastic new book on the history and business secrets of Patron tequila a "publishing event: an explanation of marketing sleight-of-hand tricks delivered by the magician's lovely assistant."
  • The Observer (London) praised Lavanya Sankaran's The Hope Factory, comparing the novel's "vibrant portrait of ambition and struggle" to the work of Dickens.
  • Eve LaPlante wrote, in honor of mother's day, a piece in the Christian Science Monitor celebrating Louisa May Alcott's mother Marmee.
  • The Waterville (Maine) Morning Sentinel raved about George Harrar's Reunion at Red Paint Bay, writing that "this is a gripping thriller, utterly convincing and alarming, as people struggle to justify past deeds, weigh the costs of the truth and decide that maybe a half-lie is just as good."
  • We are pleased to announce that Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, has acquired a major book by Scott Helman, Jenna Russell and their colleagues at the Boston Globe that will be the definitive account of the Boston Marathon tragedy, the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, and Boston's successful attempts to overcome the insidious attack.

April

  • Dan Savage reviewed Jeff Chu's Does Jesus Really Love Me? on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, calling the book, "fascinating, thoughtful and important."
  • Booklist reviewed Nan Cuba's debut novel Body And Bread, writing that "Cuba's piercing coming-of-age saga vibrates with youthful yearnings."
  • O Magazine listed Body and Bread as one of 14 Riveting Reads to Pick Up in May 2013.
  • We are keen to announce that Cheryl Strayed's Wild has won the 2012 ABA Indies' Choice Award for nonfiction, based on independent bookseller voting.
  • Maria Russo, in the Sunday New York Times, praised Chris Castellani's novel, All This Talk of Love, calling Castellani's books about an Italian-American family "a series of novels that with their mellifluous, gently satirical style and dark, elegiac heart, form something of an opera buffa of the immigrant experience."
  • Karin C. Davidson, in the hothouse culture and literature blog, interviewed Andrew Lam about his essay collections and short story collection, Birds Of Paradise Lost.
  • Social entrepreneur, Walk In Their Shoes author and BuildOn CEO Jim Ziolkowski announced his partnership with entertainment icon Madonna to build eleven new primary schools in Malawi.

March

  • We are very pleased to announce that Cheryl Strayed's Wild was named best nonfiction book of 2012 in the annual Barnes & Noble Discover Awards.
  • Frank Bruni, in his column in the New York Times, raved about Does Jesus Really Love Me?, the new book by Jeff Chu.
  • We are delighted that Anthony Marra's novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has been named the #1 Indie Next Pick for May.
  • Booklist gave an outstanding review to Lavanya Sankaran's The Hope Factory, calling the novel "masterful" and "impossible to put down."
  • Wall Street Journal reporter and author Julia Angwin has been awarded the Scripps-Howard Distinguished Service to the First Amendment reporting prize.
  • Psychologist Howard Nusbaum was interviewed by CBC Radio One (Canada) about his research into wisdom.
  • We congratulate Adam Lashinksy and Jodi Glickman for their nominations for the 2013 Audie awards in the business category.
  • S.S. Taylor's The Expeditioners has been named to the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award master list.
  • Tutu's Two Cents book blog praised George Harrar's literary mystery Reunion At Red Paint Bay, writing that: "all along, the reader knows something more is going to happen, that something is missing, and must keep reading until the sudden, unexpected ending."
  • Thomas Friedman praised Tony Wagner and profiled the book Creating Innovators in his Sunday column in the New York Times.
  • The Southern New Hampshire University MFA program noted the sale of Pratima Cranse's young adult novel, Last Streetlamp, to Viking Children's Books.
  • People magazine has raved about Karin Tanabe's debut novel, The List, calling it "a biting, hilarious sendup of DC's elite."

February

  • We are delighted to announce that Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy's Whitey Bulger has reached #1 on the Boston Globe hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. The book has also reached #21 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list. The authors were recently interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air.
  • Reporter and author Adam Lashinsky has been nominated for a 2013 Audie Award for his recording of his bestselling book Inside Apple.
  • Mira Bartok, author of The Memory Palace, has won Library's Journal's Best Acknowledgments of 2012 Award for Elegant Thanks.
  • Birds of Paradise Lost author Andrew Lam was interviewed on KQED, Northern California's public radio affiliate, to discuss his acclaimed short story collection.
  • The Expeditioners author S. S. Taylor was interviewed by Vermont's VPR about her thrilling children's novel. In addition, Ms. Taylor discussed the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the New York Times.
  • The Boston Globe gave a rave review to Chris Castellani's new novel, All This Talk of Love.
  • Author Steve Almond interviewed Chris Castellani in The Rumpus.
  • The New York Times gave Keith O'Brien's Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness a fantastic review.
  • We are very pleased that Barnes and Noble has named Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as a Discover Great New Writers Pick for Summer 2013. This fantastic novel has also been named to Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of 2013."
  • Paddy Miller and Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, authors of Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life, published an article on stealth innovation in the Harvard Business Review.
  • The New Republic and Poynter featured Karin Tanabe and her supremely entertaining novel, The List.
  • The Boston Globe published a wonderful review of Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought him Justice by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.
  • Library Journal reviewed S. S. Taylor's The Expeditioners, describing it as a "wonderful example of steampunk done well" and stating that, "this thoroughly satisfying adventure contains enough danger and suspense to keep even reluctant readers turning the pages."
  • Lavanya Sankaran's novel The Hope Factory received a starred, rave review from Kirkus Reviews, who wrote that Sankaran's debut novel, like her well-received short story collection (The Red Carpet, 2005), is "a vivid exposé of modern India's growing pains."

January

  • We are very sad to announce the untimely passing of Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema. One of the leading psychologists of her generation, Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema wrote a series of influential books, including Women Who Think Too Much. Here is a link to her obituary in the New York Times.
  • Christian Perring in Metapsychology reviewed George Harrar's novel Reunion at Red Paint Bay, calling it "memorable" and "well-written."
  • Power, Inc. author David Rothkopf wrote about the coming year in review in Foreign Policy.
  • We are pleased to announce that Power, Inc. was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal (Best Business Books of 2012) and Choice Reviews (Best Academic Titles of 2012).
  • We are extremely pleased to announce that Cheryl Strayed's Wild has won both the 2013 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and the Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir/Autobiography.
  • We are also delighted that the Publisher's Lunch big roundup of bestseller lists for 2012 placed Wild tied at #3 overall, and #2 in nonfiction.
  • Wild launched in the UK this month. The memoir was a BBC's 'Book of the Week' on Radio 4. Wild also received rave reviews in the Independent (UK) and in the Daily Telegraph (UK).
  • Risk Management Monitor named both Ron Adner's The Wide Lens and Rafe Sagarin's Learning from the Octopus as among the five best books of 2012.
  • Author Rafe Sagarin and Learning from the Octopus were discussed in the New York Times "green" blog.