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April 2014

  • Leigh Haber in O Magazine published a fantastic review of Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness, writing, "Two years after a young writer's death, her words soar....The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of her fiction and nonfiction pieces, and it sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth. The prose, polished but thoroughly unselfconscious, is heartbreaking evidence of what could have been."
  • The Opposite of Loneliness also won praise from Elizabeth Taylor in the Chicago Tribune, who named the book an "Editor's Choice", and announced, "in this season of college acceptances—and rejections and graduations—"The Opposite of Loneliness," a collection of Keegan's fiction and essays, is the book I'll press upon friends." Elle and People magazines also acclaimed Keegan's collection.
  • Scott Helman and Jenna Russell of the Boston Globe's Long Mile Home won the acclaim of USA Today, who described the book as "a riveting piece of journalism and an exceptional tribute to a great American city."
  • The Washington Post also loved Long Mile Home, writing that "the account by two Boston Globe reporters, Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, succeeds in every way. It is a harrowing narrative of the events and a behind-the-scenes look at the public officials and everyday people forever changed by the attack. It is also a portrait of a major American city, its psyche and the distance runners who consider the race a sacred rite."
  • Library Journal published a rave review of Claire MacDougall's Veil of Time, writing that, "McDougall's poetic prose shines, as do her thoroughly researched, detailed descriptions of life."
  • The Wall Street Journal praised Bill Thomas, and his book, Second Wind, calling this account of how the Baby Boomers can and should reinvent old age, "a stirring and splendid book".
  • Good Housekeeping lauded Gail Caldwell's new memoir, New Life, No Instructions, describing it as "eloquent and uplifting."
  • The 2014 nominations for the California Book Awards were announced, and we are pleased to announce that both of the nominees for first fiction are ZSH clients: Andrew Lam for Birds of Paradise Lost and Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

March 2014

  • We are extremely pleased to announce that Jonathan Allen and Arnie Parnes' HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton has been on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list for several weeks, peaking so far at #6.
  • Kai Rysddal of NPR's "Marketplace" interviewed Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation, a new book on censorship, data theft and the loss of privacy in the internet era.
  • Angwin was also interviewed on television by Bill Moyers.
  • Dragnet Nation has received fantastic reviews. Andrew Leonard in Slate described it as "a deeply researched book that is completely of the moment. Dragnet Nation moves right to the top of the list of books we should all read about privacy." The Economist wrote that, "Julia Angwin, who oversaw a pioneering series of Wall Street Journal articles called 'What They Know,' starting in 2010, exposes many of the questionable activities that erode privacy—activities that most people know nothing about."
  • We are proud to announce that the Texas Institute of Letters awarded Nan Cuba, author of Body and Bread, the Steven Turner Award for Best First Work of Fiction.
  • Singletitles raved about Claire MacDougall's novel Veil of Time, describing it as "captivating throughout.... filled with beautifully portrayed scenes and a cast of noteworthy characters."
  • Kirkus praised Scott Helman, Jenna Russell and the Boston Globe's Long Mile Home, describing it as "journalism that demonstrates all the arguments why we need professionals to tell the stories that mark our generations and a valentine to the people that proved Boston Strong."
  • We are thrilled to see more acclaim for Anthony Marra and his novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: the novel has been named a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the author has won the 2013 Barnes and Noble Buzz Discover Award.
  • The Washington Post published a wonderful review of Humaira Shahid's Devotion and Defiance, writing, "the author plunges into an account of her furious, often frustrated campaign for women's rights in a conservative, patriarchal society of 180 million—and "Devotion and Defiance" becomes a book worth reading ... the midlife memoir of this crusading activist serves an important and timely purpose." The author later appeared on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and on the Leonard Lopate show.

February 2014

  • The New York Times covered Doug Most's The Race Underground, his account of the race between New York and Boston to build America's first subway, calling the book a "sweeping narrative of late-19th-century intrigue."
  • The Boston Globe raved about The Race Underground, describing it as "a story of rapscallions and risk takers, engineers and entrepreneurs, dreamers, darers, and doers—and it is thoroughly researched and splendidly narrated by Doug Most." Kirkus described it as "an almost flawlessly conducted tour back to a time when major American cities dreamed big."
  • published a glowing review of Lis Wiehl's new mystery novel, Snapshot, calling the novel "an exciting account of murder and conspiracy with a dash of historical narrative."
  • Sandra Tsing Loh discussed Quanyu Huang's The Hybrid Tiger: Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids in an amusing and very favorable review in the New York Times.
  • Michiko Kakutani published a nice review of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, in the New York Times.
  • The Economist published a great review of Doug Most's The Race Underground.

January 2014

  • We are delighted to announce that A Constellation of Vital Phenomena author Anthony Marra has been named the first recipient of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for debut fiction. The prize is voted on by the NBCC's 600 members. In addition, Publisher's Marketplace named A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as the #9 best reviewed novel of 2013, as part of their best of the best of lists, and Lynn Neary of NPR's "Here And Now" voted it one of the best novels of 2013.
  • We are also thrilled to announce that Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy's bestselling biography Whitey Bulger has been nominated for the 2013 NBCC award for nonfiction.
  • Congratulations to Jessica Lott, who won the 2013 New England Book Festival Award for general fiction for her novel The Rest of Us.
  • And, congratulations to Ilana Edelstein, whose book The Patron Way is on the Tattered Cover Bookstore (Denver, CO) Business Bestseller List.
  • Booklist published a fantastic review of Tony Vanderwarker's Writing With The Master, about the author's experience writing a thriller under the guidance of John Grisham, writing that the book was "brimming with invaluable literary lessons and amusing anecdotes."
  • Kirkus Reviews wrote a great review for Samuel Gailey's Deep Winter, stating that the author "writes visually, rendering the characters and action both vivid and alive."
  • Publishers Weekly published a glowing review of Marina Keegan's posthumously published collected fiction and nonfiction, The Opposite of Loneliness, writing that, "like every millennial who's seen irony elevated to an art form, Keegan brings self-awareness to the collective insecurity of her peers, even as she captures it with a precision that only comes from someone who feels it too."
  • Kirkus Reviews also praised The Opposite of Loneliness, writing that it was "[A]lways thoughtful, intelligent, and surprising...ferociously insightful."
  • Elizabeth Elo's North of Boston received wonderful reviews from the UK press. The Sun wrote that "loyal and tenacious Pirio is a marvelous protagonist. I can't wait to read more about her," and the Daily Mail wrote, "on this evidence Elo, a creative writing teacher, could well become a major force in the thriller world."

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