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High praise greeted Riverhead’s publication of Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States on Tuesday (10/20). Celebrated for her ability to tell a “story in the most fascinating way possible ” (Paste), Vowell adeptly balances equal parts “laugh-out-loud humor and her characteristic snark” (Washington Post) with “intensive research and historical insight” (Huffington Post). NPR.org raves: “at once light-footed and light-hearted, her histories are — dare I say it — fun… Vowell emerges from the Revolutionary War with an unabashed smile on her face. I’d be surprised if her reader doesn’t, too.” Featured in Time (“informative, funny and insightful.”), The New Yorker, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Mental Floss, USA Today (“Vowell takes on American history as only she can”), and more.  Vowell kicked off her tour with full houses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, with big venue stops to come in Washington, DC, Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Austin, and Los Angeles. Hear her on Marketplace Weekend, Dinner Party Download, Slate’s The Gist, with much more to come.
A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy (Blue Rider Press) is continuing to garner rave reviews and accolades. Patrick is being thanked for his courage in speaking out about his own struggle, battling stigmas that challenge millions, shedding light on issues that badly need it, and offering real solutions. In the coming weeks he will be on Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose, and C-SPAN Afterwords, with more press coming in every day.
Media is going mad for Elvis Costello’s new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, which went on sale from Blue Rider Press on Tuesday (10/13).  Here are excerpts from a selection of the rave reviews that continue to roll in: NPR Books: “Writers like Costello because he’s always taken writing seriously. That’s obvious to anyone who pays attention to his lyrics, and it’s even more apparent to anyone who reads Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, his charming new autobiography. The book is refreshingly free of salacious gossip and needless name-dropping; it’s an intelligent self-assessment from a musician who went from angry young man to elder statesman of pop.”– Michael Schaub   The New York Times:  “It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.” – Dwight Garner New York Magazine: “…one of music’s wittiest, smartest, and most perceptive lyricists, Costello has done his legacy proud with his new book…” Rolling Stone: “[Unfaithful Music] is truly remarkable in the way it presents a riveting, honest portrait of the author and the many A-listers he’s tread the boards with, while ricocheting through the years at an almost breathless pace.” – Jeff Slate  
The first-ever memoir by a drone pilot,  Hunter Killer: Inside America’s Unmanned Air War by Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley, hit bookshelves on Tuesday, launching to a major media line-up. Time.com posted an exclusiveexcerpt of the book and in the past weeks McCurley has done interviews on WYNC’s The Brian Lehrer Show,  Al-Jazeera America’sMorning News, Newsmax Prime, ABC News NOW, Huffington Post LIVE, Bloomberg Radio, and SiriusXM radio, as well as a 20-city Penguin radio tour. McCurley was interviewed in theWashington Post and the Las Vegas Review Journal. Next month, he will also appear on NPR “All Things Considered.”
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Viking) debuts at #12 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of October 25th.Geraldine has appeared for interviews on NPR / “Weekend Edition”  and  NPR / “Diane Rehm Show”  and  rave reviews of The Secret Chord ran in San Francisco Chronicle, NPR.org, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer and other outlets. Geraldine is currently on a 20-city book tour, which runs through November, and Viking expects more great publicity to come.
Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut's Windlass, the first book in the new steampunk series The Cinder Spires, will debut at #5 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list, #7 on the eBook Fiction, and #6 on the Combined Print & eBook Fiction lists the week of October 18th.The book also hit the top ten on the USA Today list the week of October 8th.  In addition to wall-to-wall coverage on major science fiction/fantasy websites, Butcher hit the road for a bookstore tour of standing-room–only crowds of 300+ at events across the country.
What a week it’s been for Jojo Moyes and After You, which officially debuts at #3 on the October 18th New York Times Hardcover Fiction and Combined Print & eBook Fiction bestseller lists. The book also debuts at #4 on this week’s USA Today bestseller list.  This great news comes on the heels of a wave of amazing press and jam-packed events. NPR’s Fresh Air ran an absolute rave review from Maureen Corrigan last Thursday, saying “After You is a more muted, riskier novel than its predecessor. Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy’s eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The “aftermath” is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.” And NPR.org ran a second review on their website over the weekend, saying “In all of her books, Moyes peers deftly into class issues, social mores and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet, there is always resolution. It’s not always easy, it’s not always perfect, it’s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is.”  Slate posted a fantastic examination of After You and the notion of happy endings, and praises Moyes:  “After You isn’t as ruthless as Me Before You, but Moyes is a master of the wavering possibilities of good enough, and is always aware of the limits that sometimes make even good enough impossible.” Moyes finished her US tour this week with a sold-out luncheon with Warwick’s and a huge event at their store that night. Jojo drew crowds over 300-400+ at almost all of her events, making this tour her biggest yet and giving Pamela Dorman Books a lot to celebrate!
The highly anticipated self-help book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic, which went on sale from Riverhead last week, debuts as a #1 New York Times bestseller (entering at #1 on the Advice, Hot-To and Miscellaneous list) as well as  #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. PeopleMagazine will feature Liz in their upcoming issue in an incredible spread about her successes as a writer and about “the ripple of inspiration” (Associated Press) readers are sure to find in Big Magic! Liz will also be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on November 4. All of this comes after a wave of attention and rave reviews: The Washington Post writes “Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book” and Marie Claire advises: “Consider her your own personal life coach”. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post declares: “Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal”, and Flavorwire calls Big Magic “transformative and valuable.”
Putnam’s Come Rain or Come Shine  by Jan Karon debuts at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list after the author wrapped up a successful 5-city tour to Fairhope, St. Louis, Seattle, Charlotte, and Charlottesville. She has another local Charlottesville event next week and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia later this month. Recent media includes a review in Bookpage that called it “[a]nother [Mitford novel] that readers won’t want to miss…Karon has a gift for breathing life into small moments that make readers both laugh and cry,” and a review on BookReporter.com that raves, “It’s hard for a review to capture the magic of Jan Karon’s writing and of the characters readers have taken for their own since the first Mitford book was published. But the magic is there…The delightful reconnections you’ll experience will both gladden your heart and satisfy your soul…Choose a cup of your favorite tea and your most comfortable chair, and settle in with the Mitford characters, new and old, whom we’ve all come to love as you open Come Rain or Come Shine. Jan Karon has done it again.” Victoria Magazine also posted a blog feature that says “[Come Rain or Come Shine is] [f]illed with down-to-earth wisdom and details that allow Mitford to live in our memories long after we have turned the last page.” Come Rain or Come Shine was recently included in Barnes & Noble Reads’ “This Week’s Biggest Books,” where it was called “…heartfelt. Longtime readers, prepare to spend an evening celebrating a marriage that was long in coming, in the company of old fictional friends,” and its cover was featured on the homepage.
Earlier this week, Dutton’s big fall debut, The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry, received a stellar Associated Press review with pick-up from over fifty outlets.The AP raved:  “It’s hard to believe The Courtesan is a first novel as Curry masterfully weaves a sweeping story that crosses time and continents.” The novel is based on the remarkable story of legendary Chinese courtesan Sai Jinhua, and follows her as she is orphaned and sold into prostitution as a young girl. She later travels to Vienna, where she develops a romance with a Western nobleman which soon endangers her very life. Anton DiSclafani, the bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls calls it “masterfully told, exquisitely detailed…a tale I won’t soon forget”  Earlier in the month, Curry launched the novel at the Decatur Book Festival, and was interviewed by local outlets like Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta InTown Magazine, and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Two Way Street.  Curry also wrote a piece for Biographile and has received major blog attention. Start Reading an Excerpt!