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This fall author and actor B.J. Novak turns the notion of the “picture book” on its head with The Book With No Picturesa text-only story book for young children designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller. The book, which debuts at #2 on The New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list, was launched last week to rave reviews from media, parents, teachers, librarians and, most importantly, kids! The Atlantic says, “B.J. Novak proves that kids don’t need pictures,” and Vanity Fair calls it  “Funny, creative, and smart.” In a starred review Kirkus called the book “A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall,” andThe Horn Book calls it “Pure kid bliss.” Novak kicked off his national two-week tour in New York with appearances on Today, The View (a must-watch segment) and Watch What Happens Live. He is visiting schools and bookstores in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other media has included reviews in People, US Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, The Wall Street Journal,and The New York Times Book ReviewThe Horn Book ran a wonderful interview with B.J. You can watch a video of B.J. reading the book to kids here. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  was published by Knopf earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Adam Rackley’s Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans continues to get amazing media attention since it went on sale as a Penguin paperback original on September 30. Sports Illustrated called the book “straightforward and engaging” in their October 6th issue, and Adam spoke with over 20 radio stations across the country last week, including the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM. Adam will be interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on October 26th and will also be featured in the November issue of Men’s Journal. In this tale of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery, Adam details the incredible feat of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean; of he and his rowing partner Jimmy spending 70 days on the open water, sleeping in two hour shifts, living in a boat seven meters long and two meters wide. Adam recounts the physical and mental hardships that he and Jimmy faced, the toll it takes on the body to row nearly constantly with little time for recuperation, and the crushing isolation of spending weeks apart from civilization, while also chronicling the men who pioneered the crossing, from the first pair to successfully row the Atlantic in 1896 and those that followed, as well as the ones who never made it to the other side. With great trade reviews including a starred review from Library Journal, Adam’s harrowing tale is the perfect read for someone looking for a little armchair adventure.
A Brief History of Seven Killings went on sale last week with huge media attention, beginning with Michiko Kakutani’s flat-out rave review in the New York Timeswhere she praised that A Brief History of Seven Killings is “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.” Marlon James was interviewed for two back-to-back national profiles:  the front page of the New York Times’ Arts section and then a full interview in Wall Street Journal. Listen to Marlon’s interview with NPR’s All Things Considered here, with much more to come as he continues his nationwide book tour! Read a Letter from the Editor of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
World Order by Henry Kissinger "could not be more timely" praises Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times. On the cover of the New York Times Book Review, John Micklethwait writes, "If you worry about a globe spinning out of control, then World Order is for you. It brings together history, geography, modern politics and no small amount of passion…it is a book that every member of Congress should be locked in a room with—and forced to read before taking the oath of office.” More on Kissinger's important new book can be found in this interview with Susan Page of USA Today.
Hillary Rodham Clinton reviews Henry Kissinger's World Order for The Washington Post. She says, "[World Order] is vintage Kissinger, with his singular combination of breadth and acuity along with his knack for connecting headlines to trend lines....A real national dialogue is the only way we’re going to rebuild a political consensus to take on the perils and the promise of the 21st century. Henry Kissinger’s book makes a compelling case for why we have to do it and how we can succeed."
The Most Dangerous Book by Kevin Birmingham is called "a grand, readable adventure story" by Rachel Shteir in The New York Times Book Review. Read her full assessment here.

Alexander Chee gives Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng a wonderful review in The New York Times Book Review. He says, “If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now…Ng has set two tasks in this novel’s doubled heart—to be exciting, and to tell a story bigger than whatever is behind the crime. She does both by turning the nest of familial resentments into at least four smaller, prickly mysteries full of secrets the family members won’t share…What emerges is a deep, heartfelt portrait of a family struggling with its place in history, and a young woman hoping to be the fulfillment of that struggle. This is, in the end, a novel about the burden of being the first of your kind—a burden you do not always survive.”

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list this week! This is Grossman’s first #1 ever, and it was preluded by a media storm: in the New York Times, Sarah Lyall called The Magicians a “wonderful trilogy…If the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult.” There were more wonderful reviews in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and an interview with Lev Grossman on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
Lev Grossman’s genre-bending Magicians trilogy comes to a close as The Magician's Land hits stands this week, welcomed by spectacular reviews from the New York Times Book Review, A.V. Club, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, and more. A number of original pieces by Lev also appeared this week on The Atlantic’s By Heart column, Vulture, and BuzzFeed. Lev kicked off his release with an event at St Joseph’s College hosted by Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore; it was a packed house as fans arrived to play trivia games for prizes before Lev took the stage with fellow authors Erin Morgenstern, Lauren Oliver, Margaret Stohl, Michelle Hodkin, and Austin Grossman to discuss The Magician's Land. The book tour continues on to 11 more cities, including an event in Santa Fe with George R. R. Martin. Expect tons more great publicity on the horizon, including NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, People, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Buzzfeed. Additionally, SyFy recently greenlighted a pilot of The Magicians for television series and is moving forward on casting and production.
Jojo Moyes’ new novel One Plus One is off to a fantastic start.  Debuting at #11 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, One Plus One joins the paperback editions of her books The Girl You Left Behind and Me Before You on The New York Times bestseller list, with these two titles both on the trade paperback fiction list.   The One Plus One reviews are outstanding: USA Today calls it “a delightful summer read”; “One Plus One shimmers with both unyielding warmth and canny incisiveness” (The Boston Globe); “A madcap road trip jojo_oneplusone_eventthat’s packed to the boot with familial drama, class clashes, and romance…you’ll be rooting for this ragtag group of strivers until the very last page (Entertainment Weekly); “Safety advisory…slather on plenty of SPF 50. Once you start the book, you probably won’t look up again until you’re the last one left on the beach (Washington Post); “wryly romantic and surprisingly suspenseful (People); “readers, do yourself a favor and savor the book” (Dallas Morning News). Moyes kicked off her US tour in New York on July 7 and has drawn large crowds of hundreds of enthusiastic fans everywhere from New Jersey to California. She ends her 12-event tour in Nashville on July 18. Read an excerpt from One Plus One