NPR posted a new review  of Jen Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road.  In it, the reviewer says of the book, “The offering that lingers longest is that capacity for wonder and empathy which opens up between hosts and visitors in even the most closed societies. It makes you wish that the world’s cultures could mingle more freely, making peace by breaking bread. For now, though, this book stands as a tantalizing glimpse of what might be.”

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In 1936, a rowing team from the University of Washington stunned the world by winning a gold medal in eight-oar crew at the Berlin Olympics in front of a crowd that included Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.
The sons of American loggers, farmers and shipyard workers defeated elite European teams, grabbing the attention of millions of Americans and transforming the sport.

Daniel James Brown tells their story in his new book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics

Listen to NPR’s “Here and Now” interview with Daniel James Brown about his fascinating new book.

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Fallen Land
, the new thriller by Patrick Flanery, was recently the object of some spectacular, laudatory reviews. 

Certainly not beating around the bush, The Boston Globe  doled out comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe, writing that Flanery’s “crumbling 21st-century manor … can hold its own among those authors’ most sepulchral, allegorical inspirations." 

NPR's All Things Considered calls Fallen Land "a dark and complex thriller,” and praises Flanery’s “taut narrative where the characters see their lives slowly disintegrate as their lives twine together.”

James McBride and his new novel, The Good Lord Bird, have been the recipients of truly stellar advance praise–most notably from The New York Times, “A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride … a brilliant romp of a novel … McBride—with the same flair for historical mining, musicality of voice and outsize characterization that made his memoir The Color of Water, an instant classic—pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page.”

The Chicago Tribune  calls the novel “unexpectedly hilarious” and likens the reading experience to “sitting in with a great jazz band." 

The Washington Post  maintains  that The Good Lord Bird  is "akin to the work of Homer.”Marie Arana says, “A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel by James Mcbride … There is something deeply humane in this [story], something akin to the work of Homer or Mark Twain. We tend to forget that history is all too often made by fallible beings who make mistakes, calculate badly, love blindly and want too much. We forget, too, that real life presents utterly human heroes with far more contingency than history books can offer. McBride’s Little Onion—a sparkling narrator who is sure to win new life on the silver screen—leads us through history’s dark corridors, suggesting that ‘truths’ may actually lie elsewhere.”


It seems, Mr. McBride, that you’re in good company!