I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD - Fortune "Summer Reading List"

Fortune | July 6, 2018

I'll Eat When I'm Dead by Barbara Bourland was included in Fortune's round-up: "Your Summer Reading List: Page-Turning Novels Set in Politics, Finance, and Tech."

"Let me tell you, contrary to you might have heard, books about fashion can be both smart and funny. Barbara Bourland’s snarky debut novel manages to tackle the politics of fashion magazines, the pitfalls and pratfalls being a social media influencer, and the true dangers of the pressures put on women for their appearances and the very real threats to their mental and physical health. And yet Bourland walks the line between serious and comedy so deftly that anyone who has read a women’s magazine or caught an episode of America’s Next Top Model will understand the jokes and the lessons without conflict."

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ADORABLE EMPIRE by Laura Terry - Publishers Weekly Deal Announcement

Publishers Weekly | June 26, 2018

Cassandra Pelham Fulton at Scholastic/Graphix has bought Adorable Empire, the second middle-grade graphic novel by Graveyard Shakes author Laura Terry, in which a grouchy teenage girl is plagued by a magical band of woodland creatures until she can help them find their way home. Publication is scheduled for 2020; Bernadette Baker-Baughman at Victoria Sanders & Associates negotiated the deal for world rights. 

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SKYJACK - The Real Book Spy Review

The Real Book Spy | March 5, 2018

“In a genre that predominantly features alpha male characters, K.J. Howe re-writes the rulebook by making her protagonist a strong female operative with a medical condition, adding realism without sacrificing any of the action. Thea Paris can throw down with the very best the genre has to offer, and so can Howe.

From start to finish, Skyjack is one wild, twisting, and flat-out entertaining thrill ride. If you’re searching for a great new series to jump into, look no further.

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Jessica Spivey
SKYJACK - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW

Publishers Weekly | Feb. 19, 2018

“Good thing Thea has serious skills in fighting, shooting, and flying a plane. The enthralling plot moves across Europe with lightning speed, linking a WWII legend with an underground militant group’s plan to release a deadly toxic substance. In-depth character studies match the high tension. With this nail-biter, Howe seals her place as a first-class purveyor of adventure stories showcasing strong women characters.”

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BLACK INK - SHELF AWARENESS STARRED REVIEW

Shelf Awareness | Feb. 16, 2018

“An expertly selected and edited sampler that features 25 of the best black writers to work in the U.S., Black Ink is also a chronological portrait of the conscious development of black literature in the U.S. by black writers, editors and critics. This is the third anthology by editor and writer Stephanie Stokes Oliver (Song for My Father), with an introduction by poet Nikki Giovanni. Black Ink is the sort of book that opens doors to other books.”

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WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST - SHELF AWARENESS REVIEW

Shelf Awareness | Feb. 13, 2018

“At the forefront of this devastatingly urgent conversation about systemic racism and unpunished violence against people of color is Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. Along with coauthor asha bandele, memoirist and former senior editor at Essence magazine, Cullors constructs a meditative, meaningful work.”

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THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER - New York Times Book Review

New York Times | Feb. 2, 2018

Ilka Jensen is nothing if not resourceful. In the first novel in Sara Blaedel’s new series, The Undertaker’s Daughter (Grand Central, $26), Jensen leaves her home in Copenhagen and flies to Racine, Wis., after her estranged father leaves her an undertaking business in his will. On her first day, Jensen must add pet dogs to the plans for a funeral service, pick up a severely mangled body at the morgue (“Bring along some extra plastic. It sounds like it might be a mess”) and come up with $60,000 to keep the I.R.S. from freezing her assets. To make this new life complete, the police inform her that one of the bodies in her freezer is probably a murderer. Most amateur sleuths hold down professional jobs to support their unofficial detective work. Blaedel has come up with an especially challenging occupation for Jensen, but this 6-foot-tall Viking goddess is strong enough to carry it all by herself.

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WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST - BookReporter Review

BookReporter | January 18, 2018

“This is a book about one woman’s capacity to love herself and her family and friends so hard she knows the power in that love. This is a book about one woman’s journey into a deeper, fuller love and her journey to spread that love —- to teach it, to work towards kindness, peace and breath, to work to get to a place where she doesn’t have to live in fear for herself or her loved ones, but can put all her bountiful energy towards creation and positivity. This is a book about an inclusive movement of visibility and justice. This is not a book that can be pinned down easily. It’s a memoir, a story of living history. This is not a book that I have any right to tell you about. It speaks for itself.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele have crafted an urgent, direct, informed and compassionate volume. I deeply encourage everyone to read it.”

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WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST - Bustle "Books By Women To Read During The Week Of January 16"

Bustle | January 16, 2018

On the day after America’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. comes a memoir that poignantly and poetically emphasizes the root of civil disobedience: love. However, co-authors Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele want you to know that change is not usually pretty or diplomatic. In fact, fighting on behalf of yourself and those who have been victimized by centuries of white power is not — in any sense — easy or clean, and the strength and resilience required to continue these fights does not flow from an unlimited well.


Jessica Spivey