WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele - The Root "These 28 Brilliant Books by Black Authors Are the Standouts in What Was a Stellar Year in Black Literature"

The Root | December 17, 2018

“Let’s talk about books because, as usual, the past year has been an amazing one for books by black writers. The only problem is narrowing a list to under 30 books standouts when all the books are so good. From Michelle Obama’s autobiography to the latest collection from the poet laureate of the United States, black literature is stunning, necessary and timely.

In Iceland, during the evening of Dec. 24, books are exchanged as presents and then read all night in a holiday called Jólabókaflóð. This year, I’m going to do that with loved ones during each night of Kwanzaa. We may not get further than a chapter, but we will have books to read the rest of the months, and it will be a joy in the moment. Here are 28 of the best books published by black authors this year to get you started.”

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele was included in this amazing round-up! Follow the link above to see the full article.

Jessica Spivey
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - January 2019 LibraryReads Pick

LibraryReads | December 13, 2018

The January 2019 LibraryReads picks are live and An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included!

“Struggling to stay afloat with a job as a makeup artist, Jessica signs up for a study, thinking she will earn some easy money. After the first two parts of the study, she gets invited to the professor’s house for more questions and more compensation. Fans of psychological thrillers won’t want to miss this one as Jessica is a compelling character and the novel will keep you reading long into the night.”

Follow the link above to see the full list.

Jessica Spivey
T. Greenwood - Bookreporter "A Very Young Dancer"

Bookreporter | December 12, 2018

“Award-winning author T. Greenwood’s most recent book, RUST & STARDUST, is the gripping, heartwrenching novel of Sally Horner, the 11-year-old kidnapping victim whose abduction in 1948 inspired Vladimir Nabokov's LOLITA. In her holiday blog post, Greenwood fondly remembers the “single most magical book” she received on Christmas when she was seven years old: A VERY YOUNG DANCER by photographer Jill Krementz. Although her passion for dancing was eventually eclipsed by her love of reading and writing, she credits the book for quietly teaching her the power of narrative and photography. It also inspired her oldest daughter, Mikaela, to pursue a career in ballet, a journey that Greenwood has documented for the last 15 years with black and white photos she has taken capturing every step in Mikaela’s development as a ballerina.”

Follow the link above to read the beautiful holiday blog post from T. Greenwood.

Jessica Spivey
THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU by Liv Constantine - Bustle "'The Last Time I Saw You' By Liv Constantine Is An Addictive & Thrilling Follow-Up To 'The Last Mrs. Parrish'"

Bustle | December 11, 2018

“When it was published in 2017, The Last Mrs. Parrish received rave reviews from critics and readers alike. It quickly rose on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists, became a New York Times bestseller in paperback, and was chosen for the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club. Now, the sister writing team known as Liv Constantine is back with a brand new novel that is sure to satisfy old fans and create brand new ones. An addictive novel about a shocking high-society murder, The Last Time I Saw You doesn't hit shelves until next year, but Bustle is thrilled to give readers a first look at the book's cover and an exclusive excerpt.”

Follow the link above to see the cover real and read the entire article!

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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Audible "The Best of 2018"

Audible | December 4, 2018

“Every single person I turned on to this complex domestic thriller—and there were a lot—has called it one of their favorite books of the year. With its shifting POVs and time frames, along with heart-stopping intensity, The Wife Between Us has you questioning everything you think you know about the lives of one woman, her Master-of-the-Universe ex-husband, and her replacement (his new fiancée). Julia Whelan’s wholly engaging way of navigating this mind-play makes you want it to simultaneously linger on this listen, staying wrapped in its delicious suspense, and race to end towards its oh-so-satisfying conclusion.”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen was selected as 2018’s best mystery and thriller title on Audible! Follow the link above to read more.

Jessica Spivey
THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter - Bustle "14 Bustle Editors Recommend The Best Book They Read In 2018"

Bustle | December 3, 2018

"There have been an absurd amount of books with Girl/Daughter/Wife/Sister in the the title published in the last few years, but if you're going to read just one, make it The Good Daughter. It's well-written, emotionally grounded, and filled with the type of twists and reveals that many thrillers can't pull off: Those that completely shock even the biggest mystery fans, while still making perfect sense and feeling totally earned. It also keeps the compelling relationship between two sisters at the forefront, even when their lives are filled with chaos. (TW: There are some extremely violent moments and depictions of sexual assault.)"

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter was recommended by Bustle as one of the best books they read in 2018! Click the link above to see the full list.

Jessica Spivey
R.L. Maizes - NPR "Hanukkah Lights 2018"

NPR | December 3, 2018

“Family, community, faith and strength. Hanukkah commemorates both the rededication of the old temple in Jerusalem and the resilience of the Jewish people. For 28 years, NPR's Hanukkah Lights has celebrated the Festival of Lights with seasonal stories of magic and meaning.

This year, Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read tales by Lynne Bronstein, R.L. Maizes, Susan J. Gordon, Jennifer Lang and Kate Schmier.”

R.L. Maizes short story, “Not My Birthday,” was featured in this NPR piece. Follow the link above to listen.

Jessica Spivey
RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood - Library Journal "Best Books 2018"

Library Journal | December 3, 2018

“This year, LJ eschews our traditional top ten list of best books in favor of a larger and more diverse mix across 20 categories—with 188 titles in total.

We cast a broad net and coalesced small committees for each category, each headed by an LJ Reviews editor and composed of columnists, reviewers, additional LJ editors, and/or industry experts, culminating in a compelling collection of titles that spotlight the full spectrum of the thousands of books that were published this year.”

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood was included in this amazing list under the “Pop Fiction” category. Follow the link above to see more!

Jessica Spivey
R.L. Maizes - Electric Lit "10 Perfect Writer Gifts We Just Made Up"

Electric Lit | November 30, 2018

“Step away from the astronaut pen. Put down the blank book. And for God’s sake don’t order another clever mug. Writers have it hard enough in this climate of low advances and little-to-no marketing budgets without getting the same tired gifts every year. This holiday season, try one of our completely fictional and guaranteed-to-please-the-literary-types-in-your-life presents, instead. Available in every price range. Money back if not completely satisfied (unless we already spent the money on vape cartridges and homebrew kombucha kits, in which case, you’re SOL).”

The talented and amazingly funny R.L. Maizes has written an article about the gifts that you can give to the writer in your life. Follow the link above for the full article!

Jessica Spivey
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Cosmopolitan "15 Books Coming Out in 2019 to Bring to Your Book Club"

Cosmopolitan | November 28, 2019

“Even if all the books you planned to read in 2018 continue to sit quietly in an unkempt pile in the corner of your bedroom, it’s time to put the past behind you and set your game plan for 2019. Don't worry, I've got you. From murder mysteries to psychological thrillers to corny-as-hell love stories you want to hate but simply can’t, here are all the books you can look forward to cracking open after the holiday season ends and the new year begins. Now, all you have to do is *actually* read them.”

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in this round-up of the 15 books to bring to your book club in 2019. Click the link above to see the full list!

Jessica Spivey
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - New York Public Library "2018 Best Books for Adults"

New York Public Library | November 26, 2018

“Welcome to the New York Public Library's 2018 Best Books for Adults! Our librarians—through their experience recommending books to patrons and as readers themselves—have highlighted their picks for 100 best books written for adults and published this year.

Our list goes beyond fiction and nonfiction, breaking down traditional genres to present categories such as ‘edge of your seat reads,’ ‘escape to another world’ and ‘for history lovers.’ No matter what kind of reader you are, what genres or subjects you normally gravitate to, we’re confident that you will find a book to pull you deep into its world or open up yours.”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in the New York Public Library’s list of Best Books for Adults! Follow the link above to see the full list.

Jessica Spivey
T. Greenwood - San Diego CityBeat "2018 People of the Year"

San Diego CityBeat | November 26, 2018

“When we were trying to come up with a new name for our annual issue showcasing some of the best and brightest names in the city, some rather silly names were suggested. We used to call this feature ‘Best of San Diego: People’ in hopes that it would stand out among similar features in other publications. But when it comes to people, the word ‘best’ just doesn’t quite fit. Sure, the people featured on the next five pages are some of the brightest in their respective fields, but we’re not about to call this issue ‘Bright San Diegans’ or the like. 

So let’s just call it what it is: Our ‘People of the Year.’ Whether it’s a former refugee-turned-activist or a craft beer attorney, these people deserve some special recognition and that is what this issue is all about.”

T. Greenwood was selected to be one of San Diego’s “People of the Year!” Follow the link above to read more.

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R.L. Maizes - "My Apology to Facebook for Cheating with Twitter"

Brevity | October 24, 2018

“Dear Facebook,

I’m sorry I cheated with Twitter. I know you think all the years we spent together don’t mean anything to me. All the likes and loves and angry and funny emojis, all the exploding congratulations and mazel tovs—don’t think I didn’t notice how hard you worked to make a Jew like me feel comfortable on your site. And who can forget all the times we reduced meaningful issues to profile frames together? Not me, Facebook, not me. You let me go on and on, no matter how boring or tired or offensive I became. You never cut me off. Never showed me how many characters I had left or that I had used too many, so no, you wouldn’t post my tweet. How could I give all that up? For what?”

Follow the link above to read R.L. Maizes’ full essay!

Jessica Spivey