"[HRC] provides useful context and intelligent analysis, and a highly readable account of [Hillary Clinton's] tenure at Foggy Bottom." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
The Heathen School:
"John Demos uses his powerful literary gifts and insight to animate the experiences of people brought together by love, learning, and loss, across dramatic cultural divides. Imaginative, compassionate, and exquisitely written." —Maya Jasanoff, author of Liberty's Exiles
Salt Sugar Fat:
"Propulsively written [and] persuasively argued. . . . An exactingly researched, deeply reported work of advocacy journalism." —The Boston Globe
"Plato at the Googleplex is an important and amazing book. . . . Rebecca Goldstein beautifully combines the skills of a distinguished novelist with breathtaking philosophical scholarship." —Hilary Putnam, Harvard University
Kinder Than Solitude:
"Li is a high modernist. She infuses the traditional form with a fresh, rigorous beauty. Her novel is as clean and sharp and smart as a great piece of midcentury furniture, with that sense of permanence and increasing value." —Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood
"Witheringly trenchant and hugely empathetic . . . a novel that holds the discomfiting realities of our times fearlessly before us. . . . A steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience." —The New York Times Book Review
T. M. Luhrmann has won the 2014 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her bold exploration of the American Evangelical experience, When God Talks Back. The prize comes with a $100,000 award and is given each year as part of joint effort by the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
The 2013 finalists for the the National Book Critics Circle Award have been announced: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah and Javier Marías's The Infatuations in the fiction category; Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial and Lawrence Wright's Going Clear in the nonfiction category; Lucie Brock-Broido's Stay, Illusion in the poetry category; Sonali Deraniyagala's Wave in the autobiography category; Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia and John Eliot Gardiner's Bach in the biography category; Franco Moretti's Distant Reading in the criticism category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manhattan on March 13th, 2014.
The Council on Foreign Relations has named Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall the Gold Medal winner for the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award. The author will receive a prize of $15,000 this month. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956 by Anne Applebaum and Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson won the Silver Medal and Honorable Mention, respectively.
One of the most acclaimed works of history in recent years, Embers of War is also winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, the American Library in Paris Book Award, and was a finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature. Logevall will sign copies of his book during the 2014 American Historical Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 4th from 2:00–2:30pm in Random House Booths #803/805.
Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most revered statesman and South Africa's first black president, has died at the age of 95. In addition to his legacy as a political leader and anti-apartheid activist, Mandela was an orator, philanthropist, writer, and subject of many books, including Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel (Crown), for which Mandela wrote the preface; Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson (Vintage); Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela by Danny Schechter (Seven Stories Press), Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul by Lewis Helfand (Campfire); and Reflections on Nelson Mandela by Antoinette Haselhorst (Titan Books).
Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his bestselling autobiography and became a cherished friend, has written a remembrance, which can be read here. For his full New York Times obituary, click here.
Doris Lessing has passed away in London at the age of 94. The author of more than thirty books—novels, short story and poetry collections, reportage, and plays—Lessing's diverse body of work was recognized officially in 2007 when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her full New York Times obituary can be read here.