Articles tagged "Deborah Baker"

Friday Reads: Graywolf Press

Ahwoooooo! That’s the howl of Graywolf Press crushing the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist and rocking our #FridayReads with these super-star gems:

SCRIBE by Alyson Hagy
Two starred reviews for this gothic, apocalyptic, dystopian novel filled with myth and folklore from the hills of Appalachia!

“Set after a civil war and deadly fevers decimate the country, Hagy’s new novel is a slim and affecting powerhouse. Timely and timeless; a deft novel about the consequences and resilience of storytelling.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Taut and tense, with both a dreamlike quality and a strong sense of place, Hagy’s brief but powerful tale will indelibly haunt readers long after the final page is turned.” — Booklist, starred review

THE LAST ENGLISHMEN: Love, War, and the End of Empire by Deborah Baker
Two starred reviews for this sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and epic, about the waning of the British Empire in India!

“A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain. A book for any readers curious about India after 1900.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Publishers Weekly’s Best Books 2011:

Let's kick off a new week with a look at all of the excellent Macmillan titles from Publishers Weekly's Best Books from 2011.

Top 10:

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina


A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny


Touch by Henri Cole
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith


Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton
Big Questions by Anders Nilsen


One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina
The Convert by Deborah Baker
The Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cerca
The Beautiful and the Damned by Siddhartha Deb
Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso
A Book of Secrets by Michael Holroyd

See Publishers Weekly's full list of best books here.


The National Book Award Finalists!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to bring you the National Book Award-finalists from Macmillan!

SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury USA)

THE CONVERT by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press)

THE CHAMELEON COUCH by Yusef Komunyakaa (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
DOUBLE SHADOW by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

See the full list of NBA-nominees at Publishers Weekly.


Three Stars for The Convert

What drives a young woman raised in a postwar New York City suburb to convert to Islam, abandon her country and Jewish faith, and embrace a life of exile in Pakistan? THE CONVERT tells the story of how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, one of the most trenchant and celebrated voices of Islam’s argument with the West. 

"[A] stellar biography that doubles as a mediation on the fraught relationship between America and the Muslim world. [...] This is a cogent, thought-provoking look at a radical life and its rippling consequences." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A significant contemporary figure in Islamic-Western relations becomes human, with all the foibles and angst that word implies. General readers will find this story compelling, while scholars will be pleased with  the insight it brings to an important 20th-century Islamist voice.  Highly recommended." —Library Journal (starred review)

"An important, searing, highly readable and timely narrative." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Also read the interviews with author Deborah Baker in Publishers Weekly and Shelf Awareness.