Briefly Noted: Praise for THE BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE, Liberty Hardy's Great 2016 Books, Kenyon Review's Holiday Reading Recommendations.

“The effects of illness on self-image and its gravitational pull on family, friends, and spouse are touchingly detailed in this upbeat health memoir.”

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  • Amy Gustine's collection of short stories, You Should Pity Us Instead and Randa Jarrar's Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, were both named two of the best books of 2016 by BookRiot's Liberty Hardy. The list, originally posted on Twitter, was compiled of 125 books from around the world that Hardy found exceptional, tagged with #Great2016Books. You can read the full list by clicking on this link. You Should Pity Us Instead can be found here and Him, Me, Muhammad Ali is available here
  • You Should Pity Us Instead was also recently recommended by the Kenyon Review. The collection of short stories by Amy Gustine was named one of the journal's Holiday Reading Recommendations calling it "ambitious" and "written masterfully". Also recommended in the newsletter was Mike Scalie's The Brand New Catastrophe. Of his forthcoming memoir they said, "Mike Scalise meditates with crackling wit and self-awareness on chronic illness, family, and the clichés of catastrophe stories." You can find both these great works for purchase and preorder by clicking here