Joshua Finnell

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Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters

In much the same way that Wendy Carlos’s 1968 album Switched-on Bach introduced synthesizers to popular music, Sloan and Harding’s ode to popular music reintroduces the Billboard Top 100 to the field of musicology and the snobbiest of vinyl collectors. A necessary addition to any music collection.

The Book of Science and Antiquities

Fans of Keneally’s work will find some gems here, but they will have to dig for them. [See Prepub Alert, 5/20/19.]

A Door in the Earth

Much like Brian Van Reet’s Spoils, Waldman’s new work offers a deeply complicated and thought-provoking story about the purposeful obfuscation of truth in service to Western idealism. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler

Considering the sexism of the 19th and 20th centuries, Alma Mahler’s status as a “muse” can be understood as a strategic attempt to signal her own talents to the world. Haste presents a necessary update and reframing of Mahler’s life and legacy.

The Catholic School

With its precise language and philosophical diatribes, Albinati’s novel will draw comparisons to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood...though it’s 900 pages longer. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

Deep River

An admirable work, this monomyth is dense (maybe sometimes too dense) with Marlantes's gift for lyricism and evocative language. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/19.]

Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste

A brilliant and passionate work about music's indelible aesthetic algorithm; for anyone curious about why their favorite songs strike a chord with them. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

Make Me a City

An ambitious literary debut that occupies a liminal space between alternative history and experimental literature.


With spare language and rhythmic prose, Parks's debut illuminates the rough edges of memory with cinematic lyricism.

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