March 13, 2018
Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Jonathan Miles’ ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE, on sale March 13 from Hogarth, as the latest addition to the American Library Association’s Book Club Central SJP list. ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE is a remarkable novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery, and explores faith, science, mystery and the meaning of life.
“Jonathan Miles is a great American storyteller, a writer to celebrate with a new novel easily devoured" said Ms. Parker. “His tender, life-affirming ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE follows paraplegic veteran Cameron Harris and his sister Tanya after Cameron suddenly regains the ability to walk. The story in these pages is astoundingly joyous and deeply humane, and I can’t wait to share it with you all as the new selection for Book Club Central.”
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Johnathan Miles is also the author of the novels Dear American Airlines
and Want Not
, both New York Times
Notable Books. He is a former columnist for The New York Times
and has served as a contributing editor to magazines ranging from Details
to Field & Stream
. His journalism has been frequently anthologized in Best American Sports Writing
and Best American Crime Writing
. He is also the author of a book on fish and game cookery, The Wild Chef
Jonathan Miles“Jorge Luis Borges imagined heaven as a kind of library, and I wholeheartedly subscribe to that gorgeous vision,” said Mr. Miles. “Libraries have long been the seed banks for my imagination, so I’m humbled and thrilled that Sarah Jessica Parker and the ALA have chosen ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE as their Book Club Central selection.”
In a starred review, Booklist
called ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE “Vibrant, bustling, and humorous… Cleverly shaped as a journalistic report, and told in a style similar to that of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Ron Currie, Miles’ tale offers a nuanced and endlessly entertaining exploration of the age-old debate between faith and reason.” Kirkus
said “Miles possesses a rare and admirable command of structure and style, shifting smoothly from Afghan patrol tactics to Catholic doctrine to neurological science; his sentences are thick with data, wittily delivered. … An expertly shaped tale about faith in collision with contemporary American culture.”
Ms. Parker’s previous picks for Book Club Central have been No One is Coming to Save Us
by Stephanie Powell Watts, EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid and STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo. In addition to being honorary chair of Book Club Central, Ms. Parker is an Honorary Lifetime Board Member of United for Libraries, a division of ALA, a role she is using to raise awareness about the integral role of Friends groups in the library.
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