The Art of Fielding: A Novel Chad Harbach 978-0-316-12669-4, $24.99
The anticipated debut from n+1 cofounder Chad Harbach: An unforgettable novel about the glory of youth and five lives on the brink of enormous change.
At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for the big leagues until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry’s life’s purpose is called into question. Guert Affenlight, the college’s president, has fallen helplessly, unexpectedly in love. Owen Glass, Henry’s gay roommate, becomes swept up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the team captain, realizes he guides Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish to start a new life after an ill-fated marriage. As the season counts down to its climax, these five confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets, and help one another to find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence, and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment—to oneself and to others.
About the author: Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from Harvard and received an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Virginia. He lives in Virginia.
Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State Dana Priest and William Arkin 978-0-316-18221-8, $29.99
The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger. In Top Secret America, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities; nearly 2,000 outside contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted “Top Secret” security clearance. A landmark exposé of a new, secret “Fourth Branch” of American government, Top Secret America is sure to spark national and international alarm.
About the author: Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post and has received multiple Pulitzer prizes.
William M. Arkin has been a columnist and reporter with the Washington Post since 1998. He lives in Vermont.
Publicity tour: New York, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh.
Publicity contact: Nicole Dewey, firstname.lastname@example.org and Carolyn O’Keefe, email@example.com
Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change Timothy D. Wilson 978-0-316-05188-0, $25.99
We tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world. These stories ultimately determine if we will lead healthy, productive lives or get into trouble.
In Redirect, Timothy Wilson, “one of the most brilliant, creative, and respected psychologists of his generation” proposes a radical new view—that although these narratives can be extremely hard to change, they can change surprisingly quickly if tweaked in the right way. Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why might that self-help book have left you distinctly unhappier? Wilson blows the whistle on failed attempts to solve a broad range of problems and presents new solutions that work. Wilson’s theories in Redirect have been tested scientifically and found to have real results, towards both personal meaning and happiness and social progress.
About the Author: Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The End of the Wasp Season Denise Mina 978-0-316-06933-5, $25.99
A gripping new thriller featuring Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, starting her own family while she investigates the deadly dissolution of another.
When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. The terrible legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread but most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family.
Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered, leaving the community stunned. When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, heavily pregnant with twins, is called in to investigate, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder. It’s a web that will spiral through Alex’s own home, the local community, and ultimately right back to a swinging rope, hundreds of miles away.
The End of the Wasp Season is an accomplished and compelling novel about a family’s power for damage—and redemption.
About the Author: Denise Mina is the author of Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy. She lives in Glasgow.
Publicity Tour: New York, Phoenix, Seattle, Houston and San Fransisco
Love and Capital Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution Mary Gabriel 978-0-316-06611-2, $35.00
A surprising and revelatory account of romance and revolution—and one of the great love stories of all time.
Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written, Love and Capital is a heartbreaking and dramatic saga of the family side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death. Drawing upon years of research, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel brings to light the story of Karl and Jenny Marx’s marriage. We follow them as they roam Europe, on the run from hostile governments amidst a secret network of would-be revolutionaries, and see Karl not only as an intellectual but as a protective father and loving husband, a visionary, a jokester, and a man of tremendous passions.
In Love and Capital, Mary Gabriel has given us a vivid, resplendent, and truly human portrait of the Marxes—their desires, heartbreak, and devotion to each other and their ideals.
About the Author: Mary Gabriel worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly 20 years. She is the author of two previous biographies, Notorious Victoria and The Art of Acquiring. She lives in Italy.
Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces Roy Peter Clark 978-0-316-12671-7, $22.99
One of America’s most influential writing teachers offers 210 solutions to the biggest problems writers face.
The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story’s too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer’s block is rearing its ugly head. In Help! For Writers, Roy Peter Clark presents an “owner’s manual” for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 210 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers 10 short solutions to each problem. Out of ideas? Read posters, billboards, and graffiti. Can’t bear to edit yourself? Watch the deleted scenes feature of a DVD, and ask yourself why those scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. Help! For Writers offers 210 strategies to guide writers to success.
About the Author: Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, and has authored or edited 16 books about writing and journalism. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Christmas Wedding James Patterson and Richard DiLallo 978-0-316-09739-0, $25.99
A heartwarming holiday love story about the unstoppable power of family and marriage.
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died five years ago, Gaby’s children have drifted apart, each one preoccupied by the turbulence in their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married—and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day—she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise—she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.
About the Author: James Patterson has had 43 New York Times hardcover #1 bestselling novels and more than 210 million copies of James Patterson’s novels have been sold worldwide.
Richard DiLallo is a former advertising creative director and lives in Manhattan.
West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman 978-0-316-05349-5, $27.99
One of the greatest basketball players of all time tells—with relentless honesty—the incredible story of his life.
He is one of basketball’s towering figures: “Mr. Clutch,” who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers’ resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring “Showtime” to Los Angeles, creating a championship winning force that continues to this day. Now, for the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story—from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Unsparing in its self-assessment and honesty, West by West is far more than a sports memoir: it is a profound confession and a magnificent inspiration.
About the Author: Jerry West has been an Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA All-Star, NBA champion, coach, general manager and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers and president of the Memphis Grizzlies. He lives in California and West Virginia.
Jonathan Coleman lives in Charlottesville and is the bestselling author of At Mother’s Request, Exit The Rainmaker, and Long Way to Go.
New American Haggadah Jonathan Safran Foer/A New Translation by Nathan Englander 978-0-316-06986-1, $29.99
A stunningly illustrated and newly translated Haggadah, complete with essays and commentary from some of the brightest Jewish literary and intellectual voices.
Read each year around the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer and song the extraordinary story of Exodus, when Moses led the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.
Now, Jonathan Safran Foer has orchestrated a new way of experiencing and understanding one of our oldest, most timeless, and sacred stories, with a new translation of the traditional text by Nathan Englander and provocative commentary by a collection of major Jewish writers and thinkers—including Howard Jacobson, Lemony Snicket, Alain de Botton, Judith Shulevitz, Simon Schama, Tony Kushner, Michael Pollan, and others. Ravishingly designed and illustrated by the acclaimed Israeli artist and calligrapher Oded Ezer, New American Haggadah is utterly unique and absorbing.
About the Author: Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn.
Nathan Englander is the author of The Ministry of Special Cases and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. He lives in Brooklyn.
Publicity Tour: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago.
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ILLUSTRATED TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR
OCTOBER 2011 HARDCOVER
The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War Margaret E. Wagner and the Library of Congress Introduction by Gary W. Gallagher 978-0-316-12068-5, $35.00
Rare source material from the Library of Congress and a gripping historical narrative illuminate the most consequential war ever fought on American soil.
With striking visuals from the Library of Congress’s unparalleled archive, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War is an authoritative and engaging narrative of the domestic conflict that determined the course of American history. A detailed chronological timeline of the war captures the harrowing intensity of 19th-century warfare in first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, and front-line journalists. Readers will be enthralled by speech drafts in Lincoln’s own hand, quotes from the likes of Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee, and portraits of key soldiers and politicians who are not covered in standard textbooks. The Illustrated Timelines’s exciting new source material and lucid organization will give Civil War enthusiasts a fresh look at this defining period in our nation’s history.
About the Author: Margaret E. Wagner is a writer and editor at the Library of Congress specializing in military history. She is co-author of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
The White House The President’s Home in Photographs and History Vicki Goldberg in cooperation with The White House Historical Association 978-0-316-09130-5, $35.00
A fascinating visual compendium on the White House and its residents, from its construction up to the present day.
The White House covers every aspect of White House life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the house, media coverage and popular photography of the White House, and photos of its illustrious inhabitants, visitors, and even pets and illustrations.
Accompanying the photographs is an incisive, informative text by renowned critic Vicki Goldberg. A rich visual history and a beautiful gift book, The White House is a must for photography and history buffs alike.
About the Author: Vicki Goldberg is a leading voice in the field of photography criticism, and she was a photography columnist for the New York Times for 13 years. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Outlaw Album: Stories Daniel Woodrell 978-0-316-05756-1, $24.99
The author of the celebrated novel Winter’s Bone—which became an Academy Award nominated film—brings us 12 timeless tales of those on the fringes of society.
Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal behavior in his wrenching first collection of short fiction. Desperation—both material and psychological—motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife’s pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; and a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior. There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories—between spouses, parents and children, siblings, and comrades in arms—which brings the troubled, sorely tested cast of characters to vivid, relatable life. And, as ever, “the music coming from Woodrell’s banjo cannot be confused with the sounds of any other writer” (Donald Harington, Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Publicity Tour: Austin, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Kansas City.
About the Author: Daniel Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World’s Most Popular Cocktails Brian D. Murphy 978-0-316-17671-2, $14.99
The ingenious new cocktail guide that uses infographics to show you how to make 100 favorite mixed drinks.
Jonesing for a Manhattan or a Mint Julep? At-home mixologists demand sophisticated cocktails, but without a lot of fuss. See Mix Drink marries appealing infographics with pie-chart recipes to make mixed drinks intuitive and fun. It falls within a format and genre that, when it works, works extremely well. The fresh, inviting approach of See Mix Drink will lure the new generation of drinkers who demand clean, visually striking, and easily understandable graphics. A great gift book for dads and grads.
About the Author: Brian D. Murphy’s favorite mixed drink is the Old Fashioned, having been inspired to try it after watching Mad Men. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Nicole and their three pets Kate, MeowMeow, and Maya.
The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Images from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition David M. Wilson 978-0-316-17850-1, $35.00
The historic publication of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s own long-lost photographs, 100 years after his team’s legendary journey to the South Pole.
The legend of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, icon of fortitude and courage, who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole in March 1912, is an enduring one. However, many do not know that throughout his journey, in the face of extreme climactic conditions and technical challenges, Scott used a camera to capture breathtaking polar panoramas, geographical and geological scenes, and action photographs of the explorers and their animals, remarkable for their technical skill as well as for their poignancy. Lost, fought over, neglected, and finally resurrected, Scott’s final photographs are collected together here for the first time: a humbling testament to the last great expedition of the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.
About the Author: David M. Wilson, a highly respected polar historian who regularly lectures on exploration history, is a great nephew of Dr. Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party. He lives in Cambridge, England.
The Drop Michael Connelly 978-0-316- 06941-0, $27.99
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court. Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown to authorities for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
About the Author: Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.
Spontaneous Happiness Andrew Weil, MD 978-0-316-12944-2, $27.99
Bestselling author Dr. Andrew Weil presents his revolutionary approach to finding lasting happiness.
Spontaneous Happiness is Dr. Weil’s paradigm-shifting guide to peak emotional wellness. In the book, he redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biochemical model of mental health. He presents a vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda, Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much more. Dr. Weil offers advice on lifestyle, behavior, and dietary changes, and helps readers assess their own emotional wellness and build personalized step-by-step plans to manage their moods. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression, or simply seeking greater contentment, Dr. Weil’s science-based integrative approach will help readers achieve their goals. With fascinating case studies and a comprehensive program, this guide breaks new ground in the field of happiness.
About the Author: Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others. He lives in Tucson, AZ.
Publicity Tour: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Phoenix
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to Michelle’s fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible. Then they moved in.
In The Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the President and First Lady.
About the Author: Jodi Kantor is a Washington correspondent at the New York Times. She was also Arts & Leisure editor of the newspaper, the New York editor at Slate, and one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” rising stars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kill Alex Cross James Patterson 978-0-316-03792-1, $28.99
When the President’s son and daughter are abducted, Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him far from the center of the case and in the dark.
A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes—one that may alter the fate of the entire country. Kill Alex Cross is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!
About the Author: James Patterson has sold more than 210 million copies of his novels worldwide.
The Impossible Dead Ian Rankin 978-0-316-03977-2, $25.99
The Complaints: that’s the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who’ve made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel. A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist.
There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.
In his newest pulse-pounding thriller, Ian Rankin holds up a mirror to an age of fear and paranoia, and shows us something of our own lives reflected there.
About the Author: Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
A beautiful boxed-set edition, with new material, of Malcolm Gladwell’s landmark books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers.
In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Regarded by many as the most gifted and influential author and journalist in America today, Gladwell has the rare ability to connect with audiences of tremendously varied interests.
There are more than 10 million copies of his books in print. Now, Gladwell’s landmark investigations into the world around us are collected together for the first time. Beautifully repackaged and redesigned, with newly added illustrations throughout each book, Collected is a perfect treasury of prose and provocation for Gladwell fans old and new.
About the Author: Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business reporter at the Washington Post. He lives in New York City.
The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg 978-0-316-04513-1, $35.00
From two of America’s most respected culinary authors, this one-of-a-kind comprehensive and entertaining guide uncorks the world of wine for food lovers.
A wine book unlike any other, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine offers a fresh perspective via the single aspect of wine most compelling to food lovers: flavor.
At the heart of this indispensable reference, formatted like the authors’ two previous bestsellers, is an encyclopedic A-to-Z guide profiling hundreds of different wines by their essential characteristics—from body and intensity to distinguishing flavors, from suggested serving temperatures and ideal food pairings to recommended producers (including many iconic examples). The book provides illuminating insights from dozens of America’s best sommeliers via informative sidebars, charts, and boxes, which complement the book’s gorgeous four-color photography. Another groundbreaking work from two of the ultimate culinary insiders, this instant classic is the perfect gift book.
About the Author: Former Washington Post wine columnists and married New Yorkers Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are also the authors of the 100,000+-copy bestsellers Culinary Artistry and Becoming a Chef.
Publicity Tour: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland.
Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook Daniel Humm, Will Guidara 978-0-316-09851-9, $50.00
A lavish collection of elegant, seasonal recipes from the award-winning, four-star New York restaurant.
Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City’s most popular fine-dining establishments and has become an international culinary destination. Under the leadership of executive chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara, the restaurant is synonymous with innovative cuisine and top-tier hospitality, receiving a coveted four-star review from the New York Times. Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook is a sumptuous tribute to the unforgettable experience of dining in the restaurant, where the latest culinary techniques are married with classical haute cuisine. The book features more than 150 sophisticated recipes, arranged by season, adapted for the home cook, and accompanied by stunning full-color photographs by Francesco Tonelli.
Eleven Madison Park is sure to be one of the most talked-about cookbooks of 2011.
About the Author: Daniel Humm has been executive chef of Eleven Madison Park since 2006, the same year that Will Guidara became general manager. They both live in New York City.
Love and Shame and Love Peter Orner 978-0-316-12939-8, $24.99
Alexander Popper is four years old when his father throws him into Lake Michigan, telling him to sink or swim. The rest of the family also struggles to stay afloat: His mother is trapped in an unhappy marriage; his brother, the shadow boss of the clan, rises above it; paternal grandparents, Seymour and Bernice, once high fliers, now live lives full of regret; and his father, obsessed with his own success, fails to see that the family is unraveling. Covering four decades of Alexander’s life, from childhood to romance to unexpected fatherhood, Peter Orner illuminates the intricacies of love and the shame that sometimes follows. Alternately comic and sorrowful, Love and Shame and Love explores the universals with stunning originality and wisdom.
About the Author: Peter Orner is the author of two widely praised books, Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. Born in Chicago and trained as a lawyer, Orner now lives in San Francisco and is an associate professor at San Francisco State.
DR. BERNSTEIN'S DIABETES SOLUTION (REVISED EDITION)
NOVEMBER 2011 HARDCOVER
Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution (Revised Edition): A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars Richard K. Bernstein, MD 978-0-316-18269-0, $29.99
Originally published in 1997, Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution is a unique resource that covers both adult and childhood-onset diabetes, explains step-by-step how to normalize blood sugar levels and prevent or reverse complications, and offers detailed guidelines for establishing a treatment plan. Readers will find 50 gourmet recipes, in addition to a comprehensive discussion of diet, obesity, and new drugs to curb carbohydrate craving and overeating. Now in its fourth edition, the book presents up-to-the-minute information on insulin resistance, blood-testing devices, measuring blood sugar, new types of insulin, gastroparesis and other issues, as well as updated diet guidelines.
Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution is the one book every diabetic must own.
About the Author: Richard K. Bernstein, MD, is one of the world’s foremost experts in diabetes treatment and care. He is the author of six books about diabetes, including The Diabetes Diet. He lives and maintains a private practice in Mamaroneck, NY.
Best Seat in the House: One on One with the Greats in the Game John Feinstein 978-0-316-07904-4, $27.99
The book John Feinstein was born to write, bringing two decades of intriguing encounters with sports legends to the page.
After numerous bestselling sports books based on his own deep reporting, John Feinstein crafts a narrative of the most interesting and revealing encounters he’s had, with some of the most enduring figures in sports—from hallowed coaches such as Bob Knight, Jim Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski, and Joe Torre to beloved athletes such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Ivan Lendl, and Mary Carillo.
Here we have John Feinstein at his very best—opening up sport’s most private, closed-door places. These are the mentors and athletes who know their games the best, and the legends and legendary moments that gave inherent shape to our favorite pastimes.
About the Author: John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Moment of Glory, The Majors, A Good Walk Spoiled, and A Season on the Brink, among others. He writes for Inside Sports and Golf and commentates on NPR and CBS. He lives in Maryland.
Queen of America: A Novel Luis Alberto Urrea 978-0-316-15486-4, $25.99
The remarkable heroine of The Hummingbird’s Daughter returns in this epic novel of love, loss, and miracles in a restless America.
After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and “Saint of Cabora,” flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century America—New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love? At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and riotously funny, Queen of America reconfirms Luis Alberto Urrea’s status as a writer of the first rank.
About the Author: Luis Alberto Urrea is one of America’s most critically acclaimed authors. He has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Christopher Award, an American Book Award, and a Western States Book Award. He lives with his family outside of Chicago.
Publicity Tour: Chicago, New York, San Fransisco, St. Louis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Seattle, Portland.
Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving Donna Britt 978-0-316-02184-5, $25.99
A memoir exploring why countless women, especially black women, give so much to the men in their lives at any cost.
Donna Britt has always been surrounded by men—her father, three brothers, two husbands, three sons, countless friends. She learned to give to them at an early age. But after her beloved brother Darrell’s senseless killing by police 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn’t help Darrell. Brother (And Me) navigates Britt’s life through her relationships with men—resulting in a tender, funny, and heartbreaking exploration of universal issues of gender and race. It asks: Why, for so long, did Britt—like millions of seemingly self-aware women—rarely put herself first? With attuned storytelling and hard-wrought introspection, Britt finds that even the sharpest woman may need reminding that giving to others requires giving to oneself.
About the Author: Donna Britt is an award-winning former syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, writing on issues both topical and personal. She lives in Maryland with her husband and youngest son.
Guilty Wives James Patterson and David Ellis 978-0-316-09756-7, $27.99
A luxurious Monte Carlo vacation lands four women in prison for a murder they didn’t commit.
Abbie Elliot gave up her life to follow her diplomat husband to Zurich. Now, she and her three best friends are in desperate need of a weekend getaway and decide it’s the perfect time for a fling in Monte Carlo.
They surrender themselves to every temptation: fine dining, high-stakes gambling, and gorgeous men. But the fun comes to a screeching halt when two bodies are found, and they become the police’s prime suspects. In a dramatic trial, the women’s lives are laid bare. It becomes clear that they have been framed, but one question remains: Who is trying to lock them away forever? With delicious twists and death-defying speed, Guilty Wives is a nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, and betrayal as only James Patterson can create.
About the Author: James Patterson holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 61 titles. His stand alone thrillers have been enormous bestsellers, selling over 43 million copies worldwide.
David Ellis is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Line of Vision (Berkley, 2/02), for which he won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and The Hidden Man (Putnam, 9/09), which earned him a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. Ellis is the Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and he recently served as the House Prosecutor who tried and convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
American Dervish: A Novel Ayad Akhtar 978-0-316-18331-4, $24.99
A stirring and explosive debut novel about an American Muslim family struggling with faith and belonging in the pre-9/11 world.
Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother’s beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat’s father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.
Mina’s real magic may be that the Shah household, always contentious and sad, becomes a happy one. But when Mina finds her own path to happiness, the ember of jealousy in Hayat’s heart is enflamed by the community’s anti-Semitism and he acts with catastrophic consequences for those he loves most.
About the Author: Ayad Akhtar is a first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and Directing from Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. American Dervish is his first novel. He lives in New York.
Publicity Tour: New York, Milwaukee, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
Girl Land Caitlin Flanagan 978-0-316-06598-6, $25.99
The physical, emotional, and social milestones of every girl’s life: what we’ve lost and gained in the 21st century.
Caitlin Flanagan’s essays about marriage, sex, and families have sparked national debates. Now she turns her attention to girls: the biological and cultural milestones for girls today, and how they shape a girl’s sense of herself. The transition from girl to woman is an experience that has changed radically over the generations: everything from how a girl learns about her period to how she expects to be treated by boys and men. Girls today observe these passages very differently, and yet the landmarks themselves have remained remarkably constant—proof, Flanagan believes, of their significance. In a world where protections of girls’ privacy and personal freedom seem to disappear every day, the ultimate challenge modern parents face is finding a way to defend both.
About the Author: Caitlin Flanagan is a winner of the National Magazine Award. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays and Best American Magazine Writing. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy William Poundstone 978-0-316-09997-4, $19.99
More than 100 new puzzles from America’s toughest job interviews and the advice you need to land your dream job now.
You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America’s best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions.
Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. The book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? is a must read for anyone who wants to succeed in today’s job market.
About the Author: William Poundstone is the author of 12 books, including How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and Fortune’s Formula, which was Amazon Editors’ pick for the #1 nonfiction book of the year in 2005. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
The Rook: A Novel Daniel O’Malley 978-0-316-09879-3, $25.99
A quick-witted, genre-bending, debut thriller about a secret organization keeping the world safe from supernatural threats, one staff meeting at a time.
“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no memory of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that battles supernatural forces. But there is a mole inside the organization and this person wants her dead.
Battling to save herself, Myfanwy will encounter a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy. Suspenseful, hilarious, and richly inventive, The Rook is a rip-roaring debut.
About the Author: After receiving degrees from Michigan State and Ohio State, Daniel O’Malley returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian government, managing media relations for the agency that investigates transportation accidents.
The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! Mark Hyman, MD 978-0-316-12737-0, $27.99
Bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman’s scientifically based program for preventing and reversing the number one cause of obesity and chronic disease.
In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness—nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind—and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program. With advice on diet, green living, supplements and medication, exercise, and personalizing the plan for optimal results, the book also teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, The Blood Sugar Solution is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever.
About the Author: Mark Hyman, MD, is the chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center. He is also the author of The Ultramind Solution and co-author of Ultraprevention. He lives in Lenox, MA.
Wild Thing: A Novel Josh Bazell 978-0-316-03219-3, $25.99
Former mob hitman Dr. Brnwa is on the case—and on the run—in the electrifying sequel to the bestseller Beat the Reaper.
It’s hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world’s worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers—not to mention the occasional lake monster—are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem. Facing new and old monsters alike, Dr. Brnwa’s story continues in this darkly funny and lightning-paced follow up to Josh Bazell’s bestselling debut.
About the Author: Josh Bazell holds a BA in writing from Brown University and an MD from Columbia. He lives in New York.
Publicity Tour: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
The Snow Child: A Novel Eowyn Ivey 978-0-316-17567-8, $24.99
“You will not soon forget this story of learning to accept the gifts that fate and love can bring.” —Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek.
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place, especially for newcomers Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart—he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl seems to be a child of the woods, somehow surviving alone in the wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand her, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about The Snow Child will transform all of them.
About the Author: Eowyn Ivey lives in Alaska with her husband and two daughters. She studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduate program, and worked for nearly 10 years as a reporter.
Private: #1 Suspect James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 978-0-316-09740-6, $27.99
Private’s Director Jack Morgan is accused of a brutal murder—and not even Private’s world class investigators may be able to save him.
Since former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan started Private, it has become one of the world’s most powerful investigation firms, sought out by the rich and famous to discretely handle their most sensitive problems. Private’s investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world—and they always uncover the truth. When a former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While the police are investigating Jack, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a spree of murders occurring on their properties. Fighting for his life on both sides of the law, Jack realizes that he may not be able to save himself this time. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, Private: #1 Suspect is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.
About the Author: Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels and two works of nonfiction. Including the bestselling Women’s Murder Club series, she has co-authored nine books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband.
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack: A Novel Mark Leyner 978-0-316-60845-9, $24.99
From the bestselling novelist and quirk collector, a romp through the excesses and exploits of gods and mortals.
High above the bustling streets of Dubai in the world’s tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they’ve wreaked mischievous and hilarious havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions led by the immortal enemies Shanice, XOXO, La Felina, and Mogul Magoo; and Ike, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession. Ritualistically recited throughout the world by a cast of drug-addled bards, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is Ike’s epic story. A raucous tale of the unexpected fallout and laugh-out-loud misadventures of gods and men, it’s a wildly fun, wickedly fast gambol through the unmapped corridors of the imagination.
About the Author: Mark Leyner is the author of two novels, three story collections, and three nonfiction books, and he cowrote the movie War, Inc. with John Cusack. He lives in New Jersey.
THE GREAT ANIMAL ORCHESTRA: FINDING THE ORIGINS OF MUSIC IN THE WORLD'S WILD PLACES
MARCH 2012 HARDCOVER
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places Bernie Krause 978-0-316-08687-5, $26.99
A provocative look at the music of nature, the sounds and rhythms of the wild, and their deep connection.
Bernie Krause is one of the world’s experts in natural sound, and here we listen through Krause’s ears as he collects the sounds of purring jaguars, snapping shrimp, cracking glaciers—and the roar of the wild. It is an intensely personal narrative of life as it hits the ears, and of the planet’s deeply connected natural sounds and music. Krause shows that just as streetlights drown out the stars, human noise is vanishing the sounds of nature—and the very soundscapes that help us understand how wild sound and music connect. A travelogue of sound based on a lifetime of study, this account will leave you hearing—and seeing—nature as never before.
About the Author: Dr. Bernie Krause is a musician and naturalist. He has traveled the world recording the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. He lives in California.
The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel Kathleen Kent 978-0-316-06864-2, $14.99
In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen takes work as a servant in her cousin’s household. Overseeing the neglected home, she locks wills with those around her—including the tall and silent Thomas Carrier, known both for his immense strength and his mysterious past.
As Martha comes to know Thomas, she falls in love—and the two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether from the London assassins out for bounty or from the wolves—in many forms—who hunt for blood. A tale of love, courage, and independence, The Traitor’s Wife confirms Kathleen Kent’s ability to craft powerful stories from the dramatic background of America’s earliest days.
About the Author: Kathleen Kent is also the author of The Heretic’s Daughter. She lives in Dallas.
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The Book of Life Stuart Nadler 978-0-316-12647-2, $13.99
These stunning tales about family, identity, and the lives of American Jews in the new century mark the debut of a spectacularly gifted writer.
Bound by issues of faith and doubt, the characters in Stuart Nadler’s unforgettable stories cannot be reduced to such problems alone. Instead they confront universal concerns such as what it means to be an insider or an outsider in contemporary American life. At a Rosh Hashanah party, an arrogant businessman begins an affair with his best friend’s daughter. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his wife and his newly devout son. A pure-hearted painter has his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to reconnect over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. These stories present men and women dealing with their sins and failings, their infidelities, their griefs, their missed opportunities at love, and, ultimately, their hopes for redemption.
About the Author: Stuart Nadler’s stories have been published in a wide range of literary magazines. Visiting was selected for The Atlantic Monthly’s 2010 Fiction issue. “In the Book of Life” was selected as one of the first stories to be published in The Atlantic Monthly’s partnership with Amazon Kindle.
Publicity Tour: New York, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle and Phoenix
One Hundred and One Nights: A Novel Benjamin Buchholz 978-0-316-13377-7, $14.99
In this mesmerizing first novel, set against the backdrop of war-torn Iraq, a man struggles to rebuild his life.
Alone in a new city, former Iraqi expatriate Abu Saheeh has exactly what he wants: freedom from his past. But then he meets Layla, a whimsical 14-year-old girl who enchants him with her love of American pop culture. Distracted by her stories, Abu Saheeh settles into the town’s rhythm and begins to piece together a new life for himself. But two sudden developments—his alliance with a powerful merchant and his employment of a hot-headed young assistant—reawaken painful memories, and not even Layla may be able to save Abu Saheeh from careening out of control and endangering all around him. A breathtaking story of friendship, love, betrayal, and sacrifice, One Hundred and One Nights is an unforgettable novel about the struggle for salvation and the power of family.
About the Author: As a Civil Affairs Officer in Safwan, Iraq, in 2005–2006 Benjamin Buchholz worked closely with the local people, and his experience has allowed him to vividly render a side of the war that is rarely seen. Buchholz is coauthor of a nonfiction book about his battalion’s year in Iraq entitled Private Soldiers. He is currently living in Oman with his family.
ON CELESTIAL MUSIC AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN LISTENING
MARCH 2012 PAPERBACK
On Celestial Music And Other Adventures in Listening Rick Moody 978-0-316-10521-7, $15.99
Rick Moody has been writing about music as long as he has been writing, and this book provides an ample selection from that output. His anatomy of the word cool reminds us that, in the postwar ’40s, it was infused with the feeling of jazz music but is now merely a synonym for neat. On Celestial Music, which was included in Best American Essays 2008, begins with a lament for the loss in recent music of the vulnerability expressed by Otis Redding’s masterpiece, Try a Little Tenderness; moves on to Moody’s infatuation with the ecstatic music of The Velvet Underground; and ends with an appreciation of Arvo Pärt and Purcell, close as they are to nature, “the music of the spheres.”
Contemporary groups covered include Magnetic Fields (their love songs), Wilco (the band’s and Jeff Tweedy’s evolution), Danielson Famile (an evangelical rock band), The Pogues (Shane MacGowan’s problems with addiction), The Lounge Lizards (John Lurie’s brilliance), and Meredith Monk, who once recorded a song inspired by Rick Moody’s story Boys. Always incisive and personable, these pieces inspire us to dive as deeply into the music that enhances our lives as Moody has done—and introduces us to wonderful sounds we may not know.
About the Author: Rick Moody frequently writes about music for the popular online literary magazine The Rumpus and released his first solo album in 2010.
Digital Photography: A Basic Manual Henry Horenstein 978-0-316-02074-9, $29.99
From one of America’s foremost photography instructors—a comprehensive and visually stunning guide to capturing, editing, and printing beautiful photographs.
The recent boom in digital camera sales has dramatically revived interest in photography. In Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, Henry Horenstein provides step-by-step instructions, full-page images, and line illustrations to illuminate every aspect of digital photography, from exposure controls and shutter speed to image editing, printing methods, and even file storage. Based on the same clear and comprehensive teaching techniques that have made Horenstein’s Black and White Photography a perennial bestseller, Digital Photography is essential reading for photo enthusiasts who wish to bridge traditional darkroom practices with the digital present and future.
About the author: Henry Horenstein is a professional photographer and the author of more than two dozen books, including the classic texts Black and White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, and Color Photography. He lives in Boston.