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The Urban Bestiary

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September 2013 Hardcover

Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary

978-0-316-17852-5, $26.00

DESCRIPTION

In THE URBAN BESTIARY, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt’s observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose “home” is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth, and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, THE URBAN BESTIARY is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lyanda Lynn Haupt has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and is a seabird researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. She is the author of Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award). Her writing has appeared in Image, Open Spaces, Wild Earth, Conservation Biology Journal, Birdwatcher’s Digest, and the Prairie Naturalist. Winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in West Seattle with her husband and daughter.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi, Theresa.Giacopasi@hbgusa.com

The Abominable

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October 2013 Hardcover

Dan Simmons, The Abominable

978-0-316-19883-7, $28.00

DESCRIPTION

It’s 1926, and the desire to summit the world’s highest mountain has reached a fever-pitch among adventurers. Three young friends, eager to take their shot at the top, accept funding from a grieving mother whose son fell to his death on Mt. Everest two years earlier. But she refuses to believe he’s dead, and wants them to bring him back alive.

As they set off toward Everest, the men encounter other hikers who are seeking the boy’s body for their own mysterious reasons. What valuable item could he have been carrying? What is the truth behind the many disappearances on the mountain? As they journey to the top of the world, the three friends face abominable choices, actions—and possibly creatures. A bone-chilling, pulse-pounding story of supernatural suspense, THE ABOMINABLE is Dan Simmons at his best.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

David and Goliath

October 2013 Hardcover

Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: The Triumph of the Underdog

978-0-316-20436, $29.00

DESCRIPTION

We all know that underdogs can winthat’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In DAVID AND GOLIATH, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classroomsall in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?
 
Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, DAVID AND GOLIATH is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional. Millions of readers have been waiting for the next Malcolm Gladwell book. That wait is over.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

The Goldfinch

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October 2013 Hardcover

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

978-0-316-005543-7, $30.00

DESCRIPTION

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Tartt is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and The Oxford American. She is the author of the novels The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). She lives in New York.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

The Double

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October 2013 Hardcover

George Pelecanos, The Double

978-0-316-07839-9, $26.00

DESCRIPTION

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting"The Double"Grace Kinkaid’s ex-boyfriend stole from her. It’s the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what’s missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated hera violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it’s a thief on the runor a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can’t last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he isand how far he’ll go to get what he wants.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

Isa Does It

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October 2013 Hardcover

Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

978-0-316-22190-0, $30.00

DESCRIPTION

How does Isa Chandra Moskowitz make flavorful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less? It’s easy! In ISA DOES IT, the beloved cookbook author shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a snap. Mouthwatering recipes like Quinoa Caesar Salad, Spinach and Black Bean Burrito Bowl, and White Wine Risotto with Peas & Shiitake Bacon illustrate how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be. There are even easy, one-bowl desserts, like Sugar & Spice Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

The recipes are supermarket friendly and respect how busy most readers are. From skilled vegan chefs, to those new to the vegan pantry, or just cooks looking for some fresh ideas, Isa’s unfussy recipes and quirky commentary will make everyone’s time in the kitchen fun and productive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the best-selling author of the hit books Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance, and many other titles. Her website, Post Punk Kitchen, is beloved by millions. Isa has been cooking up a vegan storm for over two decades and has been named favorite cookbook author in VegNews for seven years running. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe, Carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

The Everything Store

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October 2013 Hardcover

Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

978-0-316-21926-6, $28.00

DESCRIPTION

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that’s never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech’s other elite innovators—Jobs, Gates, ZuckerbergBezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.

THE EVERYTHING STORE will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brad Stone has covered Amazon and technology in Silicon Valley for over 14 years, for publications such as Newsweek and the New York Times. He is currently a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and lives in San Francisco, California.

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The Outcasts

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October 2013 Hardcover

Kathleen Kent, The Outcasts

978-0-316-20612-9, $26.00

DESCRIPTION

It’s the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she’d been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate’s buried treasure.

Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier. Whoif anyonewill survive when their paths finally cross?

As Lucinda and Nate’s stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathleen Kent is the author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife. She lives in Dallas.

Publicity Contact: Nicole Dewey, nicole.dewey@hbgusa.com

The 34-Ton Bat

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October 2013 Hardcover

Steve Rushin, The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects

978-0-316-20093-6, $25.00

DESCRIPTION

No sport embraces its wild history quite like baseball, especially in memorabilia and objects. Sure, there are baseball cards and team pennants. But there are also huge balls, giant bats, peanuts, cracker jacks, eyeblack, and more, each with a backstory you have to read to believe. In THE 34-TON BAT, Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin tells the real, unvarnished story of baseball through the lens of all the things that make it the game that it is.

Rushin weaves these rich storiesfrom ballpark pipe organs played by malevolent organists to backed up toilets at Ebbets Fieldtogether in their order of importance (from most to least) for an entertaining and compulsive read, glowing with a deep passion for America’s Pastime. The perfect holiday gift for casual fans and serious collectors alike, THE 34-TON BAT is a true heavy hitter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Rushin has been writing for Sports Illustrated for the last 25 years and was the 2006 National Sportswriter of the Year. His work has been collected in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in Connecticut.

Publicity Contact: Justin Levine, justin.levine@hbgusa.com

Melt

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October 2013 Hardcover

Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord, Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese

978-0-316-21337-0. $30.00

DESCRIPTION

Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese is the first book to marry the American standard, macaroni and cheese, with handcrafted artisan cheeses, producing dishes that are both classic and chic. In this accessible and stylish book, budding chefs will be encouraged to incorporate artisanal ingredients into the everyday comfort food they know and love. Featuring such unexpected and delicious combinations as Fourme d’Ambert and Blood Oranges on Orzo and Arugula, Drunken Goat, Fennel, Edamame, Mint, and Rotini, and Pumpkin Stuffed with Fontina, Italian Sausage, and Macaroni, Melt takes mac and cheese out of the box and elevates it to a level that will delight even the most sophisticated palates.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Stephanie Stiavetti is a freelance food writer and recipe developer residing in Oakland, California. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, KQED, Culinate, and Serious Eats.  You can find her online at TheCulinaryLife.com.

Garrett McCord is a freelance food writer, writing teacher, and recipe developer. He has written for Gourmet Live, The Huffington Post, Epicurious, Cheese Connoisseur, and many other online and print publications. You can also find him at VanillaGarlic.com. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his husband, Brian; their two needy cats; and a Corgi named Jack.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

The Married Kama Sutra

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October 2013 Hardcover

Simon Kich and Farley Katz, The Married Kama Sutra

978-0-316-24811-2. $16.00

DESCRIPTION

For centuries, lovers have found inspiration and advice in the ancient text of the Kama Sutra. Now, Simon Rich"one of the funniest writers in America" (The Daily Beast)and Farley Katz have unearthed a valuable new documenta guide to the positions most common after marriage. From “the interrupted congress” to “the beaching of the whales,” here are the poses, positions, and games married lovers play to keep the spark aliveand the dishwasher properly loaded. Complete with four-color, full-page illustrations in the style of the original Kama Sutra, but with modern, domestic accoutrements: dirty diapers, TV remotes, and wine glasses aplenty.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Simon Rich is the author of Free-Range Chickens, Ant FarmElliot Allagash, What in God’s Name, and The Last Girlfriend on Earth. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and the Believer. He lives in San Francisco, where he is a staff writer at Pixar. 

Farley Katz is a graphic artist whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker, and the author of Journal of a Schoolyard Bully and the forthcoming Cyber Bully. He lives in Brooklyn.
Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

Mast Brothers Chocolate

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October 2013 Hardcover

Rick and Michael Mast, Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

978-0-316-23484-9, $40.00

DESCRIPTION

The Mast Brothers are pioneers of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement. Sourcing cocoa with unique flavor profiles from around the equator, they roast the beans in small batches to create truly handmade chocolate, one of the very few chocolate makers to do so. At their flagship factory and retail shop in Brooklyn, their distinctive bars are wrapped in exquisite custom papers that they have designed and are sold at specialty food shops around the country and around the world.

Many of the world’s pre-eminent chefs, including Thomas Keller, Dan Barber, Daniel Humm, Alice Waters, and Alain Ducasse choose Mast Brothers Chocolate for cooking for its purity and distinctive tasting notes.

In MAST BROTHERS CHOCOLATE: A FAMILY COOKBOOK they share their unique story and recipes for classic American desserts like chocolate cookies and cakes, brownies, bars, milkshakes, and even home-made whoopie pie. There are mouthwatering savory dishes as well, like Pan-seared Scallops with Cocoa Nibs and Cocoa Coq au Vin. With striking color photographs throughout, this cookbook celebrates the vision and allure of Mast Brothers Chocolate, the leaders of the American craft chocolate movement and the choice of the world’s great chefs.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rick and Michael Mast are the co-founders, owners, and master chocolate makers of Mast Brothers Chocolate, pioneering “bean to bar” chocolate making in New York City. They were born and raised in Iowa.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

The Luminaries

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October 2013 Hardcover

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

978-0-316-07431-5, $26.00

DESCRIPTION

On a blustery January day, a prostitute is arrested. In the midst of the 1866 gold rush on the coast of New Zealand, this might have gone unnoticed. But three notable events occur on that same day: a luckless drunk dies, a wealthy man vanishes, and a ship’s captain of ill repute cancels all of his business and weighs anchor, as if making an escape. Anna Wetherell, the prostitute in question, is connected to all three men. 

This sequence of apparently coincidental events provokes a secret council of powerful townsmen to investigate. But they are interrupted by the arrival of a stranger: young Walter Moody, who has a secret of his own

THE LUMINARIES is an intricately crafted feat of storytelling, a mystery that reveals the ways our interconnected lives reshape our destinies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Eleanor Catton, 27, completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2007 and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for her first novel, The Rehearsal, which was also long-listed for the Orange Prize and short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize. She studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. She lives in New Zealand.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

The 80/20 Manager

October 2013 Hardcover

Richard Koch, The 80/20 Manager: The Secret to Working Less and Achieving More

978-0-316-24306-3, $27.00

DESCRIPTION

In his bestselling book The 80/20 Principle, Richard Koch showed readers how to put the 80/20 Principlethe idea that 80 percent of results come from just 20 percent of effortinto practice in their personal lives. Now in THE 80/20 MANAGER, he demonstrates how to apply the principle to management. An 80/20 manager learns to focus only on the issues that really matter, achieving exceptional results, and feeling successful everyday while working less hard in fewer hours.

A large number of managersespecially in these difficult timesfeel completely overwhelmed. Their inboxes are overflowing and they constantly struggle to finish their to-do lists, leaving little time for the things that really matter. THE 80/20 MANAGER shows a new way to look at managementand at lifeto enjoy work and build a successful and fulfilling career.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard Koch is the bestselling author of The 80/20 Principle, which has sold over a million copies and been published in thirty-one languages. He is also a highly successful entrepreneur and investor, whose ventures have included Filofax, Plymouth Gin, Belgo, and Betfair. He was formerly a partner of Bain & Company and co-founder of LEK Consulting. He is British and lives in Portugal.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe, Carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

Stella Bain

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November 2013 Hardcover

Anita Shreve, Stella Bain

978-0-316-09886-1, $28.00

DESCRIPTION

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com