Little, Brown and Company Catalog

Apr 08

Private L.A.

January 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson, Private L.A.

978-0-316-21112-3, $28.00

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Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they’re also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.

When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can’t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast—and the world’s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn’t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan, Sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

Collision Low Crossers

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November 2013 Hardcover

Nicholas Dawidoff, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

978-0-316-19679-6, $28.00

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Football is the country’s most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today’s NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

In COLLISION LOW CROSSERS, Dawidoff introduces us to a memorable cast of characters: brilliant, polarizing head coach Rex Ryan; the defensive coaches and their offensive counterparts and rivals; the best defensive player in football Darrelle Revis and the young, whimsical, and erratic quarterback Mark Sanchez; and the brotherhood of American characters who come together to form a team.

Here finally is the definitive work on the elusive game, a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Deliverance and part The Office.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In the Country of Country, was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveller. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, and is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and the American Scholar. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Johnny Cash

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October 2013 Hardcover

Robert Hilburn, Johnny Cash: The Life

978-0-316-19475-4, $30.00

DESCRIPTION

People don’t just listen to Johnny Cashthey believe in him.

Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hiddenuntil now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his lifehe was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash’s death in 2003. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before seen material from the singer’s inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culturenot only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Hilburn was a music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and has reported extensively on pop music legends, including Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Johnny Cash.

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

Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations

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November 2013 Hardcover

Retha Powers, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations

978-0-316-01017-7, $35.00

DESCRIPTION

BARTLETT’S FAMILIAR BLACK QUOTATIONS paints a rich canvas of Black history through time. Five thousand quotes are culled from the time of Ancient Egypt through American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Era, Apartheid, to the present day. With passages from authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theologians, activists, politicians, and many others, BARTLETT’S FAMILIAR BLACK QUOTATIONS will appeal not only to quote aficionados and researchers, but also to history buffs. Aesop’s Fables and the Holy Bible are in the same company as Nelson Mandela and President Obama; Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison; Bob Marley and Jay-Z. A wonderful reference tool and gift, BARTLETT’S FAMILIAR BLACK QUOTATIONS is sure to follow in the footsteps of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, becoming a beloved authority.

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Retha Powers is editor of the anthology, Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica and co-editor of This is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work.  Her journalism and essays have appeared in publications such as Essence, Ms., The New York Times Magazine, and Glamour. Powers holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. A publishing professional for over twenty years, she is currently the Assistant Director of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College of New York.

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

A Passion for Bread

November 2013 Hardcover

Lionel Vatinet, A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker

978-0-316-20062-2, $35.00

DESCRIPTION

A PASSION FOR BREAD brings a Master Baker’s encyclopedic knowledge of bread, passed on from a long line of French artisan bakers, to the American home, with detailed instructions and dozens of step-by-step photographs. It will cover everyday loaves like baguettes, ciabatta, and whole grain breads, as well as loaves for special occasions, including Beaujolais Bread, Jalapeño Cheddar Bread, and Lionel Vatinet’s celebrated sourdough boule. A chapter of delectable soup and sandwich recipes will inspire you to create the perfect accompaniments. The book offers a detailed introduction to bread baking, 65 recipes, and 350 full-color photographs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lionel Vatinet is one of the most respected baking experts in America. In 1999, he coached the American team in the World Cup of Baking tournament to their first ever First Place win, and he has served as a baking consultant for Panera Bread, La Brea, and Zabar’s. Educated as a baker’s apprentice in France, Lionel remains true to the pledge he gave when inducted as a Les Compagnons du Devoir guild member to educate others in the art of baking. He owns La Farm Bakery in Cary, North Carolina, and regularly teaches baking courses there.

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

Red Sky in Morning

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November 2013 Hardcover

Paul Lynch, Red Sky in Morning

978-0-316-23025-4, $25.00

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It’s 1832 and Coll Coyle has killed the wrong man. The dead man’s father is an expert tracker and ruthless killer with a single-minded focus on vengeance. The hunt leads from the windswept bogs of County Donegal, across the Atlantic to the choleric work camps of the Pennsylvania railroad, where both men will find their fates in the hardship and rough country of the fledgling United States.

Language and landscape combine powerfully in this tense exploration of life and death, parts of which are based on historical events. With lyrical prose balancing the stark realities of the hunter and the hunted, RED SKY IN MORNING is a visceral and meditative novel that marks the debut of a stunning new talent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Lynch was born in 1977 and is a novelist and critic. He was the chief film critic of Ireland’s Sunday Tribune from 2007 to 2011. He writes regularly for the London Sunday Times on film and has also written for the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Daily Mail, and Film Ireland. He appears regularly on Irish radio and is a member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle. In 2011, the Irish Times called him one of Ireland’s “finest film writers.” He lives in Dublin.

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A Thousand Hills to Heaven

November 2013 Hardcover

Josh Ruxin, A Thousand Hills to Heaven

978-0-316-23291-3, $27.00

DESCRIPTION

Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant?

While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country’s rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up “the best guacamole in Africa”) and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide’s survivors really could work together.


While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josh Ruxin is on faculty at Columbia University, directs The Access Project, and contributes to the New York Times, Forbes, and other outlets.He lives in Rwanda with Alissa and their three children and is frequently seen bartending and tweaking recipes at Heaven.

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

The Gods of Guilt

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December 2013 Hardcover

Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt

978-0-316-06951-9, $28.00

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Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP - 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt. The Gods of Guilt shows once again why “Michael Connelly excels, easily surpassing John Grisham in the building of courtroom suspense” (Los Angeles Times).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-five previous novels including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Black Box, The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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

The Kid

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December 2013 Hardcover

Ben Bradlee Jr., The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

978-0-316-61435-1, $30.00

DESCRIPTION

Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America—and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter’s box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.

THE KID is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee’s marvelous book clears the fences, too.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent 25 years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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

Love Sense

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December 2013 Hardcover

Dr. Sue Johnson Ed.D, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

978-0-316-13376-0, $27.00

DESCRIPTION

Every day, we hear of relationships failing and questions of whether humans are meant to be monogamous. LOVE SENSE presents new scientific evidence that tells us that humans are meant to mate for life. Dr. Johnson explains that romantic love is an attachment bond, just like that between mother and child, and shows us how to develop our “love sense”our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Love is not the least bit illogical or random, but actually an ordered and wise recipe for survival. LOVE SENSE covers the three stages of a relationship and how to best weather them; the intelligence of emotions and the logic of love; the physical and psychological benefits of secure love; and much more. Based on groundbreaking research, LOVE SENSE will change the way we think about love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. The developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, she is a recognized leader in the new science of relationships. Dr. Johnson is the author of Hold Me Tight and other books and articles, and she has trained thousands of therapists in North America and around the world. She has won numerous awards for her work and has recently integrated research on neuroscience and couple relationships competing research on how strengthening the security of the bond between couple changes how the female partner’s brain responds to threat. For more information on Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, visit www.iceeft.com and www.holdmetight.com.

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

The Visionist

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January 2014 Hardcover

The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart

978-0-316-22811-4, $26.00

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In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope. It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of “Visionist” and bringing renown to their settlements.

The City of Hope has not yet been blessed with a Visionist, but that changes when Polly arrives and is unexpectedly exalted. As she struggles to keep her dark secrets concealed in the face of increasing scrutiny, Polly finds herself in a life-changing friendship with a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who will stake everythingincluding her faithon Polly’s honesty and purity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Urquhart is a former writer and editor at Spy, Vogue, and Allure magazines. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and Vanity Fair and she is the author of three Chic Simple lifestyle books (Knopf). She received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

December 2013 Hardcover

Isabel Greenberg, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel

978-0-316-22581-6, $23.00

DESCRIPTION

Before our history began, anothernow forgottencivilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth’s unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch. 

As intricate and richly imagined as the work of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton’s in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg’s debut will be a welcome addition to the thriving graphic novel genre.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isabel Greenberg is a writer and illustrator who lives and works in North London. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton in 2010, and has worked for NoBrow Press, Seven Stories Press, and Solipsistic Pop. She is the winner of the 2011 Observer/Cape Graphic Short Story Prize.

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

Baby Knows Best

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December 2013 Hardcover

Deborah Carlisle Solomon, Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE™ Way

978-0-316-21920-4, $27.00

DESCRIPTION

Your baby knows more than you think. That’s the heart of the principles and teachings of Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), and Educaring. BABY KNOWS BEST is based on Gerber’s belief in babies’ natural abilities to develop at their own pace, without coaxing from helicoptering or hovering parents. The Educaring Approach helps parents see their infants as competent people with a growing ability to communicate, problem-solve, and self-soothe.

BABY KNOWS BEST is a comprehensive resource thatshows parents how to respond to their babies’ cues and signals; how to develop healthy sleep habits; why babies need uninterrupted playtime; and how to set clear, consistent limits. The result? More relaxed parents and more confident, self-reliant children.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Carlisle Solomon is the executive director of RIE. She has presented at various national and international conferences and workshops. Prior to her work at RIE, Solomon produced theatrical and special events.

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

The Red Road

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February 2014 Hardcover

Denise Mina, The Red Road

978-0-316-18851-7, $26.00

DESCRIPTION

Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Mark Lynch ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she’s known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Lynch’s trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells.

When the investigation leads to a privileged Scottish lawyer who’s expecting to be assassinated after a money laundering scheme goes bad, and a woman who’s spying on the people who put her in jail, Morrow has her hands full. And that’s before she even gets to her family issues.

THE RED ROAD is a thrilling new novel from a masterful writer, proving once again that “If you don’t love Denise Mina, you don’t love crime fiction.” (Val McDermid)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Mina is the author of Gods and BeastsThe End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer. Mina lives in Glasgow.

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

For the Benefit of Those Who See

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January 2014 Hardcover

For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind

978-0-316-04342-7, $27.00

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In the tradition of Oliver Sacks’s The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness. As part of her research, she spent three months teaching at Tenberken’s international training center for blind adults in Kerala, India, an experience that reveals both the shocking oppression endured by the world’s blind, as well as their great resilience, integrity, ingenuity, and strength. By living among the blind, Rosemary Mahoney enables us to see them in fascinating close up, revealing their particular “quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental connection to the world.” Having read FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE, you will never see the world in quite the same way again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosemary Mahoney is the author of The Early Arrival of Dreams, a New York Times Notable Book; Whoredom in Kimmage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book; and two other books. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award.

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