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Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies

June 2013 Hardcover

Chris Kluwe, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities

978-0-316-23677-5

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Hi. In your hands, right now, you hold the culmination of thousands of years of human intelligence, ingenuity, and brilliance. Now put your goddamn phone down and pay attention to my book.

What is in my book, you ask? (I’m really glad you asked, by the way, because now I get to tell you.)

Time travel. Gay marriage. Sportsballing. Futuristic goggles that DO NOTHING.

Tiny brags from my publisher, stuff like: “This is an uproarious, uncensored take on empathy, personal responsibility, and what it means to be human.”

Excessive brags about myself: “An extraordinarily clever, punishingly funny, sharp-tongued blogosphere star, NFL player, husband and father, one-time violin prodigy, voracious lifetime reader, obsessive gamer, and fearless champion of personal freedom.”

Oh, and also an essay on the Pope’s Twitter account. Honestly, if that doesn’t draw you in, there’s no hope left for humanity. I also give my own funeral eulogy, in case you were hoping I’d go away and die now!

So please, join me in the glorious art of windmill tilting by reading this “collection of rousing, uncensored personal essays, letters, and stories” (I have no idea why that’s in quotes).

Join the herd of Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.

You know you want to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Kluwe grew up in Southern California among a colony of wild chinchillas and didn’t learn how to communicate outside of barking and howling until he was fourteen years old. He has played football in the NFL, once wrestled a bear for a pot of gold, and lies occasionally. He is also the eternal disappointment of his mother, who just can’t understand why he hasn’t cured cancer yet. Do you know why these bio things are in third person? I have no idea. Please tell me if you figure it out.

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

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

April 2013 Hardcover

David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

978-0-316-15469-7, $26.99

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From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Sedaris is the author of the books Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International’s This American Life. He lives in England.

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

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Both Flesh and Not

November 2012 Hardcover

David Foster Wallace

978-0-316-18237-9, $26.99

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Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. BOTH FLESH AND NOT gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including “Federer Both Flesh and Not,” considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; “The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2,” which deftly dissects James Cameron’s blockbuster; and “Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young,” an examination of television’s effect on a new generation of writers.

A sweeping, exhilarating collection of the author’s most emotionally immediate work, BOTH FLESH AND NOT spans almost 20 years of Wallace’s career and reminds us why A.O. Scott called him “The Best Mind of His Generation” (New York Times).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Foster Wallace wrote the novels The Pale King, Infinite Jest, and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, Everything and More, and This Is Water. He died in 2008.

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

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NEW AMERICAN HAGGADAH

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March 2012 HARDCOVER

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.

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

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October 2010 HARDCOVERSquirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest BestiaryDavid SedarisWith illustrations by Ian FalconerISBN:978-0-316-03839-3; $19.99Something new from the beloved David Sedaris: a book of acerbic,outrageously funny fables featuring animals with unmistakably human failings.Featuring David Sedaris’s unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. In “The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,” three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In “Hello Kitty,” a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In “The Squirrel and the Chipmunk,” a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members. Once again David Sedaris shows us the mostoutrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his “profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love.” (Christian Science Monitor)
About the author: David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International’s This American Life. He is the author of six previous books and lives in France and England.

October 2010 HARDCOVER

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
David Sedaris
With illustrations by Ian Falconer
ISBN:978-0-316-03839-3; $19.99

Something new from the beloved David Sedaris: a book of acerbic,outrageously funny fables featuring animals with unmistakably human failings.

Featuring David Sedaris’s unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. In “The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,” three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In “Hello Kitty,” a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In “The Squirrel and the Chipmunk,” a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members. Once again David Sedaris shows us the most
outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his “profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love.” (Christian Science Monitor)

About the author: David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International’s This American Life. He is the author of six previous books and lives in France and England.

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