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Cross My Heart

January 2014 Hardcover

James Patterson, Cross My Heart

978-0-316-21091-1, $29.00

DESCRIPTION

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heartnothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson’s career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.

CROSS MY HEART is the most powerful Alex Cross novel ever, propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling writer.

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

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The Visionist

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January 2014 Hardcover

The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart

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

DESCRIPTION

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

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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

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The Last Girlfriend on Earth

January 2013 Hardcover

Simon Rich, The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

978-0-316-21939-6, $19.99

DESCRIPTION

In “Center of the Universe,” God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In “Magical Mr. Goat,” a young girl’s imaginary friend yearns to become “more than friends.” In “Unprotected,” an unused condom recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy’s wallet. The stories in Simon Rich’s new book are bizarre, funny, and yet…relatable. Rich explores love’s many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at ”Saturday Night Live." He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God’s Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.

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

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The Boy: A Novel

January 2013 Hardcover

Lara Santoro, The Boy: A Novel

978-0-316-20623-5, $24.99

DESCRIPTION

 Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a forty-something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a twenty-year-old neighbor who could not be more wrong for her—-and her life suddenly has a new focus.

She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints that rule her existence. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair. The consequences are life changing.

Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, THE BOY is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and lust, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the dark side of passion, motherhood, and a woman’s unthinkable rebellion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lara Santoro spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College, a Master’s degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne, and a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.

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

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Heat

January 2012 Hardcover

Bill Streever, Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places

978-0-316-10533-0, $26.99

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A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you’ll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the big bang.

Melting glaciers, warming oceans, forest fires, droughts-it’s clear that today’s world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat?

Written in Streever’s signature spare and refreshing prose, HEAT is an a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its complete connection to daily life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill Streever is the author of the national bestseller, Cold. He lives in Alaska

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

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Standing in Another Man’s Grave

January 2013 Hardcover

Ian Rankin, Standing in Another Man’s Grave

978-0-316-22458-1, $25.99

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It’s every parent’s nightmare: a fifteen-year old girl has disappeared. She was last seen hitch-hiking along a scenic highway in rural Scotland, and the only other clue is a photograph sent from her phone. Two detectives, one of them retired, are working the case when they learn that there may be other victims out there, stretching back a decade and more. The road itself may provide them with answers, but a complicated case is only made worse by interference from conflicting witnesses, the police department’s own Internal Affairs division—and the ominous attentions of the missing girl’s gangster stepfather.

On the twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin’s first American publication comes a novel that proves why he is one of crime fiction’s most enduring and bestselling authors, a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.

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.

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

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The Book of Why: A Novel

January 2013 Hardcover

Nicholas Montemarano, The Book of Why: A Novel

978-0-316-18847-0, $24.99

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A novel about an unforgettable love, THE BOOK OF WHY asks big questions:  Is there meaning in signs? Do coincidences matter? Does love ever really have to die?

The answers to these questions are within you-at least that’s what writer Eric Newborn said in his mega-bestselling books and speechesBut the loss of his wife has left Eric with a failed belief system.  In the wake of that trauma, Eric has become a recluse in his home on Martha’s Vineyard.

A fan who tracks Eric down brings him back to memories of his wife, leading him closer to her than he’d dreamed he could ever get again. With a breathtaking twist at its end, THE BOOK OF WHY is a perfect, unforgettable love story in the tradition of Nicholas Sparks and Audrey Niffenegger. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of a story collection, If the Sky Falls (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice) and a debut novel, A Fine Place. His fiction has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize (2003) and cited as distinguished stories of the year in The Best American Short Stories four timesHe is Associate Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

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

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Here, There, Elsewhere

January 2013 Hardcover

William Least Heat-Moon, Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road

978-0-316-11024-2, $29.99

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HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon’s greatest short-form travel writing. From Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, and more, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is a sharply observed, funny, and touching series of uncommon adventures narrated by America’s keenest writer of place, people, and sublime connection.

For decades, William Least Heat-Moon’s readers have been clamoring for him to gather his shorter pieces; now, that wait is over. A perfect treasury of prose and wry provocation for readers old and new, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is further confirmation of Least Heat-Moon’s status as an American master.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the bestselling classics Roads to Quoz, Blue Highways, River Horse, and PrairyEarth. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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

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Private Berlin

January 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, Private Berlin

978-0-316-21117-8, $27.99

DESCRIPTION Private, the world’s most respected investigation firm, has branches around the world, each staffed with the smartest, fastest, and most advanced agents, who have cutting-edge forensic tools that not even the most powerful governments possess.

At Private Berlin, agent Chris Schneider has disappeared. Chris had taken a secretive personal leave and hadn’t spoken to anyone from the office in days. The Private team retraces his footsteps to the cases he was investigating before his disappearance: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a world-famous soccer player accused of throwing games, and the owner of a seedy nightclub. They were the last people to see Chris—and they’re all suspects. And someone is lying.

The Private team is led to an abandoned Nazi slaughterhouse where all hope vanishes. As Private digs further into Chris’s past, a terrifying history is revealed, and they begin to suspect that someone very dangerous and very depraved is responsible for Chris’s disappearance. And he’s not finished in Berlin. PRIVATE BERLIN has more twists, action, and deception than any other James Patterson thriller ever.

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.

Mark Sullivan is the author of eight mystery and suspense novels, including Rogue. He lives in Montana with his wife and sons.

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

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WHAT IT WAS

JANUARY 2012 HARDCOVER

What It Was
George Pelecanos
978-0-316-20953-3, $35.00  
Deluxe slipcover edition

Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank “Hound Dog” Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn’s turf, where a local drug addict’s been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment.

Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Red Fury doesn’t have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn’t care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way.

Rich with details of place and time - the cars, the music, the clothes - and fueled by non-stop action, this is Pelecanos writing in the urgent, immediate, detail-rich style that won him his earliest fans and placed him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America.

About the Author: George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, an essayist, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer on the HBO hit series The Wire, and the author of a bestselling series of novels set in and around Washington, D.C. He currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme.

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

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GUILTY WIVES

MARCH 2012 HARDCOVER

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.

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

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AMERICAN DERVISH: A NOVEL

JANUARY 2012 HARDCOVER

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.

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

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GIRL LAND

JANUARY 2012 HARDCOVER

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.

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

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ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE?

JANUARY 2012 HARDCOVER

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.

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

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