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July 2013 Hardcover

Ursula DeYoung, Shorecliff

978-0-316-21339-4, $25.99


Spending the summer of 1928 in a big house on the Maine coast with his 10 older cousins and a gaggle of aunts and uncles seems like a dream come true to lonely 13-year-old Richard.

But as he wanders through the bustling house, Richard witnesses scenes and conversations not meant for him and watches as the family he adores disintegrates into a tangle of lust, jealousy, and betrayal. At first only an avid spectator, Richard soon finds himself drawn into the confusion, battling with his first experience of infatuation and forced to cover for his relatives’ romantic intrigues.

With jump-off-the-page characters and a captivating sense of place, SHORECLIFF examines the bonds of loyalty and rivalry that can both knit a family together and drive it apart.


Ursula DeYoung graduated from Harvard College in 2004 and received her Ph.D. in History from Oxford in 2009. She is the author of a nonfiction book on 19th-century physicist John Tyndall, A Vision of Modern Science. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

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The Unknowns

July 2013 Hardcover

Gabriel Roth, The Unknowns

978-0-316-22328-7, $24.99


Eric Muller has been trying to hack the girlfriend problem since puberty, and all his attempts have backfired. As a high school freshman, Eric takes detailed notes on the girls in his class, hoping to find the one who will deign to go out with him. But when his notebook of “research” falls into into the hands of his peers, social disaster ensues. 

Flash forward to 2002. Eric is a Silicon Valley millionaire. He’s figured out how to coax girls into bed with a protocol of ironic remarks and carefully timed intimacies, but he’s never been in love. So when he falls for Maya, a disarmingly clever young journalist who sees through his moves, he’s in virgin territory. When Eric discovers that her past may hold a dark secret, he must decide: Do the factsthe dataof her life matter? Or does it only matter that he loves her?

A funny, deceptively powerful novel, THE UNKNOWNS will delight fans of Jonathan Tropper and Joshua Ferris.


Gabriel Roth was born and raised in London and educated at Brown University and at San Francisco State University, from which he received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. For several years he was employed as a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now works as a writer and software developer and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. THE UNKNOWNS is his first novel.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner,

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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

July 2013 Hardcover

Mary Simses, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

978-0-316-22585-4, $25.99


Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wishto find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life.


Mary Simses grew up in Connecticut and spent much of her life in the Northeast, where she attended college and law school. As a child she loved to write stories, design covers for them, and staple them into books. Later, careers in journalism and law took priority and creative writing slipped away, until she enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a local university and was hooked again. Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. Mary now lives in South Florida with her husband/law partner and their daughter.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

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The End of Night

July 2013 Hardcover

Paul Bogard, The End of Night

978-0-316-18290-4, $26.99


A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beamthe brightest single spot on this planetto nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darknesswhat we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regainand the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.


Paul Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

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Thinking in Numbers

July 2013 Hardcover

Daniel Tammet, Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

978-0-316-18737-4, $25.99


THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet’s world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on history, literature, and more, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions, and equations underpin all our lives. 

Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn’s eleven fingers, or his many siblings, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person, and how we can make sense of those we love. THINKING IN NUMBERS will change the way you think about math and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.


Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. He is the author of Embracing the Wide Sky and the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day. He has appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and many other publications. He lives in the UK.

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I, Michael Bennett
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
978-0-316-09746-8, $27.99

A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. Police shot in the street. Judges murdered in the courtroom. Mayhem is unleashed—and the mayor demands that Detective Michael Bennett find a way to stop it.

Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, out of the chaos on a much-needed vacation to upstate New York. But instead of escaping the violence, it follows them and they find themselves in the middle of another nightmare that threatens the entire family. The danger isn’t only coming from the crime lord’s killers — FBI Agent Emily Parker is back, and Bennett’s attraction to her endangers his relationship with Mary Catherine.

A no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-floor, action-packed novel, I, Michael Bennett is James Patterson at his most thrilling best.

The Michael Bennett series is the #1 bestselling detective series ever to be set in New York.

About the authors: James Patterson is one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Michael Ledwidge is the co-author of several books with James Patterson. He lives in New York City.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan,

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The Violinist’s Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, And Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code


The Violinist’s Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean
978-0-316-18231-7, $25.99

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In The Violinist’s Thumb, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, genes to explain why some people survive nuclear bombs and why other people have no fingerprints. Genes illuminate everything from JFK’s bronze skin (it wasn’t a tan) to Einstein’s genius.

They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

Kean’s vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species’ future.

About the author: Sam Kean’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, the New York Post, and New Scientist. He lives in Washington, DC. Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon received great critical acclaim and success. It debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestseller list and is in its 10th printing; the paperback is also a New York Times bestseller.

In 2009, Kean was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers’ Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under the age of 30, and he was a Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.

Publicity tour: Boston, Washington, DC, Seattle and Philadelphia

Publicity contact: Carolyn O’Keefe

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Dare Me: A Novel
Megan Abbott
978-0-316-09777-2, $24.99

Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are the cheerleaders all the other girls fear and admire. But everything changes when the new coach arrives. Cool and commanding, Coach French seems perfect in every way, a charismatic presence who overturns the girls’ established pecking order yet manages to gain their fierce allegiance.

Then a shocking event upends their fragile peace, and a police investigation begins circling in on the coach and her squad. As the girls’ season moves towards its finale, the stakes grow higher, and more dangerous, and Addy and Beth are forced to ask where their loyalties lie.

Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as “total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” offers up a Fight Club among cheerleaders, a harrowing exploration into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

About the author: Megan Abbott won the 2008 Edgar and Barry Awards for her third novel, Queenpin. Her novel Bury Me Deep was a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award, the Hammett Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was also shortlisted for an Edgar Award in 2006, for Die a Little. Her most recent hardcover, The End of Everything, was an Indie Next pick; was featured in Time, the New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly; and won advance praise from bestselling authors Tom Perrotta, Kate Atkinson, and Tana French. It will be published in trade paperback in 7/12.

Abbott received her PhD in English and American Literature from New York University in 2000. She lives in New York City.

Publicity tour: New York, Boston, Phoenix, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner,

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Flashback: A Novel
Dan Simmons
978-0-316-006965; $27.99

A daring thriller from the author of The Terror set in the near future of a bankrupt America addicted to a dangerous drug.

The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn’t care: they’re addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom’s wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he’s lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result. Nick may be a lost soul but he’s still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor’s son. This flashback addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past. A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

About the author: Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos (EOS, 6/05) and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner,

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The Night Train: A Novel
Clyde Edgerton
978-0-316-11759-3; $23.99

Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fuel the latest from the Southern master known for his “achingly poignant and ripsnortingly funny” novels. (Raleigh News & Observer) In 1963 at the age of 17, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. His band, the Amazing Rumblers, studies and rehearses Brown’s Live at the Apollo album in the storage room of his father’s shop in their small North Carolina town. Meanwhile, Dwayne’s forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. His mother hopes music will allow him to escape the racist South. A dancing chicken and a mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams and maintain their friendship, even while their world says both are impossible. In THE NIGHT TRAIN, Edgerton’s trademark humor reminds us of our divided national history and the way music has helped bring us together.

About the author: Clyde Edgerton is the author of nine previous novels. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where he lives with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

5-city author tour: Raleigh, Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, Jackson

Publicity contact: Sabrina Callahan,

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David Bowie: Starman
Paul Trynka
978-0-316-03225-4; $25.99

The definitive biography of David Bowie, the first modern rock star.

“Ziggy Stardust,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Let’s Dance,” “Fame,” “Heroes,” and of course, “Starman.” These are the classic songs of David Bowie, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop consciousness alongside his music. He wrote and recorded with everyone from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, sold 136 million albums, has one of the truly great voices, and influenced bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. Paul Trynka illuminates Bowie’s seemingly contradictory life and his many reinventions as an artist, offering over 300 new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers. He reveals Bowie’s broad influence on the entertainment world, from movie star to modern-day icon, trend-setter to musical innovator. This book will define Bowie for years to come.

About the author: Paul Trynka was formerly the editor of Mojo magazine, editorial director of Q magazine, and launch editor of Guitar Magazine. He is the author of Iggy Pop, Portrait of the Blues (Hamlyn, 08/98) and Denim (Aurum Press, 09/02). He lives in London.

Publicity contact: Michelle Aielli,

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THE SUN’S HEARTBEAT and Other Stories From the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet


The Sun’s Heartbeat And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet
Bob Berman
978-0-316-09101-5; $25.99

A wide-ranging summer science read describing the sun’s profound effects on our lives, our history, and our future.

Did you know that scientists are beginning to think that the sun is safer than sunscreen? That whenever we see the sun on the horizon, it’s actually a phantom image because the sun has already set? That career pilots have a one percent higher incidence of cancer because of their time in the sky? Or that the sun’s unusual dormancy is causing our climate to be cooler than it otherwise would be?
Peppered with memorable anecdotes about spectral curiosities, THE SUN’S HEARTBEAT is a robust narrative that explores the sun’s birth, its life as a self-sustaining ultra-H-Bomb fusion explosion, and its spectacular future death. Astronomer Bob Berman’s expert observations tell a dramatic story about the familiar star that crosses our sky daily.

About the author: Bob Berman, one of America’s top astronomy writers, wrote the popular “Night Watchman” column for Discover for 17 years. He lives in Willow, New York.

Tour: Events in New York

Publicity contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

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The Taint of Midas: A Novel
Anne Zouroudi
978-0-316-07629-6; $23.99

Old loyalties, new intrigues, and fatal greed collide on a seemingly idyllic Greek island.

Gabrilis Kaloyeros is the caretaker for the ruined Temple of Apollo on the beautiful Greek island of Arcadia, and for decades has worked hard to protect it. But when crooked developers take over the island, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interest. Hours later he meets a violent, lonely death. Hermes Diaktoros finds his friend’s battered body by a dusty roadside and quickly becomes the prime suspect. But soaring property values mean that many stand to gain from Gabrilis’s death, and Hermes resolves to find the true culprit. He will avenge his old friend through methods that are, as ever, unorthodox. Anne Zouroudi tells a spellbinding mystery set in an enchanted place, where the myths of the ancient past intersect with the realities of contemporary life, with deadly results.

About the author: Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Publicity contact: Marlena.Bittner, and Amanda Lang,

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The End of Everything: A Novel
Megan Abbott
978-0-316-097796; $23.99

The haunting new novel of a vanished girl and the best friend left behind from “one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation.”—Laura Lippman

Thirteen-year-olds Lizzie Hood and Evie Verver are inseparable. To Lizzie, the Verver household is the world’s most perfect place, and her family, including her big-hearted father and impossibly glamorous older sister Dusty, is the world’s most perfect family. Then Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted earlier in the day. As panic spreads through the suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, upset? Would she have gotten into a stranger’s car? Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie’s world. Titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.

About the author: Megan Abbott lives in New York City.

Publicity contact: Marlena.Bittner, and Amanda Lang,

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