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Country Girl: A Memoir

April 2013 Hardcover

Edna O’Brien, Country Girl

978-0-316-12270-2, $27.99


Edna O’Brien’s family encouraged her to attend pharmacy school, but she left before finishing to marry an older writer, give birth to two sons, and publish, in 1960, her first novel. The Country Girls so scandalized the O’Briens’ local parish that the book was burned by the priest, her family disgraced. COUNTRY GIRL comes twenty-one books later, a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that imprint upon and enliven one lifetime.

Starting with O’Brien’s birth in a grand but deteriorating family house in Ireland and the physicality of family life in the country, her story moves on to the crushes and challenges of convent school; elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, and the wild parties of the ’60s in London that included people from all walks of life, including such stars as Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, and Paul McCartney. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as an acclaimed writer who was sought and hosted by Jackie Onassis and invited to the White House by Hillary Clinton. The “broken piano” state of old age is heightened by the intensity of reading, and the drive to write. Brilliant and sensuous, COUNTRY GIRL is a book that Edna O’Brien was always meant to write.


Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls Trilogy, A Fanatic Heart, The Light of Evening, Saints and Sinners, and many other books, is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in London.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

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The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age

April 2013 Hardcover

Robert Weintraub, The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age

978-0-316-20591-7, $27.99


In the spring of 1946, Americans were ready to heal. World War II was finally over, and hundreds of baseball’s stars were coming home. Players like Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe Dimaggio returned to the Majors with bats blazing, making the season one of the most memorable in history, capped with a thrilling seven-game World Series. And a new era began, with Jackie Robinson making his professional debut. 

Robert Weintraub brings to life little-known tales from the war years, including the “world series” servicemembers played in an abandoned Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of 1945. Once home, returning players set attendance records in a season that kicked off baseball’s golden era. In THE VICTORY SEASON, Weintraub’s in-depth research and storytelling talent enliven one of the sport’s greatest periods.


Robert Weintraub is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Slate. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi,

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Amity & Sorrow

April 2013 Hardcover

Peggy Riley, Amity & Sorrow

978-0-316-22088-0, $25.99


A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they goher husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, Amity & Sorrow is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.


Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright. She recently won a Highly Commended prize in the 2011 Bridport Prize. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio and has been published in “New Short Stories 4”, Mslexia Magazine, and as an app on Ether Books. Her plays have been commissioned and produced off-West End, regionally and on tour. She has been a festival producer, a bookseller, and writer-in-residence at a young offender’s prison. Originally from Los Angeles, Peggy now lives on the North Kent coast in Britain. She is currently working on her second novel, which will be set in the women’s internment camp on the Isle of Man during WWII.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga,

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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


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.


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,

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12th of Never

April 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, 12th of Never

978-0-316-21082-9, $27.99


Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he’s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn’t believe him, but then a shooting is called inand it fits the professor’s description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn’t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.


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.

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels, two works of nonfiction, and the coauthor of twelve books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan,

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Unititled on the Obama Presidency

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Chuck Todd, Untitled on the Obama Presidency

978-0-316-07957-0, $27.99


Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-bladed. While he’d been a brilliant campaign politician, working inside the system as president turned out to be much more of a challenge than Obama had ever imagined. 

In UNTITLED ON PRESIDENT OBAMA, Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama’s tumultuous first term and campaign to win another. And not only does he give us the most revealing portrait of this fascinating president and his struggles, Todd also seeks to define what “Obamism” really is, what the president stands for, and how his decisions have changedand will changeAmerican politics for generations.


Chuck Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director of NBC News, and a contributing editor to”Meet the Press.” He also serves as NBC News’ on-air political analyst for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” and such MSNBC programs as “Morning Joe” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Before joining NBC News, Todd was editor-in-chief of National Journal’s “The Hotline,” Washington’s premier daily briefing on America politics. He has also written Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times and the Washington Post and for the Atlantic Monthly, where he is a contributing editor. He is the co-author of How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election (Vintage, 2009). He teaches a graduate political communications course at Johns Hopkins University.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga,

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Life After Life

March 2013 Hardcover

Kate Atkinson, Life After Life

978-0-316-17648-4, $27.99


On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can   will she?

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.


Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year award for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an internationally bestselling author ever since. Her most recent books include Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog. Atkinson lives in Edinburgh.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner,

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The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel
Regina O’Melveny
978-0-316-19583-6, $25.99

A brilliant debut about a woman doctor in Renaissance Venice, forced to cross Europe in search of her father.

Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée into this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.

Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father’s patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where—and why—he has gone.

Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany, and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco.

In each new land she probes the mystery of her father’s flight, and opens new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.

Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, The Book of Madness and Cures is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut.

Regina O’Melveny’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals, garnering several prizes. She grew up at the edge of pungent chaparral in La Mesa, California, and currently resides further north in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Publicity tour: Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Publicity contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

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Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery
Bill Clegg
978-0-316-12252-8, $24.99

A suspenseful account of an addict’s journey to recovery, by a writer “as intoxicated by language as he was by crack.” (A.L. Kennedy)

The goal is 90. Just 90 clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With 73 days in rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies, including a seemingly unshakeable veteran of sobriety named Asa, and Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse.

At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses for the first time with only three days left. Written with uncompromised immediacy, Ninety Days begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends—and tells the wrenching story of Clegg’s battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.

About the author: Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York. He is also the author of Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man.

Publicity tour: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.

Publicity contact: Michelle Aielli,

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The Lifeboat: A Novel
Charlotte Rogan
978-0-316-18590-5, $24.99

The sinking of an ocean liner leaves a newly married woman battling for survival in this powerful and unforgettable debut novel.

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

April 2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Lifeboat will appeal to readers interested in that history and time period. The novel raises challenging ethical and social issues, which will provide great fodder for book clubs.

The Lifeboat was inspired by Charlotte Rogan’s childhood vacations with a family of sailors, and a criminal law text she found among her husband’s books, particularly a classic case involving survivors of a shipwreck.

About the author: Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University, graduating in 1975. She lives in Westport, Connecticut. This is her first novel.

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner,

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An Unexpected Guest: A Novel
Anne Korkeakivi
978-0-316-19677-2, $24.99

A diplomat’s wife plans a Paris dinner that could change her future—if a terrible secret doesn’t destroy it first—in this captivating debut.

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband’s career. As she shops for fresh stalks of
asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again. But it can’t be him—he’s been dead for 20 years….

Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

About the author: Anne Korkeakivi was born and raised in New York City, and has also lived in France, Finland, and throughout the United States. A former journalist, she currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and two daughters. Like her heroine, Clare, Anne Korkeakivi knows the world of foreign diplomacy—she is married to an international human rights lawyer who works at the United Nations.

Publicity contact: Liz Garriga,

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Tina Fey
978-0-316-05686-1; $26.99

She’s a comic genius, every woman’s imaginary best friend, and the thinking man’s sex symbol. Tina Fey didn’t get this far without pulling on her bossypants.

Before there was Liz Lemon, before there was “Sarah Palin,” before there was “Weekend Update”—there was a woman with a dream. A dream that one day she
would write a book about how she got here. But she had to get there first. On her way to becoming an award-winning superstar, Tina Fey struggled through some questionable haircuts, some after-school jobs, the rise of nachos as a cultural phenomenon, a normal childhood, a happy marriage and joyful motherhood. her story must be told! Fey’s pursuit of the perfect beauty routine may actually give you laugh lines, and her depiction of her whirlwind tour of duty as the Other sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live takes you behind the scenes of a comedy event that transfixed the nation. Now, Fey can reflect on what she’s learned:You’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

About the author: Tina Fey lives in Manhattan, where she is the third funniest person in her household, after her husband and five-year-old daughter.

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner

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The Fifth Witness
Michael Connelly
978-0-316-06935-9; $27.99

The Lincoln Lawyer is back in the explosive new legal thriller from #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too—and he’s certain he’s on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in. Connelly proves again why he “has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team” (New York Times Book Review).

About the author: Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.

Publicity contact: Sabrina Callahan,

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The Pale King
David Foster Wallace
978-0-316-07423-0; $27.99

David Foster Wallace’s final and most ambitious undertaking—an audacious, hilarious novel that will be a major publishing event.

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, IL, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS  re plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. THE PALE KING remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace’s death, but it is a deeply intriguing and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with fundamental ideas—questions of life’s meaning and of the ultimate value of work and family— through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace’s unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for a writer who dared to take on the most daunting subjects the human spirit can imagine.

About the author: David Foster Wallace wrote the novels 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.

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