Little, Brown and Company Catalog

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

August 2013 Hardcover

Peter Orner, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

978-0-316-22464-2, $24.99


In LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE, Peter Orner presents a kaleidoscope of individual lives viewed in intimate close-up. A woman’s husband dies before their divorce is finalized; a man runs for governor and loses much more than the election; two brothers play beneath the infamous bridge at Chappaquiddick; a father and daughter outrun a hurricaneall are vivid and memorable occasions as seen through Orner’s eyes. LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE is also a return to the form Orner loves best. As he has written, “The difference between a short story and a novel is the difference between a pang in your heart and the tragedy of your whole life. Read a great story and there it isright nowin your gut.”


Peter Orner is the author of three acclaimed books, Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and Love and Shame and Love. Some of the stories in Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge first appeared in Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, Granta, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Bomb, A Public Space, and The Pushcart Prize XXXII. Born in Chicago, Orner now lives in San Francisco.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

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How to Write Short

August 2013 Hardcover

Roy Peter Clark, How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

978-0-316-20354, $19.99


In HOW TO WRITE SHORT, Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed—from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short form writing in Western culture, HOW TO WRITE SHORT guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.


Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world.  He has taught writing at every level to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors for more than thirty years.  A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited seventeen books on writing and journalism, including Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, and Help! for Writers. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

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The Distraction Addiction

August 2013 Hardcover

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul

978-0-316-20826-0, $27.99


We’ve all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table, holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting hunched in front of a screen for an hour longer than we intended.

Mobile devices and the web have invaded our lives, and this is a big idea book that addresses one of the biggest questions of our age: can we stay connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live? Can we have it all?

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a renowned Stanford technology guru, says yes. THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION is packed with fascinating studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it’s breathing while Facebook refreshes, or finding creative ways to take a few hours away from the digital crush, this book is about the ways to tune in without tuning out.


Alex Soojung-Kim Pang has spent the last 20 years studying people, technology, and the worlds they make. A professional futurist with a Ph.D. in history of science, Pang is a visiting scholar at Stanford and Oxford universities, and a former Microsoft Research fellow. Pang’s writings have appeared in Scientific American, American Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, alongside many academic publications.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga,

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August 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson and David Ellis, Mistress

978-0-316-21107-9, $27.99


Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential triviaand Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.

When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs.

In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.


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,

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The Prophet

August 2012 Hardcover

Michael Koryta

978-0-316-12261-0, $25.99


"I wonder if you possibly believed it when you looked into my eyes and told me that you had already passed your greatest test, that forgiving the man who raped and murdered your sister was that test. I disagreed with you then. I still do, coach. There are greater tests coming."

Two brothers in a small Midwestern town: one the high school’s beloved football coach on the verge of a state championship, one scraping by as a bail bondsman. Their sister was abducted and murdered when they were teenagers, and they’ve been divided since that day. Now a new killing with ties to each of them has forced a painful and adversarial reunion. In a masterful return to mystery fiction, Michael Koryta has written a deeply haunting and suspenseful novel that proves why Dean Koontz has said, “He’s now on my must-read list.”


Michael Koryta is the author of seven previous novels, including Envy the Night, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller, and the Lincoln Perry series, which has earned nominations for the Edgar, Shamus, and Quill awards and won the Great Lakes Book Award. His work has been translated into twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan,

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Maria Semple
978-0-316-20427-9, $25.99

A hilarious and original novel about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

A seasoned comic writer who wrote for Arrested Development and Mad About You, Semple has constructed a wholly original mother/daughter story that recalls the novels of Jennifer Egan, Aimee Bender, and Lorrie Moore.

About the author: Maria Semple garnered nationwide praise for This One is Mine from reviewers and writers like Tom Perrotta, Helen Fielding, and Gigi Levangie Grazer.

Semple lives with her family in Seattle.

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

Publicity contact: Nicole Dewey,

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What in God’s Name
Simon Rich
978-0-316-13373-9, $23.99

God, bored, decides that Earth has had its day—unless two idealistic angels can make a miracle happen.

Welcome to Heaven, Inc., where the founder and CEO has been phoning it in, concentrating more on improving his golf game than ending famines. Craig and Eliza (Department of Miracles) are two of the only hard-working angels in the entire operation, uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days and revealing lost keys in snowbanks.

When God decides to retire, he announces that he’ll destroy Earth—unless Craig and Eliza can answer one prayer before the scheduled Armageddon. Their challenge: to make the two most socially awkward people on the planet fall in love. As the doomsday clock ticks down, and their chosen lovebirds repeatedly ignore every chance for happiness the angels throw their way, Craig and Eliza move Heaven and Earth to rescue them—and the rest of us, too.

About the author: Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He is the author of Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliott Allagash, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner,

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Ghost Dances
Proving Up on the Great Plains
Josh Garrett-Davis
978-0-316-19984-1, $27.99

A gifted young writer takes a singular journey back to his native Midwestern American Plains. Growing up in South Dakota, Josh Garrett-Davis always knew he would leave. But as a young adult, he kept going back—in dreams and reality and by way of books. With this beautifully written narrative about a seemingly empty but actually rich and complex place, he has reclaimed his childhood, his unusual family—and the Great Plains.

Among the subjects and people who bring his Plains to life are the destruction and resurgence of the American bison; his great-great-grandparents’ 20-year sojourn in Nebraska as homesteaders; Native American “Ghost Dancers,” who attempted to ward off destruction by supernatural means before the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee; the political allegory to be found in The Wizard of Oz; and current attempts by ecologists to “rewild” the Plains. Ghost Dances is a fluid combination of memoir and history and reportage that reminds us that our roots matter—and might even be inspiring and fascinating.

About the author: Josh Garrett-Davis has an MFA from Columbia University and is currently a PhD student in American history at Princeton. He was raised in South Dakota.

Publicity contact: Elizabeth Garriga,

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Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety
Donna B. Pincus, PhD
978-0-316-12560-4, $25.99

A practical, hands-on approach to helping children overcome anxiety. With social and academic pressures at an all-time high, one in five children today suffers from a diagnosed anxiety disorder and many others go undiagnosed. More children than ever are being prescribed psychotropic drugs. In GROWING UP BRAVE, nationally recognized childhood anxiety expert Dr. Donna Pincus demonstrates that excessive anxiety is manageable and even preventable when parents learn how to identify and understand it, and respond by using convenient and simple parenting techniques. The book’s effective tools teach parents how to promote a warm, secure attachment with their child in only five minutes a day, develop routines that help ward off anxiety, implement Dr. Pincus’s “bravery ladder,” and much more. Growing Up Brave is an empowering and valuable guide that will leave parents equipped to help their child regain confidence and happiness.

About the author: Dr. Donna B. Pincus is the Director of Research of the Child and Adolescent Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

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The Omega-3 Effect: Everything You Need to Know About the Miracle Nutrient for Living Longer, Happier, and Healthier
William Sears, MD
978-0-316-19684-0, $10.99

From one of the most trusted names in family healthcare—-a guide to the many health benefits of omega-3s.
We all want to live as healthfully as possible. In THE OMEGA-3 EFFECT, Dr. William Sears turns his attention to the critical role that omega-3s play in the body. Dr. Sears takes readers through each body system—including the brain, heart, joints, skin, and immune system—and demonstrates how omega-3s are essential to each.

THE OMEGA-3 EFFECT also offers tips on what foods and supplements readers should incorporate into their diet, as well as delicious recipes. Written in the wise, accessible tone that has made his books long-term bestsellers, Dr. Sears offers a practical and science-based approach to living a more healthful life.

About the author: William Sears, MD, has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 30 books that have collectively sold more than two million copies and lives with his wife in Southern California.

Publicity Contact: Justin Levine,

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Kill Me If You Can
James Patterson and Marshall Karp
978-0-316-09754-3; $27.99

The world’s two best assassins hunt a man who has stolen $13 million in diamonds—with a bonus for the one who can kill the other in the process.

Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New york City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts— until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won’t stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge. Trailing him is the Ghost, the world’s greatest assassin, who has just pulled off his most high-profile hit: killing Walter Zelvas, a top member of the international Diamond Syndicate. There’s only one small problem: the diamonds he was supposed to retrieve from Zelvas are missing. Now, the Ghost is on Bannon’s trail—but so is a rival assassin who would like nothing more than to make the Ghost disappear forever. From “America’s #1 storyteller” (Forbes) comes a high-speed, high-stakes, winner-take-all thrill ride of adrenalin-fueled suspense. 

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

Publicity contact: Michelle Aielli,

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The Cut: A Novel
George Pelecanos
ISBN: 978-0-316-078429; $25.99

Meet Spero Lucas—the newest literary hero from George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author and writer for The Wire.

Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He’s good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is forty percent. A high-profile crime boss who has heard of Lucas’s specialty hires him to find out who has been stealing from his operation. It’s the biggest job Lucas has ever been offered, and he quickly gets a sense of what’s going on. But before he can close in on what’s been taken, he tangles with a world of men whose amorality and violence leave him reeling. Is any cut worth  your family, your lover, your life? Spero Lucas is George Pelecanos’s greatest creation, a young man making his place in the world one battle and one mission at a time. The first in a new series of thrillers featuring Spero Lucas, THE CUT is new confirmation of why George Pelecanos is “perhaps America’s greatest living crime writer.” (Stephen King).

About the author: George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, an essayist, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, and the author of a bestselling series of novels set in and around Washington, DC.

Tour: New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner, and Amanda Lang,

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GHOST IN THE WIRES: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker


Ghost In The Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
Kevin Mitnick with William L. Simon, Foreword by Steve Wozniak
ISBN: 978-0-316-03770-9; $25.99

Kevin Mitnick’s long-awaited memoir of computer hacking and FBI skirting, revealed now after seven years of government-mandated silence.

Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most wanted computer hacker, managed to hack into some of the country’s most powerful— and seemingly impenetrable—agencies and companies. By conning employees into giving him private information and maneuvering through layers of security, he gained access to data that no one else could. The suspenseful heart of the book unfolds as Mitnick disappears on a three-year run from the FBI. He creates fake identities, finds jobs at a law firm and hospital, and keeps tabs on his myriad pursuers—all while continuing to hack into computer systems and phone company switches that were considered flawless. A modern, technology-driven adventure story, GHOST IN THE WIRES is a dramatic account of the joy of outsmarting security programs, the satisfaction of  code-cracking, and the thrill of unbelievable escape.

About the author: Kevin Mitnick, a one-time “most wanted” criminal of cyberspace, is now a security consultant. He is the author of The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion (Wiley 2/05). He lives in Las Vegas.

Tour: Seattle, Mountain View, New York

Publicity contact: Sabrina Callahan,

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