Little, Brown and Company Catalog

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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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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The Hive

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September 2013 Hardcover

Gill Hornby, The Hive

978-0-316-23479-5, $25.00

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It’s the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power…and how to get invited to lunch.

Beatrice undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come.

Heather desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong.

Georgie desperate for a cigarette.

And Rachel watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover taht the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.

THE HIVE is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one’s part.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gill Hornby writes a column for The Telegraph and is the author of several non-fiction books. She lives in Berkshire, England with her husband and their four children.

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

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The Married Kama Sutra

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October 2013 Hardcover

Simon Kich and Farley Katz, The Married Kama Sutra

978-0-316-24811-2. $16.00

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For centuries, lovers have found inspiration and advice in the ancient text of the Kama Sutra. Now, Simon Rich"one of the funniest writers in America" (The Daily Beast)and Farley Katz have unearthed a valuable new documenta guide to the positions most common after marriage. From “the interrupted congress” to “the beaching of the whales,” here are the poses, positions, and games married lovers play to keep the spark aliveand the dishwasher properly loaded. Complete with four-color, full-page illustrations in the style of the original Kama Sutra, but with modern, domestic accoutrements: dirty diapers, TV remotes, and wine glasses aplenty.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Simon Rich is the author of Free-Range Chickens, Ant FarmElliot Allagash, What in God’s Name, and The Last Girlfriend on Earth. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and the Believer. He lives in San Francisco, where he is a staff writer at Pixar. 

Farley Katz is a graphic artist whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker, and the author of Journal of a Schoolyard Bully and the forthcoming Cyber Bully. He lives in Brooklyn.
Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@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

Filed under david sedaris essays humor let's explore diabetes with owls april

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BOSSYPANTS

APRIL 2011 HARDCOVER

Bossypants
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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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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OCTOBER 2010 HARDCOVERThe Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World’s Most Beloved Comic StripNat GertlerISBN:978-0-316-08610-3; $35.00A one-of-a-kind collection of Peanuts treasures, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the classic comic strip.A compendium of rare materials from the Charles M.Schulz museum and family archives, THE PEANUTS COLLECTION is the perfect gift to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beloved Peanuts comic strip. This unique collection features high-quality reproductions of sketches, comics, and photographs, removable features like film cels, stickers, and reproduction prints of Peanuts artwork ready for framing. Written by Peanuts aficionado Nat Gertler, and with quotes from Schulz family members, the text offers insight into the making of the comic strip and its impact beyond the worlds of newspapers and books. An oversized package and a sturdy, eye-catching slipcase make this a must-own keepsake for anyone who loves Snoopy and the gang.
About the author: Nat Gertler is the founder and author of www.Aaugh.com, a comprehensive resource for Peanuts collectors and fans. He contributes regularly to comics-related websites like Hogan’s Alley. He lives in Camarillo, California.

OCTOBER 2010 HARDCOVER

The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World’s Most Beloved Comic Strip
Nat Gertler
ISBN:978-0-316-08610-3; $35.00

A one-of-a-kind collection of Peanuts treasures, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the classic comic strip.

A compendium of rare materials from the Charles M.Schulz museum and family archives, THE PEANUTS COLLECTION is the perfect gift to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beloved Peanuts comic strip. This unique collection features high-quality reproductions of sketches, comics, and photographs, removable features like film cels, stickers, and reproduction prints of Peanuts artwork ready for framing. Written by Peanuts aficionado Nat Gertler, and with quotes from Schulz family members, the text offers insight into the making of the comic strip and its impact beyond the worlds of newspapers and books. An oversized package and a sturdy, eye-catching slipcase make this a must-own keepsake for anyone who loves Snoopy and the gang.

About the author: Nat Gertler is the founder and author of www.Aaugh.com, a comprehensive resource for Peanuts collectors and fans. He contributes regularly to comics-related websites like Hogan’s Alley. He lives in Camarillo, California.

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PAPERBACK ORIGINAL OCTOBER 2010
The Adventures of Unemployed ManBy Erich Origen and Gan GolanISBN: 78-0-316-09882-3; $14.99From the creators of the bestselling Goodnight Bush—a hilarious graphic novel that chronicles the thrilling exploits of less-than-spectacular superheroes. The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a  rich parody of Golden Age comic books, down to the ads and games in the back, this brilliantly colorful book is as funny as it is timely.
Tour: Los Angeles and San Francisco
About the authors: Erich Origen and Gan Golan are writers and artists residing, respectively, in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

PAPERBACK ORIGINAL OCTOBER 2010

The Adventures of Unemployed Man
By Erich Origen and Gan Golan
ISBN: 78-0-316-09882-3; $14.99

From the creators of the bestselling Goodnight Bush—a hilarious graphic novel that chronicles the thrilling exploits of less-than-spectacular superheroes. The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a rich parody of Golden Age comic books, down to the ads and games in the back, this brilliantly colorful book is as funny as it is timely.

Tour: Los Angeles and San Francisco

About the authors: Erich Origen and Gan Golan are writers and artists residing, respectively, in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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