Little, Brown and Company Catalog

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

Posts tagged nonfiction

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Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State
Dana Priest and William Arkin
978-0-316-18221-8, $29.99

The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger. In Top Secret America, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities; nearly 2,000 outside contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted “Top Secret” security clearance. A landmark exposé of a new, secret “Fourth Branch” of American government, Top Secret America is sure to spark national and international alarm.

About the author: Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post and has received multiple Pulitzer prizes.

William M. Arkin has been a columnist and reporter with the Washington Post since 1998. He lives in Vermont.

Publicity tour: New York, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh.

Publicity contact: Nicole Dewey, and Carolyn O’Keefe,

Filed under hardcover nonfiction september

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Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
Timothy D. Wilson
978-0-316-05188-0, $25.99

We tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world. These stories ultimately determine if we will lead healthy, productive lives or get into trouble.

In Redirect, Timothy Wilson, “one of the most brilliant, creative, and respected psychologists of his generation” proposes a radical new view—that although these narratives can be extremely hard to change, they can change surprisingly quickly if tweaked in the right way. Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why might that self-help book have left you distinctly unhappier? Wilson blows the whistle on failed attempts to solve a broad range of problems and presents new solutions that work. Wilson’s theories in Redirect have been tested scientifically and found to have real results, towards both personal meaning and happiness and social progress.

About the Author: Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

Filed under hardcover nonfiction psychology science september

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Love and Capital
Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
Mary Gabriel
978-0-316-06611-2, $35.00

A surprising and revelatory account of romance and revolution—and one of the great love stories of all time.

Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written, Love and Capital is a heartbreaking and dramatic saga of the family side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death. Drawing upon years of research, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel brings to light the story of Karl and Jenny Marx’s marriage. We follow them as they roam Europe, on the run from hostile governments amidst a secret network of would-be revolutionaries, and see Karl not only as an intellectual but as a protective father and loving husband, a visionary, a jokester, and a man of tremendous passions.

In Love and Capital, Mary Gabriel has given us a vivid, resplendent, and truly human portrait of the Marxes—their desires, heartbreak, and devotion to each other and their ideals.

About the Author: Mary Gabriel worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly 20 years. She is the author of two previous biographies, Notorious Victoria and The Art of Acquiring. She lives in Italy.

Publicity Contact:Theresa Giacopasi,

Filed under biography hardcover nonfiction september

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Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces
Roy Peter Clark
978-0-316-12671-7, $22.99

One of America’s most influential writing teachers offers 210 solutions to the biggest problems writers face.

The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story’s too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer’s block is rearing its ugly head. In Help! For Writers, Roy Peter Clark presents an “owner’s manual” for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 210 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers 10 short solutions to each problem. Out of ideas? Read posters, billboards, and graffiti.
Can’t bear to edit yourself? Watch the deleted scenes feature of a DVD, and ask yourself why those scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. Help! For Writers offers 210 strategies to guide writers to success.

About the Author: Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, and has authored or edited 16 books about writing and journalism. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

Filed under nonfiction writing september hardcover

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West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life
Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman
978-0-316-05349-5, $27.99

One of the greatest basketball players of all time tells—with relentless honesty—the incredible story of his life.

He is one of basketball’s towering figures: “Mr. Clutch,” who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers’ resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring “Showtime” to Los Angeles, creating a championship winning force that continues to this day.
Now, for the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story—from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Unsparing in its self-assessment and honesty, West by West is far more than a sports memoir: it is a profound confession and a magnificent inspiration.

About the Author: Jerry West has been an Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA All-Star, NBA champion, coach, general manager and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers and president of the Memphis Grizzlies. He lives in California and West Virginia.

Jonathan Coleman lives in Charlottesville and is the bestselling author of At Mother’s Request, Exit The Rainmaker, and Long Way to Go.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

Filed under Sports hardcover memoir nonfiction october

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New American Haggadah
Jonathan Safran Foer/A New Translation by Nathan Englander
978-0-316-06986-1, $29.99

A stunningly illustrated and newly translated Haggadah, complete with essays and commentary from some of the brightest Jewish literary and intellectual voices.

Read each year around the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer and song the extraordinary story of Exodus, when Moses led the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

Now, Jonathan Safran Foer has orchestrated a new way of experiencing and understanding one of our oldest, most timeless, and sacred stories, with a new translation of the traditional text by Nathan Englander and provocative commentary by a collection of major Jewish writers and thinkers—including Howard Jacobson, Lemony Snicket, Alain de Botton, Judith Shulevitz, Simon Schama, Tony Kushner, Michael Pollan, and others. Ravishingly designed and illustrated by the acclaimed Israeli artist and calligrapher Oded Ezer, New American Haggadah is utterly unique and absorbing.

About the Author: Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn.

Nathan Englander is the author of The Ministry of Special Cases and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. He lives in Brooklyn.

Publicity Tour: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

Filed under essays hardcover nonfiction march

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The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War
Margaret E. Wagner and the Library of Congress
Introduction by Gary W. Gallagher
978-0-316-12068-5, $35.00

Rare source material from the Library of Congress and a gripping historical narrative illuminate the most consequential war ever fought on American soil.

With striking visuals from the Library of Congress’s unparalleled archive, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War is an authoritative and engaging narrative of the domestic conflict that determined the course of American history. A detailed chronological timeline of the war captures the harrowing intensity of 19th-century warfare in first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, and front-line journalists. Readers will be enthralled by speech drafts in Lincoln’s own hand, quotes from the likes of Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee, and portraits of key soldiers and politicians who are not covered in standard textbooks. The Illustrated Timelines’s exciting new source material and lucid organization will give Civil War enthusiasts a fresh look at this defining period in our nation’s history.

About the Author: Margaret E. Wagner is a writer and editor at the Library of Congress specializing in military history. She is co-author of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

Filed under hardcover nonfiction history fall

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The White House
The President’s Home in Photographs and History
Vicki Goldberg in cooperation with The White House Historical Association
978-0-316-09130-5, $35.00

A fascinating visual compendium on the White House and its residents, from its construction up to the present day.

The White House covers every aspect of White House life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the house, media coverage and popular photography of the White House, and photos of its illustrious inhabitants, visitors, and even pets and illustrations.

Accompanying the photographs is an incisive, informative text by renowned critic Vicki Goldberg. A rich visual history and a beautiful gift book, The White House is a must for photography and history buffs alike.

About the Author: Vicki Goldberg is a leading voice in the field of photography criticism, and she was a photography columnist for the New York Times for 13 years. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga,

Filed under hardcover nonfiction photography october

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See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World’s Most Popular Cocktails
Brian D. Murphy
978-0-316-17671-2, $14.99

The ingenious new cocktail guide that uses infographics to show you how to make 100 favorite mixed drinks.

Jonesing for a Manhattan or a Mint Julep? At-home mixologists demand sophisticated cocktails, but without a lot of fuss. See Mix Drink marries appealing infographics with pie-chart recipes to make mixed drinks intuitive and fun. It falls within a format and genre that, when it works, works extremely well. The fresh, inviting approach of See Mix Drink will lure the new generation of drinkers who demand clean, visually striking, and easily understandable graphics. A great gift book for dads and grads.

About the Author: Brian D. Murphy’s favorite mixed drink is the Old Fashioned, having been inspired to try it after watching Mad Men. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Nicole and their three pets Kate, MeowMeow, and Maya.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

Filed under food hardcover nonfiction october

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The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Images from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition
David M. Wilson
978-0-316-17850-1, $35.00

The historic publication of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s own long-lost photographs, 100 years after his team’s legendary journey to the South Pole.

The legend of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, icon of fortitude and courage, who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole in March 1912, is an enduring one. However, many do not know that throughout his journey, in the face of extreme climactic conditions and technical challenges, Scott used a camera to capture breathtaking polar panoramas, geographical and geological scenes, and action photographs of the explorers and their animals, remarkable for their technical skill as well as for their poignancy. Lost, fought over, neglected, and finally resurrected, Scott’s final photographs are collected together here for the first time: a humbling testament to the last great expedition of the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.

About the Author: David M. Wilson, a highly respected polar historian who regularly lectures on exploration history, is a great nephew of Dr. Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi,

Filed under hardcover nonfiction october photography

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Spontaneous Happiness
Andrew Weil, MD
978-0-316-12944-2, $27.99

Bestselling author Dr. Andrew Weil presents his revolutionary approach to finding lasting happiness.

Spontaneous Happiness is Dr. Weil’s paradigm-shifting guide to peak emotional wellness. In the book, he redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biochemical model of mental health. He presents a vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda, Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much more. Dr. Weil offers advice on lifestyle, behavior, and dietary changes, and helps readers assess their own emotional wellness and build personalized step-by-step plans to manage their moods. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression, or simply seeking greater contentment, Dr. Weil’s science-based integrative approach will help readers achieve their goals. With fascinating case studies and a comprehensive program, this guide breaks new ground in the field of happiness.

About the Author: Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others. He lives in Tucson, AZ.

Publicity Tour: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Phoenix

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli,

Filed under hardcover health nonfiction november

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The Obamas
Jodi Kantor
978-0-316-09875-5, $29.99

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to Michelle’s fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible. Then they moved in.

In The Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.
Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the President and First Lady.

About the Author: Jodi Kantor is a Washington correspondent at the New York Times. She was also Arts & Leisure editor of the newspaper, the New York editor at Slate, and one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” rising stars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Publicity Contact: Nicole Dewey,

Filed under biography hardcover nonfiction november

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Malcolm Gladwell: Collected
Malcolm Gladwell
978-0-316-12309-9, $75.00

A beautiful boxed-set edition, with new material, of Malcolm Gladwell’s landmark books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers.

In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Regarded by many as the most gifted and influential author and journalist in America today, Gladwell has the rare ability to connect with audiences of tremendously varied interests.

There are more than 10 million copies of his books in print. Now, Gladwell’s landmark investigations into the world around us are collected together for the first time.
Beautifully repackaged and redesigned, with newly added illustrations throughout each book, Collected is a perfect treasury of prose and provocation for Gladwell fans old and new.

About the Author: Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business reporter at the Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

Publicity Contact: Nicole Dewey,

Filed under gladwell hardcover nonfiction november

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The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
978-0-316-04513-1, $35.00

From two of America’s most respected culinary authors, this one-of-a-kind comprehensive and entertaining guide uncorks the world of wine for food lovers.

A wine book unlike any other, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine offers a fresh perspective via the single aspect of wine most compelling to food lovers: flavor.

At the heart of this indispensable reference, formatted like the authors’ two previous bestsellers, is an encyclopedic A-to-Z guide profiling hundreds of different wines by their essential characteristics—from body and intensity to distinguishing flavors, from suggested serving temperatures and ideal food pairings to recommended producers (including many iconic examples). The book provides illuminating insights from dozens of America’s best sommeliers via informative sidebars, charts, and boxes, which complement the book’s gorgeous four-color photography. Another groundbreaking work from two of the ultimate culinary insiders, this instant classic is the perfect gift book.

About the Author: Former Washington Post wine columnists and married New Yorkers Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are also the authors of the 100,000+-copy bestsellers Culinary Artistry and Becoming a Chef.

Publicity Tour: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

Filed under food hardcover nonfiction november

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Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook
Daniel Humm, Will Guidara
978-0-316-09851-9, $50.00

A lavish collection of elegant, seasonal recipes from the award-winning, four-star New York restaurant.

Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City’s most popular fine-dining establishments and has become an international culinary destination. Under the leadership of executive chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara, the restaurant is synonymous with innovative cuisine and top-tier hospitality, receiving a coveted four-star review from the New York Times.
Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook is a sumptuous tribute to the unforgettable experience of dining in the restaurant, where the latest culinary techniques are married with classical haute cuisine. The book features more than 150 sophisticated recipes, arranged by season, adapted for the home cook, and accompanied by stunning full-color photographs by Francesco Tonelli.

Eleven Madison Park is sure to be one of the most talked-about cookbooks of 2011.

About the Author: Daniel Humm has been executive chef of Eleven Madison Park since 2006, the same year that Will Guidara became general manager. They both live in New York City.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe,

Filed under cookbook cooking nonfiction november