Little, Brown and Company Catalog

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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Grain Brain

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September 2013 Hardcover

David Perlmutter, MD with Kristin Loberg, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and SugarYour Brain’s Silent Killers

978-0-316-23480-1, $27.00

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Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Perlmutter, MD, is president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, and the co-founder and president of The Perlmutter Brain Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition and the Linus Pauling Award, and he serves on the Medical Advisory Board of The Dr. Oz Show. A frequent lecturer, he writes a blog at VanguardNeurologist.com and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of The Better Brain Book, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten, and Power Up Your Brain.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi theresa.giacopasi@hbgusa.com

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Love Sense

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December 2013 Hardcover

Dr. Sue Johnson Ed.D, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

978-0-316-13376-0, $27.00

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Every day, we hear of relationships failing and questions of whether humans are meant to be monogamous. LOVE SENSE presents new scientific evidence that tells us that humans are meant to mate for life. Dr. Johnson explains that romantic love is an attachment bond, just like that between mother and child, and shows us how to develop our “love sense”our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Love is not the least bit illogical or random, but actually an ordered and wise recipe for survival. LOVE SENSE covers the three stages of a relationship and how to best weather them; the intelligence of emotions and the logic of love; the physical and psychological benefits of secure love; and much more. Based on groundbreaking research, LOVE SENSE will change the way we think about love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. The developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, she is a recognized leader in the new science of relationships. Dr. Johnson is the author of Hold Me Tight and other books and articles, and she has trained thousands of therapists in North America and around the world. She has won numerous awards for her work and has recently integrated research on neuroscience and couple relationships competing research on how strengthening the security of the bond between couple changes how the female partner’s brain responds to threat. For more information on Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, visit www.iceeft.com and www.holdmetight.com.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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Heat

January 2012 Hardcover

Bill Streever, Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places

978-0-316-10533-0, $26.99

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A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you’ll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the big bang.

Melting glaciers, warming oceans, forest fires, droughts-it’s clear that today’s world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat?

Written in Streever’s signature spare and refreshing prose, HEAT is an a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its complete connection to daily life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill Streever is the author of the national bestseller, Cold. He lives in Alaska

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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Mad Science

November 2012 Hardcover

Edited by Randy Alfred, Mad Science: Einstein’s Fridge, Dewar’s Flask, Mach’s Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World

978-0-316-20819-2, $19.99

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On January 30, Rubik applied for a patent on his cube (1975). On the next day, 17 years earlier, the first U.S. Satellite passed through the Van Allen radiation belt. On March 17, the airplane “black box” made its maiden voyage (1953). And what about today? Every day of the year has a rich scientific and technological heritage just waiting to be uncovered, and Wired's top-flight science-trivia book MAD SCIENCE collects them chronologically, from New Year's Day to year's end, showing just how entertaining, wonderful, bizarre, and relevant science can be.

In 2010, Wired's popular “This Day in Tech” blog peaked with more than 700,000 page views each month, and one story in 2008 drew more than a million unique viewers. This book will collect the most intriguing anecdotes from the blog's run-one for each day of the year-and publish them in a package that will instantly appeal to hardcore techies and curious laypeople alike.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Randy Alfred is Editor of “This Day in Tech.” He joined Wired.com as a copy editor in 2007. He also worked as senior news writer at Paul Allen’s Tech TV cable channel. He lives in San Francisco.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi, Theresa.giacopasi@hbgusa.com

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REDIRECT

SEPTEMBER 2011 HARDCOVER

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, carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

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

JULY 2011 HARCDOVER

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, carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time

AUGUST 2011 HARDCOVER

The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time
David Sloan Wilson
ISBN: 978-0-316-03767-9; $25.99

A top evolutionist uses science to address the challenges of a typical American city.
After decades of studying animals in their habitats, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson had a radical idea to apply evolutionary science to the study of a city. Cities are like organisms, so why not study them as such? Inspired to become an agent of change in his postindustrial hometown, Wilson descended on its neighborhoods with a scientist’s eye. What does bullying feed on? How can we give kids the best start in life? Is spirituality expanding into new areas, or shrinking? How does neighborhood quality affect test scores? After learning how these traits “live” throughout a city, how can we improve the lives of its citizens? Filled with original research and the latest science, and written in an appealing, personal narrative, THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT is a  significant book that strives to define how places define us.

About the author: David Sloan Wilson has been a professor of evolutionary biology for more than 20 years. He lives in Binghamton, New York.

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

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OCTOBER 2010 HARDCOVERHow Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds,from Beethoven to the Beatles and BeyondJohn PowellISBN:978-0-316-09830-4; $24.99An enthralling and entertaining investigation into the mysteries and joys of music—CD included!What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do 10 violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in HOW MUSIC WORKS, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music.With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, HOW MUSIC WORKS will be treasured by music lovers everywhere.
About the author: John Powell holds a master’s degree in music composition and a PhD in physics. He has taught Physics at the Universities of Nottingham (UK) and Lulea (Sweden) and Musical Acoustics at Sheffield University (UK). He lives in England.

OCTOBER 2010 HARDCOVER

How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds,from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond
John Powell
ISBN:978-0-316-09830-4; $24.99

An enthralling and entertaining investigation into the mysteries and joys of music—CD included!

What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do 10 violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in HOW MUSIC WORKS, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music.
With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, HOW MUSIC WORKS will be treasured by music lovers everywhere.

About the author: John Powell holds a master’s degree in music composition and a PhD in physics. He has taught Physics at the Universities of Nottingham (UK) and Lulea (Sweden) and Musical Acoustics at Sheffield University (UK). He lives in England.

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