Newsletter 51: May 2011


In 1811 London, a series of brutal murders in the Ratcliffe Highway area paralyzed not only London but all of England.  Forty-three years later, one of the most notorious Victorian authors, Thomas De Quincey, wrote a blood-filled essay “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts” in which he recreated those murders.  De Quincey was already infamous for his sensational bestseller Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, in which he chronicled his drug addiction. A brilliant visionary, he anticipated Freud’s theories about the subconscious by 80 years.  MURDER AS A FINE ART, a heartstoppingly suspenseful and richly imagined historical novel, turns De Quincey into one of the most unique, charismatic detectives in years.  The premise: De Quincey’s graphic essay becomes an instruction manual for a killer determined to recreate the original Ratcliffe Highway murders.  At first, De Quincey is the prime suspect, but all too soon, he realizes that he himself is the killer’s ultimate target.  Using his expertise in the art of murder, aided by his devoted, headstrong daughter and  a tenacious Scotland Yard inspector, De Quincey must uncover the killer’s identity to save himself and stop a panic that threatens to tear apart the British government.  Like Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery, MURDER AS A FINE ART is spellbinding, intelligent entertainment that transports readers back to a time and place as vivid as a nightmare.

“I was no Lawrence of Arabia. I was just a Southern Baptist kid, drinking dry martinis in an improbable villa overlooking the Mediterranean on my first day in North Africa. I had been hired to teach English at the legendary American School of Tangier, and now Joe McPhillips, the school’s larger-than-life headmaster, was pacing the floors of his living room as opera blared from the stereo and he drunkenly performed lines from Tennessee Williams. Just as I was beginning to wonder whether leaving home had been a terrible mistake, he roared that if I didn’t sleep with him, I was fired. I promptly demolished a martini. What Would Jesus Do? I had no idea. Nothing in my life had prepared me for McPhillips.” And so the adventure begins in Josh Shoemake’s A THOUSAND OTHER LIVES, an inspirational true story of an improbable friendship between a flamboyantly original headmaster and a young teacher who learned how to live through the outrageous and sometimes dangerous adventures they shared in Morocco—from inspiring Muslim students to share a passion for the classics, to navigating a treacherous literary friendship with the writer Paul Bowles, to attempting to outwit the CIA, to falling in love; first with seedy Tangier nights, and then with a woman who couldn’t be more dangerous—or more perfect. It is a report back from the world of possibilities by a man who set off towards adventures with some readymade ideas, found a friendship that forced him to rise to the challenges of both failure and success, and discovered a new set of beliefs inspired by passion and purpose.

Everyone knows Brian Boitano as the dashing and exuberant 1988 Olympic men’s figure skating gold medalist.  Some also know him as the superhero character in the South Park animated series and feature film.  Most recently, however, Brian’s legion of fans can find him cooking and entertaining on his Food Network show What Would Brian Boitano Make? With his trademark charm and impressive culinary skills, Brian shows viewers how to make delicious, fun and healthy dishes for a dinner with friends or for a quick weekday meal.  Now, Brian brings his recipes and his easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to readers in a new cookbook that will share the series title.  WHAT WOULD BRIAN BOITANO MAKE? will contain anecdotes about Brian’s years as a skater and explain the evolution of his nutrition philosophy—a result of his grueling training regimen—and it will showcase his passion for cooking and entertaining using fresh, seasonal food.  The goal will be to make the cooking as effortless as possible and the food enticing, good for you, and fun!

THE HEART HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN is a novel set in the summer of 2004, a time when sensibilities were still raw in the aftermath of September 11.  Writer, musician, and political activist Larry Kirwan, of the rock band Black 47, has crafted a powerful novel about Detective-Sergeant Jimmy Murphy’s quest to find the real reason his son, NYPD Lieutenant Brian Murphy, was at the World Trade Center at the time of the attack.  The younger Murphy is regarded as a martyred hero, having gone back into the North Tower after rescuing seven people.  His father, a Vietnam veteran nursing his own demons, suspects a cover-up.  In this story of family bonds strained to the breaking point, of love and redemption in the aftermath of tragedy, Detective Murphy must confront his own demons in an investigation that takes him all the way from the Irish-American enclave of Rockaway Beach, to Muslim South Brooklyn, and back to Times Square to find his own particular truth about 9/11.  THE HEART HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN is an unforgettable, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant literary tour de force.

A fortune teller once told Mandy Ingber she would find her true calling inspiring people to wellness—which, at the time, was a future that didn’t seem likely or even desirable to her, as she was enjoying success in her budding career as a young actor in Hollywood. But as the years went by, tragedy entered: Her father died, a friend was murdered, and Mandy herself suffered a random attack. All of it led her to question what she really wanted out of life and how she wanted to contribute to the world. While she was figuring that out, she fell back on the things that had fed her growing up—the yoga her father had taught her, a passion for music, art, astrology, psychology, philosophy, and above all a love of movement in any form. Soon after she began teaching spinning and yoga in Los Angeles, her classes were jammed-packed, a must for those serious about their fitness. Before she knew it, the fortune teller’s prediction had come true. Mandy’s “Yogalosophy,” her particularly appealing brand of girlfriend-y wisdom and sage insights, combined with body-sculpting workouts using yoga in concert with other exercise forms, has made her one of the most sought-after fitness advisors in Los Angeles who counts Brooke Shields, Ricki Lake and Academy Award winner Helen Hunt among her clients. Perhaps best known as the trainer behind the enviable silhouette of devoted client Jennifer Aniston, Mandy is frequently featured in publications such Vanity Fair, Self, InStyle, O the Oprah Magazine, Elle and Vogue, and seen on Extra!, Good Morning America, Today, and numerous others. Her expertise in health and exercise is also regularly sought by the online sites That’s Fit and Fit Sugar, not to mention Women’s Health, Shape and Prevention. Mandy’s book builds on the concepts of her bestselling DVD “Yogalosophy.” Working off the concept that “yoga” merely means “union,” you can call her book a blueprint for getting it all together—mind, body and soul. As she says, “Having the body you want begins with loving the body you have.”

When the Great Recession hit in 2008-09, veteran journalist Howard Goodman lost his job at a Florida newspaper. His search for new work went nowhere. Anxiety mounted. Then came an unlikely break: the chance to go to China as an editor at an English-language daily newspaper. He didn’t expect his wife Ellen to say yes. They had each turned sixty; an age they’d always thought would be a prelude to retirement. She’d have to give up her real-estate business. They’d be leaving elderly parents and their two grandkids. But she had always harbored a secret desire to live overseas. “Let’s do it,” she said. SHANGHAIED: OUR DISORIENTED YEAR IN FUTURE CITY is the story of what those three words led to. Without knowing the language, they landed in China’s most vibrant city, which was exploding with new construction and ambition, preparing to host the largest World’s Fair in history, and bursting with all the optimism that America had lost. Shanghai had woken up after decades of seclusion and stagnation under Maoist rule, and was now zooming into the future—yet still heating the apartment and doing the laundry like it was 1933. It was building some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers…while restaurant workers carved raw meat on the sidewalk. Howard and Ellen describe this contradictory place from the ground up: Urban sophisticates who cling to strange superstitions (you must wash vegetables in very slowly dripping water). A simultaneous reverence for Warren Buffett and Mao Zedong. A pervasive attitude that the government knows best, matched by an antic compulsion to constantly break the rules. Readers will come along to work inside a state-controlled newsroom; the expat ladies who trail their businessman husbands and worry their men will take up with the pretty young things they call “Chinese takeout”; step inside Chinese homes as Ellen tutors the family child (always just one), and inevitably stays for dinner. The China they found was frustrating, polluted, reckless, crowded, authoritarian, money-obsessed—but the people they met were warm, intelligent, self-improving, endearing. It’s a country that Americans must get to know better. Writing in their alternating voices, Howard and Ellen Goodman show a China that media reports can’t describe, and they show it with humor, insight and heart.

“If the rich won’t pay, we’ll take their toys away,” so goes the motto of Hawker, Inc., a high-end recovery company. Lead by recluse Graham Dunlop, aka Hawker, the company will recover just about anything for a price…a very high price. When his company is hired to retrieve a forty million dollar business jet from a wealthy Brazilian gem dealer, Hawker turns to ex-military pilot Amelia “Jet” Walczynski. In REPOSSESSED, Jet heads to Rio de Janeiro in need of quick cash. Although relatively new to the business, she prefers to work alone with minimal back-up. Nonetheless, Hawker teams her up with quirky conman, Lenny the Liar, savvy Greek lawyer, Gregorios Demos, and miracle-working mechanic, Roxy. It doesn’t take Jet long to learn the plane’s owner is far more dangerous than predicted. As the hunt for the plane ensues, Jet finds it hard to play nice with her teammates when their private agendas put her life at risk. Yet, the closer she gets to her goal, the more they have to depend upon one another, particularly when their boss changes the plan mid-way through the repossession. Author Sandy Parks hails from a family of military, test, and commercial pilots. From flying with her family as a child, to piloting her own son in a small plane to Grandma’s house, the adventures in the skies haven’t stopped, and provide plenty of fodder to keep Hawker, Inc. quite busy.

In 1968, Wolfgang Puck was an apprentice in European kitchens, his move to the United States still five years away.  Jeremiah Tower was in architecture school at Harvard, and Alice Waters was teaching children in London.  That same year, Robert Mondavi took his chances marketing Sauvignon Blanc under the name Fume Blanc, while Bob Trinchero first sampled wine from a grape called Zinfandel.  A mere quarter-century later, The Blue Fox Restaurant ended its sixty-year run as a San Francisco institution, and Bill Clinton garnered headlines when he mobilized his presidential resources behind an unexpected dinner stop at Chez Panisse.  By then, the work of Puck, Waters, and many, many others had become part of our national culinary and winemaking culture—it was part of American culture, period.  The classical, European basis of our methods of eating and drinking had passed, and new ways and means of cooking and winemaking had spread further than anyone could have foreseen.  In THE GOLDEN PLATE, Jerome Joseph Gentes chronicles the culinary, social, and cultural history of California cuisine—from its earliest days through its long development and dissemination into the wider world.  He tells the fascinating story of how a bunch of cooking and winemaking mavericks modernized food and wine through bold practices and sheer force of personality.  Drawing on his own experience in the California restaurant and hospitality industry, as well as substantial research, he analyzes individual and collective causes behind this generation-wide break with decades of classical, gastronomical and enological tradition, and explores the high-water years of practical and philosophical experimentation.  He shows how numerous successes and setbacks contributed to an American culinary revolution with fresh ideas and techniques, how the Internet and Food Network impacted these new standards, and how the way that we eat, drink, and cook has forever changed.

The widespread use of IEDs and car bombs in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts has resulted in thousands of American soldiers coming home with missing legs and arms.  VA hospitals have been inundated with veterans in need of prosthetic limbs.  In 2007, the Army opened The Center for the Intrepid, a state-of-the-art research and rehabilitation facility in San Antonio designed specifically to help the increasing numbers of amputee vets.   The massive 2009 earthquake in Haiti left so many people there as amputees that there are now NGOs in that country that do nothing but fit people for artificial limbs.  And people in non-war and non-disaster zones continue—as humans always have—to be in need of replacements for body parts that no longer function, whether because of disease or trauma.  Dan Roche’s journalistic investigation into the current world of prosthetics will introduce readers to all sides of this field that is both stunningly and provocatively advanced and yet sometimes deeply connected to the days of glass eyes and peg legs.  It will tell the stories of the scientists and engineers who are, for instance, trying to create eyes that see and robotic hands that can be controlled with mere thought.  It will portray the people—the young vets, the elderly diabetics—who have to reinvent themselves both physically and psychologically, to see themselves as suddenly “built” differently.  It will provide the general reader with a clear picture of the dynamic, exciting, and troubling debates among researchers, prosthetic users, and philosophers about what it means—in this time of remarkable technological possibilities for artificiality—to be human.

If you have heard the name Ian MacDonald, professor of oceanography at Florida State University, it is probably because of the BP oil spill.  MacDonald was the first to publicly dispute the official rate of discharge as being at least five times too low to explain the tide of oil spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.  His frequent, blunt commentary in press and video set the pattern for independent scientific opinion in a time of crisis. When BP belatedly released poor-quality clips of video, he found himself obsessively watching the oil gush out of the broken well.  Here at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, it had all come apart—the promise of a safe offshore industry.  All the ships and planes and submersibles, the rooms full of engineers working through the night, the bleary-eyed admirals and chief executives talking on television, they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it anytime soon.  “This is a dragon,” he whispered to himself, staring at the computer screen and watching that oil blast relentlessly into the ocean.  MacDonald sat down and began to write something very different from the reports and manuscripts he usually turns out. DRAGON TIMES begins with the BP oil disaster and goes on to examine the broader threats of climate change.  Solidly grounded in basic science, it allow metaphoric mode to enter into an examination of climate and human limits.  This book tells two stories.  One: of a life in science that intersects with the Gulf tragedy, its long preamble of offshore energy development, and its uncertain future.  The other: of Earth’s darker possibilities.  DRAGON TIMES allow no margin for corporate or political self-interest in a world of seven billion people starving for oil.

In our very valid and noble quest for happiness, we have gone too far and we have made happiness into a “birthright,” a sapless and trendy toy that can be acquired by anyone, by simply following the tips on happiness—unless, of course, the person who wants it is simply defective! We have forgotten why unhappy feelings exist in the first place. If there is a purpose for its existence, are we thwarting its message by simply looking for ways to get rid of it as soon as we are able? As a practicing psychotherapist, mindfulness meditation teacher, and a bicultural person who appreciates both Western Individualism and Eastern philosophical bend, Swati Desai (Ph.D., LCSW) had the privilege to ponder over this question all her adult life. She realized that the importance of unhappiness was not simply that it created great works of art, or the fire in the belly, or the evolutionary impetus for progress, it was more than that. Unhappiness held an important message! If we are able to identify and respect this message, we can move to a rewarding, meaningful, and strong phase in life. Swati’s book THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING UNHAPPY explains how to realize this message and how to make unhappiness into a mentor. This book is a thoughtful yet accessible way to reconsider unhappiness for anyone who has desperately wished their way out of intense discontent.

To hear Steve McDonagh describe it “I’m drinking up for lost time.” Chicago restaurateur and one half of The Hearty Boys (of Food Network fame), Steve taps his passion for the neglected art of cocktailing in DRINKING LIKE A MAD MAN.    His position as one of Chicago’s most sought after event planners and the mixologist of HEARTY Restaurant has given Steve a unique perspective on the impact the classic cocktail movement has on today’s host.   With his feet planted in the middle of the last century and his tongue planted in the middle of his cheek, Steve includes not only lost cocktail recipes such as the allspice-laced Lions Tail, but his own twists on the classics, such as his delicate Elderflower Gimlet.  Not to be forgotten, the cocktail’s crunchy, salty foil gets its due with deep fried chick peas with rosemary in a chapter devoted to Bar Snacks.  Readers will sound like seasoned bartenders when they spout the little historical tidbits found in the cheeky sidebars, and they’ll sound like seasoned drinkers when reciting a decade’s old toast from the collection of classic and little-known salutes.  With accessible takeaway and a familiar and inviting voice, DRINKING LIKE A MAD MAN promises to do what this Hearty Boy does best: take the mystery out of home entertaining.

At fourteen her mind was made up. Just after graduating from elementary school, Antonia Lewandowski joined an order of nuns. Leaving a railroad apartment in Manhattan for a spacious estate and private girls’ academy on Staten Island meant entering an idealized world of prayer and predictable routine. However, by the time she pronounced final vows in 1966, modernizing forces had challenged the status quo in the Catholic Church. Turning back a page of history, A GIRL LIKE ME revisits the 1960’s and 70’s and chronicles a coming-of-age story in the life of a Roman Catholic nun enclosed by Holy Rule, but vulnerable to the rising social changes of the time. This book written by a former nun describes the convent as it was at the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, the first wave of feminism, the onset of church reform and conflicts over celibacy, Vietnam-era protests, and the British Invasion in pop music. Thoughtful, compassionate and humorous, A GIRL LIKE ME traces a young woman’s discovery of herself as a member of a community, as a believer, and most of all, as an individual capable of change.

Professor James H. Fallon has enjoyed quite a life. Hailing from a large, riotous Northeastern family, he fell in love at age twelve with his first date and is still married to her, with three happy children and five grandchildren. His academic pedigree and rise to the elite of American brain researchers have been fueled with his indefatigable energy, wit, charisma, brilliance, and charm. Now, at 60 and one of those most sought after teachers and speakers on twenty different topics throughout the world, a most curious string of happenstances begin to invade his life, and the self-assured tranquility of his entire family.  After years of studying the brains of psychotics and psychopathic serial killers, a chance finding during routine brain scans and gene analyses in his own family converge with a surprise whisper from his 90-year-old mother; his family has a long and storied history of murder and violence, starting with the first case of a son killing his mother in the 1667 American colonies, and carrying through his father’s side to his cousin, Lizzie Borden. As further serendipitous events unfold, he and his family are drawn into an unsettling discovery. Jim, who has been lecturing around the world on the brains of psychotics and murderers he has studied, has all the biological brain and genetic markers of a psychopathic killer himself. This sets him on a quest to find out who he really is, and what his lifetime of borderline disorders and extreme behaviors has been about, leading to a discovery of an inner life he never imagined, and relationships that are not at all what they appear to be.

While attending a conference in Toronto, prominent surgeon Christopher Barnes dines on tainted shellfish and falls into a coma.  Two weeks later he awakens to discover that a neurotoxin has clouded his memories from the previous month and destroyed his ability to remember new information.  He also discovers that his wife, Elizabeth, has been brutally murdered in their Boston home, a horror he relearns every day.  With new memories vanishing only moments after they form, he uses notes as a surrogate, and he engages Elizabeth’s friends and computer files to piece together clues about his wife’s death.  An elaborate puzzle takes shape, but much of the evidence points to a conspiracy involving him.  Undaunted, he pursues the truth, unaware that the killer is much closer than he imagines.  DYING TO REMEMBER is a debut thriller from Glen Apseloff, a doctor whose expertise in drugs and toxins informs this work.  Both Tess Gerritsen and Michael Palmer have offered to write blurbs for it.  (Please note that Michael Bourret is the agent on this project).

To his friends and neighbors in Gower, PA, James Worthington is just another small-town single father, raising his sixteen-year-old son Kyle and doing a damn fine job of it.  He runs an auto parts store, sells hot dogs at high school football games, and sponsors a girls’ softball team. But to the Pugliese crime family, he was Jimmy Pedals, the no-good rat-fink of a driver-for-hire who sped off in the middle of a job, leaving a crew of wise guys to be gunned down in an alley.  Now, it’s twenty years later, the Mafia is running on life-support, and no one really cares about Jimmy Pedals—except for aging Don Pugliese, for whom a contract is still a contract. So when goons from James’ former life roll into town, guns blazing, James is forced to dust off his ’68 Oldsmobile 442 and take to the road with Kyle, leaving behind the women he and Kyle love, though both are more than capable of handling themselves. As James and Kyle flee to Chicago to try and strike a deal for their survival—and with both their girlfriends and the Don’s unenthusiastic son Dom in hot pursuit—James discovers there’s more of the angry young man of his youth left in the tank, and that Jimmy Pedals just might save both his and Kyle’s lives. Written in present tense with an forceful narrative voice, AMERICAN MUSCLE plays like a country version of Don Winslow’s The Winter of Frankie Machine, casting a thoroughly revisionist spin on the classic mafia novel. Author Jimmy De Santos makes an extraordinary debut with a sweeping story of right and wrong that never takes its foot off the gas. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

There’s nothing like a quarterback controversy to get football fans excited. The question of who will lead their beloved team on the field can reach Shakespearean levels of drama and intrigue. Yet of all the quarterback controversies that have dominated sports coverage over the years, one truly stands above them all: The battle between Joe Montana and Steve Young for the starting job in San Francisco. Joe Montana had already won two Super Bowls and was destined for the Hall of Fame when a series of injuries forced the 49ers to look for a quality back-up. But in Steve Young, they found a future Hall-of-Famer in his own right, and one whose rough-and-tumble playing style and personality was in direct contrast to the smooth and stoic Montana. Through injuries, slumps, and two more Super Bowls, the struggle for quarterback supremacy veered back and forth between the two rivals, and it continued even after Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, reaching its resolution only when Young finally won his own Super Bowl. In MONTANA VS YOUNG, Acclaimed sports journalist and author of Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont and Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, The Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl XXV Adam Lazarus digs deep into the heart of the conflict, telling the story of these two warriors with grit and panache, while illuminating both the heady times and the other legendary characters (like 49ers coach Bill Walsh) who witnessed the contest firsthand. Football fans of all ages will thrill to the stories of these glory years, the echoes of which still resonate today. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

Break out your bell bottoms, comb out your Afro, and get ready to ride the mighty Soul Train! The brainchild of on-air emcee Don Cornelius, Soul Train was the #1 black television show for the baby boomer generation. Soul Train not only offered many black artists their first chance to appear on TV, but scores of regional dances became national crazes after they appeared on the show—who hasn’t been to a wedding with a Soul Train dance line? SOUL TRAIN’S MIGHTY RIDE is the first book to chart the history of Soul Train, starting with Cornelius’ vision of Soul Train as a black rival for American Bandstand, and its humble beginnings in Chicago as a local dance show on WCUI Channel 26. Then, in 1971, a chance encounter between Cornelius and a rep from Sears-Roebuck led to Sears becoming one of Soul Train’s first sponsors, financing the show and sending revenues for Sears, who hadn’t previously tapped into the black market, skyrocketing from $8 million one year to $38 million the next. Before long, Soul Train was the place to be for black artists like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Marvin Gaye—and soon enough, white artists like Elton John and David Bowie got on board. And even as Soul Train weathered missteps like Cornelius’ ill-fated S.O.L.A.R. record label, it was able to mature and become the multi-generational institution it is today. Throughout SOUL TRAIN’S MIGHTY RIDE, acclaimed journalist Ericka Blount Danois paints an indelible picture of how black culture in the 1970s went mainstream, to the point where Soul Train had the power to force Dick Clark’s imitation show off the air. Along the way, readers will encounter a fabulous parade of musicians, as well as dancers like Jody Watley, Rosie Perez, and Jeffrey Daniel, the dancer who taught Michael Jackson to moonwalk. These stories and others bring SOUL TRAIN’S MIGHTY RIDE to life and show why Soul Train was and continues to be the longest running, first-run syndicated series in television history—not to mention “the hippest trip in America.” (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

The former Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Starbucks, Wanda J. Herndon achieved a level of success in corporate America few African-American women have reached. As a result, she writes, “Throughout my career, people have been curious about how I managed to succeed in business and have sought my advice on a number of subjects, including: how to navigate through the corporate maze; how to avoid career pitfalls; and how to identify the political traps that are inevitable in all organizations.” Now, with DOUBLE SHOT OF REALITY, Wanda provides sensible business strategies and life lessons as seen from her unique perspective. Tracing her career from humble beginnings in Flint, Michigan, through her corporate rise at Dow Chemical, DuPont, and eventually Starbucks, Wanda peppers her narrative with examples from her life and from other business leaders, too, particularly those she encountered along the way like Meg Whitman, Magic Johnson, Jamie Dimon, and of course, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.  From her decision to “step out on faith” and leave the security of DuPont for the fledgling Starbucks chain, to her acknowledgment that “it’s okay to laugh” and how her “Woody Woodpecker” giggle has been a key business asset, Wanda shares her stories and wisdom with homespun charm and a narrative voice that stands out from the crowd. For the new breed of motivated professionals who don’t fit the stereotype of what a corporate executive should be, DOUBLE SHOT OF REALITY will be required reading—and a breath of fresh air. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

Women love a man who can cook. The truth of the matter, however, is that most guys’ idea of cooking begins and ends with pushing “start” on the microwave.  Fortunately, Matt Moore provides the perfect solution for those looking to impress a woman with HAVE HER OVER FOR DINNER. . . AND FOR BREAKFAST: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO CLASSIC, SIMPLE MEALS. As a food and lifestyle writer, Moore’s work has earned nods from numerous national and international publications including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, BBC, and the New York Times – who named his first book as one of the year’s best cookbooks. His leading looks and Southern charm have also made him a favorite guest of television programs such as The TODAY Show, FOX, WGN and others.  In his new collection, Moore offers tantalizing recipes to amaze that lovely lady with an intimate home-cooked dinner – and breakfast.   HAVE HER OVER FOR DINNER . . . AND FOR BREAKFAST boasts over 150 recipes in cuisines ranging from Italian to Southern Eclectic to Vegetarian, satisfying almost any palate.  Meals are cleverly compiled into three categories (Weekday, Weekend, and Special Occasion) providing the reader with everything from quick-fix meal options to those that require more time and effort in the kitchen. In addition to defining and explaining many common terms and methods, Moore provides detailed information on how to properly stock a kitchen, purchase the right equipment, and how to pair beer or wine with food. He is also careful to outline, with entertaining dialogue, the “must do’s” on any date, including everything from prepping for the day, music, lighting, and the best way to go about cleaning up.  Of course, should she decide to hang around, Moore provides a slew of healthy, simple breakfasts to get the day moving in the right direction. In short, it’s a guy’s-guy sort of book that speaks to those who want a bit of humor with their main course.  From the novice cook to the seasoned gourmet, HAVE HER OVER FOR DINNER . . . AND FOR BREAKFAST is the essential guide to creating perfect meals that are sure to impress any date…every time. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)


German rights to Brodi Ashton’s EVERNEATH, as well as the second and third books in the series, went to Oetinger.  James Dashner’s THE MAZE RUNNER, THE SCORCH TRIALS, and THE DEATH CURE will be published in Korea by Moonhal Sochup and in Vietnam by Kim Dong.  THE SCORCH TRIALS will be published in Germany by Chicken House Deutschland.  THE MAZE RUNNER and THE SCORCH TRIALS will be published in Italian by Fanucci.  VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead will be published in the Czech Republic by Domino. Greek rights for SPIRIT BOUND and LAST SACRIFICE went to Intro Books. BLOOD PROMISE, SPIRIT BOUND, and LAST SACRIFICE will be published in Dutch by Moon, in simplified Chinese characters by Beijing Xiron Books, in traditional Chinese characters by King-In, and in Indonesian by Penerbit Matahati.  Turkish rights for LAST SACRIFICE went to Alfa/Artemis. BLOOD PROMISE will be published in Portugal by Arteplural. SHADOW KISS, BLOOD PROMISE, SPIRIT BOUND, and LAST SACRIFICE will be published in Hungarian by Znanje. Sogides will publish STOP OVERREACTING by Judith P. Siegel in French. David Morrell’s FIRST BLOOD will be published in French by Gallmeister.  THE FIFTH POSSESSION and THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, also by Morrell, will be published in Vietnam by Dong A JSC.  Alpress will publish THE NAKED EDGE in the Czech Republic.  THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE and FRATERNITY OF THE STONE will be published in Poland by Albatros.

Tantor Media bought audio rights to SAINTS ASTRAY by Jacqueline Carey, as well as FIRE AND ICE, RUTHLESS, RECKLESS, BREATHLESS, and SHAMELESS by Anne Stuart.  Audible secured rights to Victoria Laurie’s VISION IMPOSSIBLE.  Recorded Books will publish STUPID FAST by Geoff Herbach.


Sabrina Soto’s HOME DECORATING BY THE NUMBERS sold in a North American deal to Pamela Mourouzis at Wiley.

World rights to WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW by Jill Geisler sold to Kate Hartson at Centre Street.

HOME STRETCH by John Coston sold in a World English deal to Jackie Wehmueller at Johns Hopkins University Press.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to Dr. Larry Rosen’s iDISORDER to Laurie Harting at Palgrave

Linda Godfrey’s REAL WOLFMEN: TRUE ENCOUNTERS IN MODERN AMERICA sold to Mitch Horowitz at Tarcher in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

World rights to GLUTEN-FREE GIRL EVERYDAY by Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern sold to Justin Schwartz at Wiley in a deal by Stacey Glick.

THE WHOLE WARM WORLD by Geoff Herbach sold to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks in a World English deal by Jim McCarthy.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to THE MILKMAID by Suzanne Selfors to Emily Easton at Walker Books for Young Readers.

North American rights to Books 1 and 2 of The Fort Knocks Club series by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud sold to Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish Books by in a deal by Michael Bourret.

World rights to Alison Stewart’s FIRST CLASS sold to Jerry Pohlen at Chicago Review Press.

Beatrice Ojakangas’s THE BEST SOUP AND BREAD COOKBOOK sold to Pam Krauss at Rodale in a North American deal.

World English rights to the first three books in Jacqueline Carey’s new Pemkowet Tales series sold to Anne Sowards at Berkley/Ace.

THE COURAGE TO HOPE by Shirley Sherrod sold to Malaika Adero at Atria.

Jeff Yeager’s HOW TO RETIRE THE CHEAPSKATE WAY and DON’T THROW THAT AWAY (e-book original) sold to Jenna Ciongoli at Broadway/Crown in a North American deal by Stacey Glick.

North American rights to TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER by Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Bowen Shea sold to Chris Schillig at Andrews McMeel.

LIFE THROUGH THIS by Mindi Scott sold to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse in a World English deal by Jim McCarthy.

Caroline Clarke’s POSTCARDS FROM COOKIE sold to Dawn Davis at HarperCollins in a World rights deal.

World rights to THRICE BLESSED and the second and third books in the series by Jessica Spotswood sold to Ari Lewin at Putnam Books for Young Readers in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

SOUTHERN FRIED by James Villas sold to Justin Schwartz at Wiley in a World rights deal.

Carter Oosterhouse’s CARTER’S WAY sold to Lara Asher at Globe Pequot Press in a World rights deal.

World rights to TWIG TERRARIUMS by Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow sold to Deborah Aaronson at Abrams in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

VELVETEEN and the second book in the series by Mark Henry sold to Krista Marino at Delacorte in a North American deal by Jim McCarthy.

Books 3 and 4 in the Raziel series by Anne Stuart, writing as Kristina Douglas, sold to Abby Zidle at Pocket Books in a North American deal.

World rights to LONG JOURNEY WITH MR. JEFFERSON: THE LIFE OF DUMAS MALONE by William G. Hyland sold to Elizabeth Demers at Potomac Books.

NO FORK DESSERTS by Abigail Johnson Dodge sold to Carolyn Mandarano at Taunton in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Michael Tucker’s LIKE LIFE sold to Stephanie Gorton at Overlook in a World rights deal.

North American rights to THE HERMIT OF CHAPPAQUIDDICK by Steven Raichlen sold to Bob Gleason at Tor.

THE DEVIL I KNOW by Jackie Barrett sold to Shannon Jamieson-Vazquez at Berkley in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Debra Ponzek’s THE MODERN COOK’S SURVIVAL GUIDE sold to Kristen Wiewora at Running Press in a World rights deal.

North American rights to LOOP by Shandy Lawson sold to Emily Meehan at Hyperion in a deal by John Rudolph.

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