Newsletter 60: May 2014


AMERICA WAS MY OFFICE takes readers through the six-year Obama journey of Roger Fisk, who served as Director of Special Events. This is an American road book and stories are told from an on-the-ground perspective–from the announcement tour in February 2007, through Iowa, then fanning out to diverse parts of the country. Scenes range from the bottom of the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah, to the top of 30 Rock in New York. The fun moments of The Daily Showand Obama’s sneak appearance on Saturday Night Liveare balanced with the gravitas of being in charge of the Race Speech in Philadelphia. Cameos are as broad as America itself: John Kenneth Galbraith, Queen Latifah, Jay Z, William F. Buckley, Senator Kennedy, Annie Leibovitz, Aretha Franklin, Brian Williams, Russell Simmons, Charles Barkley, and Presidents Bush, Clinton and Carter. AMERICA WAS MY OFFICE has a chapter about events with Bruce Springsteen during 2012 and one about visiting troops with the First Lady. AMERICA WAS MY OFFICE weaves together rustic South Carolina and the rural fairgrounds of Ohio with mansions in Los Angeles. In its pages, community centers in Maine meet nightclubs in Miami and the headquarters of NASDAQ, where news coverage is not only courted but where the content itself is created. The book takes readers on a charismatic, personal and historical journey through two of the greatest political campaigns of our time.

In 1987, a 35-year-old ad writer named Douglas Himmelfarb spotted a painting at an auction preview in South Los Angeles. Dirty and dented, it had a signature on the back: “Mark Rothko.” He bought it, unchallenged, for $319.50, and began at 27-year quest to prove that the painting was real. Jennifer Maloney, an award-winning arts reporter at the Wall Street Journal, chronicles this collector’s long struggle against the art-world establishment, including Rothko’s children and the world’s leading Rothko expert. With the help of two scholars who believe the painting could be genuine, he goes on the hunt for an elusive piece of evidence–a black-and-white photograph from Rothko’s own files–that could help prove the painting’s authenticity. Himmelfarb is desperate to prove its value so he can use it to save his home from bankruptcy. But he faces an even greater hurdle: a crisis in the obscure but high-stakes world of art authentication. As prices for blue-chip artworks soar–the record for a Rothko is nearly $87 million–authentication is increasingly important because collectors want assurances before they open their wallets. But in the wake of high-profile lawsuits pitting collectors against artist estates (and a sensational art-fraud case that closed Manhattan’s Knoedler & Co. gallery) many experts have stopped giving opinions altogether. CHASING ROTHKO explores how a canvas from one of the giants of 20th century art could have ended up dirty and dented, surrounded by furniture and no-name artwork in a family-run auction house, and why the art world has been so reluctant to embrace it. Combing through court records, correspondence and forensic evidence, the book investigates the secretive world of authentication to untangle a perplexing question: Is this Rothko real?

What else could there possibly be left to say about balance? You’ve read the perennial women’s magazine headlines: “One Tool You Need to Lead a Balanced Life” or “Is Your Relationship in Balance?” You’ve probably taken at least one yoga class or listened to a friend who gushed about the life-changing experience. In BALANCE, seasoned writer and New York Times bestselling author Carol Svec reveals how our lives are shaped by this fascinating and ignored Super Sense. BALANCE is an in-depth exploration of this complex physical and psychological concept, elevating it from its current minimized state as a condition of perfect stresslessness, to something more akin to a sixth sense, a Super Sense that rolls external sensory input into its own perception in a way that affects us physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Svec draws on decades of medical and psychological knowledge, interviews with experts doing today’s cutting-edge research, and real-life stories of people who have found their sense of balance challenged, weaving it all together in a Malcolm Gladwell-like narrative. Thoroughly researched, cleverly written, and widely accessible, BALANCE introduces readers–perhaps for the first time–to balance as it really is.

WHEN I DO GOOD is film producer Norman Golightly‘s account of his own journey, literally from the penthouse to the outhouse, and a study of the correlation between altruism and happiness. Goligthly spent nineteen years manning Hollywood’s front lines, first working at Creative Artists Agency, followed by a stint with Ben Stiller. Then at only twenty-five years old, Golightly was hired by Academy Award winner, Nicolas Cage. In their twelve-year partnership, Golightly would produce over a dozen feature films, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars in the worldwide box office. Bouncing around the globe from movie set to movie set, there was little time to look in the mirror. But then the company closed with little notice, and two weeks later, a former colleague was killed in a car accident. Unemployed and alone, he suddenly had time for that look in the mirror and no longer recognized the face. Bruised and bitter from his final days in Hollywood, Golightly wanted to get as far away as possible and the Cura Rotary home outside of Nairobi, Kenya, was pretty far away. In 2010 he moved into Cura, an orphanage for fifty children who had lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, and his life would change forever. WHEN I DO GOOD is Golightly’s self-deprecating reflection on his humorous, painful and emotional times spent living in Africa and Hollywood. An interview with Dr. Paul Zak, the world’s leading neuroeconomist, is juxtaposed with a day spent with Dr. Deepak Chopra, focused specifically on the topics of charity, altruism and happiness. As a novice in some areas, and a skeptic in others, Golightly attempts to link different understandings from disparate fields and find the underlying reasons behind Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.”

Like many people who escaped from Pogrom Russia, Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz‘s great-grandmother came to this country poor, deprived, and skinny. Decades later, when she would visit the family, the first thing she would do is make his slender brother a sandwich of white bread and gobs of butter. She would forcibly–but lovingly–put the sandwich in his mouth and say, “Yussele, eat, it is not healthy for you to be such skin and bones.” Although this came from a place of love, he eventually learned the unspoken lesson that food was love…food was comfort…food was connection to family and ancestry. Matthew’s brother ate those white bread and butter sandwiches, and he grew to be chubby, then fat, and then needed gastric bypass surgery to reverse the effects of his great-grandmother’s love. In FEEDING OUR PAIN: A SPIRITUAL GUIDE TO BREAKING OUR FOOD OBSESSION, Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz explores the links among eating, religion, and family, and how those bonds have led to our current obsession with food. We gorge ourselves, and feel guilt and shame. We starve ourselves, and feel the pride of success. Why do we allow food to superficially fill the holes in our lives? Why it is that our history seems to mandate that we eat to comfort and fulfill ourselves in a way that is killing so many of us, physically and spiritually? The seeds of this emotional relationship with food were planted by our familial histories, and are nurtured by modern culture. In collaboration with nutritionist Shari Bilt Boockvar, Matthew Gerwitz offers, through the texts of ecumenical traditions, an intentional, meditative way to manage how we think about, take in, and control our relationships with food.

In MINDGAMES by Robert Daniels, Jack Kale, once one of the FBI’s most brilliant profilers and a national hero, now leads a quiet life teaching at Georgia Tech University. An event shrouded in mystery has caused him to withdraw from the public and become a recluse. But he is about to be dragged into the most challenging and horrific case of his career. A diabolical killer known as the Soul Eater is at work in the small town of Jordan and on the streets of Atlanta. Along with beautiful police detective Beth Sturgis, Kale must work his way through a labyrinth of clues left behind by a taunting murderer to prevent the next grisly crime. Racing against the clock, Jack and Beth are drawn deeper and deeper into a terrifying battle of wits with a killer who wants to rip the very souls from his victims. MINDGAMES is brilliant thriller in the tradition of Thomas Harris and Chelsea Cain.

Mandy Ingber, Yoga guru to stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt, among others, will follow up her New York Timesbestselling Yogalosophy with MOVING THROUGH HEARTBREAK. With her trademark accessible, empathetic voice, Mandy will guide readers on the journey from heartbreak to wholeness, showing them how heartache can become motivation to reimagine their paths and create a better life. Using yoga principles as well as personal and client stories, MOVING THROUGH HEARTBREAK will break down the stages of grief and recovery with practical lessons and instructions. Rather than yet another vague, amorphous, “you will survive” self-help book, Mandy will provide an action based, dynamic program for overcoming the pain of loss and becoming a stronger, more focused, and healthier person along the way.

At the height of World War II, a young, vivacious Filipino woman named Josefina Guerrero joined the underground resistance and began a series of perilous missions to smuggle Japanese secrets to U.S. troops. Called “Joey” by the G.I.s, the young guerilla flitted back and forth across enemy lines, stealing minefield layouts and carrying food to prisoners of war, saving the lives of hundreds of American soldiers. Her immunity from capture? Her face and arms were blotched with sores from leprosy, of which the Japanese were morbidly afraid. In THE LEPER SPY, Ben Montgomery, a prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times and author ofGrandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, unearths the forgotten true story of this afflicted hero’s courageous sacrifice, for which she was awarded the Medal of Freedom, and her political fight to seek citizenship and treatment after the war from a grateful nation that had never before granted asylum to a leper.

Each of us is infected by stories that drive our behavior, our beliefs, our relationships, and sometimes, drive us into prison cells, asylums, or graves. Beginning even before birth, from the river of words that inundates us, we gather unique sets of stories: human fabulomes. Like viruses, these stories infect us, change us, and spread from person to person to sicken, disable, kill, or heal us. As unconsciously and inevitably as stories, a flood of bacteria and funguses and viruses rolls over and through us. From that deluge we gather a unique collection of microbes–our microbiomes–that make us obese or thin, autistic or not; make us mad or sane, well or ill. Then, we share our microbes with those we touch or taste or tantalize. Sometimes those microbes make us sick, sometimes they makes us well, other times they make us crazy. In THE FABULOME: HOW STORIES AND GERMS CHANGE EVERYTHING, scientist Gerald N. Callahan explains how germs change our stories and how stories change our germs. Like germs, stories mutate, evolve, spread, and make us better or worse. Like stories, bacteria coat the pages of magazines and TV remotes, fill our intestines and meddle with our neurons. Where stories and germs meet is where we all live.

One late summer, Sarah Menkedick, a writer finishing up an M.F.A. program in creative writing, believed she had reached an artistic plateau. She couldn’t help but feel that the meaning, fun, and larger purpose had been bled from her art. Her brother, Jack, a struggling jazz musician, felt the same. They’d hit that late-twenties early-thirties wall where the grand ideals of “making it” come washing up against both the near-impossibility of success and its ambiguous, double-edged nature. Searching for meaning in their creative lives, the two embarked on a trip, across thousands of miles of road and hundreds of miles of trail, to the White Mountains. Sarah Menkedick’s WILD RIVER BLUES places the backstory of a unique Midwestern family–a grandma who went from stern single mother to world traveler; parents who were once part of a Buddhist cult and who each summer took their kids on ramshackle budget backpacking trips; kids who raced naked around Indiana farms, founded their own vegetarian religions, and shocked the Rotary Club with incendiary speeches about homophobia–within the front story of a writer and a musician who address, via road and summit, the questions that dog so many aspiring artists: how can I make a living doing what I love and how can I remain true to my ideals without being naive and perpetually let down? A distinctly American coming-of-age story with an unconventional central narrative, WILD RIVER BLUES details a brother and sister’s remembrance of how to live and find art in the everyday.

On November 13, 2009, twenty-year-old Edward Joseph Lyons stepped on an IED trigger, setting off a storm of shrapnel that severed his arm and cut straight through his armor, tearing into his stomach and ending his career in the Marines. Having come from long a line of military servicemen and now unable to remain in the service, Lyons didn’t believe he had a future. And then the small town of Montrose, Colorado, offered him a second chance to serve, this time as a teacher. In WELCOME HOME, Donna Bryson, longtime foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, who first covered the story of Montrose and Edward Joseph Lyons for Stars and Stripes, examines the challenges of reintegrating war veterans into American society now that U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is winding down. Yet, many soldiers, like Lyons, are burdened by memories of war, uncertain what to do during a time of peace, of what their futures hold. Some are missing limbs, some parts of their psyche. Part social commentary, part portrait of small town America, Bryson’s book considers whether Montrose, a place that cannot be easily outlined in cliché, but is instead at the front lines of demographic, political, and economic change, is the key to assimilating war veterans back into American society.

Have you ever wanted to run away, just jump in your car and leave reality in the rearview mirror? Of course, everyone has; yet, most people don’t. But Jamie Reidy, author of Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, the inspiration for the feature film Love and Other Drugsstarring Jake Gyllenhaal, is not most people. In early 2013, Reidy concocted “Sports Year,” an absurdly ambitious project to attend a different sporting event every day for one year in all fifty states and then write a book about his experiences. Reidy kicked off his journey at the NFL’s opener: Ravens vs. Broncos. As a nod to the free ticket given him by a Baltimore fan, he wore a black Joe Flacco jersey into the sea of orange and lived to tell the tale. Part memoir and part travelogue, GAMES ON: A FANATIC’S FANTASTIC, FOOLISH AND FUTILE JOURNEY TO ATTEND 365 GAMES IN 365 DAYS chronicles the author’s ill-advised and ill-conceived but ultimately illuminating crisscrossing of the country. Along the way, he took five wounded veterans to games on their bucket lists, learning invaluable life perspective in the process. He attended games big (Super Bowl) and small (six-year-old girls’ basketball), silly (inner tube water polo) and serious (Cleveland Indians’ playoff game). Sponsor-less and on the brink of bankruptcy, Reidy grudgingly shut down “Sports Year” after 151 days. But in that failure, he ended up claiming victory: he had set out hoping to find Americana in our bleachers, and ended up finding himself.

Could something as simple as watching a movie together help a couple avoid splitting up? The answer is yes, according to exciting new research by The University of Rochester. In MOVIE NIGHT CAN SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE: HOW TO USE THE MAGIC OF MOVIES TO TURN YOUR MARRIAGE FROM DRAMATIC FLOP TO ROMANTIC HIT, Dr. Matthew Alexander, a highly sought after couples therapist and international expert on using cinema as a teaching tool, significantly expands this groundbreaking research by using movies matched with proven key strategies to help couples soften their conflicts and increase their connection. Getting couples to the therapist’s couch can be challenging, but getting a couple to their own couch to watch a movie is infinitely easier, certainly more fun and yet surprisingly effective. Sharing emotional experiences, even those manufactured by movies, is essential to a good marriage, and as any moviegoer knows, films are made to elicit emotions. MOVIE NIGHT CAN SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE details a step-by-step approach to how watching a movie together can provide couples the opportunity for meaningful conversation by transitioning from a discussion of fictional relationships to their own issues.

Ever feel like your kid’s parent-teacher conference is a little more about your performance than your kid’s? Ever feel like maybe moms should unionize? DOES THIS VOLVO MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG? is a collection of essays for every mom who’s ever been baffled by those constantly missing socks, overwhelmed by the chronically full dishwasher and curious about where the day went. A 21st century Erma Bombeck, Annabel Monaghan, the writer of a widely circulated column forThe Rye Record, which is regularly featured in The Week and The Huffington Post, explores the minutia of the stay-at-home mom’s daily loop: wake, feed, drive, rinse, spin, fold, shop, feed, rinse, sleep. Find out why you shouldn’t need an epidural to throw a child’s birthday party or why there’s no room for reality in the Christmas card photo. Discover why every mom secretly can’t wait for the goldfish to die, how raising losers will pay off in the long run, and why you will eventually become Siri for your teenagers. If you read all the way to the end, you’ll be rewarded with a treasure map leading to all of your missing socks. A recovered helicopter mom, Monaghan sees the humor in the monotony and the bigger meaning inherent in the sum of the tasks that comprise the typical suburban day. DOES THIS VOLVO MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG? Well, yes, it kinda does.

She doesn’t drink. She doesn’t do drugs. But like millions of other Americans, Lisa Kotin has a substance abuse problem. A problem that she can indulge by walking into any corner store in the world. Or by walking the few steps to her pantry. Lisa Kotin is addicted to sugar. And her drug is everywhere. MY CONFECTION is a darkly comic memoir of where sugar took this teenage mime when she left her S.F. Bay Area home in the mid ’70s in pursuit of artistic success. From the fascistic macrobiotic study house where she is kicked out for smuggling Snickers, to early days of OA meetings where the women look askance at her dancer-thin body, to a stylish shrink who suggests she figure out how many minutes of tennis would equal the calories in one jelly donut, to loser men who she unwraps and consumes like cheap chocolate bars, Kotin careens from romantic disasters to caloric catastrophes until she winds up back home in California – where the fudge really hits the fan. After backing up her parents’ plumbing trying to flush a sheet cake down the toilet, she moves in with aunts and uncles, cousins and kooks, leaving a trail of cookie crumbs behind her. Kotin then meets her ultimate chocolate bar – but chocolate never lasts long, especially in the mean streets of the Lower East Side. It’s Permanent Midnight meets Sugar Blues – with a little Looking for Mr. Goodbar thrown in. Given the buzz surrounding Robert Lustig’s explosive YouTube video “Sugar: the Bitter Truth,” along with new widespread awareness that sugar is toxic, MY CONFECTION is a coming-of-age story whose time has come. It will either spark a midnight fridge raid or make you swear off dessert forever. (Please note, Stacey Glick is the agent for this project.)

Polly and Beth are more than just sisters. They’re identical twins, a bond that cannot be broken. As kids, they attracted attention everywhere they went, beautiful girls with a beautiful life. But when the girls are 17, a car accident with Polly at the wheel leaves Beth suffering from traumatic brain injury. The narrative focuses on the sisters, now in their early 30s: Polly is unhappily married with two kids, her creative passions stifled by a traditional day job, and Beth lives in a group home for people with disabilities, where her most exciting activity is her thrice-a-week volunteer job delivering mail at a local hospital. Life is status quo until Beth meets Jamie, a mentally retarded man, and before too long the sisters are navigating Beth’s life with a new boyfriend and what that means for someone whose cognitive challenges come to bear on a romantic relationship. When a staggering event stops them all in their tracks, decisions must be made, and Polly and Beth’s bond will be tested to the limits. How far can Polly go to protect her sister? Can they both find love outside of their own love for each other? The dynamic between these sisters and effects of the choices they make is beautifully explored in Eugénie Olson‘s SMALL THING, a compelling commercial novel that will be the perfect beach read or book club pick. (Please note, Stacey Glick is the agent for this project.)

Moviegoers have no problem identifying with Nemo, Dory and other endearing characters in the popular Disney film Finding Nemo. But what of the trillions of real fishes whose lives play out literally and metaphorically beneath the surface? In MINDING NEMO: THE INNER LIVES OF FISHES, Jonathan Balcombe, biologist, animal behavior expert, author and Department Chair for Animal Studies at The Humane Society of the United States, weaves science with stories, presenting a tapestry of fishes in all their astonishing, colorful richness. MINDING NEMO reveals what science shows but few know: that fishes are sensitive, smart, and socially complex, even Machiavellian. Careful studies have debunked the widespread belief that fishes don’t feel pain, and dismantled Dory’s notorious 3-second memory. Observations on reefs have uncovered nuanced social dynamics that show fishes as solicitous and pleasure-seeking, defying their reputation as dim-witted pea brains and slaves to instinct. Fishes plan, use tools, keep accounts, babysit, recruit, trust, deceive, and engage in some kinky sex habits. We’ll discover how an expert diver’s gentle touch sends sharks into a state of blissful surrender, allowing her to remove embedded hooks from their mouths; we’ll witness an ichthyologist’s epiphany, leading to an invention that has spared millions of fishes; and we’ll meet a lonely smallmouth bass, isolated in a college hallway tank, who can spot the woman who feeds him from a crowd and swims to greet her like an eager puppy. Despite their sophistication, fishes are in trouble. Their habitats are dwindling and their populations declining. What Mark Kurlansky did for the codfish, Jonathan Balcombe will do for the broader population of fishes. MINDING NEMO is the first book to champion fishes as individuals, and it marks the dawn of a new era in how we relate to these misunderstood animals. (Please note, Stacey Glick is the agent for this project.)

Walter Brown‘s LITHIUM: THE EXTRAORDINARY BIOGRAPHY OF A DOCTOR, A DRUG AND A BREAKTHROUGH tells the story of the treatment that launched the pharmacologic revolution and the brilliant, unprepossessing man who discovered it. It is also an investigation into the conditions under which scientific breakthroughs happen–a question of keen interest to those in many fields, but particularly mental health, where billions of dollars have been funneled toward drug interventions with little success. John Cade, the Australian doctor who, in 1949, discovered that lithium alleviates the symptoms of mania–now known as bipolar disorder–grew up in the shadow of mental illness. His father, a physician and World War I veteran who suffered from “war weariness” gave up his general practice to be the superintendent of several mental hospitals, where John and his brothers grew up. During World War II, Cade enlisted as a general surgeon, and then spent three years as a Japanese POW at the notorious Changi prison, where his efforts to care for psychiatrically ill soldiers would shape not only his character, but his research. Painfully aware of his field’s lack of therapeutic tools, he devoted his career to treatments for the mentally ill. For those few professionals familiar with Cade, it has long been a point of interest that his thunderous discovery–which would change the lives of millions of people and transform the field in which he worked–took place in modest surroundings. But author Walter Brown, who is a professor of psychiatry at Brown University, researcher and author, has a very different take. In a compelling narrative that marries biography and scientific history, Brown argues that Cade’s breakthrough came not in spite of, but because of his surroundings–and that for all his modesty, John Cade has a great deal to teach us about the nature of scientific discovery and the present state of medical research. (Please note, Jessica Papin is the agent for this project)

In the vein of Sheri Fink’s War Hospital and Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains comes Michael Van Rooyen‘s KILLING DOCTORS: GLOBAL THREATS TO HUMANITARIAN MEDICINE. Van Rooyen, the director of Harvard’s Humanitarian Initiative and a Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, has served as an emergency physician in conflict zones and disaster areas including Bosnia, Chad, Darfur-Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, North Korea, Rwanda, and Somalia. Work in war zones is inherently perilous, and Van Rooyen is no stranger to fear: He was detained at gunpoint in Zaire by government forces, and cared for hospital patients through bombing raids in South Sudan and shellings in Bosnia, but the big picture he paints is even more frightening. In the course of a twenty-five year career, he has witnessed a steady erosion of the humanitarian space in which doctors, nurses, emergency responders, and public health workers can minister to the innocent victims of conflict. From the recent murders of vaccinators in Pakistan administering polio vaccine to the targeting of physicians in Syria, this vicious, invidious trend has profound implications for stability, security, and global health. Drawing on the cutting-edge research of the institute he heads, as well as his own gripping experiences in the field, Van Rooyen documents and decries this change, and tells the broader story of a war few people realize is being fought. (Please note Jessica Papin is the agent for this project.)

On a sweltering June night in 1993, two fourteen-year-old girls tragically found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Taking a shortcut home through a Houston park, they stumbled into a gang initiation, and an hour later both were dead. But while the pain lasted only an hour for Jennifer Ertman, her father Randy Ertman‘s torture would continue for another twenty years. The murders became one of the most notorious crimes in Houston’s history, resulting in five death sentences and three executions, and Randy made it his personal mission to have his vengeance and see justice done. A tireless advocate for victims’ and parents’ rights, Randy was instrumental in changing the law to allow relatives to witness executions, and he continues to fight for victim’s rights today. Yet while Randy’s crusade has attracted national media attention, he has never shared the full story of his life, particularly how he put aside a thriving marijuana smuggling operation when tragedy hit home and turned his life around. Written with veteran Houston journalist Gary Taylor, JUSTICE WILL BE MY REVENGE will captivate readers as they witness the agony of a true-crime narrative through a father’s eyes, while also providing a highly personal view on justice, revenge, and capital punishment that is sure to stir up discussion and controversy. (Please note John Rudolph is the agent for this project.)

As the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Mini Magazine, a leading lifestyle eMagazine with over 100,000 readers per issue, Kaitlyn Kirby has her finger on the pulse of all things chic when it comes to parenting. As she says, “style never sleeps,” and after working with celebrity parents like Christina Applegate, Kourtney Kardashian, Tori Spelling, and Jessica Alba, Kirby has learned what it takes to be “chic plus stroller.” After all, the modern mom knows parenting can still be chic–it’s just about finding the products, style staples, routines, and mantras to get them into the groove. With MOMMY CHIC: THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE GUIDE FOR THE MODERN PARENT, Kirby shares the timeless strategies, tips, tricks, and secrets she’s picked up not only from some of the biggest names in Hollywood, but from fashion-forward parents from all walks of life. MOMMY CHIC will become the go-to, how-to guide for moms who dream of Fashion Week, those who would rather bump it up than cover it up while pregnant, those don’t want to give up their Manolos after kids. (Please note John Rudolph is the agent for this project.)



Audible will publish J.A. Redmerski‘s REVIVING IZABEL and THE SWAN & THE JACKAL; T.E. Sivec‘s LOVE AND LISTS and PASSION AND PONIES. Tantor will publishTijan‘s CARTER REED, BRAILLE, and ELIJAH; and BEAT THE HEART ATTACK GENE by Bradley BaleAmy Doneen, and Lisa Collier Cool. Skyboat Media will publish N.M. Kelby‘s IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS.

Rachel Weisz optioned film rights to Mardi Link‘s BOOTSTRAPPER. Film rights to Elena Azzoni‘s A YEAR STRAIGHT went to Sony. Film rights to KANE by Doug Borton were optioned by Unstable Ground. Koalaty Entertainment optioned the film rights to Ericka Blount Danois‘s LOVE, PEACE, AND SOUL. Film rights to CJ Roberts‘s THE DARK DUET SERIES were optioned by Hollywood Media Bridge. Sean Daniel Company optioned film rights to BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE by David Morrell.

Abbi Glines‘s foreign deals included Hungarian rights for THE VINCENT BROTHERS to Maxim, Czech rights for FALLEN TOO FAR and NEVER TOO FAR to Euromedia, and Slovak rights for FALLEN TOO FAR and NEVER TOO FAR to Ikar. Kiwi Ediciones will publish BREATHE in Spain. Karakter purchased the Dutch rights for MASTER YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH by Amy Morin. MASTER YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH will also be published in Danish by Politiken, German by Fischer, Hungarian by HVG, Hebrew by Modan, Italian by Sperling, Japanese by Kodansha, Korean by The Business Books and Co., Russian by Eksmo, and Spanish by Santillana. Complex Chinese rights went to Locus and Simplified Chinese rights went to China Citic Press. AST will publish James Hankins‘s BROTHERS AND BONES in Russian. Czech rights to Kate A. Boorman‘s WINTERKILL went to Host. Tadgh Bentley‘s LITTLE PENGUIN GETS THE HICCUPS will be published in French by Kaleidoscope and Korean by Garam. Brazilian rights to Geoff Herbach‘s STUPID FAST were sold to Outras Letras. Ars Lamina will publish Colleen Hoover‘s HOPELESS in Macedonian. Richelle Mead‘s foreign deals included German rights for SILVER SHADOWS going to VGS, Dutch rights for THE INDIGO SPELL to Moon, Slovak rights for BLOOD PROMISE, SPIRIT BOUND, and LAST SACRIFICE to Slovart, and Russian rights for THE FIERY HEART, SILVER SHADOW, and the sixth book in the series to Eksmo. DeAgostini purchased Italian rights to Amy Plum‘s DIE FOR ME. German rights for OUT OF THE SHALLOWS by Samantha Young were sold to Ullstein. Tammara Webber‘s foreign deals included Hungarian rights for BREAKABLE to Konyvmolykepzo and Brazilian rights for BETWEEN THE LINES to Verus. Epica bought Romanian rights to BULLY by Penelope Douglas. Mondadori bought Italian rights to Anne Stuart‘s NIGHTFALL. Russian rights for COVET by Tracey Garvis Graves were sold to Azbooka-Atticus. Andrew Smith‘s GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE will be published in Russian by AST, in Norwegian by Aschehoug, in Danish by Rosinante, and in Spanish by Hidra. BEWARE THE NIGHT by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool will be published in Slovak and Czech by Noxi. James Dashner‘s THE MAZE RUNNER FILES will be published in Spain by Nocturna, and THE MAZE RUNNER will be published in Croatia by Profil. Tilar Mazzeo‘s IRENA’S CHILDREN will be published in Spanish by Santillana, in Czech by Prah, and in French by Belfond. Czech rights for FATED by SH Kolee went to Baronet. Brazilian rights for J.A. Redmerski‘s KILLING SARAI, REVIVING IZABEL, THE SWAN & THE JACKAL, and SEEDS OF INIQUITY went to Objetiva. JC Reed‘s foreign deals included Italian rights for SURRENDER YOUR LOVE going to Leggere Editore/Fanucci and Croatian rights for CONQUER YOUR LOVE and TREASURE YOUR LOVE to Mozaik. Ars Lamina purchased Macedonian rights for THE PRINCESS DIANA CONSPIRACY by Alan Power, while Brazilian rights for Katie Ashley‘s THE PAIRING went to Pandorga. Raine Miller‘s foreign deals included Brazilian rights for CHERRY GIRL and RARE AND PRECIOUS THINGS going to Objetiva, and Norwegian rights for RARE AND PRECIOUS THINGS to Gursli Berg. Brazilian rights for I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman were sold to Novo Conceito. CJ Roberts‘s CAPTIVE IN THE DARK will be published in Hebrew by Ahavot and in Polish by W. Poznańskie.


Michael Bourret sold World rights to the first two books in Ken Baker‘s Deadline Diaries series, about a teen blogger who turns amateur sleuth at the behest of the assistant to a missing movie star, to Running Press.

Juliet Blackwell‘s latest LILY IVORY/MEL TURNER NOVELLA was sold to Berkley in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Author and NYU Journalism Professor Mitchell Stephens‘s LOWELL OF AMERICA, about the extraordinary career of Lowell Thomas, the iconic journalist, adventurer and entrepreneur who helped to shape the American Century, went to Palgrave Macmillan in a World English rights deal by Jessica Papin.

World rights, excluding Romanian rights, to BULLY, UNTIL YOU, RIVAL, and FALLING AWAY by Penelope Douglas went to NAL.

Amy Morin‘s MASTER YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH, about how you can strengthen your mental muscles to help you become your best and strongest self, sold to Morrow/Harper in a World English deal by Stacey Glick.

Michael Pollan protégé and Berkeley Phd Elizabeth Carlisle‘s THE LENTIL UNDERGROUND went to Gotham in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

World rights to Sydney Landon‘s NO DENYING YOU and the next book in the Danvers series went to NAL.

North American rights for THE VEGAN AND THE BARBARIAN by Michael Tucker went to Hawthorne Books.

Leah Raeder‘s UNTEACHABLE sold to Atria in a two-book World rights deal.

SEDUCED BY SUNDAY and the seventh book in theWeekday Brides series by Catherine Bybee went to Amazon/Montlake in a World rights deal.

World English rights to PAPA METCH by Luba Vikhanski were sold to Chicago Review Press by Jessica Papin.

John Rudolph sold World rights to Zen master, scratch golfer, and author of The Mindful Hiker Stephen Altschuler‘s THE MINDFUL GOLFER to Skyhorse Publishing.

Stacey Glick sold Cecilia Galante‘s debut adult novel THE INVISIBLES, about the deep friendships between four high school friends with troubled pasts and dark secrets now in their early thirties and brought back together when one of them tries to commit suicide, to William Morrow in a World English rights deal.

World English rights to Diane Fanning‘s new true crime book went to Berkley.

FIGURING SHIT OUT by Amy Biancolli went to Behler Publications in a World English rights deal.

The thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth books in Victoria Laurie‘s Abby Cooper series sold to NAL in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Jim McCarthy sold World English rights to the second book in Livia Blackburne‘s MIDNIGHT THIEF series to Hyperion.

World rights to Heather Moore‘s FINDING SHEBA and short story BENEATH went to Thomas & Mercer.

Colleen Hoover‘s new novel sold to Atria in a World rights deal.

World English rights to Julie Goodson-Lawes‘s THE LOCKSMITH and the next book in the series went to NAL in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO by Jessica Redmerski went to Grand Central in a World rights deal.

Michael Bourret sold the fourth book in Erin Downing‘sQuirks series, about a family with unique magical powers, to Bloomsbury in a World rights deal.

Paperback World English rights to Dan Fagin‘s TOMS RIVER, winner of the 2014 General Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize, sold to Island Press.

World rights to David Silverman‘s book about atheism went to Thomas Dunne Books.

Nancy Herkness‘s series, Horatio Club, went to Amazon/Montlake in a World rights deal.

Michael Bourret sold North American rights to William C. Morris award-winner Stephanie Kuehn‘s DELICATE MONSTERS, a YA novel about a teenage sociopath returning to her home town and the brothers whose lives are forever changed by her attention, to St. Martin’s Press.

Joseph Williams‘s DOWN TO THE DEEP, about the tragic sinking of the S-4 in 1927 and how the failed rescue led to major changes in submarine safety, went to Chicago Review Press in a North American rights deal by John Rudolph.

World rights to HACK and SHOOT by Kieran Crowleywent to Titan Books.

Co-author of The Happy Book and Perigee editor Meg Leder‘s debut YA novel THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK, in which a girl chronicles her first love and first break-up in the form of museum exhibition, went to Simon Pulse in a North American rights deal by Michael Bourret.

World rights to the first two books in a new romantic suspense series by Anne Stuart went to Amazon/Montlake.

TAINTED VERDICTS by Geoff Shepard sold to Regnery in a North American rights deal.

Timothy Jorgensen‘s HALF-LIFE, a narrative of our relatively brief but profoundly transformative encounter with radiation, went to Princeton University Press in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

World rights to OUT IN PORTLAND by Karelia Stetz-Waters went to Forever Yours, an imprint of Grand Central.

SILENCE by Deborah Lytton, author of Jane In Bloom, went to Shadow Mountain in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.


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