Newsletter 67: September 2016

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“Destined to make others rich…guru to the 1%.” As former journalist Joanne Hong read an article about her co-author guru Suhyoon Lee, these striking descriptors caught her eye. Joanne’s father had recently passed away from cancer after a lifetime of stressful scrimping and saving and Joanne was determined to not follow in his footsteps. She wondered if a way to savor life while enjoying comfortable and attainable wealth was even possible. In an era when the schism between the rich and the poor is widening, becoming rich solely by one’s own abilities without any inheritance or innate advantage seems virtually impossible. Yet THE HAVING, by Suhyoon Lee and Joanne Hong, deftly upends all such conventions. As a renowned guru to some of the richest people in Asia, Lee introduces the potent idea of “having”—feeling that you can and do possess money—as the key to making anyone rich. Over the course of three decades, Lee has expanded her study to include millennia-old texts, contemporary sciences, and business administration methods. After having amassed statistics from over 100,000 individual cases, she revealed “the secrets of wealth” to a few chosen clients. According to Lee, even people without any exceptional inheritance, earning power, or formal credentials can become truly wealthy with the egalitarian strength of Having. THE HAVING provides help to millennials worldwide struggling in the throes of today’s low-productivity era as a guide to wealth in the new century, as it invites readers across the world on a journey to truly understand one’s inner voice, discover the joys hidden in our everyday lives, and how to become easily and efficiently rich.

Elie Wiesel had the aura of a prophet. With a haunted, distracted look, he summoned a personal history that suggested he had lived human cruelty in his flesh and could, as an orphaned survivor and witness to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, speak with authority about grand moral themes. For a man with no powerful organization behind him, no professional titles, and no vast riches, he became a worldwide spokesman not just for the Holocaust but for genocidal victims everywhere, a self-styled “messenger of the dead among the living.” Yet those who knew Wiesel knew him as a flesh-and blood human being, who spent his 20s and 30s as a down-to-earth working journalist, a timid young man who fumbled one romance after another until he finally built a cherished family in New York, someone who constantly struggled with his faith in a God that allowed the destruction of his relatives, his community and a million Jewish children. He was a legend, but ordinary enough to fall for a con-man like Bernard Madoff, losing not only his personal fortune, but that of his foundation. Joseph Berger, an award-winning veteran reporter for The New York Times who wrote Wiesel’s obituary for that paper, recounts the life of this towering 20th century figure, based on interviews with those close to Wiesel and an examination of his private papers.  This first full-fledged biography of Wiesel describes his transformation from a journeyman newspaperman into the Nobel Prize winning spokesman for genocidal victims who had the stature and self-confidence to tell President Ronald Reagan when the latter contemplated a visit to the cemetery where SS officers were buried: “That place, Mr. President is not your place.”

There are only two things we can be absolutely sure of in our time here on earth. The first is that we live and the second is that we will die. That’s it. After that, everyone’s life will vary in billions of ways. And yet, we don’t like to talk about death in the United States. It’s somewhat taboo as a topic for dinner conversation even though it’s the one guarantee in life, regardless of what race, creed, color, or class status. Psychologists and authors of numerous books in the field of psychology and education, George Giuliani and Roger Pierangelo, have heard the tragic and unfortunate stories from too many people about the untimely death of their loved ones. Whether it is a husband dying from a massive heart attack, a parent killed in a car crash, or a spouse diagnosed with cancer and passing away in just a few months, one theme remains common: a loss of control that creates frustration, anxiety, fear, depression, and an overwhelming sense of panic. Giuliani and Pierangelo’s IF I DIE TOMORROW…WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY offers a personalized guide that helps families be prepared for the inevitable reality of death. It is not a book on death or the grieving process; instead it is one that the individual creates, detailing what family members should know and a course of action in case of death. You don’t have to be a legal or financial pro to use this book. It provides space for outlining last wishes, recording where important documents or materials can be found, contact information for the right people, and how family members can manage all of the bills and paperwork in this difficult time.  With clarity and compassion, IF I DIE TOMORROW addresses an important part of living that often isn’t discussed until it’s too late.

For 85 years the Waldorf-Astoria on Manhattan’s Park Avenue has represented elegance, glamour, and luxury.  One of the world’s most recognizable hotels, it has hosted presidents, kings, and diplomats, as well as the not-so rich and famous who appreciate the Waldorf’s long tradition of “exclusiveness for the masses.”  But the Waldorf-Astoria bears a fascinating history distinct from, if related to, the many notables who have stayed and lived there.  In AMERICAN PALACE: THE WALDORF-ASTORIA AND THE MAKING OF A CENTURY, writer and New York City expert David Freeland uncovers the full story behind this remarkable institution and the many personalities who have made it a player on the international stage. The Waldorf-Astoria gave us room service, the “Waldorf salad” and the popular Rob Roy cocktail—but its contributions go far beyond cuisine and hospitality.  From its 1893 opening on a site where the Empire State Building now stands, the original Waldorf made American hotel life fashionable, cultivating the society of Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, and Astors.  In the 1930s, after the new Waldorf-Astoria opened in a majestic skyscraper with twin Art Deco peaks – integral to Manhattan’s skyline ever since—it also became a pioneer in entertainment and nightlife.  Eventually Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, and Liza Minnelli would all perform in its Empire Room, one of New York’s toniest and most influential supper clubs. An officially designated New York City landmark featured in Mad Men and many other shows and films, the Waldorf has led an eventful life: it struggled through the Great Depression to emerge as a symbol of power and achievement during the prosperous 1950s.  AMERICAN PALACE: THE WALDORF-ASTORIA AND THE MAKING OF A CENTURY chronicles all the ups and downs of this incredible place—the ultimate grand hotel—and the heady times that both inspired and were nurtured by it.

Growing up, comedian and YouTube personality Steve Hofstetter often felt like everyone was on the inside track but him. He thought puns were hilarious and he dressed terribly. He didn’t belong, didn’t fit in. He had a crush on a gorgeous and smart girl two years older than him, but got nervous around women. He was in every sense of the word, a dork. As he got older, he realized he wasn’t so alone in his alone-ness—there were millions of others who grew up feeling not included by the majority. Twenty-one years later, as a successful professional comedian, he looked up his old crush on Facebook and realized how…ordinary she was. He realized too, that he had grown up and passed into a coolness of his own creation. In I WILL LEAD YOU INTO PASSABLE COOLNESS: TRUE STORIES OF A REFORMED DORK, Hofstetter recounts his journey from high school outcast to comedy bad-ass through a collection of funny and poignant short stories. He hopes to share the message that there are tons of smart, awesome, forward-thinking people out there, and that those who naturally fit in are the real weirdos. I WILL LEAD YOU INTO PASSABLE COOLNESS is equal parts entertaining and aspirational, meant for those who have ascended out of the valley of loser, and a guide for those who have yet to put on their climbing gear. It is Tucker Max for decent human beings. It’s for the people who understand (or who are beginning to understand) that sometimes it’s okay not to belong.

The United States enrolls almost ten million college students in four-year institutions every year. Over six million take out loans in anticipation of earning a degree that will hopefully ensure a lifetime of stable earnings and a fulfilling career. The stakes are high. And yet only about fifty percent of those students will leave with a bachelor’s in hand six years after the first day they set foot on campus. The United States is in the midst of a college drop-out crisis. Three-time Ivy-league dean Monique Rinere tackles this disquieting reality by offering an innovative approach to the college selection and preparation process. Defining the period from receiving college acceptances and rejections to the end of the first semester as the “Freshman Ten,” Rinere articulates the main obstacles to college success and provides the questions that people should be asking their prospective schools—although the reality is that few do. Through true and, at times, disturbing anecdotes, THE FRESHMAN TEN illuminates the predictable ways she has seen dozens if not hundreds of students stumble, fall, and even fail out of Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia. It outlines concrete steps that students can take in the summer before freshman year and the first semester to ensure they can avoid these unproductive failures and rise to the challenge of college to end up on the right side of the retention statistics. THE FRESHMAN TEN is the ultimate guide for what students and their parents should know and do and includes targeted quizzes and checklists to shepherd them along each step.

If hair is a woman’s crowning glory, then why did Rhonda Eason have a mass of uncontrollable tumbleweed at best?  At worst, it was a source of frustration and self-condemnation.  Raised in a family of women born with tresses suitable for romance novel heroines, Eason was ambivalent about her kinky coils, and, in turn, herself.  TO HAIR AND BACK—MY JOURNEY TOWARD SELF-LOVE ONE STRAND AT A TIME details her quest for the perfect head of hair and the discovery of something far more meaningful.  In this endearing personal narrative, Eason explores the question: If I am not my hair, then who am I?  Beginning in a Detroit ghetto and traversing the globe, Eason boldly reveals the joy, despair, pride, and public humiliation she experienced while in search of her best self.  Through humorous self-introspection, Eason uses her passion for hair to explore the dynamics of her relationships, as well as themes of race and gender.  TO HAIR AND BACK takes the reader on a journey of a child bullied because of her knotty roots to her adventurous life-long crusade in search of the perfect hair. Masked as a need for creativity and a remedy for boredom, Eason’s obsession with her ever-changing hairstyles becomes a metaphor that anyone who has ever struggled with issues of self-worth will find easy to relate to. This is a revealing story of a woman who learned how to shed false layers of beauty and bask in her own.  Eason delivers a unique narrative that is sure to evoke laughter and tears as she discovers how to love her hair and also herself.

Four Alaskans with Native ties were serving decades for the 1997 murder of John Hartman, a white teen. Three juries had convicted them, but Yukon River villagers who knew Marvin Roberts, 19, and the other young men insisted that proved nothing. In 2000, the new Opinion page editor for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Brian Patrick O’Donoghue repeatedly visited the Fairbanks courthouse, fact-checking monthly letters from the critics. His own questions grew while skimming testimony about drunken confessions, the identification of suspects by a witness standing more than 500-feet away and the prosecutor’s theatrical closing arguments. Were the four guilty? Native confidence in Alaska justice had certainly suffered. He’d only scratched the surface. When a university job opened, O’Donoghue enlisted students for a project settling questions about John Hartman’s murder. Despite doors slamming on retrials, O’Donoghue and his students persisted. A few years later, “Free the Fairbanks Four,” a former student’s blog, unleashed a social media storm, packing political and financial support behind Alaska’s fledgling Innocence Project.  Defiantly, O’Donoghue and his students broke with defenders, pursuing release of the state agency’s old secret, three confessions, still held as confidential under attorney-client privilege. New evidence and a new confession forced a five-week hearing and in December of 2015, the state offered the Fairbanks Four a deal overturning the convictions and setting them free.  COURTHOUSE PRAYERS: SWORN LIARS, STATE SCRETS, AND THE FAIRBANKS FOUR details the true story of O’Donoghue’s dogged pursuit of the truth and the price four men, exonerated after eighteen years in prison, paid for their freedom.

Ask any woman you know, and she probably has a story about a good friend whom she no longer speaks to. She might be sad about the loss, and maybe even confused about what actually happened and why they’re no longer friends. Male friendships are seldom as close as women’s, and men rarely go through these “breakups” with their friends. While women find their girlfriends to be more supportive, and are more inclined than men to share their feelings and emotions with their friends, studies have also found female friendships to be more fragile than men’s. So why are women’s and men’s friendships so vastly different? As a longtime science writer for The New York Times, Jacqueline Mroz investigates the scientific explanation for women’s behavior with their friends. Is there an evolutionary basis for the way women keep—and lose—their friends? Can the complex social worlds of our primate relatives—especially chimpanzees—help us understand what’s going on? In GIRL TALK: THE SCIENCE OF FEMALE FRIENDSHIP, Mroz speaks with scientists who have studied women and their modes of friendship, and finds out what’s behind their sometimes seemingly unpredictable and destructive behavior. The book includes the latest scientific studies on this subject, as well as interviews with evolutionary biologists about what makes women tick, interspersed with real-life stories. GIRL TALK compares women’s friendships across cultures, and looks at famous friends in history and literature, such as Gertrude Stein’s longtime relationship with Alice B. Toklas, Marilyn Monroe’s close friendship with Ella Fitzgerald, and Oprah and her best friend, Gayle King. By understanding what lies behind women’s friendships – and why they sometimes implode—Mroz hopes women can become better friends, and enjoy more satisfying and lasting relationships with their girlfriends.

William McKeen almost died of embarrassment. He was bleeding profusely, but didn’t go see a doctor because it was happening down there, in that southerly orifice no one talks about in polite company. He was too uncomfortable to talk about his ass with strangers—doctors in particular. When it got to the point where he could no longer rationalize away symptoms, he got tested and was diagnosed with Stage III rectal cancer. A father of seven with three little boys still at home, he tried to ease his children’s concern by treating his cancer as a game, making fun of the illness. The 12-year-old told his friends his daddy had “cancer of the pooper.” A$$HOLE: A MEMOIR is McKeen’s story of how he managed the only part of his treatment he could control – his attitude. In simple, vivid language, A$$HOLE describes and demystifies medical procedures and chronicles how McKeen’s illness affected all of the relationships in his life. Responding to cancer with humor kept McKeen in the frame of mind he needed to withstand daily chemotherapy and radiation, seven surgeries in 18 months, and the sudden realization that he might die sooner than scheduled. Among his guiding philosophers was Jimmy Buffett, who once said, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” That became McKeen’s mantra.  As he said, “When you’re strapped to a table for daily radiation treatments, semi-nude and fully vulnerable, what else can you do?” McKeen, chair of the journalism department at Boston University, has published 11 books, including Outlaw Journalist, his biography of Hunter S. Thompson, and nonfiction narratives including Mile Marker Zero.

In the wake of Bernie Madoff’s arrest and the 2008 mortgage-debt meltdown that sent the country reeling into recession, the public found a villain in Wall Street. “Bankers” were to blame. The anger was understandable. It was clear that the wolves were running wild. But Tony Guernsey knows better than anyone that it wasn’t always this way, and in his expert opinion, it can’t stay this way much longer. A long-overdue stock market correction is in the air. Guernsey has a unique vantage point from which to describe what led to this point and what will lead Wall Street beyond it. He started his career at 26, as a personal banker for JP Morgan, in an age when financial professionals lived by the idea of obligation—to clients, shareholders, the firm, ethical boundaries, the industry itself and, ultimately, to the country. Sure there were wolves; there will always be wolves. Back then, though, the wolves were a rarity. The most powerful men on Wall Street in the early ‘70s were military veterans and self-made men, and they prized trust, loyalty, and obligation. In THINNING THE PACK: THE RISE AND COMING FALL OF THE WALL STREET WOLVES, Guernsey will explain how Wall Street got from that dignified and responsible past to the snarling, dog-eat-dog, Wild West present…and how we’re likely headed back to a saner time and culture. The book will use the touchstones of Guernsey’s wealth management career, with his personal stories (involving luminaries from Donald Trump and Jamie Dimon, to Cheryl Ladd and Steve Jobs) to describe how the deadly trio of decades of deregulation, fast-evolving technology, and runaway greed combined to pervert the culture and business of Wall Street. THINNING THE PACK is an intense look at the new order of compliance and regulation that’s coming as hundreds of hedge funds fail, banks pay billions in fines, and politicians embrace financial reform.

Musical biographer and arts journalist Amy Biancolli can’t play jazz to save her life, but she’ll die trying. The avid amateur and daughter of a world-class violinist grew up believing herself to be terrible at the violin, and she wasn’t wrong. But that didn’t stop her from making music with friends—playing in a string quartet, orchestras, a neighborhood folk-rock band—and, over time, she became less terrible. Pushing 50 after the death of her husband, she fell in love with the jazz fiddle, started lessons with a violinist of Yoda-like wisdom and ventured into the world of Django-style gypsy swing, with its upbeat tunes and men with little mustaches. Amy has no mustache, but she began to jam. She improvised. She screwed up. She attended a camp for gypsy-jazz fanatics. And she came to realize that jazz, like life, is all about making mistakes: moving forward no matter what, passing through the wrong note on the way to the right one. An author of two memoirs and a biography of violinist-composer Fritz Kreisler, Amy is an award-winning columnist for the Albany Times Union—and a former film critic for Hearst Newspapers—who has spent a career writing about the arts and a lifetime participating in them. In an era of rampant auto-tuning and airless digital perfection, I GOT MUSIC: CONFESSIONS OF AN AMATEUR is an ode to the healing joys of indefatigable, error-prone, happily amateur music-making. She will never play perfectly, and she’ll never be her mother. But she got music.

When Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ, refused to release acclaimed author Lorene Cary’s 99-year-old grandmother to live alone, she came to live with Lorene and receive hospice care in Philadelphia. This ladylike, centenarian loner from a North Carolina farm, with her habits of secrecy and control had been Lorene’s childhood escape from family; now she was settling into Lorene’s home and bringing two certainties: that she would die soon, and that she was terrified, which often manifested itself in arguments between the two women. “The fix I’m in, honey,” she told Lorene, after one grueling fight, “I can’t trust the Lord Jesus Christ!”  Then, she’d pound her fists and shout, “Why am I still alive?” To Lorene, it often felt like raw biology, generations competing: it was her Nana’s care vs. her sleep.  Through sleepless nights, Lorene worried that her love was as conditional as her Nana’s had been and what that might mean for both of them as their roles reversed as caregiver and charge. Yet, there were high points during Nana’s stay with Lorene as well, such as the surprise that Nana called a miracle: the presidential run of “our young man,” President Obama, elected four days before she died, humorous conversations, and a chronicling of family history. LADYSITTING tells the story of an impossible legacy, which to Lorene often felt like a calling toward never-enough. It is a tender exploration of how we fend off love’s demands and create habits of mind, body, and spirit that dictate our private and public lives.

Marry again? Never!  After being dumped at age 61 by the “Mr. Big” whom she married twenty years earlier, Betsy Ashton was angry and no longer trusted her judgment in men or the reality of love.  She had to vacate the Manhattan apartment that he bought as their primary home—and he also got to keep the island plantation house that she spent twenty years restoring! What divorce settlement she got disappeared in the stock market debacle of 2008. Too old and out-of-circulation to return to the big career in television news that she loved and gave up for him, the future looked bleak.  A chance encounter at her ophthalmologist’s office made her start reexamining priorities. Her new beau, Jim, inspired her to rediscover love and return to the art career that she gave up 40 years earlier…but it took him nine years to get her to the altar, in part because he’s Catholic and wanted the blessing of his church on their marriage.  She, a Protestant, needed to have not just one, but three, previous marriages annulled, and she didn’t even know what an annulment was!  MY THREE ANNULMENTS: AND OTHER THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE AND LIFE is a romp of a memoir by a woman who realizes that she’s been chasing all the wrong things, starts over in her 60s, marries again at 71, and discovers that supposedly “shriveled-up old age” is anything but.

A.J. Foyt’s accomplishments on the racetrack are unmatched. He was the first four-time Indianapolis 500 champion, but also owns victories in the Daytona 500, 24 Hours of LeMans, and at least one win on seemingly every small town dirt track. But his story is about far more than auto racing. It is a quintessential American success story. Imagine: a boy born on the wrong side of the wrong town and driven by the desire to impress his father. Imagine: their improbable rise through the ranks of America’s most brutal sport, climbing upward via sheer talent versus those with greater financial backing. The story climaxes with improbable timing, the arrival of a brash young star onto the world’s just-established largest sports stage, the golden era of the Indianapolis 500, facing rivals such as Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones and Rick Mears. A.J. FOYT: THE AUTHORIZED STORY OF THE GREATEST RACE CAR DRIVER WHO EVER LIVED SURVIVED by senior ESPN writer Ryan McGee tells the tale of a man so hardheaded he has defied death too many times to count, yet so softhearted that the death of his father decades ago still wounds him far more deeply than any of his devastating 200 mph crashes. Foyt has broken legs, shoulders, his back (at least twice) and bruised his aorta. He has been launched through the air and buried inside of an embankment, bones exposed and begging safety crews to “just knock me out with a damn hammer!” He’s been set on fire, run over by his own race car, attacked by a swarm of killer bees, and nearly killed multiple times during a lifelong showdown with his bulldozer. A.J. Foyt’s story is one part self-made man, one part love story between father and son, and one part auto racing. The rest is a hell-raising, dirt-covered, rental car wrecking, trophy-winning, rival-punching, trophy girl kissing American story of folklore and fame.

Following his divorce, Aryeh Green set out on a journey searching for peace of mind in the land of milk and honey.  In his quest for inner serenity while walking the length of the Promised Land, he discovered truths which helped him, and which provide a path for others facing challenges as well.  MY ISRAEL TRAIL describes his experiences hiking the Israel Trail—that country’s equivalent to America’s Appalachian Trail—and offers a unique, fascinating, uplifting and very personal glimpse into Israel’s people, history and geography. Each chapter describes a week of the trek, and explores one of the healing elements discovered in it, such as humility, acceptance, gratitude and forgiveness. MY ISRAEL TRAIL is a story of life and love, of loss and healing in the Holy Land; Bill Bryson meets Leo Buscaglia and Stephen Covey.  MY ISRAEL TRAIL is a book for those who love adventure and discovering the world, and for people who are interested in Israel. At the same time, it is a book for those facing personal hardship wherever they are.  Weaving inspirational and personal growth facets along with observations, history and anecdotes from the trek in equal measure, MY ISRAEL TRAIL is a unique narrative that offers readers a better understanding of Israel and themselves.

Zarela Martinez has spent more than thirty years sweeping away the cartoonish clichés that used to pass for Mexican cooking in the United States and revealing the true flavors of Mexico. Join Zarela now as she explores a seldom-recognized side of Mexican cuisine—fresh, vivid, easy-to-prepare dishes reflecting the way today’s busy home cooks make the most of everyday meals. She reminds us that for centuries the food of Mexico has rested on two supremely healthful culinary foundations: pre-Hispanic cooking (think corn, chiles, wild greens) and the Mediterranean influences of the Spanish conquerors (think garlic, cilantro, limes). And there’s a major Afro-Caribbean heritage as well (think root vegetables, coconut, more leafy greens). In NATURALLY LIGHT MEXICAN, which contains 120 spirited recipes, Zarela unveils a legacy of natural lightness that will revolutionize your image of Mexican cuisine. Discover simple, versatile spice rubs and fresh herb pastes, along with ways of using them on seafood or poultry. Surprise yourself and family or guests with squash blossom frittata, a tabouleh version drawn from the too little known Mexican-Lebanese cuisine, and steamed mussels using a little of Zarela’s signature margaritas as the steaming liquid. Create a bright, jewel-toned beet salad that’s almost too beautiful to eat. Revel in the wealth of Mexican fresh cold drinks—aguas frescas—based on anything from pomegranate to watermelon. Discover unusual but almost effortless desserts like broiled mangos or pears poached in Mexican-style sangria. Nobody has a more thorough knowledge of time-honored tradition and delicious innovation in the Mexican kitchen. From start to finish of every dish, Zarela will be at your side with tips for shopping, planning, and making every bit of vibrant flavor count.

Samantha Harris was literally the picture of good health—the seasoned journalist and three-time Emmy-nominated national television personality, best known for eight seasons co-hosting Dancing With the Stars, appeared on the cover of fitness and health magazines 11 times. When the 40-year-old mother of two found a lump in her breast just a week after a clean mammogram, not even her doctors believed it could be malignant. The health and fitness expert and advocate followed her instinct to get second and third opinions—and she was right. On the other side of a breast cancer diagnosis, bilateral mastectomy, and reconstructive surgery, Harris now shares her strategies for living a healthier, happier life in YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY. This comprehensive, actionable guide combines Harris’s personal journey with research-backed advice, expert insight, and anecdotes from Hollywood personalities and the online community Gotta Make Lemonade, which she founded to inspire positivity in the face of adversity. In YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY, Harris uses her reportorial and storytelling skills to guide readers toward a cleaner way of life, an optimal diet and fitness routine, and a supportive network of friends and family, and away from toxins like harmful foods, chemicals in the products they use, and noxious relationships. She’ll help them develop a Body IQ—the health awareness, gained through self-tests and a finely tuned intuition, that led her to push for answers about her lump. Harris doesn’t hold back on personal details, knowing other women will benefit from her unconditional honesty about marriage and family after a life-altering diagnosis. Finally, she details mindset strategies she used to stay positive and in control throughout. Not a short-term diet or a quick workout fix, this program is full of original, practical, memorable advice and represents a total lifestyle restoration project, detailing the small changes needed for big results. (Please note: This project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

The science and business of what we eat is changing rapidly. There is booming public interest in animal-free food technologies, such as major media coverage of the “world’s first cultured meatball” in February 2016 (grown from cells instead of a whole animal) and the release of plant-based “bleeding” burgers in summer 2016. This connects with the public outrage in recent years at the costs of factory farming to the animals, the environment, and our health. In THE END OF ANIMAL FARMING, researcher, writer and international speaker Jacy Reese shows us the light at the end of this dark tunnel, revealing how social and technological trends are driving the production and consumption of animal-free foods from soy milk to cultured meat — meat made from cell cultures instead of slaughtered animals. Readers will learn about activists like David Carter, an NFL defensive end showing minority and low-income communities the benefits of plant-based diets, and entrepreneurs like Perumal Gandhi, whose company is brewing real milk without animals, applying the fermentation process used for decades to make insulin. THE END OF ANIMAL FARMING draws from critical historical analysis and the latest scientific evidence to argue that dramatic changes are coming to our dinner tables. Reese beckons a new era when slaughterhouses are obsolete, encouraging readers to join the ranks of activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and thoughtful consumers working together to throw animal farming into the dustbin of history. This will be the first book on the topic, and THE END OF ANIMAL FARMING will fill this gap in public discourse by providing a go-to, in-depth exploration of this food revolution. Fans of Michael Pollan and The World Without Us will appreciate this eye-opening account from the voice of a new generation in social activism and conscious living. (Please note: This project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

Where mountains meet ocean in Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago, white skeletons of dead yellow-cedar trees stand prominently amidst a verdant landscape of old growth forests. Researchers spent nearly three decades deciphering the cause of the majestic species’ death and uncovered climate change as the culprit. In the wake of this discovery, Dr. Lauren Oakes, a young scientist, wondered if what the people in this region were experiencing—whatever ways they were finding to cope with their rapidly changing environment and the loss of this sacred tree—might be a scrying glass into the future. The Canary Tree is her six-year long attempt to answer what happens after the trees die, not only to uncover the future of a storybook forest but what lessons could be translated to people in other parts of the planet. It chronicles her adventures along the outer coast of southeast Alaska, into various communities spread across the archipelago, and into labs and offices at Stanford University. From thousands of plant measurements, she discovered forests flourishing again in time. From hours of interviews with loggers, naturalists, Native weavers, and others who value this tree, she found a community of people developing new relationships with the emerging environment. The Canary Tree is a story about finding faith in the ability to cope with a rapidly changing planet. Dr. Oakes uncovers the conditions that enable individuals to thrive in environments in the midst of unimaginable change.  Part LAB GIRL, part INTO THE WILD, THE CANARY TREE is an unforgettable story of science, natural history, and personal discovery. (Please note: This project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

In 1985, 17-year-old George Perrot was convicted of raping a 78-year-old woman. No one believed George when he claimed he didn’t do it—and no one believed the elderly victim either, when she told both the police and the jury, repeatedly, that George was not her rapist. Instead, the jury wholeheartedly believed the FBI hair comparison analysis expert who testified that a single hair found at the crime scene no doubt belonged to George. It was that single hair that sent George to jail, and it was that single hair again that set him free—30 years later, after hair comparison analysis was recognized as junk science, George’s conviction was thrown out in a landmark case. His unlikely redemption was achieved by Sherrie Frisone, an attractive, middle-aged, married mother of two, who met George as a prison ministry volunteer in 2010. Once she recognized his innocence, she committed herself to investigating his case, and in the process George and Sherrie fell in love. Award-winning journalist Anne Driscoll, who has spent ten years investigating wrongful convictions in America and Ireland and riveted 1.8 million The Moth listeners with her story, “My Innocent Murderer and Guilty Mugger,” brings George and Sherrie’s remarkable story to life with penetrating insight and heartfelt sympathy. Recounting George’s decades-long drive to survive the hellish rigors of prison life and the secret relationship with the iconoclastic woman who saved his life, THE FALL AND RISE OF GEORGE PERROT serves not only as a call to arms against the all-too-frequent problem of wrongful imprisonment (as highlighted by shows like Serial and Making a Murder), but as a love story that will warm the heart of any reader. (Please note: This project is represented by John Rudolph.)

The death of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in July punctuated a sad fact: the Survivor generation has all but passed. Soon there will be no eyewitnesses to remind us of humanity’s darkest periods. As one Survivor put it, if you didn’t have an amazing story, you didn’t survive—and that’s a problem, because many stories sound too amazing, especially to a new generation of readers that knows little about the war. This is what makes Mel Laytner’s TIN HAMMER: HOW I LET THE NAZIS PROVE MY FATHER’S HOLOCAUST STORIES so timely and relevant. Josef “Dolek” Lajtner rarely spoke of his survival stories—not to family, not to close friends—even 40 years after the war. And once he and Laytner’s mother passed away, the former reporter and foreign correspondent found himself curious to find out the truth about his father’s life during the Holocaust. So began a decade-long quest to reconstruct a time-line of Dolek’s life through Nazi documents and the memories of octogenarian survivors What emerged was a wily, gregarious ‘Dolek’ very different from the retiring cerebral dad Laytner knew…or thought he knew. TIN HAMMER brings to life a reporter’s search, a son’s revelation, and a father’s saga of survival, while on the broader historical level Dolek’s story closely mirrors the evolution of Nazi policy from ethnic cleansing to mass murder. Highlighted by facsimiles of truly rare documents and a deeply personal narrative, TIN HAMMER is the rare book that makes history real, personal and freshly relevant. (Please note: This project is represented by John Rudolph.)

In her 15 years as a sex journalist, Steph Auteri has attended sex parties, porn parties, and cuddle parties. She’s been present at erotic art gallery openings and launches for porn films, sexuality education books, and sex toy lines. She’s had a yogasm. She’s even had sex in public. But she’s keeping one big, bad secret: most of the time, she doesn’t actually enjoy sex.  A DIRTY WORD: HOW A SEX WRITER CAME TO HATE SEX is Auteri’s collection of essays about her assumed sexual dysfunction, the sex writing life she embraced as a form of shock therapy, and the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry, the medical community, and our culture at large are conspiring to pathologize women’s sexuality. She explores the history of female sexual dysfunction, the virgin/whore dichotomy, and how we define consent, while boldly exploiting her own experiences as a through line, from her early fears about sex to doubting her libido with a husband she loves dearly to what she plans—and hopes—to teach her daughter about body image and sexuality. The result is a collection that will be an important voice in our sex-saturated culture as over the course of A DIRTY WORD, Auteri accepts that she is not broken and shows us how she learned to demand sex that feels good.  Steph Auteri writes about women’s health and sexuality for Salon, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, Jezebel, Undark, Narratively, and other publications, blogs for the Center for Sex Education, and is the Managing Editor for Good in Bed. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Court testimony hurled the scene into sharp relief: metal shrieks against metal, gunshots crack the darkness, a truck careens into desert scrub on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation west of Tucson. The incident, an O’odham woodcutter’s drunken side-swipe of a U.S. Border Patrol truck in March 2014, revealed a tantalizing glimpse into a borderland battle zone, where O’odham reticence and Border Patrol omnipotence have combined to hide a harsh reality. Blinking surveillance drones dot the sky above the 4,500-square-mile Native American reservation, which hosts an army of acronyms from the FBI and DEA to ICE and the CPB. Here drug smugglers battle U.S. Border Patrol agents, Mexican bandits spill across the border to terrorize villagers, and residents bolt their doors against mysterious nighttime travelers. Fearful tribal elders have even abandoned centuries-old traditions, such as searching the outback for ceremonial plants. Once a proudly sovereign tribal nation, the O’odham now live under a federal police state, and the reservation’s residents steadily complain of Border Patrol abuses, ranging from routine harassment to outright murder. Veteran journalist Tim Vanderpool’s CHASING I’ITOI explores tensions along the Southwest border through the Tohono O’odham peoples’ struggle to preserve their culture on a besieged homeland straddling the US-Mexico border. (Please note: this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)

Medical science has made enormous strides over the past hundred years, but during that time, its heart and soul have been stripped. Healing was once the province of spiritual practitioners—priests and wise men of old whose techniques involved compassion and empathy in the face of limited knowledge.  Physician and author Rajeev Kurapati of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Kentucky has written MEDICINE’S BIG SHIFT: PROVIDING MEANINGFUL CARE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES, which shows not only how medical science lost its emotional component, but how it can regain it and offer us care that treats us more like humans and less like cases. Interweaving moving personal patient stories with a historical overview of how science overtook sympathy in the field of health care, Kurapati depicts an industry that is only beginning to realize how essential it is for doctors to form a strong connection with their patients. He reveals stories of the profession’s past—many of them shameful—that are not taught in medical schools and have been concealed from the general population. And he offers a blueprint for building a kinder future for both physicians and patients. A writer for Slate and Smart Health Today, a popular lecturer, and a winner of a 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for his book Unbound Intelligence, Kurapati delivers in MEDICINE’S BIG SHIFT a refreshing point of view that will be a game-changer for doctors and patients alike. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers.)

In his articles for Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and in his numerous books, among them Bound Upon a Wheel of Fire (Basic Books, 1996) and War and Sex (Promotheus, 2010), John V.H. Dippel has penetrated some of the darker aspects of history.  His new book, POLAR MADNESS: GOING TO EXTREMES AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH takes on one of our cherished myths: the heroic journeys of those explorers who were determined to reach the Arctic and Antarctica. Dippel zeroes in on the true motives behind those exploits, which, more often than not, resulted only in failure and disaster, not just for the men who took part, but for the countries that proudly backed their efforts. Psychologically as well as physically, these explorers returned broken men—when they returned at all. Their dreams of bringing superior European and American ways to this last earthly frontier foundered on extreme, insurmountable natural barriers. Over several centuries, polar explorers faced stark choices: They could either stand by their declared lofty intentions, or abandon pretense and pursue personal glory at all costs. Many concealed self-aggrandizing motives, venturing into this realm with high-flown patriotic rhetoric about advancing human knowledge. In a crunch, they betrayed these ideals, putting the members of their expeditions at terrible risk. Readers of Sebastian Junger and Jon Krakauer will appreciate this piece of narrative non-fiction, which blows the lid off the historical myths that surround polar exploration. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers.)

FICTION

Clemence Doughty is one of the first female lawyers in New York, during the Gilded Age when women can’t vote or serve on juries, and respectable firms don’t even take on clients of the fairer sex. Lawyers won’t work with her, judges won’t have her in the courtroom, and clients are leery. She finds a mentor in Abe Hummel, the notorious shyster lawyer of the age. He can use this new woman angle. He is the master of the legal finagle and his partner Howe has defended over six hundred murder cases.  As they say: Hummel is the man you talk to planning your crime and Howe is the man who gets you off. Clemence is a sterling character but Hummel is brilliant and persuasive, with his own modern-age principles. She proves her excellence as a lawyer, but along the way, she slides into corruption—from first concocting an innocent lie about a divorce to plotting the murder of a client. Ultimately, in order to prevail, Clemence must rely on the lessons of persistence and purity of purpose from her mentor. Together, Clemence and Hummel are inventing the up-to-date morality of modern America. THE TRIALS OF CLEMENCE DOUGHTY by Jon Boorstin is packed with the excesses of the era, the corruption of Tammany politics, and the moral contradictions of the law. Jon Boorstin, an Oscar-Nominated filmmaker, has written three novels, and won the Barnes & Nobel Discover Great New Writers award and the New York Society Library Award for historical fiction. He’s been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Never cut the drugs—leave them pure. Guns are meant to be shot—keep them loaded. Family is everything—betray them and die. Harley McKenna is the only child of North County’s biggest criminal. Duke McKenna’s run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley’s been working for him since she was sixteen, collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day Duke deems her ready to be his second in command. Now time’s running out. A terminal cancer diagnosis leaves Duke with six months to live, and their business rivals, the Springfields, are circling. Fourteen years ago, Carl Springfield killed Harley’s mother, and fear of Duke’s retribution is the only thing keeping him from coming for Harley.  If Duke’s illness is revealed, a bloody war will break out through North County and Harley will be the one left to pay the price. With her father secretly in hospice care, she makes a choice: to sabotage his business and frame Carl Springfield for it, getting rid of Duke’s men who’d turn on her, and the biggest threat to her life in one clean sweep. Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: she is her father’s daughter. And McKennas always win. BARBED WIRE HEART is a novel set in the mountains of rural Northern California that explores the meth trade through the eyes of a kingpin’s daughter who’s hell bent on destroying everything her father’s built to save her town, her life, and the battered women she protects. It is the adult fiction debut from Tess Sharpe, author of the YA mystery FAR FROM YOU (Hyperion 2014) which was a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, a Carnegie Prize Nominee in the UK, a Top 10 Rainbow List Pick, and an Indies Next pick. It is a visceral thrill-ride through the backwoods of northern California. Think JUSTIFIED by way of Megan Abbott.  (Please note: This project is represented by Jim McCarthy.)

Jocelyn Courtellier flew back to her hometown of Saratoga Springs, New York, the moment her brother Steve was diagnosed with a terminal illness. After his painful decline, Jocelyn is faced with the heart-wrenching decision of when to pull the plug. Then, in her grief, she’s given another terrible surprise: he left everything to Heath, his best friend and the brother he never had, the only person he loves as much as his sister—and the only person Jocelyn hates as much as she loves Steve. Once upon a time, Steve and Heath bonded over everything, including being biracial in a very white town, and everywhere they went, little sister Jocelyn was sure to follow. Then Heath broke Jocelyn’s heart and has barely spoken a word to her in the six years since. Jocelyn would be fine with never seeing Heath again, except Steve’s will contains one last request: that Jocelyn and Heath travel together to Acadia National Park in Maine to scatter his ashes. With a car full of emotional baggage (and Steve’s ashes in the trunk), Jocelyn and Heath grudgingly set-off on a road trip with the last person they want to see, to honor the one person they couldn’t bear to lose. Seven hours alone with a person you refuse to speak to is a nightmare. But what happens when the person you hate most is also the only person who understands exactly how you feel? A story of love, lies, mourning, and forgiveness, Meredith Ireland’s debut SCATTERED is big, heartbreaking, emotional women’s fiction in the vein of Jojo Moyes. (Please note: This project is represented by Lauren Abramo.)

When Maureen moved out of her grandmother’s house in central Michigan, she never imagined she’d be coming home, especially once her grandmother passed away. Belford has been a ghost town ever since the factory closed—abandoned houses, spotty utility services, a mostly empty grocery store—but her college boyfriend Ezra sees an opportunity to take over Belford’s empty homes and build an artists’ cooperative, starting with an urban farm in Maureen’s backyard. When Ezra leaves after a year of setbacks, Maureen has no Plan B: no scholarship, no job, no money, no family, a tense relationship with the few remaining artists up the hill, and only her grandmother’s house and the meager garden she’s been able to get started.  As Maureen is settling in for a rough and lonely second winter, a high school acquaintance named Margot shows up unexpectedly, pregnant and—according to Margot at least—being pursued by the authorities. Knowing Margot’s reputation for paranoia and conspiracy theories, Maureen doesn’t believe everything she’s telling her, but recognizing her as another person in dire straits with nowhere else to go, she reluctantly takes Margot in. As they struggle to survive the brutal winter, Maureen accidentally shoots and kills an intruder, setting off a chain of events that pits the last inhabitants of the neighborhood against Maureen, and Maureen and Margot against each other.  Vanderbilt MFA graduate Marysa LaRowe‘s debut THE GREENHOUSE is a compelling literary page-turner in the vein of Station Eleven and a thought-provoking look at the human cost of failed institutions, the intersection of idealism and reality, and how we build community in places that no longer have one.  (Please note: This project is represented by Lauren Abramo.)

When Dr. Philippe Harden, an expert in sleep forensics, is called in to investigate the mysterious death of a man in a remote area of the Italian Dolomites, he sets out on an unwitting journey that will challenge all he knows as a scientist, and call into question the nature of dreams and reality.   Working alongside a local detective and a colleague from his sleep lab, Harden discovers unsettling evidence about the man’s violent demise, his link to a long-lost vase, and about a powerful secret the vase is believed to hold. Convinced that the man’s young son—the only suspect in the case—is innocent, and troubled by his own increasingly ominous dreams, Harden is forced to consider the unthinkable—that the dreams of mankind have somehow been infiltrated. Plunged into a world whose workings lie beyond his scientific grasp, Harden joins the boy on an improbable mission to find the vase and comprehend the forces lurking within our dreams. In so doing, he places himself on a course that will force him to choose between his faith in rationality and a leap into a perilous unknown. In DREAM KEEPERS a heady, brilliant and mind-bending debut, sleep researcher Dr. Antonio Zadra, an expert on nightmares and lucid dreaming, and the director of a dream lab at the University of Montreal, interweaves both the science and the mythology of dreams in a tale that is inventive, original, and utterly spellbinding. Set against a backdrop that beggars Freud, with shades of David Mitchell’s THE BONECLOCKS and the film Inception, DREAM KEEPERS will change how you view your own nocturnal dreams, and the figures that inhabit them. (Please note: This project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

Dr. Maud Connor and her husband Ben work at the Centers for Disease Control, socialize reluctantly in their rapidly gentrifying Atlanta neighborhood, and try to make a baby—or at least Ben thinks they’re trying. All that comes to a halt when a young woman in Virginia dies of an unusual infection. A strain of bacteria has evolved into exactly the kind of antibiotic-resistant superbug that Maud has been predicting for years. To forestall an epidemic that could ravage the human population, Maud advises the CDC to implement a hygiene code banning human contact. People stop touching each other—friends don’t hug, lovers don’t kiss—and soon chaos spreads, fear infecting society as grimly as the bacteria itself. Maud and Ben are hard at work on researching a cure, but Ben is worried about the ramifications of a touchless society. And, seeing Maud grow increasingly fixated on Lindy, the young woman who was patient zero, Ben also suspects her lifelong struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder is getting the best of her. But Maud resists his efforts to reach out, and Ben slowly bonds instead with their greatly pregnant and recently widowed neighbor Jasmine. As distance between Ben and Maud grows, they’re both keeping secrets, until time starts to run out. The cure will require Maud to face the scars of her past, and to push through unimaginable tragedy to find a second chance at life—not just for herself and her marriage, but for the world. E.M. Hubscher’s OUT OF TOUCH explores the atoms that make up—and tear apart—a marriage, as well as the hidden forces that could destroy our neighborhoods with little warning. Hubscher brings both emotional acuity and propulsive storytelling to a debut novel that book clubs will find to be contagious! (Please note, this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Carrie Santero is eager to be something more than a small town traffic cop and hopes her boss can teach her everything he knows, especially the skills that helped him catch the infamous serial killer Walter Krissing. The Chief just wants to ride out his days until he can retire—then a series of random but distinctively horrific murders begin to plague their town. When Carrie’s best friend and her young daughter go missing, Carrie convinces the Chief to track down the only person who can help them: his former partner, detective-turned-convicted felon Jacob Rein. Rein’s special talent is seeing deep into the abyss of humanity’s worst, but some say he went too far. And now Rein lives with the guilt of a little girl’s death. Together, Carrie and Rein journey into the darkness that awaits, racing against time to save her best friend and her little girl. Rein believes that what they’re seeing is the world’s first omnikiller—a serial killer who can’t be profiled. Stopping him will be Carrie’s big break and Rein’s chance at redemption. With its masterful pacing and merciless plot, THE THIEF OF ALL LIGHT is a stunning procedural for suspense junkies. Bernard Schaffer is himself a decorated police detective, bringing his expertise to the first in a planned series of crime novels that shake up everything you’ve come to expect from procedurals. In addition to his bestselling sci-fi, fantasy, and suspense novels, Schaffer’s law enforcement philosophy books are taught in major universities and police academies all across the world. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Rory McAteer’s eye is swollen shut. His front tooth is wiggling in its socket. His scalp is bleeding where a clump of hair has been pulled out. A boy is handcuffed to a pole in his garage, his new car has been smashed to pieces, and his best friend has been kidnapped by cross-town gangsters—Rory is sure he’s careening toward a cruel fate, and he hasn’t even lost his virginity yet. Needless to say, this is not how the summer of ‘76 was supposed to go. Quinn O’Callaghan’s ROCKAWAY follows unassuming Catholic Long Island high schooler Rory and his friends as they very accidentally launch a vicious, stultifying drug war. Property is damaged, bones are broken and lives are lost over the course of this raucous, darkly humorous tale that touches on themes of betrayal, grief, friendship and paralyzing religious terror. (Please note: this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)

Eight years after a corruption scandal, the accidental killing of a runaway girl, and a prison term, former LAPD officer Mike Roman now ekes out a living as a film-studio security guard, eaten by guilt and haunting the dive bars of L.A. When he meets Sara, a beautiful ex-actress with her own shameful past, he sees a second chance for life, despite how far he’s fallen. But then Sara shows up at Mike’s door wounded, with no memory of the previous three days, and throws herself out his eighth-story window. Devastated, Mike is returned to the unforgiving glare of the news media. He realizes that his former mentor, high-profile LAPD detective Roberto Gonzalez, for whom he took the prison rap, is at the center of this. Once again, Roberto has found a way to profit from the destruction of a young woman in a city too distracted to care. This time, Mike won’t let him. Norm Thoeming’s debut THE GIRL WITH THE SCAR is a contemporary noir in the finest tradition—one that features a conflicted protagonist whose fall from grace marks him with the urge to protect the innocent. The first in a series, it shows Thoeming to rank with Steve Hamilton and Robert Crais as a master of the gritty L.A.-based crime thriller. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers.)

Set in Singapore and on the Indonesian island of Karimun—notorious today for piracy, prostitution and terrorism—Dave Bender’s BLOOD OF A KINGFISHER is a tough thriller narrated with great poignance by Lochlan Kane, a battered young man trapped among international thieves in a deadly game of family vengeance. His American father is an unhinged intelligence officer with a vendetta against Lochlan’s Indonesian uncle, the kingpin of the island’s corruption. Torn in his loyalties, Lochlan makes all the wrong choices, drawing his young sister into the crosshairs of violence and forcing himself to choose the life of an outlaw to save her. Lochlan is up all alone against decadent power until he falls for a girl who lies and cheats for her own survival, but who brings him to the truths he cannot face. Together, they fight for their place in a world of danger and deception where there is no right or wrong, only a choice to live or to die. Moving swiftly from the forests of Indonesia to the glitter of Singapore and beyond, BLOOD OF A KINGFISHER dives into tangled family loyalties played out against an exotic, lawless backdrop. Readers who love the complexity of Barry Eisler’s John Rain books and John Hart’s The Last Child will be drawn to this breathlessly-paced thriller, which has the potential to become a series that will follow Lochlan Kane’s future as an unwilling prince of modern-day pirates. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers.)

Moses Walker, a black albino tattoo artist and ex-real estate investigator, is mopping up blood in the basement of his shop when two cops come down the stairs to question him about multiple murders they suspect are the work of the “Tattoo Killer,” so named because the tie between the victims is their ink. Turns out, Moses tattooed one of the women, and lying about it lands him in jail. Moses didn’t kill any of the women—though he did a kill a man in self-defense, a man sent to kill him by his girlfriend’s wealthy, unstable, jealous ex-husband. After the real Tattoo Killer exonerates Moses while trying to reclaim credit for his gruesome crimes, the ex-real estate investigator is taken on to work with the police. Moses singlehandedly brought down one of the city’s biggest and most abusive developers and made a lot of enemies in the process. The cops see a link between the killer and Moses’ past, and they want to use him as bait. But when his girlfriend, Julia, is kidnapped, Moses starts to wonder what really connects him to the killer—his dirty past or hers. THE TATTOO KILLER, a debut mystery by Joe West, follows the smart and gripping story of an unlikely hero searching the nefarious New York underground for a killer holding the woman he loves. (Please note: This project is represented by Erin Young.)

Rights Round Up

Audible acquired audio rights to THE ENDING I WANT by Samantha Towle, WORTHY OF REDEMPTION, WORTH THE FIGHT and THINGS REMEMBERED by LD Davis, and WAKE THE DEVIL by Robert Daniels. Tantor has rights to John Glatt’s MY SWEET ANGEL, in addition to Riley Hart’s TEST DRIVE, Ben Montgomery’s THE LEPER SPY, and Denise Grover Swank’s CENTER STAGE trilogy. Dreamscape has rights to WHITE-HOT HACK by Tracey Garvis Graves, while ListenUp has rights for Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea’s LITTLE BLACK BOOK.

Film rights to DOUGLASS’ WOMEN by Jewell Parker Rhodes were optioned by Maros Entertainment with Levy Antal producing. SPONTANEOUS by Aaron Starmer was optioned by Awesomeness TV/Jurassic Party. EMJAG Productions purchased film rights to Nicole Kear’s NOW I SEE YOU and Challenger Films has optioned a documentary based on three articles (“Obviously, a Major Malfunction; “Risky Business”; and “The Death of a Whistleblower) by Dennis Powell, with Chris Potter and Mark Cosgrove producing.  Film rights to Sara Zarr’s STORY OF A GIRL were optioned by MixedBreed Films.

Amy Gentry’s GOOD AS GONE was sold for Chinese publication to Jieli Publishing House, for Czech publication to Euromedia, for Slovak publication to Ikar, for French publication to Robert Laffont, for Hebrew publication to Modan, for Japanese publication to Hayakawa, for Dutch publication to Karakter, for Polish publication to Proszynski, for Slovene publication to Ucila, for Swedish publication to Albert Bonniers, and for Turkish publication to Yayinlari. James Dashner’s THE MAZE RUNNER series will be published in Macedonian by Antolog Dooel and in Arabic by HBKU Press. Rosinante acquired Danish rights to THE FEVER CODE, while Croatian rights were sold to Profil. In addition, Storyside acquired Swedish audio rights to THE FEVER CODE and Audiolib/Hachette France acquired French audio rights to THE MAZE RUNNER, THE SCORCH TRIALS, and THE DEATH CURE. Italian rights to THE GLITTERING COURT trilogy by Richelle Mead were sold to LSWR, Brazilian rights were sold to Planeta Brazil, Bulgarian rights were sold to Ciela, and Danish rights were sold to Alvilda. RK Lilley’s BREAKING HIM and BREAKING HER were sold for German publication to Heyne and Danish publication to Lovebooks. Her GROUNDED and MR. BEAUTIFUL were sold for Polish publication to Helion, while Bou(k)tique acquired Hebrew rights for ROCK BOTTOM. Kim Holden’s BRIGHT SIDE was sold for Hebrew publication to Schalgi Publishing, while Principal de los Libros acquired Spanish rights for BRIGHT SIDE and GUS, and Turkish rights were sold to Aspendos for SO MUCH MORE. French rights to Penelope Douglas’s CORRUPT were sold to Harlequin France and AST acquired Russian rights. ADDIE BELL’S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody will be published in Italian by Mondadori and UNFORGOTTEN and UNCHANGED will be published in simplified Chinese by Yilin. dtv acquired German rights to Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher’s NEVER NEVER: PART III. Ukrainian rights for LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman were acquired by Family Leisure Club and Ikar acquired Slovak rights. SPONTANEOUS by Aaron Starmer will be published in Spain by Oceano and Australia by HarperCollins. Madeline Sheehan’s UNDENIABLE series was sold for Polish publication to Poznanskie and for Slovene publication to Ucila. Tracey Garvis Graves’s ON THE ISLAND will be published in Bulgarian by Ergon and in Serbian by Vulkan. Estonian rights to Tammara Webber’s BETWEEN THE LINES were acquired by Eram and Jaguar acquired Polish rights. Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich’s WHY SMART PEOPLE MAKE BIG MONEY MISTAKES was sold for simplified Chinese publication to Beijing United, and Hangzhou Guomai Culture & Media acquired Chinese rights to Tadgh Bentley’s LITTLE PENGUIN GETS THE HICCUPS. German rights to Phyllis Chesler’s ABOUT MEN and WITH CHILD were sold to Rowohlt. Turbine acquired Danish rights to Abbi Glines’s FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, and FOREVER TOO FAR. Juliet Blackwell’s LETTERS FROM PARIS was sold for German publication to Piper. IRREPLACEABLE by Angela Graham will be published in Italian by Fanucci. Spanish rights to Amy Harmon’s MAKING FACES, THE LAW OF MOSES, and A DIFFERENT KIND OF BLUE were sold to Principal de los Libros. A.S. King’s GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE was sold for Turkish publication to Pegasus. IRENA’S CHILDREN (Young Reader’s Edition) by Tilar Mazzeo (adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell)will be published in Italian by Piemme. Presses de la Cité acquired French rights to RARE AND PRECIOUS THINGS by Raine Miller. German rights to Ron Miscavige with Dan Koon’s RUTHLESS were sold to Koesel Verlag. Litera acquired Romanian rights to Amy Morin’s 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO. Amy Plum’s IF I SHOULD DIE was sold for Italian publication to DeAgostini. Sieben acquired German rights to JC Reed’s TREASURE YOUR LOVE. German rights for ENTWINED by Joyce Scott went to Koesel Verlag. STOP OVERREACTING by Judith Siegel will be published in simplified Chinese by Beijing Xiron Books. Luba Vikhanski’s IMMUNITY was sold for Korean publication to DongA. JK Publishers acquired Polish rights to THE EPIDEMIC by Suzanne Young. OUT OF THE SHALLOWS by Samantha Young will be published in Polish by Burda. Marianne Zapata’s THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME was sold for German publication to LYX/Bastei Luebbe.

RECENT SALES

Stacey Glick sold Rohan Marley & Chef Maxcel Hardy’s STIR IT UP to Quarry Books in a World rights deal.

FREDERICK SANDWICH and UNTITLED BOOK 2 by Kevin Scott went to Sourcebooks in a World English rights deal.

North American rights for PLAYING IN PINSTRIPES by Ron Guidry with Andrew Beaton were sold to Crown Archetype.

Boris Kachka’s BECOMING AN ARCHITECT and UNTITLED BOOK 2 went to Simon & Schuster in a World rights deal.

World rights to EXO 2 by Fonda Lee were sold by Jim McCarthy to Scholastic.

Sharon Pelletier sold North American rights for OKLAHOMA’S ATTICUS by Hunter Howe Cates to University of Nebraska Press.

MEME by Aaron Starmer went to Dutton in a North American rights deal by Michael Bourret.

Grand Harbor Press (Amazon) bought World rights to A BEAUTIFUL WORK IN PROGRESS by Mirna Valerio.

World English rights to Saundra Mitchell’s anthology ALL OUT were sold by Jim McCarthy to Harlequin Teen.

World rights for a reprint of Alice Medrich’s COCOLAT went to Dover Publications.

Jessica Papin sold THE NEXT ERA OF SILICON VALLEYS by Michael Joroff, David Good, and Emma Vandore to MIT Press in a World rights deal.

World rights to Lydia Kang’s A BEAUTIFUL POISON and UNTITLED BOOK 2 were sold to Lake Union Publishing (Amazon) in a deal by Eric Myers.

World English rights to DINNER UNDER PRESSURE by Barbara Schieving were sold to Quarto Publishing by Stacey Glick.

GIVE ME SOME TRUTH by Eric Gansworth was sold to Scholastic/Arthur Levine Books by Jim McCarthy in a World rights deal.

Jessica Brody’s THE CHAOS OF LETTING GO and UNTITLED BOOK 2 went to Simon Pulse in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

The BRAVE LIKE ME series by Jenni Walsh was sold to Scholastic by Stacey Glick in a North American rights deal.

The University Press of New England bought World English rights to 1962: THE GREATEST YEAR AT THE MOVIES by Stephen Farber and Michael McClellan in a deal by Eric Myers.

John Rudolph sold North American rights to GEORGE MASON by William G. Hyland, Jr. to Yale University Press.

World rights to THE ONLY LIFE I COULD SAVE by Kathy Ketcham were sold to Sounds True.

Jessica Brody and Save the Cat! Enterprises’s SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL was sold to Ten Speed by Jim McCarthy in a World English rights deal.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to CRACKER JACK (#1) and A BLOOD THING (#2) by James Hankins to Thomas & Mercer (Amazon).

A THICK CRIMSON LINE by Simon Gervais went to The Story Plant in a World rights deal by Eric Myers.

Ben Robinson’s BEER HACKS was sold to Workman for World rights in a deal by Stacey Glick.

World rights to SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS by Sarah Seidelmann were sold to Red Wheel/Weiser.

Michael Hoogland sold World rights to Tammy Mal’s REASONABLE DOUBT to Chicago Review Press.

PROBLEM SOLVED by Cheryl Einhorn was sold to Career Press in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Fordham University Press bought North American rights to THE WRITING IRISH OF NEW YORK (anthology), edited by Colin Broderick.

A.S. King’s DUST OF 100 DOGS (reprint) was sold to Speak/Puffin in a World English rights deal by Michael Bourret.

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner went to St. Martin’s Press in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Triumph Books bought North American rights to THE METS FANS’ BUCKET LIST by Matt Cerrone, in a deal by Stacey Glick.

Rhett Bruno’s FROM ICE TO ASHES was sold to Hydra in a World rights deal by Mike Hoogland.

COOKING WITH YOUR BFF: TIPS, TRICKS, AND SERIOUSLY AWESOME RECIPES FROM MY KITCHEN TO YOURS by Jessica Merchant went to Rodale in a World rights deal by Staecy Glick.

University of Chicago Press bought North American rights to CHOKED: LIFE AND BREATH IN THE AGE OF AIR POLLUTION by Beth Gardiner in a deal by Jessica Papin.

Andrew Belonsky’s HARD NOTCH LIFE was sold to Countryman/Norton in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

UNTITLED ELIZA HAMILTON BIOGRAPHY by Tilar Mazzeo went to Gallery/S&S in a World English deal by Stacey Glick.

Viking Children’s Books bought North American rights to THE PASSION (#1) and UNTITLED (#2) by Gayle Forman in a deal by Michael Bourret.

Jason Ryan’s INTO THE SUN was sold to Chicago Review Press in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

FRENCH GRILLING by Susan Loomis went to Countryman/Norton in a World English rights deal.

Pushkin Press bought World English rights to STATES OF PASSION by Nihad Sirees in a deal by Jessica Papin.

SAVING MAJOR TOM by Meg Leder went to Simon Pulse in a North American rights deal by Michael Bourret.

Karelia Stetz-Waters’s UNTITLED PORTLAND ROMANCE was sold to Forever Yours in a World volume rights deal.

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