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Alexander Jacobs
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Penguin Press (2016)
Editor: Ann Godoff
Proposal available
Lauren Collins
One provincial author’s quest to learn to live (and love) in French, and
to discover whether the languages we speak make us who we are.
(working title)
After a lifetime spent firmly in English – raised in suburban North Carolina,
having never travelled to Europe until her late teens – Lauren Collins
suddenly finds herself in Geneva, married to a French man whose name she
pronounces incorrectly. A staff writer for the New Yorker, capable of spinning
out eloquent profiles of Michelle Obama and Donatella Versace, she is unable
to find the right words to purchase a lamp. Her new life in Switzerland, as she
puts it, is like being stranded in a silent movie; her lack of French a kind of
membrane separating her from her husband and the family she’d married
into. “Talking to you in English,” he tells her in the heat of a fight, “is like
loving you with gloves.”
Thus Lauren decides she will master French. What follows is a story of two
romances: falling in love anew with her husband across the linguistic divide,
and falling in love with the world she comes to inhabit in a foreign tongue.
Learning to speak French, she finds, is also learning to live in French –
exploring a new identity and a new worldview through the lens of a new
Part memoir, part reportage, French Lessons will be a sparkling addition to the
highly successful literature on all things French – a witty, intelligent
exploration in the vein of Geoff Dyer, Gary Shtyengart, and Nora Ephron.
UK: 4th Estate (in a pre-empt)
France: Flammarion
Lauren Collins began working at the New Yorker in 2003, and has been a
staff writer there since 2008. Since 2010, she has been based in Europe,
covering stories in London, Paris, Copenhagen, and beyond. Her feature on
the Daily Mail was short-listed for the Feature Story of the Year award by the
Foreign Press Association in London. She was recently nominated for a
James Beard award for her story, “Fire-Eaters,” about the search for the
world’s hottest chili pepper. She currently lives in Geneva, where the book
takes place.
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Scribner (2017)
Editor: Daniel Burgess
Proposal available
Nora Krug
A highly inventive visual memoir – part graphic novel, part personal scrapbook – reflecting on the
author’s confrontation with her German heritage and her family’s wartime experience.
Heimat re-tells key moments from Nora’s childhood in Germany and subsequent years abroad, interrupted by
stories – told in distinct visual styles – which draw on letters, archival material and cultural ephemera to reimagine the wartime experience of her relatives. This hybrid style helps depict in unusually vivid terms her
efforts to come to terms with the fateful, sometimes unconscionable choices they made. The result is a
personal meditation that speaks to a deeply human concern: to what extent to do we owe our identity to our
families, and how much are we defined by the accident of birth?
Nora Krug is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design in
New York. Her drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The
Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and A Public Space. She was recently named a 2014 Maurice Sendak Fellow and
is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, DAAD, and the Pollock-Krasner
Foundation, and of several awards from the Society of Illustrators and the Arts Directors Club.
UK: Penguin Press / Particular Books
Brazil: Companhia das Letras
Germany: Knaus
Holland: Balans / Oog & Blik
Italy: Stile Libero
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Sam Walker
Behind the World’s Greatest Teams
Random House (2016)
Editor: Andy Ward
Proposal available
A wide-ranging investigation into the 14 greatest sports teams in
history, and the fierce, often difficult leaders who drove them to
unprecedented success.
Over two decades as a sportswriter, Sam Walker has covered successful
teams of all stripes: from the groups of superstars whose dominance seems
preordained to the scrappy outfits that triumph against all expectations.
Journalists and fans rushed to call them great. But the question nagged him:
what separated the truly great teams – the persistent winners – from the
lucky, the streakers, the one-time champions?
So began a decade-long investigation: a study of over 900 winning
international franchises, from the US to New Zealand, to distil the handful
of teams that deserved to be called the greatest, and to identify the common
element that set them apart. What Sam discovered defied the magic
ingredients usually proffered by sportswriters and fans – fiery coaches,
inspiring speakers, superstars, even those with a “C” emblazoned on their
uniforms. In other words, it’s not Ronaldo or Michael Jordan – but rather
the selfless, the striving, the unglamorous players that rarely find themselves
in the spotlight.
The Captain Class will offer a groundbreaking new explanation for what drives
enduring success through an analysis of history’s most exceptional
franchises. It argues for a radically new vision of leadership, on the field and
off. Drawing on years of up-close reportage, interviews with players, coaches
and analysts, and bourgeoning scientific research on team dynamics, Walker’s
book will be among the first to define the often counterintuitive qualities that
help make and sustain great teamwork.
UK: Ebury (in a pre-empt)
ANZ: Penguin Australia
Japan: Hayakawa
Spain: Debate
Sam Walker is the global sports editor at the Wall Street Journal, whose sports
desk he founded in 2009. His first book, Fantasyland, chronicled his attempt
to win the world’s toughest fantasy baseball competition. Called “brilliantly
funny” by the Washington Post, it appeared on the New York Times extended
bestseller list and became the subject of a 2010 documentary of the same
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Knopf (2017)
Editor: Robin Desser
Proposal available
Burkhard Bilger
A gripping, poignant investigation into the life of the author’s German
grandfather during World War II.
Part war story, part family memoir, Fatherland explores the impact of World
War II on a village in occupied Alsace through the story of the author’s
grandfather, a one-time Nazi administrator. It is a tale of life-and-death
decisions, moral complexities, and surprising alliances, which recounts Bilger’s
grandfather’s unlikely relationship with the local leader of the French
resistance. Defying expectations, the two men work to protect a village under
siege, and when the grandfather is later imprisoned by the Allies for war
crimes, the resistance leader, the villagers, and a Jewish lawyer join forces to
exonerate him. It is a remarkable true story that only the celebrated New
Yorker writer Burkhard Bilger could tell.
Burkhard Bilger has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2001. His
work has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, the New York Times,
the New York Times Book Review, and numerous other publications, and has
been anthologized three times in Best American Science and Nature Writing, twice
in Best American Sports Writing, and once each in Best Food Writing, Best
Technology Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Bilger was a senior editor at
Discover from 1999 to 2005. His first book, Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine,
Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts (Scribner, 2000), was a finalist for
the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Bilger is a Branford Fellow at Yale
University and teaches a course on feature writing there.
Author speaks French and German.
UK: William Collins
Brazil: Intrinseca
France: Belfond
Germany: DVA
Holland: Ambo
Italy: Bompiani
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Masha Gessen
The Passion of Pussy Riot
Riverhead (January 8, 2014)
Editor: Rebecca Saletan
Finished copies available
The first major book on Pussy Riot, which resurrected the power of
truth in a society built on lies.
Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of the feminist
punk protest group, Pussy Riot, and their families and associates, Masha
Gessen reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a
group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the
courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with
the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been
the price of their triumph.
Masha Gessen is the author of six books, including the bestselling The Man
Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Perfect Rigor. She has
contributed to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Granta, and Slate, and she has
received numerous awards, including the 2013 Media for Liberty Award.
Author speaks Russian.
“Urgent… She is not the first to tell Pussy Riot’s story…but she tells it
more thoroughly, her anger at Russia’s ‘overwhelming mediocrity’
scorching every page.”
–Alexander Nazaryan, The New York Times
“Remarkable…disquieting, moving, and closely reported.”
–David Remnick, The New Yorker
UK: Granta
France: Globe
Holland: Ambo
Norway: Gyldendal Norsk
Poland: Proszynski
Sweden: Brombergs
“Words Will Break Cement is the fullest account so far of the Pussy
Riot story A moving object lesson in the power of art — perhaps
especially messy and exuberant art — to rise above repression and have
the last, cement-breaking word.”
–Sara Marcus, Los Angeles Times
“Gessen’s book is a fine, full, deeply sympathetic portrait of a
particular kind of courage, a punk dissidence that is at once frail and
–Financial Times
“What makes someone into a dissident? Why do some people give up
everything — home, family, job — to embark on a career of protest? …
Gessen set out to answer this question … in this excellent short
–Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post
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Masha Gessen
Riverhead (2012)
Editor: Rebecca Saletan
Paperback edition available
The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
New York Times Bestseller
A Best Book of 2012: The Daily Beast, Slate, & SF Chronicle
“Masha Gessen [is] one of the most important activists and journalists
Russia has known in a generation.”
–David Remnick, The New Yorker
A chilling and unflinching portrait of one of the most fearsome figures
in world politics.
The Man Without a Face is the first full account of how a small-minded, lowlevel KGB operative rose to become the most powerful man in the world’s
largest country, in a few short years destroying years of progress and making
Russia once more a threat to her own people and to the world.
Masha Gessen is the author of six books. She has contributed to The New
York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Granta, and Slate.
Author speaks Russian.
“[An] absorbing portrait.”
–The New Yorker
“Gessen shines a piercing light into every dark corner of Putin's story…
Fascinating, hard-hitting reading.”
–Foreign Affairs
Longlisted for the
Samuel Johnson Prize
UK: Granta
Brazil: Nova Fronteira
Croatia: Profil
Denmark: Rosinante
Estonia: Tanapaev
“Although Gessen is enough of an outsider to write beautifully clear and
eloquent English, she is enough of an insider to convey, accurately, the
wild swings of emotions, the atmosphere of mad speculation, the
paranoia, and, yes, the hysteria that pervade all political discussion and
debate in Moscow today.”
–The New York Review of Books
Finland: Otava
France: Fayard
Germany: Piper
Greece: Patakis
Holland: Ambo
Israel: Books in the Attic
Italy: Bompiani
Japan: Kashiwa Shobo
Lithuania: Barzda
Norway: Gyldendal Norsk
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Poland: Proszynski
Romania: Pandora
Spain: Debate
Sweden: Brombergs
Taiwan: China Times
K. Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool
EXCEL: How Ordinary People Become
Extraordinary Performers
Eamon Dolan Books / HMH (2016)
Editor: Eamon Dolan
Proposal available
A career-spanning book by the world’s foremost expert on expertise.
Over thirty years ago, Ericsson first overturned the idea of innate talent,
demonstrating in several canonical experiments the remarkable elasticity of
brain and body when exposed to specific forms of training. In the decades
since, his research on top-flight performers across a range of fields has
demonstrated that excellence is built through practice, not birthright, and that
expertise is more than simply the product of 10,000 hours. How that time is
spent is what separates diligent amateurs from true masters.
Ericsson’s work has isolated a series of core principles he calls “deliberate
practice” proven to dramatically improve performance in music, sports, chess,
medicine, and a variety of other domains. Deliberate practice differs from
ordinary learning in that it resists automation – where we normally stop
training when performance becomes routine, the experts Ericsson has studied
continue to exert full effort to move beyond their comfort zones. Such
training must be carefully designed, with ample opportunity for feedback and
clear benchmarks to assess progress. At each step, practitioners of deliberate
practice – whether soccer players, taxi drivers, or pianists – gradually refine a
mental representation to help guide their every move.
UK: Bodley Head
Brazil: Gutenberg Editora
Canada: Penguin CA
China: Beijing Huazhang
Germany: Droemer Knaur
Holland: Unieboek Spectrum
Italy: Sperling & Kupfer
Japan: Bungeishunju
Korea: The Business Books Co.
Sweden: Forma Books
In Excel, Ericsson will for the first time describe the process by which an
average performer grows into an expert. Like Daniel Kahneman’s bestselling
Thinking, Fast and Slow, this book will be a career-spanning work by the
foremost authority in his field. It will also be an empowering read – a go-to
book for readers interested in applying the principles of deliberate practice to
improve at work, at home, and in life.
Anders Ericsson is the Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of
Psychology at Florida State University. His research on expertise has been
widely cited in major newspapers and magazines, and he speaks regularly to
major international organizations, medical schools, teachers and educational
researchers, professional sports teams, and military groups
Author speaks Swedish.
Robert Pool has contributed to many of the world’s leading publications on
science and technology, including Science, Nature, and Discover, and is the
author of several trade books.
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Leah Vincent
CUT ME LOOSE: Sin and Salvation
After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
Nan A. Talese (January 21, 2014)
Editor: Ronit Feldman
Finished copies available
In the vein of Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted, an electrifying
memoir about a young woman’s promiscuous and self-destructive
spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.
Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect
of ultra-Orthodox Judaism that advocates a stiff re-enactment of
European shtetl life. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten
siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their
world. But the tradition-bound future that she envisioned for herself was cut
short when she was sixteen and caught exchanging letters with a male friend,
a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the
opposite sex. Leah’s parents were unforgiving. Cast out in Brooklyn, Leah
was left alone to face poverty, predatory men, and the frightening new
freedoms of secular life.
Fast-paced, unflinching, and ultimately redemptive, Cut Me Loose tells the
story of one woman’s harrowing struggle to define herself and the boundaries
between body and belief.
Leah Vincent is a writer and activist. The first person in her family to go to
college, she went on to earn a master’s in public policy from the Harvard
Kennedy School. In addition to writing for various publications, including
the Huffington Post and the Forward, she is an advocate for reform within ultraOrthodoxy and for the empowerment of former ultra-Orthodox Jews seeking
a self-determined life.
Author speaks Hebrew.
Estonia: Oceanic Invest
France: Plon
“[W]renching. . . . Her book should be read, not just as a warning of
the very real dangers of the world, but also of the price to be paid when,
in the name of religion, people forget humanity.”
–Wall Street Journal
“As thoughtful and heroic as it is gripping and tragic… the finest
example of this sort of memoir yet.”
“This is a coming-of-age memoir for every book club on the planet and
every woman alive… Never—not since the memoirs of Mary Karr—has
the connection between self-destruction and family dysfunction been
so tangible and clear.”
–Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed and Mother, Mother
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Jody Rosen
TWO WHEELS GOOD: A Bicycle History of the World
Crown (2016)
Editor: Rachel Klayman
Proposal available
A book about bicycles – their history and their future – and how this
extraordinary product of human ingenuity fundamentally changed the
modern world.
On May 21, 1897, thousands of Cambridge men gathered to protest a new
proposal allowing women to earn full degrees. At the epicenter of the mob,
strung up and hanging from a second-story window, was the effigy of a
woman. And affixed to her, in riding position, was a bicycle.
For many, the bicycle is remembered as youthful freedom. For others it’s a
convenient and eco-friendly alternative to cars. Yet few realize that this
remarkably simple mode of transportation has a deceptively storied past of
equal parts controversy and inspiration. The bicycle inspired the first paved
roads, and then laid the foundation for manned flight. In Peru today, a
bicycle is a mobile fruit stand; in Africa, an ambulance; in Vietnam, a plow.
Drawing on historical research from archives in Paris, London and New
York, as well as extensive on-the-ground reporting, Two Wheels Good will
recount the stormy history of the bike from the “velocipede-mania” of the
1860s to the bike lane battles of 2013. But it is, too, a “bicycle history of the
world,” in the vein of How Soccer Explains the World, that shows how this 19th
century relic has, in its remarkably consistency, shaped the look and feel of
our modern world.
UK: Bodley Head
Brazil: Rocco
Germany: Nagel & Kimche
Holland: Thomas Rap
A favourite slogan of bicycle advocates goes: Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
The sentiment smacks of the bike movement’s sanctimony, but it captures
the feeling that has prevailed through nearly two centuries: that there is
something inherently good about bikes. “Other forms of transport grow daily
more nightmarish,” wrote Iris Murdoch. “Only the bicycle remains pure at
Jody Rosen is the music critic for New York magazine. His writing on
culture and music has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and
many other publications. He was previously music critic for Slate and the
Nation, and a senior critic at Rolling Stone. His work has appeared four times
in the annual Best Music Writing anthology. He is the author of White
Christmas: The Story of an American Song (Scribner).
Author speaks French.
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Reed Albergotti & Vanessa O’Connell
WHEELMEN: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France,
and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
Gotham (October 15. 2013)
Editor: Megan Newman
Finished copies available
A New York Times Bestseller
“The most comprehensive book on the subject … a colorful and
thorough retelling.” –USA Today
The first in-depth look at the making – and unmaking – of an
international icon, the phenomenal business success built on the back
of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.
The Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell
broke the news of Lance Armstrong doping scandal at every turn. Now, in
Wheelmen, they reveal the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters
used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most
difficult race.
Albergotti and O’Connell offer a riveting look at what happens when
enigmatic genius breaks loose from the strictures of morality. They reveal the
competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an accepted
practice, and show how the Americans methodically constructed an
international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the
top. At last exposing the truth about Armstrong and American
cycling, Wheelmen paints a living portrait of what is, without question, the
greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.
UK: Headline
France: Hugo & Cie
Holland: Atlas-Contact
Hungary: Candover Kft.
Italy: Mondadori
Portugal: Dom Quixote
Russia: Mann-Ivanov-Ferber
The book draws on
nearly three years of
exhaustive research &
interviews with all the
key players – including
Armstrong himself.
Reed Albergotti is a white-collar crime reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
He is also the son of a fanatic amateur cyclist who served as the director of
cycling competition in the 1984 Olympics. An accomplished bike racer
himself, Reed speaks the sport’s odd language.
Vanessa O’Connell, an award-winning reporter at The Wall Street Journal for
seventeen years, has covered tobacco, alcohol, guns, insider trading, and the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“A chilling tale, and many of the anecdotes Albergotti and O’Connell
collected sound like they were actually crafted in a TV-drama writers’
–The Atlantic
“Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell uncovered plenty more
shocking details about the full extent of Armstrong’s drug use as well
as the many people and institutions that helped him.”
–The Daily Beast
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Cat Bohannon
EVE: Evolution and the New Science of Womanhood
Knopf (Summer, 2015)
Editor: Andrew Miller
Proposal available
A milestone narrative account of the biological and cultural evolution
of womanhood.
In select laboratories and clinics across the world, scientists are coming to
terms with a far-reaching new conclusion: the female body has a history all
its own. They are asking more sophisticated questions, not simply about
what distinguishes women from men, but about how women have
responded uniquely to evolutionary pressures, how their transformation, in
turn, has shaped human society.
In this sweeping first book, Cat Bohannon takes stock of the surprising,
groundbreaking science in the nearly two decades since Natalie Angier’s
bestselling Woman: An Intimate Geography. Because “there was an Eve on
Earth for each feature,” the book retraces, step by step, the articulation of
the female form. Both humanist and scientist, Bohannon draws on her own
original research to link the story of women to ones of broader
contemporary resonance: What does walking upright mean for childbirth,
and how did that impact nomadic societies? Did breasts develop “for
babies” or “for men”? What is the link between hip fat and puberty, and is
liposuction robbing our children of the building blocks of a healthy brain?
In a wide-ranging account in the vein of Guns, Germs and Steel, Bohannon
makes an eloquent, tough-minded argument: that science has written off the
female body to our detriment, and that this will be the book that writes her
back in.
Cat Bohannon is a PhD candidate in the departments of psychology and
literature at Columbia University, where she studies narrative and cognition.
An MFA in poetry and nonfiction, she has published in Science, The Best
American Nonrequired Reading, The Georgia Review, and Poets Against the War.
UK: Hutchinson
Brazil: Companhia das Letras
Canada: Random House Canada
France: Flammarion
Germany: C. Bertelsmann
Holland: Het Spectrum
Italy: Mondadori
Japan: Bungeishunju
Korea: Sigongsa
Spain: Seix Barral
Taiwan: Commonwealth
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Arthur Lubow
The Life of Diane Arbus
Ecco (2015)
Editor: Hilary Redmon
Partial manuscript available
A major new biography of the legendary photographer.
“My favourite thing,” Diane Arbus once wrote, “is to go where I’ve never
been.” In a relatively brief career, cut short by her suicide in 1971, Arbus
captured an extraordinary and unusual set of characters in black-and-white:
high-society figures, giants, transvestites, nudists. Her pursuit of the unusual
and unseen earned her a significant public following and the admiration of
critics, who count her with Cartier-Bresson and Frank as among the most
significant photographers of the 20th century. Since her first MoMA
retrospective broke attendance records in 1972, her monographs and photos
have sold widely and often. Her major recent Paris retrospective will soon
move to Berlin.
In this authoritative biography – the first in a generation – Arthur Lubow
reveals the extraordinary woman behind the images. Lubow displaces the
caricature, perpetuated by biographers past, of a mordant sensationalist.
Instead, he gives us a winning raconteur; a brilliant, disarming writer; a
seductive listener; a woman who probed complex ideas about identity in a
manner revolutionary to both her art and her time. Lubow transforms her
iconic photographs into cinematic set pieces, where Arbus established with her
subjects an unprecedented intimacy through charm and sheer persistence.
UK: Jonathan Cape
Lubow draws on dozens of interviews with Arbus’s friends, colleagues, and
subjects, as well as letters and writings only recently made public. This
authoritative reappraisal lends fresh insights into her life, mind, and art, and her
enduring significance in contemporary culture. The result is a masterful piece
of writing that is as vivid and intimate as a novel.
Arthur Lubow is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.
Formerly a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributing editor at Vanity
Fair, he is the author of The Reporter Who Would Be King: A Biography of Richard
Harding Davis (Scribner). The recipient of a James Beard Award and a National
Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Study and
Research, he is currently a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public
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Jeremy Denk
Random House (2015)
Editor: Andy Ward
Proposal available
“A superb musician who writes with arresting sensitivity and wit.”
–Alex Ross, New Yorker music critic & author of The Rest Is Noise
Meditations on lessons, mentors, and life, from the world-class pianist,
New Yorker essayist, and MacArthur Award winner, Jeremy Denk.
In popular culture, music lessons are often linked with psychological torture.
Teachers drive students mad, breaking their spirit with pitiless exactitude –
variations on Isabelle Huppert’s sadomasochistic turn in The Piano Teacher. As
the pianist Jeremy Denk discovered in a long-lost practice journal, the
stereotype is not ill-deserved.
UK: Atlantic Books
Winner of a 2013
“Genius” Grant.
But in his storied career – performer, mentee to exacting masters and
sometime-teacher himself – Denk came to see practice in a more expansive
light: as rituals that occasion discovery and exploration, and mark the passing
of wisdom from one generation to the next.
In Every Good Boy Does Fine, Denk expands on his witty, searching pieces for
the New Yorker to recount a three-decade career-in-lessons: his earliest musical
memories, loving and stormy relationships with great mentors, those
“unattainable” pieces he still struggles to best. Lurking in each lesson is a
moral, a sometime-comic, sometime-profound meditation about obsessions,
posterity, art and life.
Jeremy Denk is a renowned concert pianist and the recipient of a 2013
MacArthur “Genius” Grant. He performs regularly in the United States and
around the world, including, this season, at Carnegie Hall in New York and
Wigmore Hall in London. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The
New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and on the web for NPR. He
blogs at Think Denk: www.jeremydenk.net/blog.
“Denk is a writer of free-range acuity, in articles, reviews, and Think
Denk, his online journal, a treasury of ruminations, both deep and
daffy, on the nature of music and the adventures – and misadventures –
of making it manifest.”
–Vanity Fair
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Christine Rosen
Norton (2015)
Editor: Brendan Curry
Proposal available
A bold investigation into how technology imperils real-life experience,
with profound consequences for our society.
The playwright Max Frisch once observed that technology was “the knack of
so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” Through our
many mediating technologies, we have nearly achieved that state. Email and
Caller ID protect us from unwanted contact with others, Google acts as our
external memory, Facebook is the storage place for our friends, simulations
teach us to make and do things, and sociometers promise to help us overcome
the messiness of human relationships. Daily intimacy with the physical world
recedes, little by little, as our reality increasingly becomes something we access
through a screen.
In The Extinction of Experience, Christine Rosen chronicles how, more and
more, we know our world through information about it rather than experience
in it. But at what cost? We are, after all, physical animals. We sweat, flinch, and
grin. We send unspoken signals to each other during even the most fleeting
interactions. By keeping the real world, with its messy physical realities, at
arm’s length, we may be losing more than mere social skills and tact – we risk
undermining the very things that make us human.
The Extinction of Experience is a timely social critique informed by the latest
scientific research. In the vein of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, Rosen urges us
to think anew about the way we live with technology.
UK: Bodley Head (in a preempt)
Christine Rosen is a senior editor of The New Atlantis, where she writes about
the social and cultural impact of technology. Her essays and reviews have
appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington
Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard and other major publications. She is
the author of Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the Eugenics Movement (2004)
and My Fundamentalist Education (2005), and is an adjunct scholar at the
American Enterprise Institute.
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Julia Pierpont
A Novel
Random House (July, 2015)
Editor: Noah Eaker
Final manuscript available
A masterful debut novel chronicling the breakup of a family, set against
the backdrop of post-9/11 New York.
One morning, eleven-year-old Kay arrives at her family’s Manhattan apartment
to discover a box of letters meant for her mother: “Dear Deborah,” it begins.
The package sets in motion a series of revelations and recriminations poised to
tear the Shanley family apart.
Among the Ten Thousand Things follows the family’s fortunes in the wake of this
domestic crisis. The father, Jack – a visionary and vain sculptor, whose
controversial work gains him attention from a young admirer – journeys West
to make some sense of his mistakes. Deb, his wife, brings the children – Kay
and fifteen-year-old Simon – to Rhode Island, where they become embroiled
with a local family that hauntingly reflects their own.
Julia’s prose brims with lyricism and emotional intelligence, reminiscent of
Jonathan Franzen’s blistering portraits of American family life. Her insights –
about manhood and responsibility, about earning (and keeping) the respect of
one’s children – are all the more astonishing coming from a 26-year-old. In her
writing, we find our world reflected back to us with startling force.
Julia Pierpont is an MFA candidate at NYU, where she received the Rona
Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship, as well as the Stein Fellowship. Born
and raised in Manhattan, she works at The New Yorker.
Author speaks Italian.
France: Éditions Stock
Italy: Mondadori
“Julia Pierpont has as sharp and humane an eye as anyone writing. This
book is among the funniest, and most emotionally honest I’ve read in a
long time.”
–Jonathan Safran Foer
“Julia Pierpont’s novel is remarkable… She displays not only wisdom,
but real tact as a writer.”
–Colm Toíbin
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Adelle Waldman
A Novel
Holt (July 16, 2013)
Editor: Barbara Jones
Paperback edition available
Named a best book of 2013 by The New Yorker,
NPR, Slate, The Economist, The New Republic, The
Guardian, The Daily Beast, & others.
A National Bestseller
Called “one of the most controversial novels of the year,” this subversive
debut recasts the image of the young and ambitious writer so long defined by
Roth and Mailer. Nathaniel “Nate” Piven is a rising literary star, a sought-after
scribe with his pick of women – and a habit of routinely letting them down.
Here, Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of the sensitive intellectual,
whose deep musings sit uneasily beside his prejudices. The Love Affairs of
Nathaniel P. is a witty, generation-defining portrait of contemporary manners.
Adelle Waldman is a freelance journalist and book reviewer. Her articles
have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic,
NewYorker.com, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.
“The best debut novel of the summer…. Waldman’s gift is to give voice
to the minute calculations and fickle desires of modern manhood as we
cringe and read just one more chapter, and then another...”
“A smart, engaging twenty-first-century comedy of manners.”
–Jess Walter, New York Times Book Review
UK: Heinemann
Czech Republic: XYZ
France: Christian Bourgois
Holland: Nieuw Amsterdam
Italy: Einaudi
Mexico & Latin America:
Russia: Eksmo
Turkey: Yapi Kredi
“That most unusual and wondrous of things: a novel that wants to
educate our hearts.”
–Alain de Botton
“A delectable analysis of contemporary dating.”
“Powerfully intelligent… Fiendishly readable”
–The Washington Post
–The New Republic
“Adelle Waldman just may be this generation’s Jane Austen.”
–The Boston Globe
“A pitch-perfect debut…a comic performance you shouldn’t miss.”
–Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
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Neely Tucker
Viking (June 12, 2014)
Editor: Allison Lorentzen
Galleys available
“If this is Tucker's first novel, I can’t wait for what's coming next.”
–Michael Connelly
The electrifying first installment in a new crime series featuring
Washington D.C. reporter, Sully Carter.
When the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington D.C. judge is found dead,
three local black kids are arrested for her murder – but reporter Sully Carter
suspects there’s more to the case. From the city’s grittiest backstreets to the
elegant halls of power, wry yet wounded Sully pursues a string of cold cases, all
the while fighting against pressure from government officials, police, suspicious
locals, and his own bosses at the newspaper. Based on the real life 1990s
Princeton Place murders, Neely Tucker’s debut novel is a pitch-perfect rendering
of a fast-paced newsroom and a layered, edge-of-your-seat mystery sure to please
fans of Elmore Leonard and HBO’s The Wire.
Neely Tucker is a veteran journalist with a career spanning twenty-five years,
thirteen of which he spent at The Washington Post. His 2004 memoir, Love in the
Driest Season, was named one of the Best 25 Books of the Year by Publishers
“Tough, exciting, always intelligent.”
–John Sandford, author of the bestselling Prey series
“Rich yet taut description, edgy storytelling, rock-and-rolling dialogue,
and a deeply flawed but compelling hero add up to a luminous first
–Kirkus (starred review)
UK: Century
France: Gallimard (Série Noire)
Poland: Proszynski
“This riveting debut novel should spawn a terrific series.”
–Booklist (starred review)
The second Sully Carter novel, tentatively titled THE WELL OF TIME, will appear in Summer, 2015:
Sully Carter is sipping bourbon at a waterfront bar when the body of Billy Ellison, scion of one of Washington’s
wealthiest clans, is found in a channel leading to the Chesapeake Bay. The investigation quickly leads to
Frenchman’s Bend – a waterfront drug market that is, Sully discovers, the deadliest spot in America’s deadliest city,
‘the murder capital of the murder capital.’ Frenchman’s Bend was the city’s most notorious slave market before the
Civil War, and for more than 150 years has retained its blood-stained heritage. When the Ellisons – one of the
city’s most prominent black families – try to deny that their son had ever been in the area, Sully is drawn into a
violent mystery with echoes of Frenchman’s ill-begotten past.
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David Treuer
Riverhead (2015)
Editor: Becky Saletan
Edited manuscript available
A haunting and unforgettable novel about love, loss, race, and desire in
World War II-era America.
A Novel
On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family’s
rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a
bombardier, headed for the darkened skies over Europe. Awaiting him at the
Pines are those he’s about to leave behind: his hovering mother; the distant
father to whom he’s been a disappointment; the Native caretaker who’s been
more of a father to him than his own; and Billy, the childhood friend who
over the years has become something much more intimate. But before the
homecoming can be celebrated, the search for a German soldier escaped from
the POW camp across the river explodes in a shocking act of violence, with
consequences that will reverberate years into the future for all of these
characters, and that will shape how each of them makes sense of the past.
With Prudence, Treuer delivers his most ambitious and captivating novel yet.
Powerful and wholly original, it’s a story of desire and loss and the search for
identity; of race and class in a supposedly more innocent era. Most
profoundly, it’s about the secrets we choose to keep, the ones we can’t help
but tell, and who -- and how -- we’re allowed to love.
David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern
Minnesota. The author of three previous novels and two books of nonfiction,
he has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate,
and The Washington Post, among others. He has a PhD in anthropology and
teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Southern California.
France: Albin Michel
“Deeply crafty, shape-shifting. . . . [Treuer] seems to want to do for
Native American culture and literature what James Joyce did for the
Irish: haul it into the mainstream of Western culture through sheer
nerve and verve.”
–The Washington Post
Praise for LITTLE:
“Mr. Treuer’s accomplishment is a wonder. Out of the seasons and
landscapes of a Minnesota reservation David Treuer has forged a strong
intricate narrative complete with the intimate voices of fully realized
–Toni Morrison
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Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
BLOWBACK: A Vanessa Pierson Novel
Blue Rider Press (October 1, 2013)
Editor: David Rosenthal
Finished copies available
“Want to read a thriller about the real CIA and how it actually works?
Then dive into this corker from former agent Valerie Plame and Sarah
–James Patterson
Introducing the first book in a new espionage thriller series by former
CIA ops officer Valerie Plame and suspense writer Sarah Lovett.
Valerie Plame’s career as a CIA operative was cut short when her cover was
blown by George W. Bush’s White House. Now, after dedicating herself to
protecting America from its enemies, Plame turns to fiction with suspense
writer Sarah Lovett – with all the knowledge, experience, and authenticity
only they can bring to the page. In Blowback, the first book in a major new
series, undercover CIA agent Vanessa Pierson tries to pinpoint just who is
building a nuclear weapon in Iran – and how this shadowy figure has
discovered the identities of several of her sources and had them assassinated.
And she’s getting closer, putting her cover, her career, and her life at risk.
Valerie Plame’s career in the CIA included assignments in
counterproliferation operations, ensuring that enemies of the United
States could not threaten America with weapons of mass destruction.
Author speaks French, German, and Greek.
Sarah Lovett’s five suspense novels, featuring forensic psychologist Dr.
Sylvia Strange, have been published in the United States and around the
“A tense spy thriller, with a smart, sexy heroine, international danger,
and yes, a love interest… [Blowback] reads like Clancy, Cussler, or
–The Huffington Post
All rights available
In the next Vanessa
Pierson novel: Bhoot’s
shadow network
threatens Paris and
London, & Vanessa
suspects a traitor on her
“Great storytelling, real insider authenticity, and above all a
fascinating main character in Vanessa Pierson. And maybe those
initials are not a coincidence – sometimes fiction can reveal things
that non-fiction can’t.”
–Lee Child
“Plame, aided by crime writer Sarah Lovett, hits the target in her
fiction debut, setting up a planned series with a high-octane tale of
–Entertainment Weekly
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Robin Kirman
Crown (2015)
Editor: Alexis Washam
Unedited manuscript available
“No going back to how things were. A girl was dead. Her life stopped
short, and for those she’d left, events plunged forward the more
A Novel
A crisp New Haven spring in 1998, and Yale’s gothic campus is teeming with
pre-graduation excitement and anxiety. The world is flush with possibility for
three friends: Georgia, a reckless beauty with a nomadic past; Charlie, an
earnest college Republican at odds with his blue-collar roots; and Alice, the
spirited, troubled child of Serbian immigrants. And then, in one life-changing
evening, an unspeakable tragedy.
High Street Gate is the haunting, riveting story of students reeling in the wake of
a brutal murder. As the police begin to circle an unlikely suspect – a handsome,
poised Yale professor and master of Davenport College, Rufus Trumbull – the
three friends’ secrets and lies begin to unravel.
In razor-sharp prose, Robin Kirman shows us the lives of these flawed
characters, from childhood, through the campus tragedy and 9/11, and ending
with the ten year memorial to their slain classmate. In that time, Georgia,
Charlie, and Alice suffer unforeseen disasters and bear witness to the
dissolution of the young master, who remains shadowed by questionable guilt.
A literary page-turner of extraordinary emotional intelligence in the tradition of
Donna Tartt, High Street Gate is at its core a story of violence and its aftereffects. But it’s also a tale of difficult friendship and forbidden love, between
those struggling to forgive – and be forgiven themselves.
France: Albin Michel
Robin Kirman received a BA in philosophy from Yale College and an MFA
in fiction from Columbia University. At the latter, she served as a writing
instructor for three years in the English department. She currently splits her
time between New York City and Israel.
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Mark Owen
NO HERO: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL
Dutton (November 11, 2014)
Editor: Ben Sevier
The companion volume to the multimillion-copy classic No Easy
Day by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen reveals the evolution of a
SEAL Team Six operator
Mark Owen’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The
Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, focused on the
high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author’s thirteen
years as a Navy SEAL. His follow-up, No Hero, offers a rare counterpoint:
an intimate account of Owen’s most personally meaningful missions,
missions that never made headlines, including the moments in which he
learned the most about himself and his teammates in both success and
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China: CITIC
France: Seuil
Germany: Heyne
Holland: De Boekerij
Israel: Keter
Italy: Mondadori
Japan: Kodansha
Poland: Literackie
Sweden: Nona
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“I want No Hero to offer something most books on war don’t: the intimate
side of it, the personal struggles and hardships and what I learned from
them,” says Owen. “The stories in No Hero are a testament to my teammates
and to all the other active and former SEALs who have dedicated their lives
to freedom. In our community, we are constantly taught to mentor the
younger generation and to pass the lessons and values we’ve learned on to
others so that they can do the same for the guys coming up after them. This
is what I hope I have done for readers of No Hero.”
Every bit as action-packed as No Easy Day, and featuring stories from the
training ground to the battlefield, No Hero offers readers a never-before-seen
close-up view of the experiences and values that make Mark Owen and the
SEALs he served with capable of executing the missions we read about in
the headlines.
Mark Owen is a former member of the US Naval Special Warfare
Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many
years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around
the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian
Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in
Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of
Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the
third floor of the terrorist mastermind’s hideout, where he witnessed Bin
Laden’s death. Mark Owen’s account of the raid, in No Easy Day, remains
the only accurate eyewitness account on record.
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Lawrence Osborne
Hogarth (April 1, 2014)
Editor: Alexis Washam
Finished copies available
A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s
casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven.
His name is Lord Doyle. His plan: to gamble away his last days in the dark
and decadent casino halls of Macau. His game: baccarat punto blanco – “that
slutty dirty queen of casino card games.” Though Doyle is not a Lord at all.
He is a fake; a corrupt lawyer who has spent a career siphoning money from
rich clients. And now he is on the run, determined to send the money - and
himself - up in smoke.
So begins a beguiling, elliptical velvet rope of a plot: a sharp suit, yellow kid
gloves, another naughty lemonade and an endless loop of small wins and losses.
When Lady Luck arrives in the form of Dao-Ming, a beautiful yet enigmatic
lost soul, so begins a spectacular and unnatural winning streak in which
millions come Doyle’s way. But in these shadowy dens of risk and
compulsion, in a land governed by superstition, Doyle knows that when the
bets are high, the stakes are even greater.
The Ballad of a Small Player is a sleek, dark-hearted masterpiece: a ghost story
set in the land of the living, and a decadent morality tale of a Faustian pact
made, not with the devil, but with fortune’s fickle hand.
Lawrence Osborne is the author of the bestselling novel The Forgiven and six
books of nonfiction. His short story "Volcano" was selected for Best
American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times
Magazine, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper's, and several other publications.
UK: Hogarth
Italy: Adelphi
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“[A] vivid and feverish portrait of a soul in self-inflicted purgatorio.”
–New York Times Book Review
“At a point where most novelists start to show signs of flagging,
Osborne…has hit his creative, fictional stride… A thrilling,
exceptional talent in Britain fiction’s landscape.”
–Sunday Times
–Tash Aw, NPR
“A searing portrait of addiction and despair set in the glittering world
of Macau's casinos...Osborne’s intriguing Chinese milieu and
exquisite prose make this work as a standout.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Benjamin Kunkel
UTOPIA OR BUST: A Guide to the Present Crisis
Verso / Jacobin (March, 2014)
Finished copies available
“For anyone who cares about historical necessity, the crisis of capitalism,
and our fate.” –Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers
After the financial crash and the Great Recession, the media rediscovered Karl
Marx, socialist theory, and the very idea that capitalism can be questioned.
But in spite of the publicity, the main paths of contemporary critical thought
have gone unexplored outside of the academy. Benjamin Kunkel’sUtopia or
Bust leads readers — whether politically committed or simply curious — through
the most important critical theory today. Written with the wit and verve of
Kunkel’s best-selling novel, Indecision, this introduction to contemporary Leftist
thinkers engages with the revolutionary philosophy of Slavoj Žižek, the
economic analyses of David Graeber and David Harvey, and the cultural
diagnoses of Fredric Jameson. Discussing the ongoing crisis of capitalism in light
of ideas of full employment, debt forgiveness, and “fictitious capital,” Utopia or
Bust is a tour through the world of Marxist thought and an examination of the
basis of Western society today.
Benjamin Kunkel is the author of the best-selling novel, Indecision, and a
founding editor of n+1. He has written for the New Yorker, Dissent, and the
London Review of Books.
Germany: Suhrkamp
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Reza Aslan
ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Random House (July 16, 2013)
Editor: Will Murphy
Finished copies available
#1 New York Times Bestseller
International Bestseller
–The New Yorker
A momentous work of popular scholarship and runaway bestseller,
this provocative and meticulously researched biography challenges
long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.
Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on
one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining
Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century
Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Zealot yields a fresh
perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the
radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission.
The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the
pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time,
and the birth of a religion.
Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions.
His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has
been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of
the hundred most important books of the last decade. Born in Iran, he lives
in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
“[Aslan’s] literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are
his scholarly and journalistic chops…. A vivid, persuasive portrait.”
–Laura Miller, Salon
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Joelle Dieu
@ Random House US:
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UK: Westbourne Press
Arabic: Nahdet Misr
ANZ: Allen & Unwin
Bosnia: Buybook
Bulgaria: Ciela Norma
Brazil: Zahar
China: YZKY
Croatia: Profil
“A bold, powerfully argued revisioning of the most consequential life
ever lived.”
–Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Going Clear
Finland: Gummerus
France: Les Arènes
Germany: Rowohlt
Greece: Patakis
Holland: Balans
Hungary: Scolar Kft.
India: HarperCollins India
Italy: Rizzoli
Japan: Bungeishunju
Korea: Mirae
Lithuania: Kitos Kyngos
Norway: Bazar
Poland: Gruner & Jahr
Portugal: Quetzal
Romania: Editura Trei
Russia: AST
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Serbia: Dereta
Slovakia: Vydavatelstvo
Tatran s.r.o.
Spain: Urano
Sweden: Weyler
Taiwan: Acropolis
Turkey: Okuyanus
Mark Leibovich
THIS TOWN: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus
plenty of valet parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital
Blue Rider Press (July 16, 2013)
Editor: David Rosenthal
Paperback edition available
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
“Leibovich is a writer of excellent zest. At times his book is laughout-loud (as well as weep-out-loud). He is an excellent reporter,
even as his reporting leaves one reaching for Xanax.”
–Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review
Washington – This Town – might be loathed from every corner of
the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at the nexus of big
politics, big money, big media, and big vanity.
In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New
York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning and often hysterically
funny examination of our ruling class’s incestuous media industrial
complex. Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved
newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are
fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent
out by the citys most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a
disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more
potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an
administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the
ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents
can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.
Outrageous, fascinating, and destined to win Leibovich a whole host of, er,
new friends, This Town is must reading, whether you’re inside the Beltway –
or just trying to get there.
China: CITIC
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Mark Leibovich is The New York Times Magazine chief national
correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he received a
National Magazine Award for his story on Politico's Mike Allen and the
changing media culture of Washington. He is also the author of The New
Imperialists, a collection of profiles on technology pioneers.
“A lancing, often hysterically funny portrait of the capital’s vanities
and ambitions”
–The New Yorker
“A wildly entertaining anthropological tour.”
–Jonathan Chait, New York
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Nathaniel Rich
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 2, 2013)
Editor: Sean McDonald
Paperback edition available
A novel about fear of the future – and the future of fear.
New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young
mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm,
FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire
State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate
worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to
corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the
cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming.
As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe—
ecological collapse, war games, natural disasters—he becomes obsessed by a
culture’s fears. Just as Mitchell’s predictions reach a nightmarish crescendo,
an actual worst-case scenario overtakes Manhattan. Mitchell realizes he is
uniquely prepared to profit. But at what cost? At once an all-too-plausible
literary thriller, an unexpected love story, and a philosophically searching
inquiry into the nature of fear, Odds Against Tomorrow poses the ultimate
questions of imagination and civilization.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of the acclaimed debut, The Mayor’s Tongue.
His essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Review
of Books, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. Born in New York
City, he now lives New Orleans.
Author speaks Italian.
Denmark: Ordenes By
Germany: Klett-Cotta
Holland: Anthos
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“Let’s just, right away, recognize how prescient this charming,
terrifying, comic novel of apocalyptic manners is…. Rich’s prose is so
immediate, so urgent…that the loss, the chaos is devastating…”
–New York Review of Books
“This brilliantly conceived and extremely well-executed novel – no
glue and tape here – is the opposite of a disaster. A knockout of a
book by a young writer to keep your eye on from now on.”
–Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered
“Intelligent, exhaustively researched… Any sentence from Rich is
worth reading, any thought worth pondering in this ambitious novel
of ideas.”
–New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
“An irresistible literary thriller… Rich mines the terror of our times.”
–Rolling Stone
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Free Press (August 19, 2014)
Editor: Priscilla Painton
Galleys available
William Deresiewicz
A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of
insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be—
but aren’t—providing.
As a professor at Yale, Bill Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him
deeply. His students, some of the nation’s brightest minds, were adrift when
it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how
to find a sense of purpose.
Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that
begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and
culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a
member of Yale’s admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the
humanities to "practical" subjects like economics and computer science,
students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways. Deresiewicz
explains how college should be a time for self-discovery, when students can
establish their own values and measures of success, so they can forge their
own path. He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who's
interested in the direction of American society, featuring quotes from real
students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly
exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions.
Korea: Darun
Taiwan: Sun Color
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William Deresiewicz is a contributing writer for The Nation and
contributing editor for The New Republic and The American Scholar. He speaks
regularly on the state of education in America at schools and leadership
conferences across the country to enormous interest and acclaim. An
associate professor of English at Yale until 2008, he is the author of the
highly acclaimed A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About
Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.
“Deresiewicz’s book is in and of itself a higher education, and to read
it is to learn what’s a college for. The author is an inspired teacher,
and his lesson is of a truth sorely needing to be told.”
–Lewis Lapham
“William Deresiewicz is one of America’s best young public
intellectuals. He has written a passionate, deeply informed, and
searing critique of the way we are educating our young. Whether you
agree or disagree - and I found myself doing both - you must read this
book. It should spark a great debate on America's campuses and
–Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post American World)
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Random House (February, 2013)
Editor: Andy Ward
Paperback edition available
Emily Bazelon
A New York Times Bestseller
Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the
Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging.
Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has
taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know
all too well.
No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who
has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of
teenage drama. In Sticks and Stones, she brings readers on a deeply researched,
clear-eyed journey into the ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and
its sometimes devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book
that takes us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of
Facebook, the website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now
Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at The New
York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School.
Before joining Slate, she worked as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School,
and lives in New Haven.
“Intelligent, rigorous . . . [Emily Bazelon] is a compassionate
champion for justice in the domain of childhood’s essential
–Andrew Solomon, The New York Times Book Review
Japan: Hayakawa
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Joelle Dieu
@ Random House US:
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“[Bazelon] does not stint on the psychological literature, but the result
never feels dense with studies; it’s immersive storytelling with a sturdy
base of science underneath, and draws its authority and power from
–New York
“A humane and closely reported exploration of the way that hurtful
power relationships play out in the contemporary public-school
setting . . . As a parent herself, [Bazelon] brings clear, kind analysis to
complex and upsetting circumstances.”
–The Wall Street Journal
“[A] richly detailed, thought-provoking book.”
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–The Washington Post
Nina Munk
Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
Doubleday (September 10, 2013)
Editor: Bill Thomas
Finished copies available
A powerful account of Jeffrey Sachs’s ambitious quest to end global
“The poor you will always have with you,” to cite the Gospel of Matthew
26:11. Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary
General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The
End of Poverty—disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be
solved. With single-minded determination he has attempted to put into
practice his theories about ending extreme poverty, through the Millennium
Villages Project, to prove that the world's most destitute people can be lifted
onto “the ladder of development.”
For the past six years, Nina Munk has reported deeply on the Millennium
Villages Project, accompanying Sachs on his official trips to Africa and
listening in on conversations with heads-of-state, humanitarian
organizations, rival economists, and development experts. She has
immersed herself in the lives of people in two Millennium villages: Ruhiira,
in southwest Uganda, and Dertu, in the arid borderland between Kenya and
Somalia. Accepting the hospitality of camel herders and small-hold farmers,
and witnessing their struggle to survive, Munk came to understand the reallife issues that challenge Sachs’s formula for ending global poverty.
The Idealist is the profound and moving story of what happens when the
abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the reality of human life.
For all rights queries, contact
Suzanne Smith @ Doubleday:
[email protected]
Nina Munk, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is a journalist and the
author of Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time
Warner. She was previously a senior writer at Fortune, and before that a
senior editor at Forbes. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York
Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Fortune, and the New York Times.
“In one of the most readable and evocative accounts of poverty ever
written, The Idealist shows that virtually nothing about foreign aid is
ever ‘easy’… Superb.”
–William Easterly, Barron’s
“A sharply rendered and deeply disillusioned account… With
impressive persistence, unflagging empathy and journalistic derringdo, Ms. Munk…document[s] the project’s progress.”
–James Traub, The Wall Street Journal
“Nina Munk has written a fascinating book about a fascinating man.”
–Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World
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Dr. Manning Marable
MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention
Viking (2011)
Editor: Wendy Wolf
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History
2011 National Book Award Finalist
2011 National Book Critics Circle Finalist
New York Times Bestseller
A Best Book of the Year:
The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The
New Yorker, The Nation, Entertainment Weekly,
Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post
Years in the making – the definitive biography of the legendary
black activist.
A 2011 National Book Award finalist, Manning Marable's new biography
of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and
shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds
a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus
Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights
movement in the fifties and sixties. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive
work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with
revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American
tradition, to remake himself anew.
UK: Penguin UK
Brazil: Editora Schwarcz Ltda.
France: Editions Syllepse
Italy: Donzelli Editore
Sweden: Leopard Forlag
Turkey: Penguen Kitap Basim Yayin
For all rights queries, please
contact Hal Fessenden
@ Penguin Group:
Manning Marable (1950–2011) was the M. Moran Weston and Black
Alumni Council Professor of African American Studies and a professor
of history and public affairs at Columbia University. He was the founding
director of African American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003,
and also served as director of Columbia’s Center for Contemporary Black
History. The author of fifteen books, Marable also edited the quarterly
journal Souls.
“An extraordinary portrait of a man and his time… A masterpiece.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“It will be difficult for anyone to better this book… It is a work of
art, a feast that combines genres skillfully: biography, true crime,
political commentary.”
–Washington Post
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D.T. Max
A Life of David Foster Wallace
Viking Penguin (2012)
Editor: Paul Slovak
Paperback edition available
A New York Times Bestseller
Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2012:
New York Times (Michiko Kakutani), Slate & The Daily Beast
A Times (UK) Best Biography of 2012
Named a Best Book of 2012 by The Economist, The Financial Times,
Village Voice, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, & Kansas City Star
The first biography of the most influential writer of his generation.
David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his era, a man who not
only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his
brilliant mind. In this, the first biography of the writer, D. T. Max sets out to
chart Wallace’s tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed
as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his
masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Written with the cooperation of Wallace’s family and
friends and with access to hundreds of his unpublished letters, manuscripts,
and audio tapes.
D.T. Max is the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery,
which Salon named one of the five best non-fiction books of 2006. He is a
staff writer for The New Yorker.
Author speaks Italian and Spanish.
UK: Portobello
China: Horizon Media
France: Editions de L’Olivier
Germany: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Italy: Stile Libero
Spain: Debate
“In his revealing new biography, D. T. Max gives us a sympathetic
appraisal of Wallace’s life and work, tracing the connections between
the two, while mapping the wellsprings of his philosophical vision.”
–Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“[A] tremendous biography of the feted American novelist…a
supremely understated and magnificently comprehensive life of a
remarkable writer.”
–Sunday Times
“As illuminating, multifaceted, and serious an estimation of David
Foster Wallace’s life and work as we can hope to find.”
–Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
“[A] scrupulous and affecting biography”
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–Financial Times
Joshua Foer
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Penguin Press (2011)
Editor: Ann Godoff
International Bestseller
New York Times Bestseller
#1 Amazon.com Bestseller
Named One of the Best Books of 2011:
Amazon, New York Times (Michiko Kakutani),
O Magazine, Sunday Times, Globe & Mail, Salon, Discover
Magazine, Men’s Journal
An instant bestseller and blockbuster phenomenon, Foer’s unlikely journey
from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion
explores the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.
Joshua Foer has written for National Geographic, Esquire, The New York
Times, The Washington Post and Slate. He is the founder of Atlas Obscura, an
online compendium of the world’s curiosities.
“In his captivating new book…the young journalist Joshua Foer
tackles the subject of memory the way George Plimpton tackled pro
football and boxing. … His narrative is smart and funny and, like the
work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it’s informed by a humanism that enables
its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger
philosophical and cultural context.”
–Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“[T]he most entertaining science book of the year”
–The Sunday Times, Best Books of the Year
UK: Penguin Press
Brazil: Ediouro
China: CITIC
Croatia: Znanje
Czech: Jota
Denmark: Hr. Ferdinand
Estonia: Aripaev
Finland: Atena
France: Laffont
Germany: Riemann Verlag
Greece: Livanis
Holland: De Bezige Bij
Hungary: Park
Indonesia: PT Gramedia
Iceland: Forlagið
Israel: Modan
Italy: Longanesi
Japan: X-Knowledge
Korea: Woongjin Think Big
Lithuania: Media
Norway: Forlaget
Poland: Harbor Point
Portugal: Livros d’Hoje
Romania: Litera
Russia: Lomonosov
Serbia: Mono and Manana
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Spain: Seix Barral
Sweden: Natur och Kultur
Taiwan: Oak Tree / Cite
Thailand: Post Publishing
Turkey: Altin Kitaplar
Vietnam: TRE
Grace Coddington
Random House (2012)
Editor: Susan Kamil
GRACE: A Memoir
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
The highly anticipated memoir of a fashion legend – the star of The
September Issue and the Creative Director of American Vogue.
Beautiful. Wilful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent
and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her
an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those
behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it
not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned
publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity.
With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and
peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader
through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when
models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her
early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as
David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera
to become fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began
creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988
she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and
imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appears in this book, have
become instant classics.
UK: Chatto & Windus
Brazil: Record
China: Hunan Literature and Art
Finland: Nemo
France: Albin Michel
Holland: Atlas-Contact
Japan: Space Showers Networks
Korea: Bookie
Russia: Sindbad
Spain: Turner Libros
Taiwan: Azoth
Turkey: Sho-pigo
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Linda Shaughnessy @ AP Watt:
[email protected]
Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will
introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists,
photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her
signature images.
Grace Coddington lives in New York City and Long Island with her
partner, Didier Malige, and their two cats, Bart and Pumpkin.
“Splashy, dishy…charmingly forthright.”
–Janet Maslin, New York Times
“If Wintour is the Pope . . . Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to
paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year.”
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Marco Roth
THE SCIENTISTS: A Family Romance
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012)
Editor: Jonathan Galassi
A Vogue, LA Times, & New Republic Best Book of 2012
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
A memoir from a founding editor of the lauded journal n +1.
The precocious only child of a doctor and a classical musician, Marco Roth
was able to share his parents’ New York. Theirs was a world that revolved
around house concerts, a private library of literary classics, and discussions of
the latest advances in medicine—and one that ended when Marco’s father
started to suffer the worst effects of the AIDS virus that had infected him in
the early 1980s. What this family could not talk about for years came to
dominate the lives of its surviving members, with surprising and often
devastating effects. Written in the tradition of Edmund Gosse, Henry Adams,
and J. R. Ackerley, The Scientists is a book that grapples with a troubled
intellectual and emotional inheritance—the ways in which we learn from our
parents, and then learn to see them separately from ourselves.
Marco Roth has written extensively for n+1, which he co-founded in 2004.
The recipient of the 2011 Shattuck Prize for literary criticism, he has
contributed to The New York Times, The Nation, and the Times Literary
Supplement, among other publications.
Author speaks French, Spanish, Italian and German.
“It is an exquisitely written and intensely interior book, one that
eschews the contemporary memoir’s penchant for epiphanies,
redemption and tidy resolutions.”
–Laura Miller, Salon
UK: Union Books
Italy: Indiana Editore
“Circuitous, elegant and fiercely intelligent… With the wisdom of a
good reader and the humility of a lost soul, Mr. Roth sorts through the
mess of his past—in order to plot his escape from it.”
–The Economist
“[T]his slim, fierce meditation takes readers into realms where more
emotional, confessional tales rarely tread.”
–Maureen Corrigan, NPR
“[B]eautifully intelligent and moving…a literary detective story and
also an object lesson in the way the self can be constituted by
–Adam Kirsch, The New Republic
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JAMES WOLCOTT of Vanity Fair
“Among the last of the great, garrulous, generalist critics…” –New York Times
CRITICAL MASS: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews,
Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs
Doubleday (Oct. 15, 2013)
Editor: Gerry Howard
A career-spanning collection of essays and cultural journalism from one of the most
acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time -from his early-seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock ’n’
roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism of the eighties and nineties
that made him both feared and famous to his must-read reports on the cultural
weather for Vanity Fair.
“Mr. Wolcott’s cultural criticism is ecstatic and alive, and this big box of his
best stuff is absurdly entertaining — a rolling series of intellectual lightning
strikes. Pound for pound, sentence for sentence, for a certain kind of reader,
this is the book of the year.”
–Dwight Garner’s 10 Favorite Books of 2013, The New York Times
All rights available
“[A] collection of hundreds, maybe thousands, of the most consistently
surprising sentences any American critic has written. This book about the ups
and downs of performance is itself a great show.”
–New York Review of Books
My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in the Seventies
Doubleday (2011)
Editor: Gerry Howard
From one of our most admired (and feared) cultural critics, a memoir that
captures all the gritty, grubby glamour of New York in the awful/wonderful
In the autumn of 1972, a very young and green James Wolcott arrived in New York
from Maryland, full of literary dreams, equipped with a letter of introduction from
Norman Mailer, and having no idea what was about to hit him. This portrait of a critic
as a young man is also a rollicking, acutely observant portrait of a legendary time and
All rights available
–The Wall Street Journal
“The Village Voice in the 1970s, Patti Smith and the punk scene, porno theaters
in Times Square, Pauline Kael and her acolytes—New York City journalism at
its gossipy best.”
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PERFECT RIGOR: A Genius & the
Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century
Harcourt (2009)
The fascinating true story of mathematics, genius, global politics, and
In 2006, Grigory Perelman, a forty-year-old Russian mathematical genius, solved
the Poincare conjecture, one of the seven great mathematical mysteries of the
last century. For his efforts, Perelman was among the four recipients of the
Fields Medal—mathematicians’ equivalent of the Nobel Prize—but he refused
the award. In March 2010, Perelman won the Millennium Prize from the Clay
Mathematics Institute, and rejected it as well. In Perfect Rigor, Masha Gessen
explores the world of mathematics’ most reclusive genius.
“Perelman and the world of Soviet maths training make a fascinating,
moving tale, and in Perfect Rigor Masha Gessen tells it brilliantly.”
–Tom Stoppard, The Guardian
UK: Icon Books
China: Beijing Canglang
France: Globe
Germany: Suhrkamp
Greece: Tavlos
Israel: Books in the Attic
Japan: Bungeishunju
Korea: Sejong
Russia: Corpus
Taiwan: Faces Publishing Ltd.
Vietnam: Tre Publishing
BLOOD MATTERS: From Inherited Illness to Designed Babies,
How the World and I found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene
Harcourt (2008)
A Financial Times Best Science Book of 2008
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
A personal look at the possibilities and effects of genetic testing.
In 2004, genetic testing revealed that Masha Gessen had a mutation that
predisposed her to ovarian and breast cancer. As she wrestled with a wrenching
personal decision – what to do with such knowledge – Gessen explored the
landscape of this brave new world, exploring the way genetic information is
shaping whom we marry, the children we bear, even the personality traits we
UK: Granta
“A harrowing, sharply observed, fascinating book – a journal of Gessen's
compelling inner and outward journey through science, family, and fate.”
–Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief
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Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
CITIZENVILLE: How to Take the
Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government
Penguin Press (February, 2013)
Editor: Ann Godoff
Paperback edition available
“Gavin Newsom is a clear-eyed public servant who has never been
satisfied with the status quo. Citizenville makes a fascinating case for a
more engaged government, transformed to meet the challenges and
possibilities of the 21st century, and where technology brings the
critical tools of our democracy closer to its citizens than ever before.”
–Bill Clinton
By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American
innovation, the lieutenant governor of California and rising star of
American politics charts a bright future for open-source government.
Citizenville is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to
dissolve political gridlock and transform democracy – in America, and around
the world. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we
communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our
relationship with government. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom explores
the many ways in which technology can transform government and empower
citizens: Opening up vast troves of government data, then letting people
create apps to use them wisely. Harnessing the popularity of online games to
establish a kind of “Angry Birds for Democracy.” Inventing new feedback
loops so people can take active part in every facet of governing.
Lt. Governor, California (2011-)
Mayor, San Francisco
90,000+ followers on Facebook
1million+ followers on Twitter
All rights available
Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with thought leaders in business, tech
and government, Citizenville charts Newson’s quest to bring government into
the 21st century.
Gavin Newsom is the forty-ninth lieutenant governor of the State of
California. A former two-term mayor of San Francisco and World Economic
Forum Young Global Leader, he has founded fifteen small businesses in the
San Francisco Bay area.
“A passionate and well-reasoned argument for a new style of
government that would treat the citizenry not just as spectators but as
–Booklist (starred)
“With Citizenville, [Newsom] provides a blueprint for a government
that can tap into the creativity, innovation and transparency that define
digital and social media, and makes the case for using all the tools at
our disposal to improve our government -- and our lives.”
–Arianna Huffington, founder, The Huffington Post
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Alex Stone
FOOLING HOUDINI: Magicians, Mentalists,
Math Geeks & the Hidden Powers of the Mind
HarperCollins (2012)
Editor: Tim Duggan
An Amazon.com Best Book of the Year
An exploration that probes the science of deception, the limits of
consciousness, and the mysteries of the human mind.
Fooling Houdini charts Alex Stone’s journey through the subterranean world of
magic and magicians and his quest to join the ranks of the masters. It reveals
an exclusive community shrouded in secrecy, stirred by obsession and
brilliance, ingenuity and ambition, and organized around an implacable need
to prove one’s worth by deceiving others. In trying to understand magic, he
ends up asking questions about how the mind perceives the world and parses
everyday experience, about how it can improve at distinguishing reality from
illusion. Magic is, at its roots, about how the mind works – and why,
sometimes, it doesn’t.
Alex Stone is a writer and magician, who received his MA in Physics from
Columbia University. He has worked as an editor at Discover magazine, and
has written for The New York Times, Harper’s, Science, and The New Republic.
Author speaks Spanish.
“A cheery, inquisitive book about a world where math, physics,
cognitive science and pure geeky fanaticism intersect…”
–Janet Maslin, New York Times
UK: Heinemann
Canada: Doubleday Canada
China: CITIC
Hungary: HVG
Japan: Tokuma Shoten
Spain: Debate
Taiwan: Business Weekly
“[S]tudded with historical factoids, charming anecdotes and a variety
of behind-the-curtain insider secrets to classic magic trick… Magically
“Stone has written a masterful story that is bursting with energy,
inventiveness, and a sense of wonder on every page… I couldn’t put
Fooling Houdini down!”
–Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics
“This book is clever and winning—and well written, too. In turning
our attention away from the magic and towards the magicians, Stone
has pulled off an excellent trick.”
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Sunday Times
Jodi Kantor
Little, Brown (2012)
Editor: Geoff Shandler
A New York Times Notable Book of 2012
New York Times Bestseller
The inside story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s lives as President
and First Lady.
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a
long-running debate with his wife. Contrary to Michelle Obama’s fears,
politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. He would lead
the U.S. through a series of systemic reforms and together they would live
the most normal and sane White House life possible.
Then they moved in.
Filled with riveting reportorial detail, emotional and psychological depth,
and a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate
portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the
American President and First Lady.
Jodi Kantor was the youngest person in memory to edit a section of the
New York Times and in 2007 she started covering the Obamas for the
newspaper. The recipient of a Columbia Young Alumni Achievement
Award, was chosen as one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” rising stars.
Author speaks Hebrew.
UK: Allen Lane
Estonia: Eram
Germany: Droemer Knaur
Holland: Atlas
“A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small
gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong
marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its
complexities and its disappointments. Ms. Kantor also — and this is
a key — has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first
book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due.”
–New York Times
“A fascinating look at the intricate dynamics of an ordinary marriage,
an unusual home, and an extraordinary presidency.”
–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“Kantor’s book is one of the best portraits yet of the arguments in this
particular White House.”
–Ezra Klein, New York Review of Books
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Jenny Rosenstrach
Ecco (2012)
Editor: Lee Boudreaux
Inspired by her beloved blog, Jenny Rosenstrach’s Dinner: A Love
Story is many wonderful things: a memoir, a love story, a practical
how-to guide for strengthening family bonds by making the most of
dinnertime, and a compendium of magnificent, palate-pleasing
Rosenstrach, and her husband, Andy, regularly, some might say
pathologically, cook dinner for their family every night. Even when they
work long days. Even when their kids’ schedules pull them in eighteen
different directions. They are not superhuman. They are not from another
Using the same straight-up, inspiring voice that readers of her award-winning
blog, Dinner: A Love Story, have come to count on, Jenny never judges and
never preaches. Every meal she dishes up is a real meal, one that has been
cooked and eaten and enjoyed at least a half dozen times by someone in
Jenny’s house. With inspiration and game plans for any home cook at any
level, Dinner: A Love Story is as much for the novice who doesn't know where
to start as it is for the gourmand who doesn’t know how to start over when
she finds herself feeding an intractable toddler or for the person who never
thought about home-cooked meals until he or she became a parent. This
book is, in fact, for anyone interested in learning how to make a meal to be
shared with someone they love, and about how so many good, happy
things happen when we do.
All rights available
Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of Dinner: A Love Story, a website devoted
to family dinner, and a contributor to Bon Appétit magazine.
“[Rosenstrach] exudes warmth and manic eccentricity. Her book is an
engaging memoir first…a work of popular nonfiction that would stand
on its own as literature.”
–LA Review of Books
“Warm, funny, packed with recipes and photos, and reassuringly
nonjudgmental, it will help inspire the most faint-hearted of cooks to
pre-heat the oven.”
–Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“[N]ot only a wonderful read, but a book studded with excellent
recipes and tips.”
–Amanda Hesser, co-founder of FOOD52.com
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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Harper (2011)
Editor: Julia Cheiffetz
New York Times Bestseller: Hardcover & Paperback
The true story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to
the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan.
When the Taliban closed her university, nineteen-year-old Kamela Sediqi’s
dream of becoming a college professor came to an end. Frustrated by the
lack of opportunity for women in her community, the headstrong young
woman defied Taliban law and started her own sewing business, employing
women in her neighbourhood and selling dresses to local clothing stores
owned exclusively by men.
This is the remarkable, inspiring account of how one young woman risked
her life to help her country, employing over one hundred women in her
community and helping them survive the dark years of Taliban rule.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon served as a broadcast journalist for nearly ten
years with ABC News. She is currently contributing Editor-at-Large at
Newsweek and deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at
the Council on Foreign Relations, where she studies how women persevere
in countries ravaged by war.
Author speaks Spanish, German, French, and Dari.
UK: John Murray
Brazil: Seoman
China: Beijing Booky
Germany: Sudwest Verlag
India (Marathi): Mehta
Indonesia: PT Gramedia Pustaku
Italy: Sperling & Kupfer
Lithuania: Baltos Lankos
Norway: Histoire & Kultur
Poland: Proszynski
Spain: Aguilar
Taiwan: New Century
“[A] transporting, enlightening book… [A] celebration of women the
world over who support their loved ones with tenacity, inventiveness
and sheer guts.”
–People, 4/4 stars
“The Dressmaker is pure inspiration…it reveals in acute detail the
anxiety of ordinary people trying to fold their lives around the whims
and laws of abusive regimes.”
Angeles Times
“An Afghan family finds a way to survive in Kabul under Taliban rule
in this awe-inspiring true story. Fans of Three Cups of Tea are sure to
embrace this powerful and humbling book.”
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Eli Pariser
What the Internet Is Hiding from You
Penguin Press (2011)
Editor: Ann Godoff
Why it matters that the Net knows your name
In The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser takes on a phenomenon that has gone largely
undetected: personalized filters are sweeping the web, creating individual
universes of news, information and advertising. In a personalized world, we
will increasingly be fed only information that is familiar, pleasant, and
confirms our beliefs—and since these filters are invisible, we won’t know
what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are
exposed to in the future, putting our creativity, our learning, and even our
democracy in peril.
Eli Pariser is the board president, and former executive director, of
MoveOn.org, which at 5 million members is one of the largest citizens’
organizations in American politics. He is the co-founder of Upworthy, a
new site devoted to promoting socially impactful contact via social media.
He also co-founded Avaaz.org, a global online advocacy community, which
has over 5.5 million members worldwide.
Eli was a prominent speaker at TED2011, where curator Chris Anderson
called Eli’s talk “explosive.” His talk has attracted hundreds of thousands
of views:
“[A] powerful indictment”
UK: Viking UK
Brazil: Zahar
Germany: Hanser
Italy: Il Saggiatore
Japan: Hayakawa
Korea: Sigongsa
Russia: Mann, Ivanov, & Faber
Taiwan: Rive Gauche
-The Wall Street Journal
“[A] valuable exposition of what living and learning through Google
and Facebook will mean for our lives as citizens.”
–The Atlantic
“If you feel that the Web is your wide open window on the world, you
need to read this book to understand what you aren’t seeing.”
–Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget
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Pauline Chen
Knopf (July, 2012)
Editor: Jordan Pavlin
Inspired by the classic Chinese novel, The Dream of the Red
Chamber, a lyrical story of love, ambition, duty and destiny.
Against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of
three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion.
When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with
her cousins in the capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendour.
She soon finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions,
reaching from the petty gossip of the servants’ quarters all the way to the
Imperial Palace. When a political coup overthrows the Emperor and plunges
the once-mighty family into grinding poverty, each woman must choose
between love and duty, friendship and survival.
Pauline Chen earned her BA from Harvard, her JD from Yale Law, and her
PhD in East Asian studies from Princeton. She has taught Chinese language,
literature, and film at the University of Minnesota and Oberlin College. She
is also the author of the children’s novel Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas.
Author speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
“With just the right blend of the highbrow literary and guilty summer
pulp, Chen just might put this 18th-century classic on 21st-century
bestseller lists.”
–Library Journal
“Bold and memorable… Chen retells and recreates in lush detail the
daily life inside the Rongguo Mansion, where scandalous secrets and
lies are hidden behind a grand façade.”
–Chicago Tribune
UK: Virago
France: Robert Laffont
Holland: De Bezige Bij
Italy: Sperling & Kupfer
Poland: Ksiaznica
Spain: Maeva
Thailand: Sanskrit
“Pauline Chen has reimagined the characters from my very favorite
novel to make a compelling new version of China’s great literary
masterpiece. The Red Chamber…will transport you into an altogether
new world.”
–Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
“In Pauline Chen’s transporting interpretation of the Chinese classic,
the byzantine machinations and behind-the-screen politics of the Jia
family are so skillfully rendered as to bring to mind a delicate ink
painting suddenly and vividly brought to life. A remarkable
–Janice Lee, author of The Piano Teacher
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Suzanne Rivecca
W.W. Norton (2010)
Editor: Jill Bialosky
Shortlisted, 2011 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award
Winner of the 2011-12 Rome Prize
2011 PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist
NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalist
Story Prize Finalist
California Book Award Finalist
In her first collection, Suzanne Rivecca explores what it means to be
whole and damaged as a woman in the world.
Death Is Not an Option takes us into a world where girls and women try and
often fail to negotiate the boundaries of their lives; where intimacy and
attachment are woefully misunderstood; where trauma, sex and religion
Her next work will be a novel, The Habitants, about a cross country trip Walt
Whitman took with his brother, a pivotal time in Whitman’s development
as an artist and a man.
Suzanne Rivecca’s fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices and
Granta among other publications. A winner of the Pushcart Prize and a
former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is a recipient of
the 2011-12 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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“A gripping collection…all of Suzanne Rivecca’s stories examine
what it means – and what it costs – to be saved.”
–New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
“A ferociously intelligent debut collection…a rare pleasure.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“Recalls early Gaitskill in its stark depiction of girls who lost their
innocence long before they knew it was theirs to lose.”
“[Rivecca’s] talent allows her to impressively flex the muscle of
fiction, making us keep our attention where it belongs—on these
bracing stories promising a fine career.”
“What is most unforgettable about this collection is its sharp
language and rich detail, signifying the arrival of a wonderful new
–Annie Tully, Booklist
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Benjamin Kunkel
Random House (2005)
Editor: Dan Menaker
New York Times Bestseller
Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he’s having a midlife
Dwight lives a dissolute existence in a tiny apartment with three (sometimes
four) slacker roommates, holds a mind-numbing job at the pharmaceutical
giant Pfizer, and has a chronic inability to make up his mind. When he is
offered an experimental drug meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at
the chance (after vacillating about the hazards of jumping) and swallows the
first fateful pill.
When all at once he is “pfired” by Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in
exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds
himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble is that Dwight can’t decide if
the pills are actually working…
Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, Dwight’s would-be romantic escape
becomes a hilarious journey into the foreign terrain of his changed mind.
Benjamin Kunkel grew up in Colorado. He has written for Dissent, The
Nation, and the New York Review of Books, and is a founding editor of the
magazine n+1.
“The funniest and smartest coming-of-age novel in years.”
–Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review
UK: Picador
Brazil: Rocco
Catalan: Ediciones Proa
Croatia: Algoritham
Holland: Lebowski
France: Belfond
Germany: Berlin Verlag
Greece: Ellinika Grammata
Israel: Kinneret
Italy: Rizzoli
Norway: Bazar
Poland: Muza
Russia: AST
Spain: Destino
“…Kunkel may unfairly be compared to David Foster Wallace or
Rick Moody, but unlike them he has succeeded in writing a novel
that’s clever without being self-conscious. Dwight’s plot never plays
second-fiddle to Benjamin Kunkel’s intelligence. My advice? Read
this one.”
–Washington Post Book World
“[This] book really knocked me out.”
–Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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Nathaniel Rich
Riverhead (2008)
Editor: Sean McDonald
In the tradition of Italo Calvino, Nathaniel Rich creates a playful, magical
world of captivating characters.
Two narratives follow a young man and an old man, whose adventures take them
from New York City to the mountainous borderlands of north-eastern Italy, a place
where the line between thought and reality dissolves and stories take on lives of
their own. Over this fairy tale landscape looms the Mayor, a mythic and monstrous
figure considered a “beautiful creator” by his townspeople, whose pull becomes
Nathaniel Rich’s essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York
Review of Books, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. Born in New York
City, he now lives New Orleans.
“Surprising friendships, small intimacies of fidelity and kindness, large
gestures of joy: The Mayor’s Tongue does all these so well, pointing the way
to Nathaniel Rich’s promise as a fiction writer.”
–New York Times Book Review
“The Mayor's Tongue is a playful, highly intellectual novel about serious
subjects—the failure of language, for one, and how we cope with that failure
in order to keep ourselves sane.”
–Washington Post
“This is an elegantly-structured, brilliantly-told novel, by turns terrifying,
touching, and wildly funny, and always generous and magical.”
–Stephen King
UK: Chatto & Windus
Denmark: Ordenes By
Holland: Anthos
Italy: Neri Pozza
“The Mayor's Tongue reminds me of Peter Carey's early work—the highest
possible praise. It's clear from the very first pages that Nathaniel Rich can
really write...all at once impossible and endlessly elegant.”
–Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
“Ambitious, intelligent, hallucinatory, and, most important: heartfelt. Here
is a young writer who is not afraid to give literature a kick in the pants, a
writer deep in the thrall of language.”
–Gary Shtyengart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
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William Deresiewicz
How Six Novels Taught Me About Love,
Friendship and the Things that Really Matter
Penguin Press (2011)
Editor: Ann Godoff
A vindication of the women’s novel, an eloquent memoir of a young
man’s life transformed by literature, and a novel-by-novel account of
the life lessons that Austen has to teach us all.
Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A
sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have
anything to offer him. Then he read Emma—and everything changed.
In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of
Austen’s characters with his own youthful follies, demonstrating the power of
the great novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, growing up and making
mistakes are one and the same. Honest, erudite, and deeply moving, A Jane
Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside
William Deresiewicz was an associate professor of English at Yale
University until 2008 and is a widely published literary critic who writes for a
popular audience. His reviews and criticism regularly appear in The New
Republic, The Nation, The American Scholar, the London Review of Books, and The
New York Times. In 2008 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award
for reviews and criticism.
“Seeing a favorite critic expound at length on a favorite author is an
undersung form of literary pleasure -- as close as you can get to reading
two great writers at the same time.”
–Laura Miller, Salon
Brazil: Rocco
Italy: Tea
Korea: Jaeseung Book Gold Co.
Russia: Tri Sovy
Taiwan: Linking Publisher
“Sharp, endearingly self-effacing . . . a profound truth lies embedded in
Deresiewicz’s witty account.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“Like Austen, Deresiewicz is lucid, principled and knows how to think
as well as how to feel, without ever sacrificing one to the other…. a
delightful and enlightening book.
“With A Jane Austen Education, Deresiewicz writes with discerning wit
and quiet perception about the lessons in friendship, empathy, honesty,
happiness, and love he learns from each of Austen's immortal novels.
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Alisa Solomon
A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof
Metropolitan Books (October, 2013)
Editor: Riva Hocherman
A sparkling and eye-opening history of the Broadway musical that
changed the world.
In the half-century since its premiere, Fiddler on the Roof has had an
astonishing global impact. Beloved by audiences the world over, performed
from rural high schools to grand state theaters, Fiddler is a supremely potent
cultural landmark. In a history as captivating as its subject, award-winning
drama critic Alisa Solomon traces how and why the story of Tevye the
milkman, the creation of the great Yiddish writer Sholem-Aleichem, was
reborn as blockbuster entertainment and a cultural touchstone, not only for
Jews and not only in America. Audiences everywhere found in
Fiddler immediate resonance and a usable past, whether in Warsaw, where it
unlocked the taboo subject of Jewish history, or in Tokyo, where the
producer asked how Americans could understand a story that is “so
Japanese.” Wonder of Wonders reveals the surprising and enduring legacy of a
show about tradition that itself became a tradition.
Alisa Solomon teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of
Journalism, where she directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the MA
program. A theater critic and general reporter for The Village Voice, she has
also contributed to The New York Times, The Nation, Tablet, The Forward, and
other publications. Her first book, Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and
Gender, won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She lives
in New York City.
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“As rich and dense as a chocolate babka—so crammed with tasty
layers that you have to pace yourself… As brilliant a piece of reporting
as I’ve read this year.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“The aptly-titled Wonder of Wonders is the richest, deepest, most farranging, continuously and delightfully surprising book about a single
work of theatrical art I’ve ever encountered.”
–Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America
–The Wall Street Journal
“I have always been proud of Fiddler, but never more so than after
reading this astonishing book.”
–Sheldon Harnick, lyricist, Fiddler on the Roof
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Thea Goodman
A Novel
Holt (March, 2013)
Editor: Barbara Jones
A Redbook “Must-Read”
A hilarious, touching tour de force debut about love and the
transfiguring impact of parenthood.
Early one frigid, January morning, a new father spontaneously flees lower
Manhattan with his eight-month-old daughter for a weekend in the Caribbean.
It wasn’t a kidnapping, he wasn’t leaving his wife. John just wanted to give her a
chance to sleep. When Veronica awakes, truly rested for the first time in nearly
a year, she feels great – and embarks on a city adventure as misguided in its own
way as her husband’s impulsive escape. Told from the couple’s alternating
points of view, the story unfolds across one life-changing long weekend.
Veronica tries to recapture who she was before the baby. John struggles to care
for his daughter – far from the special homemade formula and high-end
diapers she requires. Young professionals, John and Veronica both face the
same question: how do you square the person you thought you were with the
awesome responsibility of a new baby? It is a story about sacrifice and survival,
but a love story all the same.
Thea Goodman has received the Columbia Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize
Special Mention and fellowships at Yaddo and Ragdale; her short stories have
appeared in the New England Review, Other Voices and Columbia. Born in New
York City, she holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY, and has taught
writing at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago
with her husband and children.
“Sharp, intuitive, and empathetic. . . Goodman offers a wickedly incisive
take on the pressures of parenthood and the resiliency of marital trust.”
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“Snug and elegant. . . Goodman, a prodigiously talented first-time
novelist, distils the keen drama of first-time parenting.”
–Gemma Sieff, Town and Country
“Thea Goodman shines in The Sunshine When She’s Gone.”
–Vanity Fair
“[A] page-turning portrait of a couple in crisis.”
–Vogue.com (a Spring Breakout Debut)
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