WELCOME TO YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
(Bloomsbury USA, September 2011)
Foreword by Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making
Hardcover (336 pages)
What’s going on in your child’s head? The answers are in this definitive book from the award-winning authors of Welcome to Your Brain.
How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries--and difficulties—encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But we forget one thing: brains do most of the work themselves. If we know how they work, we can worry less, enjoy our children more, and fill the right roles in their lives—through infancy, childhood, and until they leave the nest.
Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects like sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. Dispelling myths and overturning old wisdom, they address many important subjects: the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: it’s not IQ). This book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most importantly, when to relax.
WELCOME TO YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN is an authoritative work on how the mind grows. With practical advice for parents with kids aged 0-21, it will challenge myths, reveal surprising insights, and reshape the way you think about your children.
Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D, is the former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, the leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. During her career, she has read over five thousand neuroscience papers, given lectures at many universities, and attended over forty scientific meetings in ten countries. Her science writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo and the Times of London. She lives in Northern California with her husband.
Sam Wang, Ph.D, is an associate professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. He has published over fifty articles on the brain in leading scientific journals and has received numerous awards. His research and analysis have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has made numerous television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.
"Dr. Aamodt and Dr. Wang playfully and engagingly introduce us to the hidden talents of our children's brains."
–Mehmet Oz, M.D., Host of The Dr Oz Show and Professor and Vice Chair, Surgery of NY-Presbyterian/Columbia
“An excellent book…one that all parents should read.”—Lorraine Kelly, Host of ITV’s Lorraine (UK)
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Japanese: Toyo Keizai
Korean: Time Books
Portuguese (Brazil): Pensamento-Cultrix
Aamodt, Sandra and Sam Wang
WELCOME TO YOUR BRAIN: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life
(Bloomsbury, March 2008)
Trade Paperback, December 2008 (256 pages) Winner of the Young Adult 2009 AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Film (SB&F) Prize!
Turkey: Dogus-Iletisim Yayinlari
UK: Ebury/Random House
THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home (HarperCollins, June 2010)
Trade Paperback, May 2011 (368 pages)
UK Rights: HarperCollins UK A New York Times Bestseller!
In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on how our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term bad habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more.
Drawing on the sames experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most-talked about bestsellers of the past years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.
Dan Ariely is the author of the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational. A professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Business 2.0, Scientific American, and Science. Dan has appeared on CNN and CNBC and is a regular commentator on American Public Media’s Marketplace. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.
“You’ll never look at money, work, romance, revenge, politics, medicine, shopping, or happiness the same way again.” –David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist
“An eye-opening, insightful look at human behavior, proving that defying logic is part of what makes us human.”
“Entertaining and often counterintuitive…What lies in wait is a better understanding of your own irrational mind.”
–New York Times Book Review
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Indonesian: Mizan Publishing
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Russian: Mann, Ivanov, Ferber
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PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL: The Hidden Forces that Shape OurDecisions(HarperCollins, February 2008) (Revised Hardcover, May 2009)
Trade Paperback, May 2010 (400 pages)
UK rights with HarperCollins UK
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly Bestseller!
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year! Rights sold:
FINAL JEOPARDY: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything
(Houghton Mifflin, February 2011)
Hardcover (288 pages) Early E-Book Edition Available January 2011!
Author Stephen Baker carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM labs-- where developers are building a super-computer to master the quiz game of Jeopardy-- to the 2011 showdown in Hollywood of a nationally-televised match against two human masters of the realm of knowledge. The story features brilliant Ph.D.’s, Hollywood mogels, knowledge-obsessed game-show masters--and a very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson. The narrative reads much like a sports season: it starts at training camp and culminates in the championship game. It skips between top researcher David Ferrucci and his 25-member IBM team and the confidential human competitors as they prepare for this most unusual challenge.
At its essence, FINAL JEOPARDY is about the future of knowledge. What can Ferrucci and his team teach this machine? And what will millions of Watson's electronic offspring and heirs be capable of in 10 or 20 years? What will it mean to us, within a decade, to have the speed and fact-crunching power of Watson on our desks, or even in our phones? What's more, in a world teeming with such cognitive machinery, what skills and knowledge will humans require to remain essential (and employed)? How can we set ourselves apart?
FINAL JEOPARDY will be as fun and exciting for readers as the game of Jeopardy itself—and will leave readers with an appreciation for Ferrucci and his technologists, along with a keen understanding of what’s behind smart machines and the issues surrounding them: how they’ll fit into our world and how they’ll undoubtedly disrupt it.
Stephen Baker is the author of The Numerati and wrote for BusinessWeek for over twenty years, where, until recently, he was the senior technology writer. He blogs at TheNumerati.net and has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal.
“Baker's narrative is both charming and terrifying; as Watson's intelligence relentlessly increases, we envision whole job sectors, from call center operators and marketing analysts to, well, quiz-show contestants, vanishing overnight. The result is an entertaining romp through the field of artificial intelligence-and a sobering glimpse of things to come.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A highly readable and fascinating account of the number-driven world we now live in.”
–The Wall Street Journal “Like Tracy Kidder’s Soul of a New Machine (1981), Baker’s book finds us at the dawn of a singularity. It’s an excellent case study, and does good double duty as a Philip K. Dick scenario, too. –Kirkus Reviews Rights sold:
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Baker, Stephen THE NUMERATI
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2008)
Trade Paperback, September 2009 (256 pages)
New York Times Editor’s Choice!
A BusinessWeek Top Innovation & Design Book of 2008! An urgent look at how a global math elite is predicting and altering our behavior—at work, at the mall, and in bed. Praise:
“In this captivating exploration of digital nosiness, business reporter Baker spotlights a new breed of entrepreneurial mathematicians (the “Numerati”) engaged in harnessing the avalanche of private data individuals provide when they use a credit card, donate to a cause, surf the Internet—or even make a phone call… An intriguing but disquieting look at a not too distant future when our thoughts will remain private, but computers will disclose our tastes, opinions, habits and quirks to curious parties, not all of whom have our best interests at heart.”
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fascinating outing of the hidden yet exploding world of digital surveillance and stealthy intrusions into our decision-making processes as we buy food, make a date, or vote for president.” –Booklist, starred review
“A must-read for anyone who wants to understand life and business in the Google Age.”
– Chris Anderson, editor in chief, Wired and author of The Long Tail
Spanish (World): Planeta Mexico
UK: Jonathan Cape
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TERRORISTS IN LOVE: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals
(Free Press/S&S, October 2011)
Foreword by Peter Bergen Manuscript (288 pages)
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Politics Books of Fall 2011! Drawing on unprecedented access, a leading terrorism expert profiles six terrorists—their families, loves, motivations, and deadly missions—to offer an astonishing new portrait of Islamic extremists as we have never seen them before. Why does someone become an Islamist radical? What are his deepest beliefs? And is there any hope he can be turned away from terrorism? In the riveting TERRORISTS IN LOVE, Ken Ballen takes readers behind the headlines and into the hidden world of Islamic jihadists.
A former federal prosecutor and Congressional investigator, Ballen spent five years interviewing more than a hundred extremists throughout the Muslim world. Here, he shares the lives of six of them, including Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attach only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; and Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal Seer. Ballen probes these men’s hidden world, exposing for the first time the secret war councils of the Taliban leadership, where dreams and religious visions determine the course of war against the United States, and talks his way through the closed doors of the royal family of Saudi Arabia—the country that provides most of the funding for Al Qaeda.
According to CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, Ballen “has gone deeper inside this closed world of Muslim extremists than any other researcher” to deliver the first vivid, in depth and personal understanding of the world of Islamic militancy. More than this, Ballen offers an informed, urgent and clear assessment of the true nature of the threat America faces.
Ken Ballen is president and founder of Terror Free Tomorrow, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that investigates the causes of extremism. He has spent over two decades on the frontlines of law enforcement, international relations, intelligence oversight, and congressional investigations, and has regularly contributed to CNN and published articles inthe Washington Post, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian,among others. He lives near Washington, D.C.
“An unprecedented and unusual look at Islamic radicalism.” –Publishers Weekly
“Deploying techniques developed during his two decades as a prosecutor and investigator, Ken Ballen interviewed more than a hundred Islamist terrorists in depth, evincing from them their inner stories. Here he profiles six of these men, and the results are eye-opening and full of startling implications.”
—Daniel Pipes, founder and president of the Middle East Forum, and author of Militant Islam Reaches America
“TERRORISTS IN LOVE shatters the dominant dispassionate treatment of modern day Islamic purveyors of death and destruction and instead offers a profoundly intimate portal into the fragile, emotional, even sexual factors that drive their behavior. Ballen blasts past the clichés about what animates terrorists and takes readers to places that no one has gone before. The profiles and revelations in this book are at times as uncomfortable as they are vital to appreciate what lies in the mind of some terrorists. I couldn’t put the book down.”
—Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic and Senior Fellow & Founder, American Strategy Program
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SHOUTING WON’T HELP: Notes from the Land of the Hard of Hearing
(Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2013)
Proposal; Manuscript due October 2012
A parlor game: Would you rather be deaf or blind? Most people opt for deaf. Helen Keller, who experienced both, wrote that she regarded deafness as “a much worse misfortune,” cutting the sufferer off from “the intellectual company of men.” But Katherine Bouton didn’t have that choice.
A former editor at The New Yorker and The New York Times, Katherine—like 17% of the industrialized world’s population—is hard of hearing, and she has been that way for nearly 30 years. Her sudden and unexpected hearing loss came at a time when she was fully engaged in her competitive professional life in New York, where everyone talks fast and oral communication is essential. And she, like so many others, young and old—worked very hard to cover up her condition. In fact, most hearing loss goes uncorrected. Many people who could benefit from a hearing aid don’t actually use one—either due to vanity, cost, or due to the simple but frustrating reason that they just don’t work that well.
Cities around the world have always been noisy and people who live in them have always experienced noise-induced hearing loss. But these days, the decibel level on a typical city street averages about 90—enough to cause hearing damage in just eight hours. If it’s a midtown Manhattan street complete with a jackhammer (100 decibels), a construction site (100), and a panhandler playing amplified drums (110), it’s loud enough to cause serious hearing damage in those eight hours. And although Manhattan is the noisiest city in the world according to the W.H.O., Tokyo, Nagasaki, and Buenos Aires are not far behind. Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta vie for the top five, with Madrid following at their heels.
Audiologists agree that we are experiencing a worldwide epidemic of hearing impairment. The numbers are large, and growing. In the West in particular, the affected are younger and younger. Much of it is preventable. In SHOUTING WON’T HELP, Bouton uses her own experience—the physical and psychological journey into the land of the hearing impaired—as the narrative line for examining this phenomenon. In addition, she will interview experts on hearing and hearing loss, researchers looking into the causes and prevention of hearing loss, neurobiologists studying the brain’s role in hearing, specialists in hearing aid and cochlear implant technology, as well as other professionals in the field.
Katherine Bouton was a senior editor at The New York Times for 22 years, most recently as the Deputy Editor of The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and many other publications. Currently, she is a regular reviewer and contributor to Science Times and lives in New York City.
PICTURE STORIES: An Illustrated Wonderland of Guides and Stories and Other Things Too (Touchstone/S&S, Fall 2012)
Four color illustrations throughout
Proposal; Manuscript due March 2012 Based on the award-winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half (hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com) and in the tradition of The Oatmeal’s 5 Very Good Reasons To Punch A Dolphin In The Mouth, PICTURE STORIES is a quirky, illustrated guide to life based on the author’s beloved story style. Brosh is a decidedly unhipster, unsnarky blogger whose unique mix of humor, self-deprecation and crudely on-point illustrations set her apart from scores of other bloggers. The blog continues to grow with each post and currently has an impressive 6-10 million visitors a month, including fans from all over the world.
The book will feature over 50% brand new material and illustrations, several redesigned/expanded previous blog entries, and of course, many of the blog’s greatest hits in their original form.
Allie Brosh likes dogs and wolves and some styles of music. She originally wanted to become a medical researcher and save the world from cancer, but somewhere along the line she realized that she’s really not cut out to be a productive member of society. She now spends a great deal of time sitting on her couch wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito, trying to stay occupied by writing and drawing. She also writes the award-winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half.
Praise for Hyperbole and a Half:
"If you haven’t seen ‘Hyperbole and a Half,’ here’s a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist…[Brosh’s] writing is twisted and sharp but also earthy and accessible."
--Michael Humphrey, True/Slant "Two years ago, Michael Williamson and I produced a book about old dogs. It was the best we could do to explain the odd, nitwitty, wonderful, primitive complexity of the dog brain. It took us 140 pages and 65 photographs, and it is with enormous shame that I admit here that we failed. I say that because I recently encountered this item in this blog by Allie Brosh, titled Hyperbole and a Half. She does it better than we did, in half the space, and funnier. Also, she is very young. I hate her.”
--Gene Weingarten, Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist and humorist "I'm not a dog person. It's not that I don't like dogs, but they're not my thing, and usually I skip over any news-item, blog-post or conversation that contains the word ‘dog.’ Not my bag. But once I started reading Hyperbole and a Half's ‘Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,’ I found myself unable to stop -- except to laugh uproariously."
--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing