Dr. Carl Weiner is Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Integrative and Molecular Physiology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and the author of five textbooks including High Risk Pregnancy: Management Options, now entering its 4th edition, and the highest-selling text in high risk pregnancy in the world.
Kate Rope is a veteran health reporter and currently the web writer for DoctorOZ.com (the website for the popular Dr. Oz Show).Formerly, she was the health reporter for Life magazine and a founding editor of Health.com. Her writing has appeared in Life, Self, Shape, National Geographic Adventure, Glamour UK and Real Simple, among many other publications.
Whitfield, John PEOPLE WILL TALK: The Surprising Science of Reputation
(John Wiley & Sons, November 2011)
Manuscript, 319 pages British scientist and science journalist John Whitfield synthesizes the latest cutting edge research from several disciplines to shed new light on how reputation influences the world – including our individual lives and the lives of all those around us. Perhaps nothing contributes more to your success in life than your reputation, yet most people don’t understand how it works. Whitfield synthesizes decades of work in biology, psychology, economics, and anthropology to explain the reasons behind the importance of reputation and the role it plays in everything from our fascination with gossip to why states go to war and gang members indulge in senseless violence.
Uses the science of reputation to answer a range of social and behavioral questions, from “What’s the ideal number of Facebook friends?” (300) to “Why do young people post pictures of themselves drunk or wild when it might scare off potential employers or potential mates?” (Because it might scare off potential employers or potential mates.)
Explains the secret to getting a good reputation and explains why we work so hard to protect something that does not really belong to us, but to those who know us or of us
Examines why reputation is so important in human lives, including its role in determining trustworthiness and exercising control
Read PEOPLE WILL TALK and the next time you think your reputation is on the line, you’ll understand why it matters—and what you can do about it.
John Whitfield holds a Ph.D. in insect evolution from Cambridge University and was an editor at Nature for six years prior to turning to freelance journalism. He writes news, features and reviews for US magazines including Scientific American, Discover, Seed, and Science, UK magazines including New Scientist, Nature, the London Review of Books, and BBC Wildlife, and newspapers including the Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday. He is also the author of In the Beat of a Heart (Joseph Henry Press, 2006).
Rights sold: Japanese: Chukei
Portuguese (Brazil): Editora Record
US Audio: Audible
PERFECT IS OVERRATED
(St. Martin’s Press, Spring 2012)
Manuscript (351 pages)
Kate Hagen has been in bed for way too long. She adores her four-year-old daughter, Molly, but post-partum depression has left her sad, jobless, and without her formerly beloved homicide-cop husband. Then, one of the mothers from Molly’s preschool is murdered. Instead of feeling frightened, Kate perks right up. She wonders at her own callousness, yet comes alive searching for the murderer, reminding her happily of her years in the U.S. Attorney’s office before she left to raise Molly.
It becomes even more exciting – and, of course, more tragic – when two more mommies are killed. Kate finds herself not just cleaning (for the first time in quite a while) and making friends (an even longer while), but she’s romantically pursued by a drop-dead gorgeous male ten years her junior.
And, for better or worse, her ex-husband is back on the scene. Whether he’s pursuing a murderer or once again pursuing Kate is not entirely certain. Like Bergreen’s first novel, Following Polly, PERFECT IS OVERRATEDis deliciously human and romantic, with an overlay of suspense that keeps the reader glued to the page.
Karen Bergreen is a comedian who performs live at Caroline’s, Stand-Up New York, Gotham, and The Comic Strip and has appeared on Comedy Central, the Oxygen Network and Law & Order. She is the author of Following Polly and lives with her family in New York City.
“FOLLOWING POLLY sparkles. It's got wit and energy, along with fabulous characters to love (and loathe).”
–Susan Isaacs, author of Close Relations “It’s like Comedy Central picked up Law & Order for an episode…combines edgy thrills with a wicked sense of humor and an endearing heart of gold.” –Publishers Weekly
“FOLLOWING POLLY is a delicious debut novel. Murder most foul is most fun, and Alice Teakle is so clever and quirky as a protagonist—or is she a perp?—that you won’t be able to stop reading. Bergreen is a wonderful new voice in the mystery world.” –Linda Fairstein, author of Hell Gate
DREAMING IN ENGLISH
(NAL Trade Paperback, February 2011)
Trade Paperback (432 pages) A captivating sequel to the international bestselling novel Veil of Roses Knowing she could never be happy in Iran, Tamila Soroush took her mother’s advice to “go and wake up your luck” and joined her sister in the United States, where amazing freedoms awaited her. Now, after a spur-of-the-moment exchange of “I do’s” with her true love, Ike Hanson, Tami is eager to start her new life.But not everyone is pleased with their marriage, and Tami’s happily-ever-after is no sure thing. As tensions escalate, Tami’s sense of self-worth takes a beating, especially when her earlier attempts to find a husband on a visitor’s visa return to haunt her. And there are her parents, stuck behind in a country that betrayed them. How can she be happy when they are not?
Tami is beginning to understand that freedom is not for the faint of heart. With so much stacked against her, and her immigration interview looming, she wonders whether she’s got the right stuff when it comes to love, American-style. Maybe her luck is running out…or maybe she’ll step up to the plate and claim her American dream.
Laura Fitzgerald, a native of Wisconsin, lives in Arizona with her husband, who is of Iranian descent, and their two children.
“What a delight to dive back into the world of Tami Soroush, an artistic and charming young Persian woman intoxicated with America and the possibilities for a new life. Laura Fitzgerald has given us another beautiful, heartfelt tale about love, family, and freedom.”
–Carol Snow, author of Just Like Me, Only Better
“If you want to stand up and cheer, read Dreaming in English. I loved the compelling, sweet love story. And I loved the way Laura Fitzgerald, through the eyes of an Iranian immigrant, made me fall in love with America all over again.”
–Cathy Lamb, author of Such a Pretty Face and Julia’s Chocolates
Hebrew: Sifriat Ma'ariv
U.S. Audio: Brilliance
VEIL OF ROSES
(Bantam Trade Paperback, January 2007)
Target Book Club Pick, May 2007!
Over 200,000 copies in print!
International Bestseller in Israel! Film Rights: RHI Entertainment
Hebrew: Sifriat Ma’ariv
Indonesian: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Portuguese (Brazil): Novo Seculo
US Audio: Brilliance
DON’T EVER GET OLD
(Thomas Dunne, Spring 2012)
Manuscript (330 pages) Eighty-seven year-old Baruch "Buck" Schatz remembers a time when the only "portable handheld device" anybody needed was a .357, "Google" was the sound a guy made when you punched him in the throat, and "social networking functionality" came out of a bottle.
These days, though, this retired detective is extremely frail and frequently confused. But when he learns the SS officer who tortured him in a POW camp may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, Buck decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. He's got nothing better to do, and keeping his mind occupied is supposed to ward off dementia.
Assisted by his grandson, a law student who knows how to find information using a computer and is allowed to drive at night, Buck finds a lead down the Nazi's long-cold trail. But lots of people want a piece of that treasure, and Buck's investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a Mississippi loan shark, a seven-foot tall Hasidic Jew, a preacher on the take, a cop with a grudge and a bloodthirsty maniac hell-bent on rubbing out everybody who knows anything about Nazi gold.
DON'T EVER GET OLD is a mystery about a hard-boiled man in a world gone soft, confronting the existential reality of his inevitable decline and death while trying to get rich quick.
Daniel Friedman is 28 years old and originally from Memphis, TN, but now lives in Manhattan, near a Loew's movie theater. His humor essays have been published online but this is his first novel. He graduated from University of Maryland with a BA in Journalism and holds a JD from NYU Law School.
“Once you start reading this wonderfully original and totally engrossing story, you’ll do what I did: keep reading, mostly to see what comes out of Buck’s mouth next. When I’m 87, I want to be Buck Schatz.”
–Nelson DeMille, NYT bestselling author
Trade Paperback from New World Library in October 2011 (208 pages)
UK Rights with New World Library
A Target Breakout Book! Since the beginning of time, every man and woman has prayed — with millions of prayers sent out from all corners of the earth every day. Why, then, are only a handful of them answered? What role does luck, chance, and fate play in our lives? How can we discover and live our destiny? These are the questions explored in this delightful, heart-tugging fable.
Joseph Hutchinson is a man who knows the reality of tragedy all too well; his life has been filled with misfortune and adversity. A widowed father of two, living on a farm that is about to be taken from him, Joseph embarks on an unexpected journey that will bring him face-to-face with his greatest fears, and ultimately with his greatest discovery — a mysterious wooden box hidden in his attic more than one hundred years earlier. This box, the Prayer Chest, contains the Three Secrets of Prayer that will change his life and the lives of everyone around him.
What starts out as a journey to save his children and himself turns into a quest through which he — and every reader who has ever struggled — discovers the power to make every prayer come true.
Rich in romance, mystery, and spiritual insight, THE PRAYER CHESTis a wise and warm tale that will revolutionize everything we've ever thought about prayer — and the meaning of our lives here on earth. A parable for people of all faiths — or none — it is to be read, enjoyed, and above all, lived.
August Gold is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Sacred Center New York for over eight years. She is also an award-winning author and has served as an inspirational teacher and counselor in New York City for twenty years.
Joel Fotinos, a vice president at Penguin Group (USA) Inc., is the publisher of the Tarcher imprint and founder of the Putnam Praise publishing program. A cofounder of Sacred Center New York, he is an ordained New Though minister and lives in New Jersey.
Korean: Myung Jin
Portuguese (Brazil only): Ediouro
Spanish: Ediciones B
LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS (Graphic Novel)
(Villard/Random House, May 2011)
160 pages, $20.00
Hardcover, 160 pages New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novel!
Amazon.com’s Best of 2011! Somewhere in the Midwest, Amy Breis is going nowhere. Amy has a job she hates, a creep boyfriend she’s just dumped, and a best friend she can’t reach on the phone, but at least her (often painfully passive-aggressive) mother bought her a pink unicorn sweatshirt for her birthday. Pink. Unicorn. For her twenty-sixth birthday.
Gliding through the daydreams and realities of a young woman searching for definition, LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS showcases acclaimed cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier’s gift for deadpan humor and dead-on insight with a droll aftertaste—an unlikely but welcome marriage of the bleak and the hopeful.
Paul Hornschemeier’s previous book, Mother Come Home was called “a masterpiece” by Entertainment Weekly. He was picked for Rolling Stone’s 2005 Next List and has been featured in Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s a surprisingly rare thing to find the great comic artist who can not only draw with poetry and beauty, but write like a demon as well…Hornschemeier’s skills are nearly as verbal as they are visual.”
–Publishers Weekly, starred review “If other comics are easy chairs, his work offers the pleasure, and the pain, of reclining on a psychiatrist’s couch.”
“Cringe and laugh and cringe some more—LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS has it all. Also, you will cringe.”
–Patton Oswalt, comedian and author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
French: Actes Sud
Keller, Cynthia A PLAIN AND FANCY CHRISTMAS (Ballantine, October 2011)
Manuscript (240 pages)
Raised in a Pennsylvania Amish community, young mother Rachel Yoder has led a simple life within her close-knit family. Widowed three years ago, she has moved back in with her parents, attempting to raise her daughter, Katie, without further emotional upheaval. Meanwhile, four hours and a whole world away in New York City, Ellie Lawrence is laser-focused on a high-powered public relations career, with too little time for her family, her friends, or even her boyfriend.
Then one fateful day, these two very different women receive shocking news of a mistake made three decades earlier and long kept hidden: Shortly after their births, the two were accidentally switched in the hospital. Shaken to the core by this momentous news, Rachel and Ellie are plunged into an exploration of who they are and where they really belong. While Ellie is eager to learn more about her Amish family and their life in the countryside, Rachel cannot help but feel jealous as she watches the only mother she has ever known bonding so easily with her natural daughter. But Rachel also knows that her own biological family is out there, and with Katie at her side she heads for Manhattan, where she establishes a connection with the raucous, spirited Lawrences.
As Ellie and Rachel make their way through unfamiliar landscapes, they face life-altering challenges and grapple with a crucial question: Will their old conventions and desires give way to new customs and yearnings? With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it takes the love of two families for Rachel and Ellie to discover their own paths to fulfillment and happiness.
Cynthia Keller lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
AN AMISH CHRISTMAS
(Ballantine Books/Random House, November 2010)
Hardcover, 256 pages
A Selection of the Doubleday Book Club! Praise:
“Warm and lively and cheer-inducing.” –The Huffington Post
“This little book is a holiday charmer young and old will find appealing.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star
“This simple, compelling tale feels fresh like a brisk winter morning.”—Lincoln Journal Star
THE VISIBLE MAN: A Novel
(Scribner, October 2011)
Galley (256 pages)
From the provocative cultural commentator and author who “makes good, smart company” (The New York Times) comes an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient—a man who can render himself invisible.
Austin, Texas therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by an unlikeable man who insists his situation is unique. As he reveals himself to her slowly and cryptically, she becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y_, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who stole cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Unsure of his motives or truthfulness, Vick becomes obsessed with this patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own self-identity.
Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, THE VISIBLE MAN touches on all of Klosterman’s favorite themes—from the consequences of pop culture and the influence of media, to issues of voyeurism, normalcy, and reality. The novel is sure to delight and/or alienate his ever-growing legion of fans, except for those who immediately become ambivalent. Anything is possible.
Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of Eating the Dinosaur; Downtown Owl; Chuck Klosterman IV; Killing Yourself to Live; Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; and Fargo Rock City, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN.
Advance Praise: “Klosterman's deadpan humor is on full display in this tour de force exploration of intimacy and voyeurism.”
“Daring and ambitious… immersed as always in popular culture, but rises to the challenge of creative fiction.”
Rights sold: Bulgarian: Riva
DOWNTOWN OWL: A Novel
(Scribner/S&S, September 2008)
Trade Paperback, June 2009 (304 pages)
65,000 copies sold Film rights:Kassie Evashevski, UTA Rights sold:
Trade Paperback (240 pages) Welcome to Battle Lake, Minnesota: home to trophy fish, 23-foot fiberglass statues, and a murder a month. Beer and polka music reign supreme at Octoberfest, Battle Lake’s premier fall festival. To kick off the celebrations, the town hosts a public debate between the two congressional candidates: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the Battle Lake Recall, Mira James is roped into writing up the world war. But the festive mood sours when a well-known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is found dead…and the congresswoman herself meets a gruesome fate.
To keep the heat off her best friend’s fiancé—an ex-con reporter—Mira wades through the candidates’ dirty laundry, their unsavory secrets, and some murderous mudslinging to expose the killer.
Jess Lourey spent her formative years in Paynesville, Minnesota, a small town not unlike the Murder-by-Month series' Battle Lake. She currently lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she teaches Creative Writing and Sociology at the local university.
“With snappy jokes and edgy dialog, Lourey brings a Gen-X tone to a traditional mystery…get started on this Lefty-nominated series if you’ve previously missed it.” –Library Journal, starred review
“Funny, ribald, and brimming with small-town eccentrics.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The very funny Lourey serves up a delicious dish of murder, mayhem, and merriment.”—Booklist