Burial Rites: HC and TPI think this book has the potential to be one of the hottest novels on the Fall. Just like LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson was this spring. A brilliant literary debut, inspired by the true story of a woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.BURIAL RITES has already received glowing words of admiration from Geraldine Brooks, who calls the novel "an accomplished gem.“ And Madeline Miller says: "So gripping I wanted to rush through the pages, but so beautifully written I wanted to linger over every sentence. Hannah Kent's debut novel is outstanding.“ My two cents is to say – that the setting of 19th century Iceland is one of the most memorable settings I’ve ever read. Goldfinch: HCIt has been TEN years since Donna Tartt has written a novel and we couldn’t be more delighted that she has come to Little, Brown. Really, the excitement all around Hachette for this novel and is truly palpable. Her novel THE SECRET HISTORY has become a modern classic, it’s sold over 5 million copies since it came out about 20 years ago. People simply adore her elegant and profound storytelling – she is truly a master at her craft. In THE GOLDFINCH a young teenager named Theo Decker miraculously survives a catastrophic explosion that takes the life of his mother. They were in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City when the explosion happens and Theo escapes with his life and also a small painting called THE GOLDFINCH tucked under his arm. Theo resurfaces and is taken in by his friend’s family on the Upper East Side. Several months later his absentee father comes to collect him and brings him out to Las Vegas. During Theo’s journey he becomes captivated by this painting he has and eventually becomes involved in the underworld of the art scene. This book is big and bold and gorgeously written. It’s about obsession and loss, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of a work of art.
HCTHE GIRL WHO STOOD UP FOR EDUCATION AND WAS SHOT BY THE TALIBANGLOBAL ICON: Shot at point-blank range for her courage to stand up to the Taliban, Malala has become a global symbol of peaceful resistance admired by everyone from heads of state to Hollywood actresses. She has been nominated for Time Person of the Year and more recently, the Nobel Peace Prize. MEDIA INTEREST: Diane Sawyer will conduct the first U.S. television interview with Malala, and it will air this October on all ABC News broadcasts and platforms When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. MalalaYousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
HCMickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.
HCTIMELY SUBJECT MATTER: Thousands of people across the globe participate in Ash Wednesday and Lent every year, making this a perfect seasonal book. Miles' article about the experience, published on the daily Episcopal Cafe blog (readership 256,000), was its third most-read stories of the year.On Ash Wednesday, 2012, Sara Miles left church and took to the streets, carrying ashes to bus stops, bakeries, beauty shops, fast-food joints, street corners and sidewalks, marking the foreheads of strangers in the ancient ritual, and offering blessing to waitresses and drunks, believers and doubters alike. CITY OF GOD narrates the events of this single day in vivid detail, exploring the profound spiritual implications of touching the forehead of a stranger, and illuminating the search for God and meaning that takes place every day, in every kind of neighborhood. Beginning with a trip to the emergency room of a public hospital, and ending the same night with an unexpected message left by a little girl, she describes the events and encounters with humor and insight. In each chapter she also casts forward and backward over the last two decades, examining her own experiences, reflecting on theology, and weaving together the moving stories of strangers and neighbors who were looking for community and discovered God.CITY OF GOD is a beautifully-written personal narrative, rich in complex, real-life characters, and full of the "wild, funny, joyful, raucous, reverent" stories of struggle and faith that have made Sara Miles one of the most compelling Christian writers of our time. Sara Miles is the founder and director of The Food Pantry, and serves as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. She is a former restaurant cook, war correspondent and journalist, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Salon, and on National Public Radio. She is the author of two previous books, Take This Bread and Jesus Freak.
HCRobin Roberts is adored by audiences who have watched her on GMA and followed her very public battle with breast cancer and then myelodysplastic syndrome."Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something." So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times. Following her mother's advice to "make your mess your message," Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we've all got something -- a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms --- we've also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it's all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.Robin Roberts is the anchor of ABC's morning showGood Morning America.
HCCO-FOUNDER OF TWITTER: Biz co-founded the revolutionary social media platform Twitter, which has literally changed the way the world communicates, thinks, and interacts. He is a heavyweight in both the tech world and the business world, and is highly regarded for the advancements he has made in both areas. He is the perfect person to write a book on the subject of creativity and thinking outside the box.GREAT WRITER: Before he was a tech star, Biz spent most of his time writing--penning books and articles about blogs and technology in the nascent days of the web (and working briefly at Little Brown in Boston!). Biz is a writer at heart and will deliver a meaty, highly accessible and engaging book that is a wonderfully readable mixture of memoir-style stories and inspirational advice on creativity.From GQ's Nerd of the Year to one of Time's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter -- the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating pivotal and personal stories from his life and career, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today. In Biz's world:-Opportunity can be manufactured.-Great work comes from abandoning a linear way of thinking.-Creativity never runs out, use it as often as you want.-Asking questions is free. Do it!In this book, Biz also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and how to learn from negative experiences (he's had many). Whether seeking behind-the-scenes stories, advice, or wisdom and principles from one of the most successful businessmen and tech visionaries of the new century, THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME will satisfy every reader.
The October List: HCNew York Times bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver delivers THE KILL ROOM this June – his first Lincoln Rhyme novel with Grand Central. And in October he brings us THE OCTOBER LIST – a riveting stand alone thriller told in reverse - it starts with the ending, and rewinds chapter by chapter to the beginning. It’s inventive, fresh, and original, and showcases Deaver's trademark surprise twists and turns: You will never guess how THE OCTOBER LIST begins. Deaver is a pro with many awards and accolades to his name and Grand Central is really poised to break him out in a whole new way in 2013. The Skin Collector: HCBESTSELLING SERIES: Jeffery Deaver's five previous Lincoln Rhyme novels have all hit the top ten of the New York Times bestseller list.TV AND MOVIE ADAPTATIONS:A number of Jeffery's novels have been made into feature films and television series, most notably The Bone Collector, released by Universal Pictures, starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.A killer is stalking the basements and underground passageways of New York City. His M.O.: tattooing victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are assigned to the case when a connection is made to the serial killer known as the Bone Collector, who terrorized New York more than a decade ago. While he was obsessed with human bones, his heir apparent uses skin as a canvas for his perverse art. Now, Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: who will be the next victims, and can they be saved? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking--a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face--hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission? As time runs out, Rhyme will shockingly discover that the past has returned to haunt him in a far more troubling way than he would ever have imagined.
HCFACT-BASED FICTION: Emma Donoghue returns to her roots with stunningly researched historical fiction. FROG MUSIC will appeal to readers of smart, literary fiction--Hilary Mantel, Louise Erdrich, Ann Patchett, and Kate Atkinson. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
HCA NEW TAKE: This is a completely fresh approach to the opening months of the American Revolution from the eyes and ears of the people who orchestrated it and were enveloped by it.When we look back on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks of the war were much more tenuous, and a fractured and ragtag group of colonial militias had to coalesce to have even the slimmest chance of toppling the mighty British Army.AMERICAN SPRING follows a fledgling nation from Paul Revere's little-known ride of December 1774 and the first shots fired on Lexington Green through the catastrophic Battle of Bunker Hill, culminating with a Virginian named George Washington taking command of colonial forces on July 3, 1775.Focusing on the colorful heroes John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry, and the ordinary Americans caught up in the revolution, Walter Borneman tells the story of how a decade of discontent erupted into an armed rebellion that forged our nation.
HCESPIONAGE THRILLER.A heart-stopping espionage thriller from an author who has experienced it first hand. Adam Brookes is a correspondent for BBC News in Washington, D.C., and was formerly the BBC's China Correspondent. A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China.Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known... and not only to the British.
HC and TPRETURN TO HISTORICAL FICTION: In STELLA BAIN, Shreve returns to the kind of layered, historical narrative her readers have loved in novels such as The Weight of Water, Fortune's Rocks, and All He Ever Wanted.Stella Bain has no memory of her past when she wakes up in a hospital bed in Marne, France. It is 1916, and she wears the uniform of a British war nurse but speaks with an American accent. As soon as she is able, Stella sets out for London, where she hopes to find answers. What she discovers---with the help of Dr. August Bridge, who takes an interest in her case---both shocks and startles. As Stella's memories come racing back, she must undertake a journey across the ocean to confront the haunted past of the woman she used to be.In this gripping historical drama that transports us from Europe to America and back again, Anita Shreve weaves an engrossing tale about love and memory, set against the backdrop of a war that devastated an entire generation.
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Book Buzz
I AM MALALA
by Malala Yousafzai
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale
of a family uprooted by global
terrorism, of the fight for girls'
education, and of Malala's parents'
fierce love for their daughter in a
society that prizes sons.
It will make you believe in the power
of one person's voice to inspire
change in the world.
Little, Brown, 9780316322409,
THE GODS OF GUILT
by Michael Connelly
Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns
with a haunting case in the gripping
new thriller from #1 New York Times
bestselling author Michael Connelly.
THE GODS OF GUILT shows once again
why "Michael Connelly excels, easily
surpassing John Grisham in the
building of courtroom suspense"
(Los Angeles Times).
Little, Brown, 9780316069519,
$28.00, Fiction, December 2013
CITY OF GOD
by Sara Miles
In this powerful personal narrative,
Sara Miles describes the events of a
single Ash Wednesday when she took
ashes to the streets to mark the
foreheads of strangers, exploring the
powerful and surprising relationships
between individuals, God, and
Jericho Books, 9781455547319,
$20.00, Religion, February 2014
EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING
by Robin Roberts
A inspirational memoir by the beloved
host of Good Morning America.
Grand Central Publishing,
Autobiography, April 2014
THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME
by Biz Stone
From Biz Stone, the co-founder of
Twitter, comes THINGS A LITTLE BIRD
TOLD ME -- a book about the power of
creativity and how to harness it, told
through memoir-style stories from
Biz's incredible life and career.
Grand Central Publishing,
Autobiography, April 2014
THE OCTOBER LIST
by Jeffery Deaver
Grand Central Publishing,
9781455576647, $26.00, Fiction,
THE SKIN COLLECTOR
by Jeffery Deaver
Grand Central Publishing,
Fiction, May 2014
by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue's explosive new
novel, based on an unsolved murder in
1876 San Francisco.
Little, Brown, 9780316324687,
$27.00, Fiction, April 2014
by Walter R. Borneman
A new look at the American
Revolution's first weeks, from the
author of the bestseller The Admirals.
Little, Brown, 9780316221023,
$30.00, History, May 2014
by Adam Brookes
Set in China, and ripped from
today's headlines, comes a pulsepounding debut that reinvents the
spy thriller for the 21st century.
Redhook, 9780316399838, $26.00,
Fiction, May 2014
by Anita Shreve
An epic story, set against the
backdrop of World War I, from
bestselling author Anita Shreve.
"Shreve's 17th novel is a tragic yet hopeful
story of love, memory, loss, and
rebuilding....The novel is both tender and
harsh....Shreve's thoughtful, provocative
historical tale has modern resonance."
Little, Brown, 9780316098861,
$28.00, Fiction, November 2013
Back Bay Books, 9780316098892,
TP, $16.00, Fiction, May 2014
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