Favorite of Favorites

November 24th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

LibraryReads just announced their inaugural “Favorite of Favorites” List revealing the top ten titles that public library staff across the country most enjoyed recommending in 2014. The title that got the most votes was The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin!

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A Riot on Loving Day

November 20th, 2014 by Administrator · Acquisition News

Loving Day In 2007, novelist Mat Johnson was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States Artists Foundation. In 2011, he was awarded the Dos Passos Prize for Literature given annually to the best under-recognized American writer. His last novel PYM won the 2011 Salon Book Award and was selected a Best Book of the Year by the Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, Washington Post and Vanity Fair. His next novel is titled Loving Day.

Warren Duffy has returned to America for all the worst reasons: his marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comic shop in Cardiff has failed; and his Irish-American father has died, bequeathing to Warren his last possession, a roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia. On his first night in his new home, Warren spies two figures in the grass outside; when he screws up the nerve to confront them, they disappear. The next day he encounters ghosts of a different kind: in the face of the teenage girl he meets at a comics convention he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead. The girl is his daughter and she thinks she’s white. Warren sets off to remake his life with a reluctant daughter he never knew and a haunted house and history he knows too well. In their search for a new life they struggle with an unwanted house and its ghosts, fall in with a utopian mixed-race cult, and inspire a riot on Loving Day, the unsung holiday that celebrates interracial love.

Loving Day by Mat Johnson is coming June 2015.

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Whatever happened to James Madison?

November 13th, 2014 by Administrator · Uncategorized

Joseph Ellis challenged our notions of George Washington in His Excellency. David McCullough restored John Adams’ legacy in his epic biography John Adams. Joseph Ellis also again redefined a Founder’s life with his Thomas Jefferson bio American Sphinx. Walter Isaacson reminded us all of Benjamin Franklin’s greatness in Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. All of them were award winners. All of them were New York Times bestsellers.

Question: Whatever happened to James Madison?

Madisons Gift Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution’s ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington’s support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation’s first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life.

But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement.

Overshadowed by his fellow Founders, James Madison was arguably the most significant framer of the new nation. Award-winning historian David O. Stewart restores Madison to his proper place in the pantheon, making a compelling case for Madison’s centrality and telling an absorbing story of his friendships with the most influential men of his times.

The book is Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America by David O. Stewart. And it’s a February 2015 HighBridge release.

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Featured Audio Giveaway – November 2014 – NPR Driveway Moments Love Stories

November 3rd, 2014 by Administrator · Featured Audio Giveaways

Featured Audio Giveaway
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NPR Driveway Moments Love Stories: Radio Stories that Won’t Let You Go

NPR; hosted by Kelly McEvers

NPR presents tales about the love we share: unforgettable stories of unlikely matches, love lost and found, the ties that bind families together, and of course romance.

If you listen to NPR, you’ve had at least one “driveway moment.” You’re sitting in your parked car, hooked by a story, needing to hear it all the way through. NPR celebrates the emotional bonds we share with this audio valentine that will warm hearts all year round. The story of an ex-monk and an ex-nun who form a family, as told by their son.

The story of letters that continue to arrive from all over the world, addressed simply to Juliet, Verona, Italy. The softer side of Lyndon Johnson revealed in his letters to Lady Bird. A writer’s true love for her beloved Volvo. The legend of Somalia’s lovesick baker and the girl whose love he could not win. Lynda Barry on spring, thunderstorms, memories, and love. This heartfelt edition of Driveway Moments explores the surprising places we find love and the inspiring ways in which our most important relationships flourish.

Featuring:
The Love Story Deconstructed
Happily Married Couples Tell Tales
Father’s Cufflinks Spark Thoughts About Love
Online Dating’s Siren Song
Late-Blooming Aunt Ruth and Her Haphazard Romances
Adopted Son from China Transformed and Healed by Love
Finding Love at the Hebrew Home for the Aged
Alzheimer’s Disease Releases Couple to Love Again

And more.
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How to Win This Audio CD

1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
2. Put the word “Love” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by no later than 11/30/2014.
See the Program Details for more information.

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Last Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Cathryn Wright, winner of the previous giveaway, A Brief History of Seven Killings. Thanks to all who participated.

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December Giveaway

9781622316083-204Don’t miss next month’s giveaway, Uncle Janice!

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Bridget Jones meets Fight Club

October 30th, 2014 by Administrator · Acquisition News

Sarai Walker received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College. As a magazine writer, her articles appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris to complete a Ph.D. She currently lives in the New York City area. Dietland is her debut novel.

bridgetPlum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots. When Plum finally confronts her, she finds herself falling into the mysterious world of Calliope House, where an odd collection of women orbit around Verena Baptist, daughter of a famous diet guru. Verena offers to give Plum the money for the surgery, but there is a catch: first Plum must go through a series of seemingly perverse challenges that will force her to confront her past, her doubts, and the real cost of becoming “beautiful.” Dietland is a scathing and revolutionary debut that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our obsession with weight loss —from the inside out, and with fists flying.

A female Fight Club in spirit, Dietland turns Bridget Jones, Sex in The City, Good in Bed, The Devil Wears Prada, and every other chick lit novel you’ve loved (or hated) on its head. It’s a beautiful blend of gloss and rusty nails – fun and has verve, but also sharp and scathing and totally revolutionary – defiant of falling into just another mainstream woman’s novel.

Dietland audio will be available on May 26, 2015.

A video of the author reading from the first chapter of Dietland:

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The preeminent historian of the Civil War era

October 22nd, 2014 by Administrator · Uncategorized

The Big Ratchet Ruth DeFries is a Columbia University professor and MacArthur Fellow who explains an interesting detail of evolution. Have you ever wondered how a species that was essentially a hunter-gatherer tribe came to completely dominate the entire planet? Do you know that we produce enough food to feed every single human being a diet of 3,000 calories per day, every day? That’s essentially what has enabled us to thrive, grow, and populate practically every corner of the planet. When we nourish, we flourish.

With an abundant food supply, population grows. It hasn’t always been easy though. Every time population starts to exceed our ability to survive, we have somehow always found a way to surge ahead quickly and meet that demand. Evolution is not a fluid constant. There are plateaus and peaks, and when we really really need something major to happen, somehow it always has. That is the idea behind Ruth DeFries’ The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis. Whether it’s a scientific discovery or change in how we live, humans have always found a way when we needed it most.

Is it no wonder that all this technological innovation of the last few hundred years has coincided with a massive increase in global population? From innovations in food production, fossil fuel consumption, and water management, our success as a species depends on our ability to feed everyone. DeFries looks at the past and how we’ve managed, and she looks to the future and wonders about what is next and what would the consequences be if there were ever a time when we needed that Big Ratchet, and it didn’t come?

The Big Ratchet is now available for purchase on audio CD and digital audio.

Did you see the book review of The Big Ratchet in The Wall Street Journal?

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The debut of a major literary voice

October 13th, 2014 by Administrator · Acquisition News

51QGZY-+olL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_We’re excited to announce that HighBridge will publish the audio edition of Jacob Rubin’s debut novel “The Poser“!

A hilarious and dazzling debut novel about a master impressionist at risk of losing his true self

All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift: he can imitate anyone he meets. Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small-town obscurity to stardom.

As Giovanni describes it, “No one’s disguise is perfect. There is in every person, no matter how graceful, a seam, a thread curling out of them. . . . When pulled by the right hands, it will unravel the person entire.” As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters a beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight—the only person whose thread he cannot find—and becomes increasingly trapped inside his many poses. Ultimately, he must assume the one identity he has never been able to master: his own.

In the vein of Jonathan Lethem’s and Kevin Wilson’s playful surrealism, Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is the debut of a major literary voice, a masterfully written, deeply original comic novel, and the moving story of a man who must risk everything for the chance to save his life and know true love.

The Poser will release March 17, 2015.

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STAR WARS READS DAY STRIKES BACK OCTOBER 11, 2014

October 6th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

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Saturday is Star Wars Reads Day, an international event that celebrates two of our favorite things–reading and Star Wars! SWRD events are held all around the world at participating bookstores and libraries. Fans dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters and come together to celebrate a shared passion. Keep an eye on starwars.com/reads and facebook.com/StarWarsReads for the latest info on signings, parties and special events in your town.

Click here for some audiobook recommendations to help you celebrate!
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Featured Audio Giveaway – October 2014 – A Brief History of Seven Killings

October 1st, 2014 by Administrator · Featured Audio Giveaways

Featured Audio Giveaway
A Brief History of Seven Killings

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

Marlon James; read by an ensemble cast
 

From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters—assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts—A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James’ place among the great literary talents of his generation.

 

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How to Win This Audio CD

1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
2. Put the word “Brief” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by no later than 10/31/2014.
See the Program Details for more information.

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Last Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Yvonne Jefferson, winner of the previous giveaway, Jackaby. Thanks to all who participated.

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November Giveaway

Don’t miss next month’s giveaway, NPR Driveway Moments Love Stories: Radio Stories That Won’t Let You Go!

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The Power of Laughter

September 24th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

NPR Laughter Therapy: Funny for a Living NPR Laughter Therapy: Funny for a Living NPR shines a spotlight on the power of laughter, as the greatest comedians ever offer the ultimate remedy for chronic seriousness.

This extended session of Laughter Therapy explores the history of all things funny, presenting a cornucopia of comedy from the pioneers of vaudeville and the silent film era, to the wildly creative innovators that transformed television in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, to the modern practitioners that continue to bend the boundaries of comedy today. Chronically serious? Prepare to be cured by this collection of revealing profiles and interviews with some of the funniest personalities ever.

NPR Laughter Therapy: Funny for a Living is now available on audio CD and digital download.

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In case you missed it … NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious released in April!

NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious

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