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13 July, 2021

SEDUCED BY THE LIGHT: The Mina Miller Edison Story, Alexandra Rimer, Ph.D.

Historian and assistant editor at the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University Alexandra Rimer, writing the first biography of the long-suffering wife of Thomas Edison, revealing the true stories of the turbulent lives of the inventor’s family that have been hidden from the public solely for the purpose of enhancing the Edison name for nearly a century. (Lyons Press, World English, 2023)


28 June, 2021

MUSCLE: The Long and Short of It, Roy A. Meals, MD

Orthopedic surgeon and author of BONES: Inside and Out, Roy A. Meals, a scientific, cultural and historical dive into the mysteries and function of one of our largest organ systems–and with it, advances in medicine and fitness.  (W.W. Norton, World Rights, Fall 2022)


1 June, 2021

SPIN, Peter Zheutlin

Ride away on a ’round-the-world adventure of a lifetime—with only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver—in this transcendent novel inspired by the life of Annie Londonderry.

“Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”—Susan B. Anthony

Who was Annie Londonderry? She captured the popular imagination with her daring ‘round the world trip on two wheels. It was, declared The New York World in October of 1895, “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman.”

But beyond the headlines, Londonderry was really Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a young, Jewish mother of three small children, who climbed onto a 42-pound Columbia bicycle and pedaled away into history.

Reportedly set in motion by a wager between two wealthy Boston merchants, the bet required Annie not only to circle the earth by bicycle in 15 months, but to earn $5,000 en route, as well. This was no mere test of a woman’s physical endurance and mental fortitude; it was a test of a woman’s ability to fend for herself in the world.

Often attired in a man’s riding suit, Annie turned every Victorian notion of female propriety on its head. Not only did she abandon, temporarily, her role of wife and mother (scandalous in the 1890s), she earned her way selling photographs of herself, appearing as an attraction in stores, and by turning herself into a mobile billboard.

Zheutlin, a descendent of Annie, brilliantly probes the inner life and seeming boundless courage of this outlandish, brash, and charismatic woman. In a time when women could not vote and few worked outside the home, Annie was a master of public relations, a consummate self-promoter, and a skillful creator of her own myth. Yet, for more than a century her remarkable story was lost to history. In SPIN, this remarkable heroine and her marvelous, stranger-than-fiction story is vividly brought to life for a new generation.  SPIN is published by Pegasus Books, June 2021.

Review

“An icon at the dawn of women’s cycling, Annie Londonderry was part athlete, part adventurer, and part scoundrel. In Spin, Peter Zheutlin takes inspiration from her real-life story to present a rollicking account of her bicycle trip around the world and explore the personal costs of forging ahead as an ambitious New Woman in the 1890s.” — Sue Macy, author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom

About the Author

Peter Zheutlin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Lost Hope Highway; Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things; and The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels With Albie—An American Journey (also available from Pegasus Books), a Lowell Thomas/Societ of American Travel Writers Award winner. Peter lives in Massachusetts with his wife, author Judy Gelman.

28 May, 2021

THE RISE OF BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA, Charity C. Elder

Veteran news producer’s counterintuitive argument that it has never been a better time to be a Black woman; in a historical and sociological framework that weaves together poignant personal narratives and a new national survey of Clack women, the author posits that Black women have amassed great power and influence in every sphere, proving that their success is not an anomaly, but a defining characteristic. (Skyhorse/World Rights/Fall 2022)


18 May, 2021

THE QUIET BOY, Ben H. Winters

From the “inventive…entertaining and thought-provoking” (Charles Yu) New York Times-bestselling author of Underground Airlines and Golden State, this sweeping legal thriller follows a sixteen-year-old who suffers from a neurological condition that has frozen him in time—and the team of lawyers, doctors, and detectives who are desperate to wake him up. 

In 2008, a cheerful ambulance-chasing lawyer named Jay Shenk persuades the grieving Keener family to sue a private LA hospital. Their son Wesley has been transformed by a routine surgery into a kind of golem, absent all normal functioning or personality, walking in endless empty circles around his hospital room.  In 2019, Shenk—still in practice but a shell of his former self—is hired to defend Wesley Keener’s father when he is charged with murder . . . the murder, as it turns out, of the expert witness from the 2008 hospital case. Shenk’s adopted son, a fragile teenager in 2008, is a wayward adult, though he may find his purpose when he investigates what really happened to the murdered witness.

Two thrilling trials braid together, medical malpractice and murder, jostling us back and forth in time.

The Quiet Boy (Mulholland Little Brown, May 2021) is a book full of mysteries, not only about the death of a brilliant scientist, not only about the outcome of the medical malpractice suit, but about the relationship between children and their parents, between the past and the present, between truth and lies.  At the center of it all is Wesley Keener, endlessly walking, staring empty-eyed, in whose quiet, hollow body may lie the fate of humankind.


18 May, 2021

THE QUIET BOY, by Ben H. Winters, hits bookstore shelves today, May 18, 2021

Today Ben Winters‘ THE QUIET BOY hits bookstore shelves. From the inventive…entertaining and thought-provoking” (Charles Yu) New York Times-bestselling author of Underground Airlines and Golden State, this sweeping legal thriller follows a sixteen-year-old who suffers from a neurological condition that has frozen him in time—and the team of lawyers, doctors, and detectives who are desperate to wake him up.
I am so grateful to the incredible team at Mulholland Little Brown whose brilliance, grace and vision represent book publishing at its finest.
Congratulations

, Ben!


23 April, 2021

CITIZEN 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Soldiers in America, Debbie Cenziper

Paperback release, May 2021 (Hachette Books)
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Book Award Finalist**
 
The gripping story of a team of Nazi hunters at the U.S. Department of Justice as they raced against time to expose members of a brutal SS killing force who disappeared in America after World War Two.

In 1990, in a drafty basement archive in Prague, two American historians made a startling discovery: a Nazi roster from 1945 that no Western investigator had ever seen. The long-forgotten document, containing more than 700 names, helped unravel the details behind the most lethal killing operation in World War Two.

In the tiny Polish village of Trawniki, the SS set up a school for mass murder and then recruited a roving army of foot soldiers, 5,000 men strong, to help annihilate the Jewish population of occupied Poland. After the war, some of these men vanished, making their way to the U.S. and blending into communities across America. Though they participated in some of the most unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, “Trawniki Men” spent years hiding in plain sight, their terrible secrets intact.

In a story spanning seven decades, Citizen 865 chronicles the harrowing wartime journeys of two Jewish orphans from occupied Poland who outran the men of Trawniki and settled in the United States, only to learn that some of their one-time captors had followed. A tenacious team of prosecutors and historians pursued these men and, up against the forces of time and political opposition, battled to the present day to remove them from U.S. soil.

Through insider accounts and research in four countries, this urgent and powerful narrative provides a front row seat to the dramatic turn of events that allowed a small group of American Nazi hunters to hold murderous men accountable for their crimes decades after the war’s end.

“Cenziper brought her investigative skills to bear on the challenge of retrieving the hard facts, but she also possesses the gift of a storyteller….[Citizen 865 is] a highly significant work of investigation that is eye-opening and heartbreaking. She compels us to confront the crimes of the Trawniki men in a way that burns itself into both memory and history.”―Washington Post

“Skillfully written and reported….Riveting….Cenziper’s account moves cinematically around in time and place.”―The Forward

“This riveting saga, replete with heroes and villains, is the true story of a few good men and women who worked tenaciously to expunge an evil in our midst.”―George F. Will, author of The Conservative Sensibility

“Enriched by Debbie Cenziper’s world-class investigative skills, Citizen 865 is a powerful piece of history that washes over you in waves of horror and beauty.”―David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good American Family

“Debbie Cenziper has written a page-turning detective story about the hunt for Nazi killers living openly in neighborhoods across the United States….This is a book that anybody interested in the quest for international justice should read.”
Michael Isikoff, New York Times bestselling co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

“This is a gripping tale, which reads at times like a novel. Just when you thought you knew everything about the Holocaust, we learn about the uniquely devastating role of the Trawniki training center. At a time of rising anti-Semitism, Debbie Cenziper’s Citizen 865 offers a harrowing reminder of the consequences of unchecked racism and anti-Semitism. And it serves as a repository of hope-that the leadership of good men and women could bring a measure of justice to the world in the face of such overwhelming evil.”
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Citizen 865 is a great book that couldn’t come at a more crucial time. In telling the story of a little-known Holocaust site called Trawniki and the people who dedicated themselves to bringing some of modern history’s worst monsters to justice, Debbie Cenziper has honored the vanishing plea to never forget, first by breaking my heart with the worst of humanity, and then, with the best of us, stitching it back together.”―Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service and The Good Soldiers

Citizen 865 is a fantastic piece of detective work…. A compulsively readable story of mass murder and an epic quest by Nazi hunters to bring evil men to justice.”―Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

Citizen 865 reads like a thriller, but it is so much more… [It] tells an essential and unknown tale of post-war justice and the search for truth, linking the events of the Holocaust to the familiar, more recent past. Telling this story of a decades-long quest for justice is itself an act of justice. “―Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom and winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Biography

“Anchored in painstaking research and reporting, Citizen 865 chronicles the efforts of the lawyers and historians of the Office of Special Investigations to rid the United States of the Third Reich’s mass murderers who had been hiding in plain sight. Debbie Cenziper’s account vividly-and movingly-captures both the frustrations and triumphs of this extraordinary group of dedicated men and women who refused to abandon the quest for a measure of long overdue justice.”
Andrew Nagorski, author of 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War and The Nazi Hunters

About the Author

Debbie Cenziper is an investigative journalist, professor, and author based in Washington, D.C. A contributing reporter for the investigative team at The Washington Post, she has won many major awards in print journalism, including the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Cenziper is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. She was recently named the director of investigative journalism at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

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25 March, 2021

SAM IS MY SISTER, Ashley Rhodes-Courter

From New York Times bestselling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter, illustrated by Mackenzie Haley, SAM IS MY SISTER, based on one family’s real-life experiences, is a heartwarming story of a girl named Sam and the brothers who love and support her that will resonate with readers everywhere.

“SAM IS MY SISTER is a sensitive, heartwarming, honest, and beautifully illustrated story that shines a light on siblings and how their unconditional love plays a special and invaluable role in the life of a child who is transgender” — Jazz Jennings, advocate for transgender youth; author of Being Jazz and co-author of I AM JAZZ

Evan loves being big brother to Sam and Finn. They do everything together―go fishing, climb trees, and play astronauts. But lately, Evan notices that he and Sam don’t look like brothers anymore. Sam wants to have long hair, and even asks to wear a dress on the first day of school. As time goes by, Evan comes to understand why Sam wants to look like a girl―because Sam is a girl. Sam is transgender. And just like always, Sam loves to dream with Evan and Finn about going to the moon together.


10 March, 2021

THE COUNTERFEIT COUNTESS, Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa

Senior historian at the Holocaust Museum Elizabeth White and Polish American Holocaust scholar Joanna Sliwa’s THE COUNTERFEIT COUNTESS, the story of a Jewish mathematician, Dr. Josephine Janina Mehlberg, who, pretending to be a Polish countess, saved thousands from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland, drawing in part on Janina’s unpublished memoir.  (North American rights/Simon & Schuster/Fall 2023).


9 March, 2021

THE TWENTYSOMETHING HANDBOOK: Everything You Need to Know About Real Life, Nora Bradbury-Haehl

From the co-author of the bestselling FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE (150,000 copies sold) comes the book every young person needs, THE TWENTYSOMETHING HANDBOOK:  Everything You Need to Know About Real Life, by Nora Bradbury-Haehl (March 2021, Nelson Books/HarperCollins).

“For an age group overwhelmed with information, Bradbury-Haehl finds a way to make it all manageable.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Let’s face it: adulting isn’t easy. That’s why young-adult minister Nora Bradbury-Haehl created this essential guide to help you avoid the mistakes, missteps, and financial failures that took others years to learn. Each chapter includes practical, actionable advice that addresses the full range of life’s challenges, including how to:

  • make a new city feel like home;
  • find the right job for you—and thrive once you’ve landed it;
  • ward off loneliness and build meaningful post-grad relationships;
  • set boundaries and live in harmony with your roommates—whether they’re your peers or parents; and
  • replace destructive habits with ones that make your life better.

Whether you’re seeking meaning and purpose in your life and career or just feeling stuck and confused about your next steps, within these pages you’ll find answers to your most pressing questions and advice, encouragement, and inspiration from others who want to help you through these challenging years—together.

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is the coauthor of The Freshman Survival Guide and a nationally recognized voice in the conversation about young people and religion. For more than twenty-five years she’s worked with youth and young adults in churches, camps, and interfaith programs forming young people in faith, providing pastoral care, companioning them through the challenges and joys of young adulthood, and building caring supportive communities for and with them. An experienced and inspiring speaker, Nora has been a frequent presenter at churches, schools, and the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), leading workshops for large groups of young people and their adult leaders.