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  • NPR critic Maureen Corrigan included Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley in her dozen favorite books of the year.
  • Franklin and Eleanor entered the ABA hardcover nonfiction bestseller list at #38.
  • TIME magazine named Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home one of the ten best nonfiction works of the year.
  • The Top Ten Winter Book Group Indie Next list includes Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari.
  • Barnes and Noble issued their best book lists for 2010. Monique Truong's Bitter in the Mouth made the top ten best fiction list. Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home was among the twenty-five top works of nonfiction.
  • The San Francisco Examiner named George Harrar's Not As Crazy As I Seem one of the 365 best children's books ever.
  • James S. Hirsch's Willie Mays was named one of the best books of the year by the Seattle Times.
  • USA Today and O Magazine named Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home one of the ten best books of 2010.
  • Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan's Leading Outside The Lines was named one of the ten best business books of 2010 by the Miami Herald.
  • Leading Outside The Lines was also listed among the Best Leadership Books of 2010 by Leadership Now.
  • Sarah Stewart Taylor and Ben Towle's graphic novel Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean has been listed among the Library Media Connection's best graphic novels of 2010. The book was also one of Booklist's Top Ten Biographies for Youth 2010 and one of the Texas Library Association's "Maverick Graphic Novels" for 2011.


  • We are delighted to announce that two ZSH books made Hudson News' list of the top books of 2010: Monique Truong's Bitter In The Mouth (in the top ten fiction list); and Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home (in the top ten nonfiction list).
  • Amazon.com has named Bitter In The Mouth one of the best e-books of the year.
  • Douglas Starr's The Killer of Little Shepherds received a great review in The New Yorker, which called the book "an engrossing and carefully researched narrative." The author was recently interviewed on National Public Radio's "The World."
  • Dan Willingham's Why Don't Students Like School? was called "startling and thought-provoking" by Childhood Education.
  • We are delighted to announce Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine's Top 10 Books of 2010 has included Andrew Lam's new essay collection, East Eats West.
  • Hazel Rowley's Franklin and Eleanor received glowing reviews in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
  • Euna Lee's The World Is Bigger Now has been covered by the South Korean media.
  • The Wall Street Journal reviewed Laura Hillenbrand's new book on Louie Zamperini, World War Two hero. Zamperini is a ZSH client—and his excellent 2003 memoir is discussed in the review.
  • James Hirsch's Willie Mays was named a notable book by The New York Times 100 Notable Books.
  • Barrons featured the investing philosophy and work of Michael Covel.
  • Pamela Meyer recently spoke at the TEDx Peachtree conference on the mindset shift "From Workplace to Playspace," featured in her book of the same name.
  • "Higher Ground," a film made based on Carolyn Briggs's memoir This Dark World, has entered into the official competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • The work of Boston Consulting Group's Luc de Brabandere was featured in The Financial Times.


  • Euna Lee, author of The World Is Bigger Now—a book on her recent captivity with another journalist in North Korea—was profiled in Christianity Today.
  • Hazel Rowley's Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage received a fantastic review in the Washington Times. The reviewer wrote, "I will go so far as to say that if you are going to read only one book about this extraordinary couple, this is the one."
  • Douglas Starr's The Killer of Little Shepherds was reviewed in the Sunday New York Times by Elyssa East, who wrote: "his thought-provoking journey through the strange underbelly of a vividly rendered France lingers in the reader's memory."
  • Mira Bartok's The Memory Palace received a rave review from Library Journal: "Neither sensational nor cagily sentimental nor self pitying, this grounded, exquisitely written work is one in the ongoing flood of memoirs that requires reading."
  • Melanie Dickerson's young adult romance The Healer's Apprentice received a rave review from Kirkus Reviews: "the medieval German setting and fastidious details of period clothing, food, music and dance provide an ideal context for this courtly romance between two young lovers who choose duty, virtue and honor above self-interest. Female readers should savor this romantic fare."
  • The Healer's Apprentice also received a rave review from Publisher's Weekly, describing it as a "strong debut" with a "colorful and convincing atmosphere."
  • Hal Herzog's Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat received a great review in Independent.
  • The New Yorker reviewed Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, writing that "when it comes to animals, Herzog suggests, ethical consistency is an almost impossible goal."
  • The Snuggie Sutra has been featured on AOL's Weird News and also discussed on the Today Show.
  • We are delighted to announce that David Kirby's Animal Factory has been named one of the top ten food books of the year by Booklist.


  • Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home has earned rapturous reviews, from among others, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  • Let's Take The Long Way Home has hit numerous hardcover nonfiction bestsellers lists, rising to #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, #11 on the Publisher's Weekly bestseller list, and #1 on the Boston Globe bestseller list.
  • The Economist published a rave review of V. G. Govindarajan and Chris Trimble's The Other Side of Innovation.
  • Norah O'Donnell and Geoff Tracy, authors of Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler, appeared on the Today Show.
  • Baby Love has hit #10 on the New York Times hardcover advice bestseller list.
  • Monique Truong's new novel, Bitter in The Mouth, has received rave reviews. Parade Magazine wrote: "a searing exploration of intimacy and enmity, language, betrayal, and silence, Bitter in the Mouth is as dazzling as it is deeply emotional. It also has the best twist in its tail—ever." O Magazine wrote: "a deeply compassionate and artfully crafted novel about being foreign and family at the same time—by the writer whose debut, The Book of Salt, swept us away." The New York Times described the novel as "a moving investigation of invented families and small-town subterfuge, a search for self heightened by the legacy of Vietnam and the flavors of language." Bitter in the Mouth has also received exceptional reviews from the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Mail.
  • Education expert Dan Willingham's work was featured in the New York Times.
  • Workplace expert Pamela Meyer's work was featured in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Hal Herzog's Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat received a great review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Dr. Herzog has been featured recently in Salon.com and interviewed on North Carolina Public Radio. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat has hit #50 on the ABA Nonfiction Bestseller List.
  • The Starfish and the Spider author Rod Beckstrom was interviewed on NPR about the decentralized political phenomenon of the Tea Party.
  • Fareed Zakaria named Michael Soussan's Backstabbing for Beginners his book of the week.
  • The Snuggie Sutra was reviewed on jezebel.com.


  • Michael Byers's Percival's Planet has been published to rave reviews. The Seattle Times described the novel as "Absorbing... fascinating... Byers vividly depicts disparate characters who gradually become aligned into a kind of constellation." Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an A- and described it as "an endearing story of underdogs, both the ragtag crew of astronomers and the tiny celestial body they are hoping to find."
  • In other Percival's Planet reviews, Publishers Weekly wrote: "Byers offers a gloriously expansive view of Depression-era America.... Between the faultless storytelling and the juicy historical hook, it looks like a hit." Booklist wrote: "the gravitational force between the characters, their weaknesses, and their resolve, render this voyage of discovery fresh and astonishing. Brilliant observations about human nature... are all illustrated by unique yet unique, likable characters... This insightful, witty novel grabs the heart and tickles the mind."
  • In the UK, where the novel has been published under the title The Unfixed Stars, the Times wrote: "This is a breathtaking, triumphant book... .[Byers] has the rare ability to to make a multi-stranded story seem utterly coherent and seamless.... Above all, there is a poetry in Byers' prose that is utterly mesmerizing."
  • Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home has been awarded the 2010 NEIBA (New England Independent Booksellers' Association) award for Nonfiction. The acclaimed memoir has received a rave review in the New York Times Book Review by Julie Myerson, who wrote: "Caldwell's greatest achievement is to... describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, if they wish, give back to one another: power, humor, love and self-respect."
  • InDigest Magazine interviewed Jacob Ritari, author of the acclaimed first novel Taroko Gorge.
  • The Book Lady's Blog described Taroko Gorge as: "a literary mystery to be read and enjoyed just as much for the wonderful writing as for the edge-of-your-seat plot, and it establishes Ritari as a strong new player in the literary scene."
  • Neil Miller's forthcoming book Banned in Boston, about the many censorship battles that took place in Boston, was serialized in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.


  • Hal Herzog's Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat has been praised by Publisher's Weekly, which called it "an intelligent and amusing book that invited us to think deeply about how we define—and where we limit—our empathy for animals." The author has begun a blog on Psychology Today's website.
  • Michelle Hoover's The Quickening has appeared on the Indie Next Best list for July.
  • The Quickening has received excellent reviews in The Wisconsin State Journal and been discussed on Minnesota National Public Radio and Radio Iowa.
  • Getabstract.com has announced the finalists for its 2010 English-language International Business Book of the Year Award, and one is the Boston Consulting Group's David Rhodes and Daniel Stelter's Accelerating out of the Great Recession. In its ten-year history, this prestigious international award has recognized Robert J. Shiller, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Benoit Mandelbrot, Joseph Stiglitz, Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Sowell, and Chris Anderson, among others.
  • TIME Magazine's NewsFeed featured the blog and forthcoming book The Snuggie Sutra, by Lex Friedman and Megan Morrison:
  • Amy McCoy, author of the cookbook and blog Poor Girl Gourmet, was interviewed on FOX-25, Boston's Fox affiliate. A link is posted on the author's blog.
  • Jacob Ritari's debut novel Taroko Gorge has been published to great reviews. Taroko Gorge was described as a "page-turning, literary mystery" by Poets and Writers and as "an atmospheric thriller.... a promising debut" by Booklist. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote: "Jacob Ritari's debut novel crackles with energy; it kept me turning the pages like nothing I've read recently. It should come with a warning: "Do not open immediately before bedtime." ...Kudos to Jacob Ritari for writing such a compelling first novel and kudos to Unbridled Books for publishing it."


  • Douglas Starr's The Killer of Little Shepherds has received a rave, starred review from Publisher's Weekly.
  • Michelle Hoover's The Quickening has been named one of the ten first fiction picks of the year by Poets and Writers magazine.
  • From Workplace to Playspace author Pamela Meyer discussed her work on transforming offices on the MightyBytes blog.


  • Michelle Hoover's debut novel, The Quickening, received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly.
  • The Quickening has been selected as a fiction pick for the July Indie Next list.
  • Esmond Harmsworth will be speaking at the Public Words Speaker Conference in Cambridge, MA in June. The conference is one of the leading resources for experts and thought leaders who want to become successful speakers.
  • ZSH Partner Esmond Harmsworth was also interviewed in American Way magazine to discuss the electronic future of publishing.
  • Dan Willingham, author of Why Don't Students Like School, discussed education science this month on the Washington Post's blog.
  • Jedediah Berry won the 2010 Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing for The Manual of Detection.
  • Gail Sheehy picked They're Your Parents, Too by Francine Russo as one of her six "best books" in The Week magazine (not available online).


  • Rodney Peete, author of Not My Boy, and his wife Holly Robinson Peete, author of the children's book My Brother Charlie, were featured in People magazine, and in Redbook.
  • Michael Byers's new novel, Percival's Planet has received a starred, rave review in Publishers Weekly.
  • Percival's Planet has also received a starred review in Booklist (available to subscribers only).
  • Pete Nelson's novel, I Thought You Were Dead, has made the New England Independent Booksellers Association bestseller list.
  • Debra Shigley, author of The Go-Getter Girl's Guide, just appeared on the Today Show.
  • Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, by Kirby Larsen with Mary Nethery, illustrated by Jean Cassels, has now won 5 state/children's choice awards: in Washington, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, North Carolina and Montana.


  • Pamela Meyer, author of From Workspace to Playspace, was recently interviewed by one of the Chicago television news affiliates, discussing the book and her work.
  • Francine Russo's They're Your Parents, Too was covered extensively in the Wall Street Journal.
  • James S. Hirsch's Willie Mays at has hit #5 in the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list. Willie Mays is also #5 on the Los Angeles Times list, #10 on the Wall Street Journal list, and #98 on the USA Today bestseller list.
  • The book received a rave review in the San Antonio Express-News.
  • Pete Nelson's novel I Thought You Were Dead was named the #1 pick on the April, 2010 Indie list.
  • Fouad Ajami's acclaimed The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, The Arabs and The Iraqis in Iraq has been named one of the hundred best works of journalism of the decade by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.
  • Library Journal has named Charles Gasparino's The Sellout and Emily Yellin's Your Call Is Not That Important To Us as among the best business books of 2009.
  • Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection, has been named a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Literary Lions Fiction Award.
  • The Manual of Detection has been named a finalist for a Strand Critics Award.


  • Jedediah Berry's novel The Manual of Detection will be awarded the 2010 William L. Crawford award for best first fantasy book. Previous recipients include Jonathan Lethem, Jasper Fforde, and Joe Hill. In addition, The Manual of Detection is one of the five novels nominated for the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in the field of crime writing.
  • James Hirsch's biography, Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, has been published to great acclaim. USA Today raved about the book.
  • Willie Mays was also reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Seattle Times.
  • TIME Magazine featured Francine Russo's They're Your Parents, Too in a recent feature article.
  • They're Your Parents, Too was discussed in the New York Times's "New Old Age" blog.
  • Education expert Dan Willingham wrote a recent editorial for the Boston Globe.
  • ZSH clients Benoit Denizet-Lewis and Jennie Ketcham were featured on ABC's Nightline.
  • Acclaimed business book The Right Fight, by Saj-nicole Joni and Damon Beyer, was excerpted in February's Strategy + Business.
  • The Right Fight was also discussed by one of the authors in Saj-nicole Joni's column for Forbes.
  • Bill Littlefield of NPR's "Only A Game" discussed Willie Mays on his radio show.
  • Willie Mays was reviewed in the New York Times Sunday Book Review and soon after appeared at #8 on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal hardcover nonfiction bestseller lists.
  • Francine Russo appeared on Leonard Lopate's radio show on WNYC on Monday, February 22.


  • Colm Toibin reviewed Ha Jin's A Good Fall for the New York Times.
  • A Good Fall has also been reviewed in the Boston Globe.
  • Benoit Denizet-Lewis interviewed Brad Lamm, author of the acclaimed How To Change Someone You Love, for the Daily Beast.
  • Lamm's book was also discussed in the Houston Chronicle.
  • Military Times named Donovan Campbell's Joker One as one of the best military books of the decade.
  • James Levine, author of Move A Little, Lose A Lot, was recently interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio.
  • Television talk show host Nancy Grace praised Lauretta Hannon's The Cracker Queen on her nationally televised show January 5th.
  • Benoit Denizet-Lewis's new book, American Voyeur, has been reviewed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
  • Library Journal gave a starred review to Francine Russo's They're Your Parents, Too.
  • Ha Jin's acclaimed A Good Fall was given an extraordinary review by Todd Gitlin in The New Republic.