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December

  • Maureen Corrigan discussed Eve LaPlante's Marmee and Louisa in Salon, writing: "What was the single most memorable character from a 2012 book? Honestly, Louisa May Alcott's mother, Abigail, who is one of the subjects of Eve LaPlante's dual biography called Marmee & Louisa, is someone I knew nothing about and whose activist life and tart, intelligent writing just blew me away."
  • S. S. Taylor's children's novel The Expeditioners was praised in the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Education expert Dan Willingham's work, and influence in Britain, was reported on in The Guardian (UK).
  • Cheryl Strayed's Wild has featured on many end-of-year lists of 2012's best nonfiction. Wild has been picked for the following lists: New York Times—Dwight Garner's 10 Favorite Books of 2012; O Magazine's Favorite Reads of 2012; People; Time Magazine Best Nonfiction (#6); Vogue; Entertainment Weekly; Amazon—Editors' Top Picks and #1 Biographies & Memoir; Barnes & Noble; Apple/iBookstore Best of 2012; Goodreads Choice Award for Best Memoir & Autobiography; Book Riot; Kirkus's Best Nonfiction titles of 2012. In addition, Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things was one of Library Journal's Top 10 books of 2012.
  • Eve LaPlante's dual biography Marmee and Louisa has been named one of the best books of 2012 by the Seattle Times. The newspaper also gave the book a fantastic review.
  • We are delighted to announce that Marmee and Louisa has appeared on the Boston Globe nonfiction bestseller list. The book has also been named a New York Times Book Review editor's choice. National Public Radio discussed Marmee and Louisa, the life of Louisa May Alcott and also the life of Charles Dickens.
  • S. S. Taylor's The Expeditioners has been selected as a "must-read" for December by flavorwire.com.
  • On the Today Show, Kathie Lee Gifford picked SQuire Rushnell's GodWink Stories as one of her "favorite things" for 2012.

November

  • Eve LaPlante's Marmee and Louisa has received rave reviews in the Boston Globe and Washington Post. Kirkus Reviews wrote that Marmee and Louisa was "thoroughly researched and moving—will appeal particularly to 19th-century women's history buffs, Alcott fans and Little Women aficionados."
  • Dr. John Ross's Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough was reviewed by Abigal Zuger, MD, in the New York Times, who wrote that "pleasures are present in abundance in the newest addition to the genre of medical biography."
  • Author Nick Hornby is adapting Cheryl Strayed's Wild for the screen.
  • Publisher's Weekly raved about Karin Tanabe's The List, writing that, "Former Politico reporter Tanabe's roman-a-clef is a hilarious skewering of digital journalism—and how news is tweeted and blogged at a dizzying pace by armies of underpaid and overworked 20-something journos—as well as smartly paced and dishy debut, part political thriller, part surprisingly sweet coming-of-age tale, and part timeless ode to dogged reporters with good instincts and guts of steel."
  • Publisher's Weekly issued a starred review for Jeff Chu's Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, calling it "compassionate" and "engaging," adding that "the book brings complexity and humanity to a discourse often lacking in both."
  • Publisher's Weekly has given a rave review to S. S. Taylor's The Expeditioners, writing that the "author's evident love of maps and exploration strengthens this Indiana Jones-style adventure, which is filled with nifty gadgets, moments of moderate terror, and high stakes. The retro-futuristic technology, never-before-seen sights, and danger provide plenty of fodder for (illustrator Katherine) Roy's playful illustrations, which have an adventurous, Jonny Quest flair."
  • Strategy + Business have named Ron Adner's The Wide Lens one of the best business books of 2012 in the innovation category.
  • USA Today published a rave review of Eve LaPlante's Marmee and Louisa. The author also was interviewed by the Boston Globe magazine. People gave Marmee and Louisa 4/5 stars and called the book "meticulously researched."
  • We are pleased to announce that Barnes & Noble has chosen Wild by Cheryl Strayed as one of their favorite nonfiction books of 2012. Wild was also chosen as the #1 book of the year in the biography and memoir category by Amazon.com and as one of their top picks of the year in nonfiction. O Magazine and Oprah.com have also named Wild the #1 nonfiction book of the year.
  • Dr. John Ross, author of Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough, wrote an article about famous writers and their maladies for the (UK) Daily Express.
  • Dan Willingham, author of, among other books, Why Don't Students Like School?, has been praised by Michael Gove, the British education secretary, who calls himself a "great fan" of Willingham's work.
  • Reunion at Red Paint Bay, the new novel by George Harrar, received a rave review in Booklist, who wrote: "this is tightly written psychological suspense from the author of The Spinning Man (2003). Harrar is one of those writers on the verge of connecting with a much larger audience; this could be his moment."

October

  • We are thrilled to announce that Anthony Marra, author of the forthcoming A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, has won a 2012 Whiting Writer's Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.
  • Hudson News has named Cheryl Strayed's Wild as one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2012.
  • We are pleased to announce that Eve LaPlante's new biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, Marmee & Louisa, has been selected for the November Indie Next list of favorite new titles selected by independent bookstore owners.
  • We are also delighted that the Winter 2012-2013 Kids' Indie Next List has selected S. S. Taylor's thrilling new middle grade adventure novel The Expeditioners for the list, naming the novel one of its "inspired recommendations for kids from indie booksellers."
  • Dr. John J. Ross's new book, titled in the UK Orwell's Cough, has received a rave review in the Daily Telegraph, calling the book "timely" and "entertaining." Nature called the book "gripping" and said it "compels respect for the subjugation of suffering behind so many enduring works of genius."
  • We are also extremely pleased to announce that Sunetra Gupta's novel So Good in Black has been long-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
  • Douglas Brunt's new novel, Ghosts of Manhattan, has been published to much acclaim. The novel has made the New York Times fiction bestseller longlist, appearing at #28. The author recently appeared on Fox Business to discuss whether Wall Street has really changed since the beginning of the financial crisis.

September

  • We are delighted to announce that Mike Lofgren's The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted has reached #11 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.
  • We are saddened to announce the untimely death of Dr. Peter Liotta. Dr. Liotta's most recent book, The Real Population Bomb: Megacities, Global Security & the Map of the Future, was written with James F. Miskel. Here is a tribute to Dr. Liotta from The Diplomat.
  • National Public Radio interviewed Arun Chaudhary, author of First Cameraman, on his experience as President Obama's official videographer.
  • Ben Mauk of The Believer reviewed Jedediah Berry's The Manual of Detection.
  • We are very pleased to announce that the Rev. Ed Bacon's 8 Habits of Love is at #12 on the Southern California Indie Bestsellers List. The book made the list before it had been officially published.
  • The Boston Globe profiled Donna Pincus, the director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at Boston University, and the author of Growing Up Brave.
  • Dr. Pincus was also interviewed on New England Cable News on how kids can overcome back-to-school anxieties.
  • Michael Silverstein and Abheek Singhi, co-authors with Carol Liao and Michael David of The Ten Trillion Dollar Prize, wrote about how Chinese and Indian universities are increasingly competing with America's for the Wall Street Journal.

August

  • We are very pleased to announce that Dan Barry has won the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (awarded by a jury for the best sports nonfiction book published in 2011) for his acclaimed book Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game.
  • Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, the authors of The Real Romney, were interviewed on National Public Radio about Governor Romney's presidential campaign.
  • Mary Sullivan's Dear Blue Sky has been published to rapturous reviews. The New York Times Book Review wrote that the novel "shows how being forced to face the deadly realities of war can deepen a teenager's understanding of life." Bookpage called the novel "both timely and timeless."
  • Publisher's Weekly gave Douglas Brunt's novel Ghosts of Manhattan a rave review, calling the "engaging debut" "a compulsively readable novel" and "a savage, jaded, and comical depiction of freewheeling Wall Street bond traders during their precollapse heyday."
  • Doreen Carvajal published a wonderful essay in the New York Times on her search for her family's history in Andalucia, the subject of her memoir The Forgetting River.
  • Cheryl Strayed's Wild has finished its seventh week as the #1 nonfiction book and e-book on the New York Times bestseller list. Her Tiny Beautiful Things is has hit #6 on the paperback advice/how to list.
  • We are delighted to announce that SQuire Rushnell's Divine Alignment has appeared on the New York Times hardcover advice/how to bestseller list at #13.
  • When Can You Trust the Experts? author Dan Willingham has published a wonderful new article in Scientific American on how science can improve teaching.
  • Dr. John Ross's Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough received a starred review from Booklist, who wrote that, "Ross blends biography, history, literature, science, and imagination in just the right doses."

July

  • Booklist praised Mike Lofgren's The Party is Over with a starred review, calling the book "a pungent, penetrating insider polemic."
  • Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner appeared on CBS "Sunday Morning," where she selected Jillian Medoff's I Couldn't Love You More as one of the best summer reads for 2012.
  • Cheryl Strayed's Wild continues to dominate the bestseller lists. For the week ending July 1, in the New York Times, Wild was #1 in e-books, #3 on the combined print/e-book list, and #6 in hardcover nonfiction. Wild was also on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list (#1), the Los Angeles Times bestseller list (#2), and the Boston Globe bestseller list (#3).
  • At the end of the following week, Wild was #1 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list.
  • We are extremely pleased that Elisa Schappell recommended Donna VanLiere's The Good Dream in her Hot Type column in Vanity Fair.
  • Philosophy of religion expert Kelly James Clark appeared on MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss his new book, Abraham's Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict.
  • Doreen Carvajal's The Forgetting River will be featured in the August issue of O Magazine in their 10 Books to Pick Up Now column, calling the book "a compelling mix of memoir and reporting."
  • National Public Radio's Michel Martin spoke with Governor Deval Patrick about his new book, Faith In The Dream, and they discussed how the American dream is now in danger.
  • David Kirby's Death at SeaWorld was praised by New Scientist, who described the book as, "a chilling depiction... Kirby lays out a compelling scientific argument against killer whale captivity by carefully describing the social structure and ecology of wild killer whales—arguably a leading reason why, of all the marine animals, they may be the worst candidates for captivity. It is clear from the data, statistics and anecdotes cramming the pages that captivity serves orcas poorly... he has pulled together a wide of variety of sources to provide an intriguing history of the debate surrounding killer whale captivity."
  • The San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote that Death at SeaWorld was "Eye opening poolside reading... Death isn't supposed to pop up in environments carefully choreographed for family fun." Library Journal reported that "lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigative work."

June

  • We are over-the-moon about Oprah Winfrey's decision to start up a new book club, Oprah's Book Club 2.0, and to make Cheryl Strayed's acclaimed bestselling memoir Wild her first official "pick." Here is Oprah explaining her choice.
  • Publisher's Weekly praised Dr. John J. Ross's fascinating book, Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough: The Medical Lives of Great Writers, writing that "English majors and medical students alike, not to mention laypeople of all stripes, will enjoy Ross's first book, a speculative journey through the medical histories of 11 famed authors." Kirkus Reviews praised the book as well, commenting that it was "especially recommended for readers who enjoy historical context with their great books."
  • Publisher's Weekly picked Ann Bauer's The Forever Marriage as one of the best books of the week of June 11. The Forever Marriage was also reviewed by the Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, who called it a "perfect read."
  • In her Hot Type column in Vanity Fair, Elisa Schappell recommended Jillian Medoff's I Couldn't Love You More, calling it "a daringly sympathetic portrait of a stepmother forced to make an impossible choice."
  • We are pleased to announce that Golden Keyes Parson's novel His Steadfast Love is a finalist in the inspirational category for the RWA Readers Choice Award.
  • Mike Lofgren's The Party's Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted has received an excellent review in Publisher's Weekly, who wrote, "Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention." George Packer wrote in the New Yorker that, "Lofgren's ideas are trenchant and far-reaching enough to outlast the dog-bites-man quality of the original essay."
  • We are very pleased to announce that Leonard Rosen's All Cry Chaos is a finalist for best first mystery at the McAvity Awards and has been nominated for an Anthony Award as best first mystery at the Bouchercon Conference.
  • Library Journal gave a great review to Peter de Jonge's novel Buried On Avenue B, writing that, "his hard-boiled prose and urban slang transports readers of serious crime fiction through gritty, harsh scenes populated with colorful characters."
  • We are very pleased to announce that Tony Wagner's Creating Innovators has hit #8 on the Washington Post hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.
  • MORE Magazine praised Ann Bauer's The Forever Marriage, describing it as, "funny, surprising and gratifyingly honest, this novel poses unsparing questions about love and betrayal and the reasons we make the choices we do."
  • TIME Magazine interviewed Cheryl Strayed about her forthcoming Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of columns she wrote under the name Dear Sugar, and she told them: "The thing that I always wanted most to do is write stories that seemed like real life... to write characters so real that they move people—characters like Sugar."
  • Booklist gave a rave, starred review to David Kirby's book, Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, calling it "gripping" and "hard to put down".
  • We are delighted to announce that Monique Truong's The Book of Salt has hit the El Coreo Spanish bestseller list at #1.
  • In this week's Entertainment Weekly, authors were asked to pick their favorite summer read. Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) recommended Jedediah Berry's The Manual of Detection, describing it is "deliciously surreal, dreamlike and rain-soaked... perfect for reading with umbrellas of the traditional beach variety."

May

  • Jillian Medoff's I Couldn't Love You More received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who wrote, "Medoff's talent for characterization is evident in her latest novel, a richly layered tale about that complicated thing called family...Medoff's fully realized novel beautifully explores the most important relationships we create: as parent, as sibling, as spouse."
  • Booklist praised Ann Bauer's The Forever Marriage, stating, "written in a contemporary style that evokes the work of Anne Tyler, this is not only a well-nuanced story of youthful mistakes and adult consequences but also an unflinching look at one woman's fight against breast cancer."
  • Publisher's Weekly gave a fantastic starred review to Doreen Carvajal's forthcoming memoir The Forgetting River, calling it "the haunting account of an investigative journalist's efforts to uncover her family's hidden Sephardic Jewish past... a mesmerizing journey through time, across cultures and into one woman's rich personal history."
  • Games Primates Play by Dario Maestripieri received glowing reviews. Nature wrote that, "Whether scooping out the 'elevator dilemma' of sharing a confined space with strangers, the human tendency to nepotism or the 'economics of love,' Maestripieri argues his case compellingly." New Scientist stated that "Games Primates Play is an interesting, funny and engaging study of human nature. And Maestripieri's amusing and often endearing anecdotes add colour and insight."
  • People magazine gave a four-star lead rave review to Jillian Medoff's I Couldn't Love You More, calling it "dazzling, hilarious and heart-wrenching."
  • The Wide Lens author Ron Adner wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal about the future prospects of the Chevy Volt and other electric cars.

April

  • Cheryl Strayed's Wild has been published to rapturous acclaim and incredible reviews.
  • Most notable is Dwight Garner's rave in the New York Times, in which he describes the memoir as "sexy, uplifting . . . fierce and funny. . . Strayed hammers home her hard-won sentences like a box of nails. The cumulative welling up I experienced during Wild was partly a response to that too infrequent sight: that of a writer finding her voice, and sustaining it, right in front of your eyes. . . . Riveting."
  • NPR called the book "one of the most original, heartbreaking and beautiful American memoirs in years." The Sunday New York Times raved as well.
  • In People, Caroline Leavitt wrote: "Strayed's language is so vivid, sharp and compelling that you feel the heat of the desert, the frigid ice of the High Sierra and the breathtaking power of one remarkable woman finding her way—and herself—one brave step at a time. Four stars."
  • We are also delighted to announce that Wild has debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #7.
  • We are delighted to announce that Dr. Dale Archer's Better Than Normal has debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list.
  • The brilliant new book on innovation in India, Jugaad Innovation, by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja, has been acclaimed by The Economist.
  • Ron Adner's The Wide Lens received more acclaim in Management Today and Health Care Collaboration.
  • Barron's reviewed Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple.
  • Rafe Sagarin's Learning From The Octopus was excerpted in Salon.com.
  • New Scientist published a brilliant review of Learning From The Octopus, stating that, "Sagarin explains biology's lessons for successful national security with a brisk, clear style, designed for the broadest possible audience. The book will be as informative to a field biologist as a field commander."
  • Creating Innovators author Tony Wagner wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, about how America can educate the next Steve Jobs, arguing that "young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it."
  • In the New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann wrote about David Rothkopf's Power, Inc.: "Rothkopf's book is astonishingly ambitious. It traces the relationship between state and market—a relationship that, he says, has succeeded the relationship between church and state as the dominant conflict in societies—from the thirteenth century to the present."
  • Ann Bauer's The Forever Marriage received a rave review from Library Journal: "Bauer (A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards) deftly draws all the characters. Love or hate Carmen, readers won't soon forget the hot-blooded woman, and fans of Elizabeth Berg will want to meet her."
  • Publisher's Weekly gave The Forever Marriage a starred review, writing that "with lovely prose and fine pacing, Bauer...offers a sensitive portrait of a flawed woman coming to terms with a lifetime of regrets."
  • We are delighted to announce that ZSH client Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

March

  • We are extraordinarily pleased to announce that Mira Bartok's The Memory Palace has won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
  • We are also delighted at announce that Reese Witherspoon's production company has optioned film rights to Cheryl Strayed's extraordinary and acclaimed memoir, Wild, and Ms. Witherspoon plans to star in the film.
  • Wild was selected as the #1 Indie Next Pick for April.
  • Ron Adner's The Wide Lens has been published to glowing reviews. Prominent bloggers have discussed this leading book on innovation, the author was interviewed by Slate, and the author has contributed articles to the online editions of Wired magazine and Harvard Business Review.
  • Ron Adner was also interviewed by Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC to discuss how some new products succeed brilliantly while others fail.
  • Kirkus Reviews published a rave of Tony Wagner's new book, Creating Innovators, on how school and college need to be reinvented, calling it "a seminal analysis promising hope for the future through small wonders in the classroom."
  • Kathryn Canavan reviewed the book in USA Today and described Creating Innovators as a "road map for parents who want to sculpt their children into innovative thinkers."
  • Louis Menand, in The New Yorker, discussed Michael Kranish and Scott Helman's biography The Real Romney.
  • Rafe Sagarin's Learning From The Octopus was serialized in both Wired and The Weeek. Publishers Weeekly praised the book's "ingenious ideas."
  • David Rothkopf's Power, Inc. received a wonderful review in Bloomberg Business Week. Power, Inc. was also discussed by Wil Hutton in The Guardian (UK).
  • The Forever Marriage author Ann Bauer wrote for Salon.com about her advertising career.
  • Justin Barrett's Born Believers received an excellent review in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

February

  • We are thrilled that Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple has reached #11 on the New York Times combined print and e-book bestseller list.
  • Adam Lashinsky was interviewed by CBS and asked about his view of Steve Jobs.
  • We are very pleased to announce that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is writing two new books—one print, one digital—for Hyperion Publishers.
  • The New Yorker revealed that author Cheryl Strayed is the advice columnist "Dear Sugar," whose columns appear in the online magazine The Rumpus, and have a huge cult following.
  • Vanity Fair ran an excerpt of Michael Kranish and Scott Helman's acclaimed The Real Romney.

January

  • Power, Inc. author David Rothkopf wrote recently in Time on the clash between government and business.
  • Booklist described Power, Inc. as "an enlightening account."
  • We are delighted to announce that Josh Linker's Disciplined Dreaming has been named the best business book of 2011 by the readers and subscribers of Soundview Executive Summaries, and has been awarded the Longman Award.
  • Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail has received fantastic pre-publication reviews. Publisher's Weekly (starred review): "Her account forms a charming, intrepid trial by fire, as she emerges from the ordeal bruised but not beaten, changed, a lone survivor." Kirkus Reviews (starred review): "Strayed was stunned by how the trail both shattered and sheltered her. Most of the hikers she met along the way were helpful, and she also encountered instances of trail magic, "the unexpected and sweet happenings that stand out in stark relief to the challenges of the trail."
  • Wild was featured in Entertainment Weekly's "Ten Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2012."
  • Michiko Kakutani, in The New York Times, reviewed Scott Helman and Michael Kranish's The Real Romney, describing the book as "absorbing and fair minded."
  • USA Today gave The Real Romney a wonderful review.
  • More accolades have come in for Brian Christian's The Most Human Human. In addition to The New Yorker, it is on the best books of 2011 lists for The Leonard Lopate Show, The Boston Globe, Amazon.ca, The National Post (Toronto), the Everett, Washington Herald, and Booklist.
  • More praise and awards are coming in for Mira Bartok's memoir The Memory Palace. The Memory Palace has won the 2011 New England Book Festival Award in the autobiography/biography category. Also, this brilliant memoir has been named a 2012 ALA Notable Book in nonfiction.
  • We are over the moon to announce that The Memory Palace is a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.
  • Rafe Sagarin's forthcoming book Learning from the Octopus, as well as his work as a scientist, were featured in the Stanford Alumni Magazine.
  • The author posted a video lecture about the book.
  • Ron Adner's The Wide Lens received a great review from innovation.net.
  • Publishers' Weekly praised The Wide Lens in a rave review, stating that, "Anyone involved in moving a product from conception to adoption will not want to let this book pass them by."
  • Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple and Ron Adner's The Wide Lens were named among the twelve books on the winter reading list for Chief Information Officers by cioinsight.com.
  • Inside Apple has received a storm of press attention and many rave reviews. Here are some examples: Tech Crunch / CNET / MSN UK / The Week
  • Foreword Reviews raved about Sunetra Gupta's So Good In Black, stating, "this is an exquisite, mournful novel that focuses on the intersection of memory and reality to reveal how, and how often, we deceive ourselves."
  • We are supremely delighted to announce that Len Rosen's All Cry Chaos has been nominated for a best first novel Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.