From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Saher Alam's THE GROOM TO HAVE BEEN, inspired by The Age of Innocence and set among the Indian Muslim community in North America, involving a young man torn between his heritage and his modern lifestyle who realizes his true love just as he begins to prepare for an arranged marriage and as the world reels in the wake of a national disaster that divides his friends and family, to Michael Mezzo at Spiegel & Grau, by Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management (US).
Lori Handeland's ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY, the first in a new urban fantasy series where a psychic PI is given more powers than she bargained for and discovers herself fighting monsters of Biblical proportions to thwart an upcoming doomsday, to Jennifer Enderlin at St. Martin's, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Irene Goodman at Irene Goodman Agency.
Danielle Wood's ROSIE LITTLE'S CAUTIONARY TALES FOR GIRLS, in which Rosie, taking her cues from the Brothers Grimm and Scheherazade, tells her stories of love and desire, men and women, heartache and happiness in this linked collection of cautionary tales, to Khristina Wenzinger at MacAdam/Cage, by Julia Lee at Allen & Unwin (NA). firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Jong-Fast's THE SOCIAL CLIMBER'S HANDBOOK, a social satire about upward mobility and murder, set on Manhattan's Upper East Side, pitched as a cross between Bergdorf Blondes and The Talented Mr. Ripley, to Bruce Tracy at Villard, by Andy McNicol at the William Morris Agency.
Sam Taylor's THE AMNESIAC, about a man who has lost the memory of three years of his life and who is driven to investigate, leading himself into a labyrinthine world of hidden texts, mysterious intruders and a possible murder, to Alexis Washam at Penguin, by Jason Cooper at Faber UK.
Cecilia Galante's debut THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES, about two best friends who are forced to runaway from the religious commune they've lived in their entire lives, to Melanie Cecka and Elizabeth Schonhorst at Bloomsbury, at auction, by Jessica Regel at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency (NA).
Television writer Robin Epstein's GOD IS IN THE PANCAKES, the story of a 15-year old girl in the midst of an ethical dilemma: whether or not to help her favorite nursing home resident die, and how this affects her closest relationships, to Kate Harrison at Harcourt Children's, by Talia Cohen at the Laura Dail Literary Agency (NA).trcohen@LDLAinc.com
Film rights to Jordan Belfort's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, to Warner Bros, with Alexandra Milchan, Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Prods. producing, and Terence Winter (Sopranos) adapting, by Joel Gotler at Intellectual Property Group.
Russell S. Bonds's STEALING THE GENERAL, an account of the 1862 Union raid that sent a party of soldiers (and two civilians) behind Confederate lines to steal a locomotive and head back north, burning railroad bridges between Atlanta and Chattanooga to isolate the Confederate forces, to Paramount, for Misher Films (THE INTERPRETER, THE RUNDOWN), by Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Westholme Publishing.
National Book Critic's Circle Award winner Shelby Steele's A BOUND MAN, an examination of the complex racial issues that confront presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama in his race for the White House, to Liz Stein at Free Press, for publication in November 2007, by Carol Mann (world).
Naomi Wolf's THE END OF AMERICA: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, a call to return to the aspirations and beliefs of the Founding Fathers, and an indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, claiming that events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century's worst dictatorships, to Chelsea Green, for publication in September 2007 as a paperback original.
Bill Press's TRAINWRECK: THE END OF THE CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION, putting a number of conservative myths to rest once and for all, to Eric Nelson at Wiley, by Ronald Goldfarb.
L.A. Times writer Barbara Isenberg's CONVERSATIONS WITH FRANK GEHRY, richly illustrated book of conversations with architect Frank Gehry about his life and work, to Jonathan Segal at Knopf, for publication in 2008, by Susan Ramer at Don Congdon Associates (World).
Andre Agassi's memoir of his life on and off the tennis court, including accounts of how he has "used his success as an instrument for change in the world" in both "education reform and public service," to Sonny Mehta at Knopf, with Jonathan Segal editing, in a major deal, for well over $5 million, at auction, by Michael Carlisle and Richard Pine at Inkwell Management (world).Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT editor Dana Canedy's A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN, the story of her relationship with her artist/soldier fiance, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who died in Iraq, leaving behind a 200-page journal containing his hopes and prayers and life lessons for the seven-month-old son he would never know, to Rachel Klayman at Crown, at auction, by Flip Brophy at Sterling Lord Literistic. Film rights optioned to Columbia Pictures for Escape Artists, with Denzel Washington producing and possibly starring.
NYT best-selling editors of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey's STATE BY STATE, a modern version of the WPA State Guides of the 1930s that goes beyond the red state/blue state dichotomy to create a portrait of the country featuring original writing on each of the 50 states by 50 leading novelists and journalists, to Dan Halpern and David Hirshey at Ecco, in a pre-empt, by David McCormick of McCormick & Williams Literary Agency and Zoe Pagnamenta of PFD New York (World).