From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Michelle Hoover's THE QUICKENING, about an epic feud, marked by violence and retribution, between two families who live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest in the early 1900's, pitched as reminiscent of the work of Louise Erdrich, to Corinna Barsan at Other Press, by Esmond Harmsworth at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency (World).
Carolyn Hart's next three books, two in the Death on Demand series, and one in her new Bailey Ruth Raeburn series, which is narrated by a ghost, to Carrie Feron at Harper, by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider (NA).
Elif Shafak's SWEET BLASPHEMY, the parallel stories of a middle-aged book editor who is assigned a manuscript by a modern Sufi that takes her back to the tumultuous 13th century where she discovers the Islamic scholar Rumi's life bears surprising similarities to her own -- and as Rumi's life is changed when he meets the infamous wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz, the editor meets the author of the manuscript and her life is never again the same, to Paul Slovak at Viking Penguin, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Author of TWINS Marcy Dermansky's BAD MARIE, the story of a young woman just out of prison who goes to work as a nanny for her childhood friend, a Manhattan executive with a French novelist husband and an angelic toddler, pitched as Mary Gaitskill meets THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, to Katherine Nintzel at Harper Perennial, by Alex Glass at Trident Media Group (World English).
Cornelia Nixon's JARRETTSVILLE, set in Maryland days after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, Jarrettsville is a novel about the true love story of the author's ancestor, Martha Jane Cairnes, who murders her fiance in front of his Union cavalry militia, and is later acquitted despite fifty eye-witnesses to her crime, to Jack Shoemaker at Counterpoint, by Wendy Weil at the Wendy Weil Agency.
Nina Burleigh's THE DREAM COTTAGE, an investigative account of the story of Amanda Knox, the American exchange student accused of participating in the 2007 Manson-esque murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy during their year abroad, offering an in-depth account of the crime and trial that also looks at larger topics such as the fantasy of high European culture, the seduction of living abroad and a parent's worst nightmare come true, to Charlie Conrad at Broadway, for publication in Spring 2011, by Deborah Grosvenor at Kneerim & Williams (world).
Matt Myklusch's debut JACK BLANK trilogy, beginning when a boy survives an attack by a robot-zombie and is smuggled away to a secret island full of aliens, super heroes, and the answers to his mysterious past, to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin, in a three-book deal, by Chris Richman at Firebrand Literary (NA).
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Gretchen Reynolds's BRAVE NEW BODY: On the Frontiers of 21st Century Fitness, growing out of her articles for the New York Times, describing the scientific research that is changing our understanding of exercise, fitness and training, and containing practical guidelines for achieving peak physical and mental performance, to Tracy Behar at Little, Brown, for publication in Spring 2011, by Sam Stoloff at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency (World).
Authority on aging Dr. Howard Murad's THE WATER PRINCIPLE: Saving Your Looks and Your Health Through The Science of Cellular Water, explaining how to take control of the aging process based on three decades of research and clinical observations and the author's discoveries for optimizing cellular strength and health through an integrated multi-disciplinary approach he calls Inclusive Health, to Christel Winkler at Wiley, by Jill Marsal at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's THE AUDACITY TO WIN: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory, promising an inside account, including "the deliberations about whether to run against long odds, the primary battle with Hillary Clinton, the drama of the general election campaign and the strategic roads taken -- and not taken, plus "the business lessons to be learned from the formation and the functioning of an unprecedented $1 billion start-up -- use of technology, crisis management, grass roots, and personnel management, to Clare Ferraro at Viking Penguin, with Wendy Wolf editing, in a major deal, reportedly for seven figures, "at least $1.5 to $2 million" (AP), by Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly.
Patrick Swayze's memoir, written with his wife Lisa Niemi, covering the actor's childhood, career, and marriage, as well as his fight against stage-four pancreatic cancer, with Niemi recounting the intensity of her experience and the enormity of helping a loved-one battle a life-threatening disease, to Sarah Durand at Atria, for publication in Fall 2009, by Mel Berger and Suzanne Gluck at the William Morris Agency (world).
Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright's A CASE FOR SOLOMON: Two Mothers, One Son, and a Kidnapping That Confounded the South, a historical mystery of family and childhood, class and power, chronicling the story of a missing child/kidnapping case in Louisiana in 1912 (a boy was found but it took nearly a century for his identity to become fully known), co-written by the granddaughter of the victim, Bobby Dunbar, to Hilary Redmon at Free Press, at auction, for publication in October 2010, by Zoe Pagnamenta at the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency (NA).
John McMillian's BEATLES VS. STONES: The History of a Legendary Rivalry, a history of the complicated relationship between the two biggest bands of the 20th century, examining what it means to be a fan of either, comparing their legacies and using unexplored archives and original research, to Amber Qureshi at Free Press, at auction, for publication in September 2011, by Chris Parris-Lamb at The Gernert Company (NA).
Jeff Herman's JEFF HERMAN'S GUIDE TO BOOK PUBLISHERS, EDITORS & LITERARY AGENTS, 2010, 20TH EDITION, moving from the author's Three Dog Press to Peter Lynch at Sourcebooks, for publication in 2009 (world).