From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Alicia Bessette's ALL COME HOME, in which a young widow forms an
unlikely friendship with a 9-year-old biracial girl who lives next door,
and the two embark on winning a celebrity chef's first annual Desserts
that Warm the Soul baking contest, to Erika Imranyi at Dutton, in a
pre-empt, for publication in 2010, by Laney Katz Becker at Folio
Alan Goldsher's PAUL IS UNDEAD: The British Zombie Invasion, the
humorous chronicle of the zombified Liverpudlians' rise to fame, to
Jaime Costas at Pocket, for publication in June 2010, by Jason Allen
Ashlock of Movable Type Literary Group (world).
Robert Newcomb writing as Robert J Barclay's IF WISHES WERE HORSES, in
which a grieving Florida horse rancher decides to reinstate his late
wife's equine therapy program for troubled teens but when the widow of
the drunk driver who killed his family unexpectedly begs him to admit
her young son to the program, he is forced to examine the true natures
of love and forgiveness in ways he could have never imagined, to Lucia
Macro at William Morrow, in a pre-empt, by Marly Rusoff
of Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Paula McLain's THE GREAT GOOD PLACE, written from the perspective of
Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson, set during the five
years they lived in Paris as part of the Lost Generation along with Ezra
Pound, Gertrude Stein and the Fitzgeralds, as well as their time spent
in Toronto where their son was born, to Kristin Cochrane at Doubleday
Canada, in a pre-empt, by Julie Barer at Barer Literary.
Screenwriter, director and actor of PBS's The Newsroom Ken Finkleman's
first novel NOAH'S CRIME, about the murder of a literary rival by an
unemployed TV writer, pitched as a darkly comic cross between Martin
Amis' THE INFORMATION and Dostoyevsky's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, to
Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, in a nice deal, by Chris Bucci at
Anne McDermid Associates.
Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt's THE DAY I SHOT CUPID, exploring the new
landscape of modern dating and offering a wide range of practical tips,
from text-flirting and IM-ing to what men and women really want, and how
to start over after a breakup, to Gretchen Young at Voice, with Sarah
Landis editing, by Kirby Kim at Endeavor (world).
Conservative historian and author of RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE Richard
Brookhiser's JAMES MADISON, a major new biography of the politician,
philosopher, and president who fought in the revolution, led the country
through the War of 1812, and lived long enough to fear the Civil War, to
Lara Heimert at Basic, by Michael Carlisle at Inkwell Management (NA).
D.T. Max's biography of David Foster Wallace, about "why he matters and
what he tried to teach us," to Paul Slovak at Viking, at auction, by Elyse Cheney at
Elyse Cheney Agency.
MIT economist Simon Johnson and his Baseline Scenario co-founder James
Kwak's THE COUP, expanding on their Atlantic magazine story, which draws
the parallel between the emerging market crises of the 1990s (when
Johnson was the chief economist at the IMF) and the meltdown of the last
year, arguing that the crisis is one of politics as much as economics
and meanwhile the "oligarchs" of Wall Street continue to pull the
strings, to Erroll McDonald at Pantheon, at auction, by Rafe Sagalyn of
The Sagalyn Agency (NA).
Dick Van Dyke's memoir, spanning his entire career in show business, to
John Glusman at Harmony, for publication in fall 2010, by Dan Strone at
Trident Media Group and manager Jeff Kolodny at Luber/Roklin
Emmett Rensin and Alex Aciman's TWITTERATURE: The World's Greatest
Books, Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less, a humorous retelling of
works of great literature in Twitter format -- written by two 19-year
old University of Chicago freshmen, to John Siciliano at Penguin, by
Brian DeFiore at DeFiore and Company (NA).
Jennifer "Kasey Bomber" Barbee and NPR host Alex "Axles of Evil" Cohen's
DOWN & DERBY: THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO ROLLER DERBY, an illustrated
celebration of the explosive sport, to Denise Oswald (aka "Princess
Die") in her first acquisition at Soft Skull, by Ted Weinstein at Ted
Weinstein Literary Management (World).
Author of NYT Bestseller How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Jonah Lehrer's IMAGINE: The Science of Creativity, in which he
introduces us to jazz musicians, furniture designers, and avant-garde
chefs to show how we can use the latest neuroscience to be more
imaginative and design our everyday lives, our cities, our companies,
and our culture to be more conducive to creativity, to Amanda Cook at
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for publication in Spring
2012, by Sarah Chalfant at The Wylie Agency (US).
Former WWE superstar Mick Foley's COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN, centering
around the author's arrival to TNA and his premiere fight with one of
his greatest rivals -- Sting -- as well as covering other issues such as
leaving the WWE, steroids, and as always, Tori Amos, to Ben Greenberg at
Grand Central, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger
Associates (World English).