Cloth: 256 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
Here I Am
The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer
Tim Hetherington (1970–2011) was one of the world’s most distinguished and dedicated photojournalists, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in a mortar blast while covering the Libyan civil war. Someone far less interested in professional glory than revealing to the world the realities of people living in extremely difficult circumstances, Tim nonetheless won many awards for his war reporting, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his critically acclaimed documentary, Restrepo. Hetherington’s dedication to his career led him time after time into war zones, and unlike some other journalists, he did not pack up after the story had broken. After the civil war ended in Liberia, West Africa, Tim stayed on for three years, helping the United Nations track down human rights criminals. His commitment to getting the story out and his compassion for those affected by war was unrivaled.
In Here I Am, journalist and freelance writer Alan Huffman tells Hetherington’s life story, and through it analyzes what it means to be a war reporter in the twenty-first century. Huffman recounts Hetherington’s life from his first interest in photography and war reporting, through his critical role in reporting the Liberian civil war, to his tragic death in Libya. Huffman also traces Hetherington’s photographic milestones, from his iconic and prize-winning photographs of Liberian children, to the celebrated portraits of sleeping U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Here I Am explores the risks, challenges, and thrills of war reporting, and is a testament to the unique work of people like Hetherington, who travel into the most dangerous parts of the world, risking their lives to give a voice to those devastated by conflict.
Alan Huffman is the author of several nonfiction books, including Sultana and Mississippi in Africa. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and many other publications.
Cloth: 464 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
The Blood of Heaven
One of the most powerful and impressive debuts Grove/Atlantic has ever published, The Blood of Heaven by twenty-six-year-old Kent Wascom shows the kind of talent rarely seen in any novelist, no matter their age. The book tells the story of Angel Woolsack, a preacher’s son who flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father, falls in with a charismatic highwayman, and then settles with his adopted brothers on the rough frontier of West Florida, where American settlers are carving their place out of lands held by the Spaniards and the French. The novel moves from the bordellos of Natchez, where Angel meets his love Red Kate, to the Mississippi River plantations, where the brutal system of slave labor is creating fantastic wealth along with terrible suffering, and finally to the back rooms of New Orleans among schemers, dreamers, and would-be revolutionaries plotting to break away from the young United States and create a new country under the leadership of the renegade founding father Aaron Burr.
The Blood of Heaven is a remarkable portrait of a young man seizing his place in a violent new world, a moving love story, and a vivid tale of ambition and political machinations that brilliantly captures the energy and wildness of a young America where anything is possible.
“Angel Woolsack forsakes life with his itinerant preacher father to follow a daring highwayman, then ends up wending his way from on-the-edge West Florida to the bordellos of Natchez, the plantations of Mississippi, and finally New Orleans, where Aaron Burr is leading efforts to create a new country. It’s a brave and bloody new world, captured with energy.” —Library Journal
Kent Wascom was born in New Orleans in 1986, attended Louisiana State University and received his MFA from Florida State University. He was awarded the 2012 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction. The Blood of Heaven is his first novel.
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Running Press
If You Hold a Seed
Exquisite illustrations balanced with minimal, flow¬ing words articulate the magic that unfolds from planting a simple seed. As a young boy holds the seed and sows it in the ground, it gradually comes to life during the rainy days of spring, the bright sunny days of summer, the windy days of fall, and the cold wait of winter.
Elly MacKay’s unique artistic process involves inking yupo paper, cutting it into layers, and photographing the scenes in her “miniature theater,” conveying the expressive cycle of each season. Whether a seed, hope, or dream, the acts of love, p atience, and nurturing are essential for them to flourish. Perfect for new ventures or celebrat¬ing milestones, If You Hold a Seed shares a simple message that will appeal across generations.
ELLY MACKAY lives in Owen Sound, Ontario with her husband and children. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the University of Canterbury. Elly is an artist, illustra¬tor, and educator, and her artwork is sold in several stores, including Etsy.com. To learn more about Elly’s unique illustrative process, visit her online at ellymackay.com and Twitter @theaterclouds.
Trade Paper: 296 pages
Publisher: Seal Press
28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover
Jennifer Aniston. Kate Beckinsale. Helen Hunt. Brooke Shields. In addition to their fame, these actresses share something else in common: they owe their enviable silhouettes to fitness expert and celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber.
In Yogalosophy, Ingber—one of the most sought-after fitness and wellness advisors in Los Angeles—offers up a unique 28-day plan to help readers achieve healthier bodies and happier minds. Building on the concepts offered in Ingber’s popular Yogalosophy DVD, this handbook provides an accessible program of proven workouts and eating guidelines designed to tone and strengthen the entire body, inside and out.
In addition to recipes and detailed body-sculpting workouts (which combine yoga postures with a wide range of other effective exercises), Ingber also offers up wise insights and thought-provoking anecdotes in each chapter, encouraging readers to establish a healthier, more life-embracing mindset. Full of girlfriend-y wisdom, Yogalosophy is a realistic, flexible, daily plan that will help readers transform their minds, their bodies, and their lives.
Mandy Ingber, the creator of Yogalosophy, is a fitness and wellness expert, speaker, producer, instructor, and author. For over 16 years she has motivated people with her light-hearted approach and unique teaching style. Her ability to connect with a wide range of students makes her accessible to all. Mandy’s public appeal grew as a celebrity yoga instructor when she did a spread in SELF magazine in 2006 with client Jennifer Aniston. Other clients include Kate Beckinsale, Ricki Lake, Brooke Shields, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, and Helen Hunt, who gave her credit on the red carpet for getting her body “Oscar-ready.”
Ingber has been a keynote speaker and an event headliner for such events as People magazine’s “A-List Workout” and SELF magazine’s “Workout In the Park,” as well as a spokesperson for many brands. Mandy is featured regularly in national publications, such as SELF, InStyle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, O, People, Us Weekly, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Elle, Chatelaine, Glow, and more.
Cloth: 284 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
The Golden Egg
Over the years, the best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series has conquered the hearts of mystery lovers all over the world. Brunetti is both a perceptive investigator and a principled family man, and through him, Leon has explored Venice in all its aspects: its history, beauty, food, and social life, but also its crime and corruption.
In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.
To please his wife, Brunetti investigates the death, and is surprised to find nothing on the man: no birth certificate, no passport, no driver’s license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. And yet, there is the body. As secrets unravel, Brunetti suspects an aristocratic family might be somehow connected to the death. But why would anyone want this sweet, simple-minded man dead?
Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.
Cloth: 36 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
No Ordinary Apple
A Story About Eating Mindfully
On an otherwise ordinary day, a little boy named Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his caretaking neighbor Carmen for a snack, he’s at first disappointed when she hands him an apple—he wanted candy! But when Carmen encourages him to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.
Lushly and humorously illustrated, No Ordinary Apple is perfect for anyone who needs to be reminded to slow down and appreciate the things in front of them.
“With humor and a light touch, No Ordinary Apple takes us cheerfully through the exercise of eating an apple mindfully, using each of our five senses, one by one, leaving readers wanting to try it themselves!”—Kerry Lee MacLean, author of Moody Cow Meditates
Sara Marlowe is a musician, clinical social worker, and university lecturer. She has been meditating for many years and takes delight in sharing mindfulness with children, youth, and families. She lives in Toronto with her husband, son, and two cats. She can be found online at mindfulfamilies.ca
Phil Pascuzzo is an artist and designer living in Albany, New York. He’s designed countless book covers. This is his first illustrated book.
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Dynamic Housewares
Seasonal Menus for Cozy Dinners
The ultimate tool for those who want to enjoy their company as much as the food.
Creating the perfect intimate meal to share with a few friends is easy with Small Gatherings. Filled with elegant menus for entertaining groups of just two to six people, this lovely volume is arranged by season, takes advantage of fresh, flavorful ingredients, and includes helpful make-ahead tips so hosts can enjoy time with their friends instead of being sequestered to the kitchen. Lushly photographed, this inspirational cookbook is not only beautiful, it’s an excellent resource for ambitious home chefs and novice cooks alike.
Cookbook author, blogger, and lifestyle writer Jessica Strand lives in New York City. Award-winning photographer Sheri Giblin lives in Brooklyn, NY
Cloth: 642 pages
Publisher: Basic Books
The World Is a Battlefield
In Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackwater: The World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.
Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA’s Special Activities Division, and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals, and direct drone, AC-130, and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.
Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of America’s covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.
As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his brave reporting, he exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
"Dirty Wars is not politically correct. It is not a history of the last decade as seen from inside the White House, or from the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. Scahill's book takes us inside Dick Cheney's famed "dark side" and tells us, with convincing detail and much new information, what has been done in the name of America since 9/11."—Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
JEREMY SCAHILL is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the writer, with David Riker, and a producer of the documentary feature film, Dirty Wars, which won the Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. Scahill has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now!. He has also appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, BBC, al Jazeera, CNN, The NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. In 2013, Scahill was named one of nine recipients of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.
Paper: 224 pages
Publisher: Coach House Books
Two novels, two young women at the frontiers of sex.
Tamara Faith Berger's first two novels have been languishing out of print. They were scandalous when they were first published; substantially revised and returned to print, they're just as titillating and troubling now.
Like a series of Penthouse letters penned by Kathy Acker, Lie With Me recounts a woman's sexual escapades, picking up random men in bars for a series of increasingly extreme encounters, hoping to understand love from the far side of sluttiness.
In The Way of the Whore, Mira, an introverted Jewish girl obsessed with Jean Genet, allows herself to be seduced by the sex industry, determined to find meaning in her tormented relationships with cruel men.
Praise for Tamara Faith Berger's Maidenhead:
'Myra's confusion, her passion, her need for possession and to be possessed, make this novel an incredible read, finding its place, as Sheila Heti (who should know) wrote, "somewhere between the wilds of Judy Blume, Girls Gone Wild and Michel Foucault."' – Flavorwire
'There are no easy moments, no comfort to be found in the searing prose. . . . When writers get young female sexuality right, stories become a revelation and such is the case with Maidenhead. The writing pulls the reader desperately close.' – Roxane Gay, The Rumpus
Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote porn stories for a living and attempted to make dirty films before publishing her first book, Lie with Me, in 1999. In 2004, The Way of the Whore, her second book, was published. In 2005, Lie with Me was made into a film. Maidenhead is her third book. Berger is presently working on a novel about a Russian hired killer. She is a graduate student at UBC working on her Masters of Fine Arts.
Trade Paper Original: 1176 pages
Publisher: Avalon Travel
Rick Steves’ Italy 2013
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy.
From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you’ll trace Italian culture from Rome’s Colosseum to Michelangelo’s David to the bustling elegance of Milan. Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. Discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre. Shop at local market stalls, sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café, and pick up a picknic lunch at an allimentari. Relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia!
Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He’ll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You’ll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (www.ricksteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for North Americans.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Running Press
Homemade With Love
Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen
Homemade with Love features technique tips, pantry lists, and more than 150 simple recipes from beloved food blogger Jennifer Perillo, making from-scratch cooking doable in any home.
Cooks everywhere will crowd around the stove for the accessible, fear-free recipes beloved on the blog of the same name. Featuring over 150 recipes complete with mouth-watering photography for breakfast to dessert and everything in between, Jennie Perillo is on a mission to take cooks back to the source, creating delicious, "real" food with an emphasis on cooking from scratch. As a busy parent, she is a believer in shortcuts—using a homemade all-purpose baking mix as a base for breads, cupcakes, muffins, and more—without sacrificing whole ingredients. She teaches readers how to shop at farmers' markets, how to let go of prepared foods, and how to bring the family to the kitchen for food that nourishes the body and soul.
Jennifer Perillo is the food editor at Working Mother magazine, contributes to the Food Network blog, and worked in notable New York restaurants Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House. Her recipes have appeared in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines, and she publishes In Jennie’s Kitchen, a food and lifestyle blog dedicated to from-scratch cooking, one recipe at a time. She lives with her two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.
Cloth: 444 pages
Publisher: Oxford Universtiy Press
The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery
The PEI Years, 1901-1911
L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942) had begun keeping a private journal before she turned fifteen. From 1918 onward, she had carefully copied out her entries. She intended this detailed life record to be published posthumously. Montgomery's long-hidden version of her early life emerged as the bestselling Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Volumes I-V, first published in 1985. Twenty-five years ago, it seemed prudent to offer a tightly organized book with a strong central narrative, but this decision meant setting aside many entries on her personal tastes, her effusions over landscape, and her increasing bouts of depression.
L.M. Montgomery's record of her life is published now for the first time without abridgement. The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The P.E.I. Years, 1889-1900 was published in early 2012 to much acclaim. This second book, covering the years 1901 to 1911, continues to provide a more comprehensive portrait of Montgomery's life in PEI than has ever been available before.
This publication covers Montgomery's early adult years, including her work as a newspaper editor in Halifax, Nova Scotia; her publishing career taking flight; the death of her grandmother; and her forthcoming marriage to a local clergyman. It also documents her own reflections on writing, her increasingly problematic mood swings and feelings of isolation, and her changing relationship with the world around her, particularly that of Prince Edward Island.
This new edition recreates the format Montgomery herself devised. Over 300 of her photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits are reproduced, all with Montgomery's original placement and captions.
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Mary Henley Rubio is professor emerita at the University of Guelph. Her biography Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings was nominated for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and has successfully sold across the world. Rubio's other publications include co-editing with Elizabeth Hillman Waterston five volumes of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery. Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, FRCS, O.Ont., is professor emerita at the University of Guelph. Her critical work, Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery considers all of Montgomery's novels in the context of a richly textured imaginative landscape. Other books by Waterston include Rapt in Plaid: Canadian Literature and the Scottish Tradition and Children's Literature in Canada as well as two recent novels: Passion Spent and At the Corner of Hope.