What The Editors Recently Bought: Nonfiction Highlights

Pub Contract

This is always a popular item — seeing a few of the recent deals. Be inspired.

Journalist and author of biographies of Huguette Clark (THE PHANTOM OF FIFTH AVENUE) and Brooke Astor (MRS. ASTOR REGRETS), Meryl Gordon’s biography of the philanthropist and White House Rose Garden designer Bunny Mellon, to Gretchen Young at Grand Central, by agent Gail Hochman of Brandt & Hochman.

Founder of Atsby New York Vermouth Adam Ford’s VERMOUTH: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture, the first-ever look into the history and recent revival of this aromatized, fortified wine, including photos and cocktail recipes, to Ann Treistman at Countryman Press, by agent Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media.

History/Politics/Current Affairs
Former Fortune magazine writer Christopher Knowlton’s RISE AND FALL OF THE CATTLE KINGDOM, a revelatory history of the American West that shows how 19th-century beef bonanzas and range wars shaped world economy and culture, to Eamon Dolan for Eamon Dolan Books, byagent Jeff Ourvan at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

Blogger for porn4jews.tumblr.com Sarah Rosen’s KOSHER PORN, a collection of tongue-in-cheek memes that marries humor with Jewish traditions and values in a modern-day, humorous way, to Jordana Tusman at Running Press, by Lydia Blyfield and Myrsini Stephanides at the Carol Mann Agency.

Author of PERFECT GIRLS, STARVING DAUGHTERS, journalist, TED speaker, and Feministing.com Editor Emeritus Courtney E. Martin’s THE NEW BETTER OFF, an account of how young Americans are reinventing success and redefining “better off,” through lives that reject status in lieu of fulfillment and value relationships over money, to Stephanie Knapp at Seal Press, by Tracy Brown at the Tracy Brown Literary Agency.

Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair’s AMON, which recounts Teege’s discovery, in her late 30s, of an appalling ancestry unknown to her, the Nigerian-German granddaughter of Amon Goth, the notorious commandant of Plaszow concentration camp (who was depicted in Schindler’s List by Ralph Fiennes), which encompasses a wider exploration of the guilt and shame experienced by the descendants of Nazi perpetrators, to Matthew Lore at The Experiment, by Gertje Berger-Maass at Rowohlt.

Leon Logothetis’s THE KINDNESS DIARIES: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World, the journey of one man who sets out from Los Angeles to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage yellow motorbike fueled by kindness, to Fiona Hallowell at Reader’s Digest, for publication in December 2014.

Trent Gillaspie’s JUDGMENTAL MAPS, based on his viral Tumblr with over one million views of satirical maps of the great cities of America, created by natives with a special understanding of the stereotypes of each locale, to Colin Dickerman at Flatiron Books, in a pre-empt, by agent Daniel Greenberg at Levine Greenberg Rostan.

Author of EDISON’S CONCRETE PIANO Judy Wearing’s FRINGE BENEFITS, which combs through our tangled relationship with our body hair, looking at it from both biological and cultural perspectives, with a healthy dose of Mary Roach-esque humor, to Christie Henry at University of Chicago Press, byagent  Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency.



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