Monthly Archives: May 2011

Planning Ahead: Summer and Fall 2011

Here’s a list of books I’m working on this coming Summer and Fall. Limited galleys are available where noted. As review copies become available each title will have its own page. Please follow Books on Tap on Facebook for updates. If you would like to be included on the review copy list, please email me at Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com.

August
Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback Reprint / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Press Release
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Q&A with Douglas
Author’s Website

Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson
Viking / On Sale: August 18, 2011
Penguin Group page
Author’s Website

Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Review Copies Now Available
Book’s page

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Second book in the Magicians series
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011
Penguin Group page
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If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please contact me

September
The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: August 30, 2011
Physical advance copies now available. Limited availability through Netgalley.
Press Release
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Author on Twitter

A Man of Parts: A Novel of H. G. Wells by David Lodge
Viking / On Sale: September 19, 2011
Limited advance copies available
Penguin Group page
David Lodge on H.G. Wells (Guardian UK)
David Lodge’s top H.G. Wells books (Guardian UK)
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H.G. Wells books available from Penguin Classics

Campus Trilogy: Changing Places / Small World / Nice Work
by David Lodge
Penguin / On Sale: September 27, 2011

A collection of three works by David Lodge
Press Release
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October
Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: September 27, 2011
Penguin Group page
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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker Viking / On Sale: October 4, 2011
Now available on Netgalley with limited approval. Booksellers, librarians, and long lead magazine reviewers only until Wednesday, Aug. 24th.
Penguin Group page
Author’s website
Steven Pinker at TED on the myth of violence (opens with sound)

December
Charles Dickens: A Life by Jane Smiley
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Penguin Group page (hardcover edition)

James Joyce: A Life by Edna O’Brien
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Details to come

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The Real State of America Atlas

The Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States
by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On-Sale: July 26, 2011

The Real State of America Atlas [delivers] a riveting portrait of an America that doesn’t always live up to its ideals.”Village Voice

 “Where The Real State of America Atlas truly shines is in its demolition of the notion – the enduring fantasy – that America is a land of equal opportunity, a place where boundless bounty awaits anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules.”The Millions

Q&A With Cynthia and Joni:
What was your favorite topic to research for this book? Why?
For Cynthia, it was researching the spread that became “The Road to Suffrage.” She’s been interested for years in how women, step by difficult step, won the vote in the US and in other countries. But this was the first time she’d tried to chart the all obstacles raised, generation by generation, to so many Americans voting: enslaved Americans, Jewish Americans, Native Americans, Chinese Americans, homeless Americans, ex-convict Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, as well as women of all races.

For Joni, it was the several maps on aspects of economic equity, justice, and injustice: poverty, corporate power, income distribution. One of the most paradoxical things about contemporary America is the widely-shared self-perception of Americans as caring, concerned, helping those less fortunate, stacked up against one of the most unequal distribution of wealth in the developed world. Many Americans seem unaware of the structural inequities that shape all aspects of modern life.

How has your academic background informed your research and focus?
Joni is a geographer; Cynthia is a political scientist. But both of us are international in our interests; both of us are feminist analysts who teach and write in the burgeoning field of Women’s Studies. That has been really a boon because Women’s Studies is explicitly cross-national in scope and interdisciplinary in approach – drawing on history, anthropology, public policy, economics, cultural studies. In practice, this meant that for years we each had thought about housing, wages, voting, arms sales, wars, consumerism, jobs, health and the environment. Moreover, as teachers, we each are acutely aware that one can’t help Americans make sense of what is going on here in the US unless one simultaneously reveals the US in a global context.

Going into the presidential election of 2012, what can The Real State of America offer voters?
This atlas provides, we hope, an incentive to speak up in shaping this society – perhaps in the form of voting, perhaps in the form of community activism. And, in deciding how to cast their ballots, we hope this atlas encourages voters to pay attention to whether candidates acknowledge – and directly address – the deep inequalities that still persist among Americans, inequalities deepened by the Great Recession. The myths of the “American Dream” diverge widely from the realities revealed here. It is realities, not myths, not wishful thinking, that provide a sound basis for any voter making smart choices in the voting booth.

About the Book:
Through a combination of colorful graphics, innovative maps, and sharply crafted short essays, THE REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS shows us how we live and how we compare to the rest of the world. These 40 engaging spreads reveal the often surprising realities of contemporary American life: religious affiliations, physical health, employment, distribution of wealth, corporate power, the prison system, education, and military service. These spreads offer an intriguing snapshot of our society as a whole—and prove that geography matters.

About the Authors:
Joni Seager
, Professor and Chair of Global Studies at Bentley University in Boston, is a geographer and global policy expert. She has achieved international acclaim for her work in feminist environmental policy analysis, the international status of women, and global political economy.

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA. She has lectured throughout the world on feminism, militarization, and globalization, written for Ms. Magazine and the Village Voice and appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC.

For More Information:
Press Release
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Q&A with Cynthia and Joni
Interview with Cynthia Enloe
on the Marketplace Morning Report

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Hell is Empty

Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson
Viking / On Sale: June 6, 2011 

From the award-winning author of THE COLD DISH and JUNKYARD DOGS, comes the next installment in the Walt Longmire Mystery series

In HELL IS EMPTY (Viking; $25.95; ISBN: 978-0-670-02277-9; On sale June 6, 2011), the seventh book in Craig Johnson’s award-winning mystery series, Sheriff Walt Longmire follows a murderer into the icy hell of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, with Indian mysticism and a battered paperback of Dante’s Inferno as his only guides.

Advance Praise for HELL IS EMPTY

“Series fans and readers …will be enthralled by this electrifying and intense work; a triumph.”
Library Journal (starred) 

“Stellar…Soon Walt is past the point of no return as the snow and ice accumulate on a journey that evokes Dante’s Inferno.”
PW (starred)

“In some ways, this reads like a book-length version of the haunting, harrowing final sequence of Johnson’s outstanding debut, The Cold Dish (2005). And when it comes to bad weather, western lore, and a chilling hint of the supernatural, few writers write it better.”
Booklist

“Deft as always”
Kirkus

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Press Release
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Death at the Chateau Bremont

Death at the Chateau Bremont by M.L. Longworth
Penguin Mystery Original / On Sale:  June 28, 2011

“Longworth’s voice is like a rich vintage of sparkling Dorothy Sayers and grounded Donna Leon. The mix of aristocratic mystery and guide to Provencal wines, foods, habits, and Aix itself is a delight, and the old-fashioned plot line, with actual clues planted for the reader, offers a refreshing return to
Golden Age values.”
Booklist (Starred)

Set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence, France, Death at the Chateau Bremont: A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery by M. L. Longworth is the first mystery in a series featuring Antoine Verlaque, a handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his ex-girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet.

M.L. Longworth has lived in Aix-en-Provence since 1997. She is the author of a bilingual collection of essays, Une Américaine en Provence published by La Martinière in 2004. She divides her time between Aix and Paris, where she teaches writing at NYU’s Paris campus.

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El Filibusterismo

El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal, Translated with Introduction and Notes by Harold Augenbraum
Penguin Classics / On Sale: May 31, 2011

In our 65th anniversary year, Penguin Classics commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of José Rizal with the stunning continuation of his great revolutionary epic of the Philippines—in a new translation.

Picking up the story of Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) thirteen years later, the sequel El Filibusterismo, presents a gripping tale of obsession and revenge. Gone are the Noli’s themes of innocent love, its hero, Ibarra, a man of great integrity and vision, replaced by the mysterious jeweler Simoun and a venal—and reprehensible—cast of characters. The result of Rizal’s growth as writer and influenced by his exposure to international events, El Filibusterismo is a riveting and suspenseful account of Filipino resistance to colonial rule that still resonates today.

For more information on José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere listen to “The Noli: José Rizal and the Novel that Sparked the Philippine Revolution” on Penguin Classics On Air

JOSÉ RIZAL (1861-1896) is known as the hero of the Philippines and the largest champion of Filipino nationalism and independence.

About the Translator and Introducer:
HAROLD AUGENBRAUM is executive director of the National Book Foundation.

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Mary Chesnut’s Diary

Mary Chesnut’s Diary by Mary Boykin Chesnut with an introduction from Catherine Clinton
Penguin Classics / On Sale: April  26, 2011

Considered one of the best accounts of the Civil War from the Southern perspective, Mary Chesnut’s Diary, written between 1861 and 1865 narrates the Confederate perspective of the Civil War from the very first shots of battle in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mary Boykin Chesnut (1823-1886) was born into a well-connected South Carolina planter family and attended an exclusive Charleston French boarding school for girls before her marriage at seventeen to James Chesnut, Jr. In 1858, when her husband became the U.S. Senator from South Carolina, she relished her role as society hostess in Washington.

Catherine Clinton (Introduction and Further Reading) is an American historian. She currently holds a chair in U.S. history at Queen’s University Belfast where she heads a postgraduate program in American history.

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The Most Dangerous Place

The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul
 Penguin Paperback / On Sale: May 31, 2011
With a new preface from the author

In The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier, veteran Pakistani journalist and broadcaster Imtiaz Gul offers a definitive exposé of a region that few Americans can penetrate, and that we need urgently need to understand.

Courageously reported and based on hundreds of interviews with key players (both Pakistani and American), The Most Dangerous Place brings into question some of our fundamental assumptions about Pakistan:

  • What can be done to reign in the terror groups attacking India and Afghanistan and Pakistan itself while using the Pakistani territory as their base?
  • Are sections of the Pakistani military establishment supporting some of these groups? If so which ones, and why?
  • Is Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal at risk of falling into the hands of the most-feared terrorist organizations in the world?
  • Did the disastrous floods in the summer of 2010 strengthen the hand of the militants?
  • What did Wikileaks reveal about our relationship with the Pakistani military?
IMTIAZ GUL has been reporting on Islamist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1980s and has written extensively for Pakistan’s Friday Times and The News. His first book “The Unholy Nexus”  chronicled Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan and particularly with the Taliban. He has reported on Pakistan for CNN and appears regularly on Al Jazeera and on German radio and Indian and Pakistani television. He heads the Center for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad.

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