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The Urban Bestiary by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

UrbanBestiaryTHE URBAN BESTIARY
Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Little, Brown and Company
On sale: September 17, 2013

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Lyanda Lynn Haupt, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] hbgusa.com.

From the bestselling author of Crow Planet, a compelling journey into the secret lives of the wild animals at our back door

PRAISE FOR THE URBAN BESTIARY
“The challenge of our time is the movement from rural villages to big cities where nature seems gone. Haupt’s brilliant book restores nature in our lives and uplifts that relationship with stories full of wonder, awe and love.”
David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature

“Animals are all around us, especially the most interesting birds of all that live with us. We can all watch them and enjoy and learn. Why go to South America and search for a quetzal sitting in a tree? Want to see real birds? Just put up a bird box and spread some seeds and watch sparrows in your back yard. The Urban Bestiary is a great read. It will get folks out there having fun.”
Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven and Life Everlasting

ABOUT THE URBAN BESTIARY
In THE URBAN BESTIARY, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt’s observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose “home” is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth, and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, THE URBAN BESTIARY is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lyanda Lynn Haupt has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and is a seabird researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. She is the author of Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award). Her writing has appeared in Image, Open Spaces, Wild Earth, Conservation Biology Journal, Birdwatcher’s Digest, and the Prairie Naturalist. Winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott
Reagan Arthur Books / Back Bay Books
On sale: August 27, 2013

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Megan Abbott, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] hbgusa.com.

From Edgar Award-Winning Author, Now in Paperback

PRAISE FOR DARE ME
“It’s ‘Heathers’ meets ‘Fight Club’ good.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Abbott’s latest is not only a page-turning mystery—it’s also a close look at teen girls’ ferocious rivalries and intense bonds….A psychologically astute thriller.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Ms. Abbott turns the frothy world of high-school cheerleading into something truly menacing.”—Wall Street Journal

“A very grown-up look at youth culture and how bad behavior can sometimes be redeemed by a couple of good decisions.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Following the direction taken by her last novel (The End of Everything), Edgar winner Abbott again delivers an unsettling look at the inner life of adolescent girls in the guise of a crime story….Compelling, claustrophobic and slightly creepy in a can’t-put-it-down way.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A gut-churning tale of revenge, power, desire, and friendship in the insular world of high school cheerleading….Deliciously slick and dark…the plot is tight and intense, building a world in which even the perky flip of a cheerleader’s skirt holds menace.”Publishers Weekly

ABOUT DARE ME
Rivalries, secret alliances, the looming threat of bodily harm: welcome to the world of competitive high school cheerleading, where friendship and loyalty are pared away to reveal the dark heart of adolescence—a subject about which award-winning novelist Megan Abbott “writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” says Tom Perrotta.

Megan Abbott’s dark and seductive thrillers have been lauded by everyone from Gillian Flynn to Tana French, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal. In DARE ME (on sale August 27, 2013; Reagan Arthur Books / Back Bay Books), Abbott turns her lens to the lives of head varsity cheerleader Beth Cassidy and her lifelong best friend and lieutenant Addy Hanlon.

A far cry from the pom-pom shakers and prom queens of yore, their squad is no fluffy respite or easy ticket to popularity. Dangerous and bruising, today’s acrobatic style of cheerleading is a kind of Fight Club for girls, the most perilous of sports: highly competitive, addictive, and a powerful outlet for all the tumult and complexities of teenage girlhood.

Beth and Addy’s unchallenged reign over this club comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of a new coach, charismatic and seductive, who upsets the established pecking order and wins the girls over with her seeming perfection. When Addy falls under the new coach’s spell, Beth becomes reckless.

A shocking turn of events and a police investigation of the coach and her squad send the tension sky high. As the last game of the season approaches, and as the girls’ physical feats get increasingly dangerous, Addy and Beth are forced to ask where their loyalties truly lie.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Abbott
is the Edgar Award–winning author of five previous novels. She received her PhD in literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film at NYU, the New School, and SUNY Oswego. She lives in New York City.

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