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James Joyce and Charles Dickens Biographies

James Joyce: A Life
Edna O’Brien
Penguin Paperback
On Sale: November 29, 2011 

Praise for James Joyce: A Life
“Swift, moving and brimming with the author’s enthusiasms.”
—The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“O’Brien’s triumph is that while celebrating Joyce and his ecstatic quest to lay image on counterimage… she has drawn the desperation and sadness of
the man whose name means joy.”
—The New York Times Book Review

In JAMES JOYCE, O’Brien chronicles the author’s early days as the rambunctious Jesuit school student, one of ten children, through his flight to Europe and the success, love and despair he would experience there, to his final, frustrated days as “a poor old man in a long overcoat, an eyepatch and a stick, stones in his pocket to keep off marauding dogs.”

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Charles Dickens: A Life
Jane Smiley
Penguin Paperback
On Sale: November 29, 2011

Praise for Charles Dickens: A Life
“A lucid account. Jane Smiley has enhanced our understanding of the work.”
—The Atlantic

“An excellent example of history through modern eyes.”
—The Oregonian

In CHARLES DICKENS: A Life, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jane Smiley creates both a sensitive portrait of the celebrated novelist and a fascinating meditation on the writing life as only a fellow novelist can.

CHARLES DICKENS explores the writer’s narrative techniques and illustrates his brilliant understanding of the craft: what draws readers and why. The author of fifteen novels, many of which were first serialized in newspapers, Dickens had a vibrant, public literary life and, as an enormously popular and successful writer, was one of the first people ever catapulted to “celebrity” status.

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Walking with the Comrades by Arundhati Roy

Walking with the Comrades
Arundhati Roy
Penguin Paperback
On Sale: October 25, 2011
This title is available on Netgalley

Praise for WALKING WITH THE COMRADES
“Informed, impassioned, at times strident, and fleet and fascinating when describing life on the ground among the rebels, Roy’s prose will both rouse and ruffle.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A bell-clear exposé of corporate greed and governmental malfeasance that should—if there is any justice in the world—provoke a furious backlash in the name of human dignity.” Kirkus

. . .

Deep in the forests, under the pretenses of battling Maoist guerrillas, the Indian government is waging a vicious total war against its own citizens. Allied with the mining and banking conglomerates eager to exploit the rare minerals buried in tribal lands, government soldiers are daily committing unspeakable atrocities, undocumented by a weak domestic press and unnoticed by an indifferent world.

In WALKING WITH THE COMRADES, a Penguin Paperback Original on sale October 25, 2011, acclaimed writer Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things and a firebrand investigative journalist, documents this secret war.

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 1997. Since then she has produced numerous works of political commentary and investigative journalism including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, and Listening to Grasshoppers. A collection of her interviews, The Shape of Beasts, was published in 2008.

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Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Decline by Steven Pinker

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker

Viking
On Sale: October 4, 2011
This title is available on Netgalley

“Classic Pinker, jammed with facts, figures, and points of speculative departure; a big, complex book, well worth the effort for the good news that it delivers.”—Kirkus Reviews

In his most important and provocative book to date, Steven Pinker broadens his ongoing inquiry into the nature of human nature to tackle a paradox of modern life: that contrary to what most people believe, violence has been in decline for millennia, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in human history. In THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined (Viking; On-Sale Date: October 4, 2011; ISBN: 978-0670022953; Pages: 848; $40.00), Pinker—psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist, linguist, intellectual polymath—pulls out all the stops in this dazzling sweep across centuries of human life.

About the Author:
Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received six honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

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Gandhi: A Manga Biography

Gandhi: A Manga Biography
by Kazuki Ebine

Penguin Paperback
On Sale: September 27, 2011

In clear, concise prose and evocative, engaging drawings, award-winning manga artist Kazuki Ebine’s GANDHI: A Manga Biography (Penguin Paperback / 978-0-1-4312024-7 / On Sale: September 27, 2011 / 192 pages / $15.00) shows us the path of Gandhi’s life, from his childhood in India to his studies in England to the beginning of his activism in South Africa and his return to India to lead the movement for independence.

Kazuki Ebine is a young up-and-coming manga artist in Tokyo. His previous works range from science fictions to everyday life of a rock band. Kazuki has won several highly recognized awards from the major comic book magazines in Japan.

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Excerpts for free use:
Excerpt 1 – Page 106
Excerpt 2 – Page 107
Excerpt 3 – Page 108 

Copyright information for excerpt inclusion:
Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from GANDHI: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Copyright © 2010 by Emotional Content LLC

Other Manga Biographies in the Penguin series:

The 14th Dalai Lama by Tetsu Saiwai
Penguin Paperback Original /  On Sale: September 28, 2010

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Che Guevara by Chie Shimano (illustrations) and Kiyoshi Konno (text)
Penguin Paperback Original /  On Sale: October 26, 2010

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A Man of Parts: A Novel by David Lodge

A Man of Parts by David Lodge
Viking / On Sale: September 19, 2011 

PRAISE FOR A MAN OF PARTS

“A mad carnival of books, sex, celebrity, social activism, notoriety, and love, Wells’ fervent and unconventional life is prime material for astutely mischievous and marveling comedy, and Lodge is all but purring throughout this capacious, bawdy, historically veracious, and profoundly perceptive novel.”
—Booklist

“[A Man of Parts] bounds along terrifically and never tires, even in bed…Lodge does succeed in showing what made Wells, in his lifetime, so irresistible.”
—The Guardian

“The artistry is considerable…the style is clear, light and graceful…Lodge greatly fleshes out the loves of Wells’s life.”
—Times Literary Supplement

“Absorbing…Full of astonishing incidents.”
—The Financial Times

In A MAN OF PARTS (Viking / On Sale: September 19, 2011 / ISBN: 978-0-670-02298-4 / $26.95 / 432pp.) David Lodge, in a style called “clear, light and graceful” by the Times Literary Supplement, fleshes out a moving, funny, and sexy novel about the life of the British writer H.G. Wells.

Sequestered in the Spring of 1944 in his blitz-battered townhouse on the rim of Regent’s Park, as the Second World War moves into its final phase, the ailing Herbert George Wells looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and many women – for Wells was quite promiscuous – and asks himself, has it all been a success or a failure?

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ALSO AVAILABLE: 

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

For the first time in the U.S., David Lodge’s three delightfully sophisticated campus novels are now gathered in one volume. THE CAMPUS TRILOGY (Penguin Paperback / On Sale: September 27, 2011 / ISBN: 9780143120209 / $20.00 / 832 pages), featuring Changing Places, Small World, and Nice Work, exposes the world of academia at its best—and its worst.

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**FOR A LIMITED TIME**
Blog giveaways will include your choice of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine or The War of the Worlds

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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
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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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