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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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The Postmortal by Drew Magary

The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original
On Sale: August 30, 2011

“The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist (Men with Balls) puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood
and Kurt Vonnegut.”
—Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness

“Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . It surprised me in a good way.”
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“An odd mixture of satire and dystopian fantasy, this thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane to the profound”
Publishers Weekly

“One man blogs civilization’s slow, terrifying decline after a cure for aging is discovered. . . . Magary has created a smartly realized vision of a planet that’s hit the skids . . .”
Kirkus

ABOUT THE BOOK
Called “dark, funny, and terrifying” by New York contributing editor Will Leitch, THE POSTMORTAL, by Deadspin writer Drew Magary, documents what living forever might look like.

The year is 2019 and a cure for aging has been discovered. After much political and cultural debate “The Cure” is made available to populations worldwide. Through fast-paced journal entries and blogger-style news story roundups compiled by an ever-watchful New York lawyer, John Farrell, readers experience a world where age-related diseases and deaths disappear altogether.

But there are residual effects and THE POSTMORTAL forces us to rethink our idea of marriage if rendered indefinite and the allocation of precious resources in a world with exponential population growth. Ideological divisions manifest themselves in chilling ways in this new environment, introducing “pro death” anarchists who inflict ghastly punishments on those who dare to remain young.

With the apocalypse on the horizon and regret creeping into everyday lives, living forever, as it turns out, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Clever, haunting, and culturally scathing, THE POSTMORTAL is a gripping read and a creative addition to the genre of speculative fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Drew Magary writes for Deadspin, NBC, Maxim, and Kissing Suzy Kolber—a humor site dedicated to the NFL. He has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Comedy Central, New York Magazine, GQ, ESPN, Yahoo!, Playboy, Penthouse, and various other media outlets. This is his first novel. Follow Drew on Twitter @drewmagary

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For a review copy please contact gabrielle.gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com 

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