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2 CONTENTS RIVERHEAD HARDCOVERS SMALL VICTORIES, Anne Lamott 2 THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, Paula Hawkins 4 HALL OF SMALL MAMMALS, Thomas Pierce 6 THE B SIDE, Ben Yagoda 8 PRUDENCE, David Treuer 10 DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS, Mohsin Hamid 12 THE TUTOR, Andrea Chapin 14 TOO BAD TO DIE, Francine Mathews 16 THE END OF COLLEGE, Kevin Carey 18 SHAME, Jon Ronson 20 THE FAIR FIGHT, Anna Freeman 22 MOTORCYCLES I VE LOVED, Lily Brooks-Dalton 24 Extras 26 Hot Titles 38 Reviewer Checklist 41 RIVERHEAD TRADE PAPERBACKS ALENA, Rachel Pastan 44 THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST STRIKES BACK, Tim Harford 46 IN PARADISE, Peter Matthiessen 48 CITY BEASTS, Mark Kurlansky 50 THE SWAN GONDOLA, Timothy Schaffert 52 BOY, SNOW, BIRD, Helen Oyeyemi 54 ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS, Timothy Keller 56 THE THING WITH FEATHERS, Noah Strycker 58 THERE GOES GRAVITY, Lisa Robinson 60 NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD, Leah Hager Cohen 62 Top Extras 66 Hot Titles 74 Reviewer Checklist 76 Foreign Sub-Agents 77 Ordering Information 79 Index 80

3 SMALL VICTORIES Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Anne Lamott Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found. Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible. 3 Sam Lamott Praise for Anne Lamott Lamott writes essays that are howlingly funny mini-sermons, reminding us of what s important in life.... Lamott and her quirky, funny perspective are nothing short of salve for tired souls. Los Angeles Times Book Review [Lamott] has a gift for putting into words what it means to accept and ultimately embrace the beauty, mystery, and pain that is life. San Antonio Express-News The wickedly witty and very funny Lamott... makes you laugh at the same time she makes you think. The Denver Post Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones... perfectly. She is nothing short of miraculous. The New Yorker ANNE LAMOTT is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

4 From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace. NOVEMBER Hardcover ISBN $22.95 ($25.95 CAN) Spirituality/Religion 4 3 /4 x pages National author tour National electronic media National print reviews and features Radio satellite tour NPR interviews Online promotion Social media promotion Poster (ISBN ) Facebook.com/annelamott Export rights: E00 Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Sarah Chalfant The Wylie Agency, LLC 250 West 57th Street, Suite 2114 New York, NY Penguin Audio: 9 hrs $35.00 ($40.00 CAN) Unabridged CDs ISBN Unabridged digital download ISBN Previous titles: Stitches ISBN (hc) Help, Thanks, Wow ISBN (hc) 4

5 THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN A Novel Paula Hawkins Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles over the same track junctions, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes. And every day she stops at the same signal and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof deck, living the perfect life that Rachel craves for herself a lifestyle she recently lost. She looks forward to observing this household each morning, even makes up names and narratives for its residents. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden, and soon after, the woman who lived there disappears. Unable to keep this information to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and in the process is drawn into the lives of the couple. But the police accuse Rachel of being unreliable, and it s true that her memories can t always be trusted. By the time the woman s body is found, Rachel is in over her head, intricately entangled in the details of the investigation, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she put others in danger? Has she done more harm than good? A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive Hitchcockian thriller, The Girl on the Train is an electrifying debut that will be embraced by readers across markets and categories. Johnny Ring She isn t who you think she is, the girl on the train. And what she sees, gazing out the window, will change everything. Advance praise for The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train was so thrilling and tense and wildly unpredictable, it sucked up my entire afternoon. I simply could not put it down. Not to be missed! New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. 5

6 From a major new talent, the psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people s lives. JANUARY Hardcover ISBN $26.95 (NCR) Fiction 6 x pages National electronic media National print campaign including reviews and features NPR interviews National print advertising National online advertising Book club outreach Online Reading Group Guide Online promotion Blog campaign Social media campaign Widespread galley distribution #girlonthetrain Poster (ISBN: ) Export rights: M00 First Serial, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Helen Edwards Transworld Uxbridge Road London W5 5SA United Kingdom Penguin Audio: 10 hrs $40.00 (NCR) Unabridged CDs ISBN Unabridged digital download ISBN

7 HALL OF SMALL MAMMALS Stories Thomas Pierce The stories in Thomas Pierce s Hall of Small Mammals take place at the confluence of the commonplace and the cosmic, the intimate and the infinite. A fossil hunter, a comedian, a hot-air balloon pilot, parents and children, believers and nonbelievers, the people in these stories are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family, to exist in the world. In Shirley Temple Three, a mother must shoulder her son s burden a cloned and resurrected wooly mammoth who wreaks havoc on her house, sanity, and faith. In The Real Alan Gass, a physicist in search of a mysterious particle called the daisy spends her days with her boyfriend, Walker, and her nights with the husband who exists only in the world of her dreams, Alan Gass. Like the daisy particle itself forever locked in a curious state of existence and nonexistence, sliding back and forth between the two the stories in Thomas Pierce s Hall of Small Mammals are exquisite, mysterious, and inextricably connected. From this enchanting primordial soup, Pierce s voice emerges a distinct and charming testament of the New South, melding contemporary concerns with their prehistoric roots to create a hilarious, deeply moving symphony of stories. 7 Andrew Owen Praise for Hall of Small Mammals It s thrilling to find a writer with an imagination as wild and wonderful as Thomas Pierce. It s even more impressive to see how Pierce builds upon the initial conceit of his stories, the way he follows the thread of that weirdness toward something utterly unique and altogether human. This is a fantastic, rewarding book of stories. Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and The Family Fang [A] brilliant group of stories fueled by its inherent metaphors. Thomas Pierce has a delicate, shaping presence in all these stories, which are sure to be talked about, admired, and paraphrased nervously, because they take us out of the comfort of our known world. Ann Beattie THOMAS PIERCE was born and raised in South Carolina. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Oxford American, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Virginia creative writing program, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.

8 A wild, inventive ride of a short story collection from a distinctive new American storyteller. JANUARY Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Fiction / Short Stories 5 ¹ 2 x 8 ¼ 320 pages National print reviews and features NPR interviews Online promotion Social media promotion Export rights: E33 Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Jin Auh The Wylie Agency, LLC 250 West 57th Street, Suite 211 New York, NY Penguin Audio: 10 hrs $35.00 ($40.00 CAN) Unabridged digital only ISBN

9 THE B SIDE The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song Ben Yagoda Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but Come on-a My House and How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra. The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It s destined to become a classic of American musical history. Praise for Ben Yagoda All hail to Ben Yagoda! Cynthia Ozick [He] is his own walking billboard for the joys of imaginative, precise, and fresh language usage. Maureen Corrigan, NPR s Fresh Air He s witty and erudite and unafraid to read between the lines of his interviewees pronouncements. Ron Rosenbaum Yagoda... is blessed with a genius for apt quotation. John Leonard Edward Kim BEN YAGODA is a journalism professor at the University of Delaware. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of twelve books, including About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made; How to Not Write Bad; Memoir: A History; and Will Rogers: A Biography. He contributes to The Chronicle of Higher Education s Lingua Franca blog and has written for Slate, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The American Scholar, among other publications. Yagoda lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife. 9

10 From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era. JANUARY Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Biography and Autobiography 6 x pages National print reviews and features Radio satellite tour NPR interviews Social media promotion BenYagoda.com Export rights: W00 UK, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Stuart Krichevsky Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency Inc. 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 428 New York, NY Previous titles: How Not to Write Bad ISBN (pb) Memoir ISBN (pb) 10

11 PRUDENCE A Novel David Treuer On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family s rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier, headed for the darkened skies over Europe. Awaiting him at the Pines are those he s about to leave behind: his hovering mother; the distant father to whom he s been a disappointment; the Indian caretaker who s been more of a father to him than his own; and Billy, the childhood friend who over the years has become something much more intimate. But before the homecoming can be celebrated, the search for a German soldier, escaped from the POW camp across the river, explodes in a shocking act of violence, with consequences that will reverberate years into the future and shape how all of them make sense of their lives. With Prudence, Treuer delivers his most ambitious and captivating novel yet. Powerful and wholly original, it s a story of desire and loss and the search for connection in a riven world; of race and class in a supposedly more innocent era. Most profoundly, it s about the secrets we choose to keep, the ones we can t help but tell, and whom and how we re allowed to love. Praise for The Translation of Dr. Apelles Deeply crafty, shape-shifting... [Treuer] seems to want to do for Native American culture and literature what James Joyce did for the Irish: haul it into the mainstream of Western culture through sheer nerve and verve. The Washington Post Praise for Little Treuer s accomplishment is a wonder. Out of the seasons and landscapes of a Minnesota reservation, David Treuer has forged a strong intricate narrative, complete with the intimate voices of fully realized characters. Toni Morrison DAVID TREUER is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Jean-Luc-Bertini Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of three previous novels and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. 11

12 A haunting and unforgettable novel about love, loss, race, and desire in World War II era America. FEBRUARY Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Fiction 6 x pages National print reviews and features NPR interviews Online promotion Blog campaign Social media promotion Book club promotion Online reading group guide DavidTreuer.com Export rights: W00 First Serial, UK, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Adam Eaglin Elyse Cheney Literary Associates, LLC 78 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor New York, NY

13 DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London Mohsin Hamid Mohsin Hamid s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a master critic of the modern global condition (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of the moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle, in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that give his fiction its unmistakable electric charge. A water lily who has called three countries on three continents his home Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzlingly diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach. 13 Praise for How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia A showcase for its author s audacious talents... both an affecting and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and a larger metaphorical look at the startling social and economic changes that are... changing the lives of millions. Michiko Kakutani, 10 Favorite Books of 2013, The New York Times Extraordinarily clever. The Washington Post Marvelous and moving. Time MOHSIN HAMID is the internationally bestselling Jillian Edelstein author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His awardwinning novels have been adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into more than thirty languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, among many other publications. Hamid now resides in Lahore, his birthplace, after living for a number of years in New York and London.

14 From one of his generation s most inventive and gifted writers (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and the war on terror. FEBRUARY Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Essays 5 ¹ 8 x pages National electronic media National print reviews and features NPR interviews Online promotion Blog campaign Social media promotion MohsinHamid.com Facebook.com/ MohsinHamidOfficialPage Export rights: E30 Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Jay Mandel William Morris Endeavor 1235 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY Penguin Audio: 7 hrs $40.00 ($46.00 CAN) Unabridged digital only ISBN Previous titles: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia ISBN (hc) ISBN (pb) Moth Smoke ISBN (pb) 14

15 THE TUTOR A Novel Andrea Chapin The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth s Spanish Armada victory has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics. Katharine de L Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward. Taught by her cherished uncle to read as a child, Katharine is now a thirty-one-yearold widow. She has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children. But all that is upended when the family s priest, who had been performing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered. Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to flee the country, leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil. At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare. Coarse, quick-witted, and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal. Katharine is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor, but when she learns he is a poet, and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever. Inventive and absorbing, The Tutor is a masterful work of historical fiction, casting Shakespeare in a light we ve never seen. 15 Ric Kallaher Praise for The Tutor The Tutor plunges fearlessly into the uncharted years of history s greatest bard to give us a sumptuous, page-turning account of 1590 s England in the brutal throes of the Tudor dynasty. Katharine de L Isle, the book s riveting heroine, isn t just young Will Shakespeare s muse, but his teacher in every sense, challenging and elevating his verse even as she unwisely loses her head and heart to him. I was completely captivated. Andrea Chapin is a writer to watch. Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife Sexy and cerebral, Andrea Chapin s romp through one of Shakespeare s lost years will beguile lovers of poetry and romance alike. A literary delight. Elizabeth Gaffney, author of When the World Was Young and Metropolis ANDREA CHAPIN has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, including The Paris Review, Conjunctions, and The Lincoln Center Theater Review. She has written for such publications as More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, Martha Stewart Living, and others. Chapin lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

16 A bold and captivating novel about love, passion, and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together. FEBRUARY Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Fiction 6 x pages National print reviews and features Online promotion Blog campaign Social media promotion Book club promotion Online reading group guide Export rights: E30 Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Leigh Feldman Writers House, LLC 21 West 26th Street New York, NY

17 TOO BAD TO DIE A Novel Francine Mathews November Weary of his deskbound status in the Royal Navy, intelligence officer Ian Fleming spends his spare time spinning stories in his head that are much more exciting than his own life... until the critical Tehran Conference, when Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin meet to finalize the D-Day invasion. With the Big Three in one place, Fleming is tipped off that Hitler s top assassin has infiltrated the conference. Seizing his chance to play a part in a real-life action story, Fleming goes undercover to stop the Nazi killer. Between martinis with beautiful women, he survives brutal attacks and meets a seductive Soviet spy who may know more than Fleming realizes. As he works to uncover the truth and unmask the assassin, Fleming is forced to accept that betrayal sometimes comes from the most unexpected quarters and that one s literary creations may prove eerily close to one s own life. Brilliantly inventive, utterly gripping and suspenseful, Too Bad to Die is Francine Mathews s best novel yet, and confirms her place as a master of historical fiction. Praise for Jack 1939 The pace is so propulsive that you ll read every word.... Mathews s ability to weave fact into her tale is nothing short of remarkable... there are precious few entertainments this captivating. The Washington Post One of the most deliciously high-concept thrillers imaginable. The New Yorker A brisk thriller that defies the odds... It s no small feat to take a historic figure who looms as large in real life as John F. Kennedy, place him in an improbable fantasy, and not strain credulity. But in this case, Mathews has accomplished her mission. USA Today Marea Evans FRANCINE MATHEWS is the author of Jack 1939 and more than twenty other novels of mystery, history, and suspense. A graduate of Princeton and Stanford, she spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA and presently lives and works in Colorado. 17

18 A tense and enthralling historical thriller in which British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming attempts to foil a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. MARCH Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Fiction 6 x pages National print reviews and features Online promotion Blog campaign Social media promotion FrancineMathews.com Facebook.com/FrancineMathews Export rights: W00 First Serial, UK, Translation, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Rafe Sagalyn ICM/Sagalyn 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW 7th Floor Washington, D.C Penguin Audio: 11.5 hrs $40.00 ($46.00 CAN) Unabridged CDs ISBN Unabridged digital download ISBN Previous title: Jack 1939 ISBN (hc) ISBN (pb) 18

19 THE END OF COLLEGE Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere Kevin Carey Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world s most famous universities and highpowered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education. College courses that had been kept for centuries from all but an elite few were released to millions of students throughout the world for free. Exploding college prices and a flagging global economy, combined with the derring-do of a few intrepid innovators, have created a dynamic climate for a total rethinking of an industry that has remained virtually unchanged for a hundred years. In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in-depth reporting and cutting-edge investigation to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education. Carey explains how two trends the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world. Insightful, innovative, and accessible, The End of College is a must-read and an important contribution to the developing conversation about education in this country. Bryan Winston Advance praise for The End of College In The End of College, Kevin Carey delves into some of the most complicated and important issues facing students, parents, and educators today. This is a fascinating read. Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind KEVIN CAREY directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Carey lives with his wife and daughter on Capitol Hill, and teaches education policy at Johns Hopkins University. 19

20 From a renowned education writer comes a paradigm-shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent, student, educator, and investor needs to understand. MARCH Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Education 6 x pages National electronic media National print reviews and features Radio satellite tour NPR interviews Online promotion Social media promotion KevinCarey.net Export rights: W00 First Serial, UK, Translation, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Gail Ross, Ross Yoon Agency 1666 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 500 Washington, D.C

21 SHAME A Journey Through the World of Public Humiliation Jon Ronson The powerful, crazy, cruel people Jon Ronson typically writes about are remote corporate psychopaths, secret cabals and political extremists, major generals who think they can walk through walls. But now, unexpectedly, we have become the powerful, crazy, cruel people. Shame is a funny, dark, and humane journey through the new wave of public shaming that s sweeping our world, from social media to the workplace and courtroom. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all move on, and it doesn t cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. For the past three years, Ronson has positioned himself in the middle of every public shaming he could and documented the consequences from within. Shame takes us from the canyons of West Hollywood to the S&M dungeons of London to a plane traveling to South Africa, carrying a sleeping woman who has no idea that her life is being destroyed across the planet below. Ronson investigates the curious world of clandestine online reputation management. In a New Jersey correctional facility, he discovers a disgraced former political leader teaching radical de-shaming to women prisoners. These fascinating journeys add up to Ronson s most passionate and empathetic book to date. Barney Poole Praise for Jon Ronson You have developed... a new category of investigative satire. You go and you explore with great intellectual curiosity, but you find a way to make it very funny. Jon Stewart to Jon Ronson, on The Daily Show So entertaining... a smarter, nuttier version of The Tipping Point or Blink... Mr. Ronson... follows his trail of bread crumbs to the realms that really matter.... Janet Maslin, The New York Times Jon Ronson s writing is so charming, so entertaining and strange, I would follow him anywhere, including a maximum-security prison. Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of Unfamiliar Fishes JON RONSON s books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea, as well as Them and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He also cowrote the screenplay for Frank, which will be released in theaters August Ronson is a regular contributor to This American Life and lives in New York City. 21

22 From the internationally bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world s most overlooked forces. APRIL Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Social Science 5 ¹ 2 x 8 ¼ 304 pages National author tour National electronic media National print reviews and features Radio satellite tour NPR interviews Online promotion Blog campaign Social media promotion Book video Poster (ISBN: ) JonRonson.com Export rights: G12 First Serial: Riverhead Books Other: Derek Johns AP Watt Ltd. 20 John Street London WC1N 2DR United Kingdom Previous titles: The Psychopath Test ISBN (hc) ISBN (pb) Lost at Sea ISBN (hc) ISBN (pb) 22

23 THE FAIR FIGHT A Novel Anna Freeman Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house, from the world of street fighters to the world of champions, The Fair Fight is a vivid, propulsive historical novel announcing the arrival of a dynamic new talent. Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn t expect much for herself beyond abuse. While her sister s beauty affords a certain degree of comfort, Ruth s harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is, until she meets pugilist patron Granville Dryer and discovers her true calling bare-knuckled fighting in the local prize rings. Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape. After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both. When Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition, Ruth pushes dainty Charlotte to enter the ring herself and learn the power of her own strength. A gripping, page-turning story about people struggling to transcend the circumstances into which they were born and fighting for a place in society, The Fair Fight is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention, and fighting one s way to the top. Morgane Bigault Advance praise for The Fair Fight The Fair Fight is a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it. Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Stranger In sensuous, evocative prose, The Fair Fight wholly captures the spirit of eighteenth-century Bristol s female pugilists and their patrons. An absorbing, bawdy tale of passion, class conflict and surprising friendship, it s a fabulous piece of writing. Cathy Marie Buchanan, bestselling author of The Painted Girls ANNA FREEMAN supported herself during the writing of this book by bartending at the Hatchet Inn in Bristol, England, the very pub where female pugilism took root more than two hundred years ago. This is her first novel. She lives in Bristol. 23

24 The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club: A page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century England. APRIL Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Fiction 6 x pages National print reviews and features Online promotion Blog campaign Social media promotion Book club promotion Online reading group guide AnnaFreemanWriter.com Export rights: G12 First Serial, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: James Pusey Tibor Jones & Associates Unit 12B Piano House 9 Brighton Terrace London SW9 8DJ United Kingdom 24

25 MOTORCYCLES I VE LOVED A Memoir Lily Brooks-Dalton At twenty-one years old, Lily Brooks-Dalton is feeling completely lost. Returning to New England after three years traveling the world, she finds herself without the direction or the drive to move forward. When a friend starts talking about buying a motorcycle, Brooks-Dalton is intrigued, and before long she is diving headlong into the world of gearheads, channeling all her energy into a quest for the perfect ride. At first, her passion for these powerful machines is a diversion, but what she finds riding and maintaining her own motorcycles is the momentum she had been seeking all along. Forced to confront her limitations new and old, real and imagined Brooks-Dalton learns focus, patience, and how to navigate life on the road. As she builds confidence, both on her bike and off, she begins to find her way, ultimately undertaking an epic journey that leaves her strengthened, revitalized, and prepared for whatever comes next. Honest and lyrical, raw and thoughtful, Motorcycles I ve Loved is a bold portrait of one young woman s empowering journey toward confidence, independence, and her own wide-open road. Sally Clegg Advance praise for Motorcycles I ve Loved Lily Brooks-Dalton is wonderful, fresh on the scene with a big heart, a fierce spirit, a writer s eye, and a lovely sense of humor. Anne Lamott Like all great quest stories, Motorcycles I ve Loved depicts a journey that demands the daring and determination to defy those voices (including our own) that try to tell us we re not cut out for the journey. Lily Brooks-Dalton has blazed a trail all her own, and the resulting memoir is as forthright as a well-worn leather motorcycle jacket, and as beautiful as a country road rolling out just up ahead. Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men LILY BROOKS-DALTON was born in southern Vermont. She bought her first motorcycle at twenty-one and has owned three other bikes since then. Brooks-Dalton currently lives in western Massachusetts. 25

26 A powerful memoir about a young woman who discovers the allure of motorcycles as she forges her own path. APRIL Hardcover ISBN $27.95 ($32.95 CAN) Memoir 5 ¹ 2 x 8 ¼ 256 pages National print reviews and features Online promotion Social media promotion LilyBrooksDalton.com Facebook.com/ LilyBrooksDalton Export rights: W00 First Serial, UK, Translation, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Jennifer Gates Zachary Shuster Harmsworth LLC 1776 Broadway, Suite 1405 New York, NY

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29 WINDOW WATCHER An Essay by Paula Hawkins We re all voyeurs. Commuters are the same the world over: we sit on our trains every morning and every evening, reading the paper or listening to music, we gaze idly out of the window at the same streets, the same houses, and every now and again we catch a glimpse into the life of a stranger. And we crane our necks to try to get a better look. I grew up in suburban Harare, in southern Africa, a place where commuting is done by car. People like me white and affluent lived in houses set back behind walls and gates and gardens; our lives hidden from passersby. So when I moved to London, at age seventeen, this sort of big-city commute, this cheek-by-jowl living, was utterly new to me, and I found it fascinating. There s something irresistible about those snatched glances into the lives of others, frustratingly fleeting and yet so revealing. You ve never met the people who live in the top-floor apartment of the building next to your second-tolast stop, you ve never met them, have no idea what they look like, but you know that their son idolizes Ronaldo, that their teenage daughter would rather listen to the Arctic Monkeys than One Direction, that they have a weakness for modern Scandinavian furniture and expressionist art. You know these people. You like these people. You re pretty sure they d like you, too. You could be friends. Loneliness and isolation can be as much a part of city life as the daily commute, certainly this is the case for Rachel, the protagonist of The Girl on the Train. Her fall from grace has been sudden, she has slipped bewilderingly quickly from happiness to despair. In her desperation to fill the space left by the life she once had, she feels herself to be forming a connection with a couple she sees from her train every day. These strangers have become so familiar to her that she feels as though she knows them, understands them; she constructs a whole narrative around them, she befriends them in her head. In fact, she has no clue about their real lives, so she has no idea what she is stumbling into when, having seen something out of the ordinary, something shocking, she makes the fateful decision to cross a line, from voyeur to active participant in their story. But once that line is crossed, she finds there s no going back. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN January

30 BACK TO LIFE An Essay by Thomas Pierce I ve been told writing a story about a resurrected mammoth on the loose in the South was a strange idea and for a time I thought so too but consider the following: Pretty soon, tomorrow morning maybe, a team of scientists will stand in front of some news cameras and announce that they ve successfully brought some pitiful creature back from extinction, a passenger pigeon or a dodo bird or a woolly mammoth. This according to a handful of articles published just in the last year. We haven t seen a living mammoth in almost ten thousand years, but we re still finding their carcasses in the ice. Not just bones but skin, hair, and organs too. We can slice open their stomachs and actually see the grasses they ate for breakfast. Ten thousand years ago we hadn t even thought up pants. My grandmother was walking the beach one day and found a massive almost-black shark s tooth in the sand. She gave it to me. It was possibly the best gift I d ever received. (I was nine.) I took it to school with me for show-and-tell. It might have come from a terrifying prehistoric shark called the Megalodon. The biggest shark that ever lived, extinct for more than a million years, and now I had its tooth in my sock drawer. What a world! One day it could be our teeth in a sock drawer. Recently an eight-year-old girl, who says she likes looking for sharks teeth on the playground during recess, wrote her state senator asking why it was South Carolina didn t have an official fossil. We have an official beverage (milk) and snack (boiled peanuts) and dance (shag) but somehow we d neglected to name a fossil like most other states. She nominated the Columbian mammoth as an ideal candidate, as its teeth had been discovered in a Carolina swamp almost three hundred years ago. Some lawmakers got behind the idea, but the bill stalled in the senate when a few particularly religious members thought it ought to explicitly acknowledge the creator of those fossils too. Consulting the Book of Genesis, they amended the bill thusly: The Columbian Mammoth, which was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field, is designated as the official State Fossil. Just before the senate unanimously approved this version, the majority leader suggested they name the mammoth Lazarus. Because, he said, we re bringing it back to life. HALL OF SMALL MAMMALS January

31 THREE STORIES An Essay by David Treuer About twenty years ago, I read that Ernest Hemingway claimed the first girl he ever pleasured was an Ojibwe from Michigan named Prudence Bolton. One wonders. All we know about her is that at age nineteen and pregnant, she committed suicide, along with her lover, by drinking strychnine. My interest in Hemingway s life (if not his writing) passed. To me he was boring, in the way bullies are boring. But I ve never stopped thinking about Prudence, about whom almost nothing is known. What was her life like? Why choose that death? Around the time I read of Prudence Bolton, I heard a story about a different girl. This was a kitchen-table kind of story, told by a woman who taught school with my Austrian-Jewish immigrant father on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. Back in the 1960s, the reservation had a problem with dogs. They were everywhere at the dump, under every porch, warming themselves on the roads. One spring day the men gathered in town in their trucks and drank. It was warm out finally; the spell of winter had been broken. It seemed like a good day to cull the dogs. In the course of the afternoon, as they drove around shooting, a couple of the men, aiming at dogs in the brush, shot and killed a girl who had been skipping school. The stories of Prudence and that nameless girl lived side by side in my head for the better part of two decades, along with another story my father told me, of a camp for German prisoners in World War II that had been established not far from my mother s ancestral village on the Leech Lake Reservation, where I was raised. Slowly the three stories merged into an idea for a novel, set in a time of war. What was it like to be an Indian girl in those years? What was it like to live in a time of such violence and to be powerless, perhaps voiceless? When I sat down to write, I would often close my eyes and a vision would rise up of the awful, close heat of Minnesota in August, the heaviness of the leaves, the wet, feverish air. The quiet breathing of a girl hiding in the woods, terrified of being seen but full of hope. All of it shattered by the shot of a rifle. PRUDENCE February

32 MY FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE An Essay by Mohsin Hamid A friend of mine once called people like us water lilies because, although we certainly had roots, we appeared to drift. In my life, I have made three countries home Pakistan, America, and Britain but none of them completely. I have no first language: I write in my second language; my first has become my third. I was born in Lahore and originally spoke Urdu. But at the age of three, I moved with my family to California, and soon I was speaking English with a California accent. Only when I was nine, and we moved back to Lahore, did my parents discover I could no longer speak anything else. So I relearned Urdu, and I learned also to speak a new English, one with a Lahori accent. Later I would attend college and graduate school in the United States, and work in New York, and then London, so I would add Middle Atlantic and British Englishes to my mix. I found I could blend in quite easily in my various homes, but after the age of nine I always saw myself as half-foreign. As I moved, I also saw the brutality of globalization in action: mass displacement, wars, terrorism, inequality, discrimination. And in the face of this brutality, I saw people clinging to their ideas of civilization as a refuge: to notions of Muslim-ness, Western-ness, European-ness, American-ness that seemed to describe where, and with whom, they and others belong. But as a water lily who crossed such boundaries with frequency, I also came to recognize the arbitrariness with which they are applied, their brittleness, the porousness they attempt to hide. When I was younger, I thought of being a migrant and being foreign as things that made me different, an outsider. Now, at the age of forty-three, I think these experiences are increasingly universal. On our globalizing planet, where the pace of change keeps accelerating, many of us are coming to feel at least a bit foreign, because all of us, whether we travel far afield or not, are migrants through time. Even if you are eighty and have never left your hometown, yours has become another country from that of your childhood. Perhaps, as we search for principles that can bind together our diverse and interconnected world, we should explore the empathy that arises from such a shared experience. In my own writing, that is what I am trying to do. DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS February

33 LOST AND, PERHAPS, FOUND An Essay by Andrea Chapin After writing the first hundred pages of The Tutor, I took a trip to England to do research. When Sir Bernard de Hoghton picked me up from the train station, he looked like he had stepped out of central casting light hair, brilliant blue eyes, gold signet pinky ring that probably dated back to William the Conqueror. Sir Bernard is the 14th Baronet of Hoghton Tower, a remarkable estate in Lancashire owned by his family for more than nine hundred years. Sir Bernard s ancestor, Alexander Hoghton, Esq., wrote a will in 1581 that mentions a William Shakeshafte who was said to be living at his estate at the time. Spelling of proper names or words in general was not standardized in the sixteenth century: Shakeshafte could be Shakespeare. Shakespeare would have been a teenager in 1581, fresh from the Stratford grammar school, where John Cottam, whose family were tenants of the De Hoghtons, was the schoolmaster. Much of Shakespeare s life is undocumented. What did he do until his marriage at the age of eighteen? And what was he up to between twentyone, when he was living in Stratford with three children, and twenty-eight, when he emerged as an actor and playwright in London? The speculation as to his activities during these lost years is rampant: a deer poacher in Stratford, a handler of horses for theaters in London, a soldier, a sailor, and, intriguingly, a schoolmaster employed by a Catholic family in the country. All I needed was to prompt Sir Bernard with a few questions and he was off and running with delightful stories and anecdotes about his fascinating family history. I hadn t told him anything about my novel, other than I was interested in the theories about Shakespeare. At one point, I asked him if his family kept books. Sir Bernard immediately said, Oh yes, they had a great library. He continued, that in the 1600s, Katharine de Hoghton, asked her father, Sir Gilbert, for a hundred books for her dowry. A chill ran down my spine. The protagonist of The Tutor was named Katharine, who loved books and enjoyed her uncle s vast library. Here was Sir Bernard recounting a very similar Katharine who lived at a very similar time. In visiting the real place that had inspired my novel s setting, I had unexpectedly come across the real woman who could have inspired its story. THE TUTOR February

34 BOND GIRL FOREVER An Essay by Francine Mathews I shouldn t blame Ian Fleming for my years in the CIA probably John le Carré is responsible for those but it s true that Fleming s character, James Bond, casts a long shadow over every woman who wants to be a spy. Bond Girls are so glamorous, and they die so horribly, tripping on their high heels with a gasp of James! as a sniper fires. My own training was more practical: dead drops, agent handling, escape and evasion, explosives but I was allowed to carry a lipstick that perfectly matched my field camouflage. I remembered all that as I invented the character of Siranoush in Too Bad to Die: a Bond Girl with a vengeance, running circles around Ian Fleming. I love to write fiction based on the secret battles of World War II, and Fleming is behind any number of them. I ran into Fleming so often, in fact, that I began to wonder how much of his story was truth, and how much fiction. I learned that the man friends referred to jokingly as a chocolate sailor, because he looked too good to be true in his reserve naval uniform, found a home and a calling amid the white lies of war. Fleming had grown up in the embrace of the British aristocracy: educated at Eton and Sandhurst, the scion of a wealthy banking family. But he was never regarded as a flaming success. He was a dabbler, discarding careers in diplomacy and the military for halfhearted attempts at stock trading and journalism. Ian was moody, unsure of his talents or worth, prone to depression and drink. The war gave him an intriguing job assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence and a role he could perform to perfection. Fleming lied brilliantly to the enemy. Bound to his Whitehall desk, planning and executing deceptions against the Axis, Fleming yearned for a more active role. He wanted to be the agent who carried out his ingenious schemes. It was his brother Peter, however, who was allowed to train as one of the new Special Operations Forces that sprang up during World War II; Ian was left to spin stories in his idle hours about a character he would eventually name James Bond. One of Fleming s wartime duties was to plan the bilateral conferences between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. The sixth, to discuss the Allied invasion known as D-day, was held in November It began in Cairo and moved to Tehran, where FDR met Joseph Stalin for the first time. In Too Bad to Die, Ian doesn t fall ill with the bronchitis Churchill spread throughout the British delegation or remain in Giza to convalesce (as, in fact, happened). Instead, Ian Fleming goes commando and glimpses the kind of daring he could only imagine... and bequeath to a character named Bond. TOO BAD TO DIE March

35 3 SECRETS COLLEGES DON T WANT YOU TO KNOW An Essay by Kevin Carey In a time of callous corporations and dysfunctional government, colleges can seem like the last virtuous institutions standing. Most of us have warm (if hazy) memories of our alma mater, full of youthful enthusiasm, endless possibility, and maybe even some lessons learned. Unfortunately, that image is an illusion, carefully created and managed by organizations that operate from the same naked self-interest as all the rest. Here are three truths every parent and prospective college student should know: 1. Colleges are unfair negotiators. Imagine if you walked into a car dealership and the salesman demanded to see your bank statement before quoting you a price. Madness, right? But that s exactly what colleges do when they require IRS audit level disclosure of financial information before offering scholarships and aid. They say they need it to give you the best deal, but that s nonsense they want to figure out exactly how much they can get you to pay. And if the numbers aren t pleasing, they ll bump your kid down the admissions list in favor of someone richer even if your child is the better student. 2. Colleges don t care about teaching. There are more than 1.5 million college professors in America and very few of them were trained to teach. Promotion happens through the publish or perish system professors who neglect their research to spend too much time in the classroom lose their jobs. Increasingly, classes are taught by adjuncts paid salaries so low that they qualify for food stamps. A landmark 2011 study that compared literacy and numeracy skills of college graduates in several countries, including the United States, found that American college grads didn t do well compared to their peers in other countries. 3. Colleges waste huge amounts of money. In the last three decades, most informationcentered industries have used technology to give consumers radically improved levels of service and quality for less money. While the resulting disruption hasn t been painless, few people would wish us back to the time before the Internet and smartphones. Yet colleges have done virtually nothing to make higher education more affordable or effective with technology. Instead, they ve raised tuition without mercy, while propping up the pretechnological model of untrained professors lecturing to bored, disinterested students. At the same time, spending on administrative salaries, luxury gymnasiums, and money-losing sports teams has skyrocketed. Some colleges still provide a great education at a reasonable price. But the current system can t sustain itself. Caveat emptor applies, now more than ever, but change is coming behind the ivycovered walls. 35 THE END OF COLLEGE March 2015

36 THE STORY BEHIND SHAME An Essay by Jon Ronson At the beginning of 2012, I was wronged on the Internet. Imagine that. What happened was I noticed that another Jon Ronson had started posting on Twitter. His photograph was a photograph of my face. His Twitter name His most recent tweet which appeared as I stared at his timeline in surprise read: Going home. Gotta get the recipe for a huge plate of guarana and mussel in a bap with mayonnaise :D #yummy. I didn t know what to do. The next morning, I s Twitter feed before I checked my own. In the night he had tweeted, I m dreaming something about #time and #cock. He had twenty followers. Some were people I knew from real life, who were probably wondering why I d suddenly become so passionate about fusion cooking and candid about dreaming about cock. I did some digging. I discovered was in fact a spambot, created by three academics. When I ed to ask them to take his spambot down, they ed me back: We prefer the term infomorph. I felt tightness in my chest. I was at war with a robot version of myself. Eventually, I enlisted the help of the Internet to shame the academics into acquiescence. The Internet agreed they should be sued, destroyed, gassed. I was giddy with joy. I was Braveheart, striding through a field, at first alone, and then it became clear that hundreds were marching behind me. And then I suddenly thought: Have we become the people in the lithographs being ribald at whippings? These days it has started to feel weird and empty when there isn t anyone to be furious about. We shame and we get shamed. Some poorly considered tweet opens the gates of hell upon us. I suppose that when shamings are delivered online, like remotely administered drone strikes, we don t think about the wildness and ferocity of our collective power. A snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche. It feels to me like an unhealthy escalation in the war on flaws. Why are we acting in this way? What is it doing to our world? Why do we not have any interest in checking in on the people we destroyed to see if they re back on their feet again? This is why, three years ago, I made a decision. I d get myself into the middle of every unfolding public shaming I could and document the consequences from within, after everyone else had moved on. What I discovered was extraordinary. SHAME April

37 A STORY WORTH FIGHTING FOR An Essay by Anna Freeman A few years ago, reading a book called Horrible Histories I d bought as a gift for my niece, I found myself gripped by a paragraph on eighteenthcentury female prizefighters. It was somehow wonderful to me that at the same time that many fine ladies were fanning themselves and embroidering, other women were onstage with their fists up. The female pugilists would print challenges to each other in newspapers: I, Ann Field, of Stoke Newington, ass driver... having been affronted by Mrs Stokes... do fairly invite her to a trial of her best skill in Boxing, for 10 pounds... And then you d get the reply: I, Elizabeth Stokes, of the City of London... do assure her... that the blows I shall present her with will be more difficult to digest than any she ever gave her asses. (July 17, 1728, The Daily Post) These were their real words! I love it when I can feel history creep close. With further research, I learned that Bristol, England, the city in which I d grown up, had been one of the capitals of prizefighting, as had The Hatchet Inn, the pub where I d been working for years. It almost made me believe in destiny: this book was mine. I don t think it s a coincidence that I began writing it at a time when I was beginning to feel quietly desperate that I would never be anything. In every sense, each of my characters is trying to transcend the circumstances into which he or she was born. Writing about their struggles toward their aspirations became the cupped hands beneath my own foot, boosting me up. I wasn t originally drawn to boxing as a sport, although I ve come to understand why people are fascinated by it. I m more interested in what it feels like to be marginalized, and have to fight for your own autonomy. In eighteenth-century boxing circles a fighter who had bottom was a fighter who would never surrender, even when he or she seemed to be beaten. My favorite characters in The Fair Fight are the ones with bottom, even if they don t always think of themselves as fighters. But this isn t a novel about boxing; it s about things in life that need to be fought for independence, identity, loyalty, and friendship and the people who have the fortitude to win. 37 THE FAIR FIGHT April 2015

38 A FEW MOTORCYCLES I VE LOVED A Note from Lily Brooks-Dalton There s something to love about every motorcycle I ve ever seen: the sweep of the handlebars, the shimmering chrome, the rumble of hot exhaust pipes; a mud-spattered speedometer, a pair of glossy fenders, the wink of a solitary headlight. Saddlebags hard plastic and soft leather. The shape and color of a gas tank cherryred, electric-blue, moss-green, matte-gray. The slope of a seat and the rise of a sissy bar. Motorcycles taught me how to keep my balance, how to find my way, how to take the road one bend at a time. Most of all, they taught me how to go a little faster and ride a little longer than I ever thought I could. These are just a few of the motorcycles I ve loved along the way. MOTORCYCLES I VE LOVED April

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45 ALENA A Novel Rachel Pastan Two years have passed since the tragic death of Alena, curator at the Nauk, a cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod. At the Venice Biennale, Bernard Augustin, the Nauk s wealthy, enigmatic founder to whom Alena had been closest confidante and muse offers the position to an aspiring young curator from the Midwest. It s the job of her dreams, and she dives at the chance. Just as quickly, she finds herself well out of her depth. The Nauk echoes with phantoms of the past a past obsessively preserved by the museum s staff and the newcomer s every move mires her more deeply in artistic, erotic, and emotional entanglements. When recently discovered evidence calls into question the circumstances of Alena s death, shattering secrets surface, putting to the test the loyalty, integrity, and courage of our heroine who remains nameless, like the heroine of Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca, the inspiration for this provocative and spellbinding tale. Praise for Alena Luminous and sure-footed... The triumph of Pastan s story is that it manages to be more than a companion piece to du Maurier s. Alena proves itself an intriguing and substantial novel on its own merits, while still offering the kind of gothic plunge we remember and crave from our younger years. The Washington Post Perfect for curling up with on a winter s night... so eerie and elegantly suspenseful that I could see myself rereading it, the way I reread Rebecca every few years or so. Maureen Corrigan, NPR RACHEL PASTAN is the author of two previous novels and has won numerous prizes Carina Romano for her short fiction. A member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she is also editor-at-large for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Pastan lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. 45

46 In an inspired restaging of Daphne du Maurier s classic Rebecca, a young curator finds herself haunted by the legacy of her predecessor. JANUARY Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Fiction 5 ¹ 8 x pages Carton: 44 Rights: W00 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (1/14) On sale January 6, 2015 MARKETING Print features and reviews Book club promotion Online reading group guide Social media and online promotion rachelpastan.com RIGHTS First Serial, UK, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Henry Dunow Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, Inc. 27 West 20th Street, Suite 1107 New York, NY

47 THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST STRIKES BACK How to Run or Ruin an Economy Tim Harford Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does. Enter Financial Times columnist and bestselling author Tim Harford. In this book that demystifies macroeconomics, Harford strips away the spin, the hype, and the jargon to reveal the truth about how the world s economy actually works. With the wit of a raconteur and the clear grasp of an expert, Harford explains what s really happening beyond today s headlines, why all of us should care, and what we can do about it to understand it better. Praise for The Undercover Economist Strikes Back Every Tim Harford book is cause for celebration. He makes the dismal science seem like an awful lot of fun. Malcolm Gladwell Tim Harford is perhaps our very best popular economics writer, and with this book he turns his attention to inflation, unemployment, business cycles, and macroeconomics, with lucid clarity and compelling insight. Tyler Cowen, author of Create Your Own Economy and The Great Stagnation [Harford s] perky style and chatty asides keep us grinning... [and he] has a knack for posing questions the average reader will have wondered about. The Wall Street Journal 47 Fran Monks TIM HARFORD is the author of The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life, and Adapt. He is a weekly columnist for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, Parade, New York, and Wired. Harford lives with his family in Oxford.

48 A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist. JANUARY Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Economics 5 ¹ 2 x 8 ¼ 272 pages Carton: 60 Rights: G12 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (1/14) On sale January 6, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Print features and reviews NPR interviews Social media and online promotion Facebook.com/timharford1 RIGHTS First Serial, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Zoe Pagnamenta The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency, LLC 20 West 22nd Street, Suite 1603 New York, NY

49 IN PARADISE A Novel Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen was a literary legend, the author of more than thirty acclaimed books. In this, his final novel, he confronts the legacy of evil, and our unquenchable desire to wrest good from it. One week in the late autumn of 1996, a group gathers at the site of a former death camp. They offer prayer at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform. They eat and sleep in the sparse quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews in this camp to their deaths. Clements Olin has joined them, in order to complete his research on the strange suicide of a survivor. As the days pass, tensions both political and personal surface among the participants, stripping away any easy pretense to resolution or healing. Caught in the grip of emotions and impulses of bewildering intensity, Olin is forced to abandon his observer s role and to bear witness, not only to his family s ambiguous history but to his own. Profoundly thought-provoking, In Paradise is a fitting coda to the luminous career of a writer who was for all readers. He was for the world (National Geographic). Linda Girvin Praise for In Paradise Poetic and scarifying... Like the rest of Matthiessen s vast body of work, In Paradise leads us into questions that define our most profound mysteries. The Washington Post The conflict between the drama of the self and its surrender in the shadow of the Holocaust is Matthiessen s bold subject.... Powerful. The New York Review of Books A deeply intelligent study of Holocaust remembrance... bleakly funny... [and] eloquent. The Wall Street Journal PETER MATTHIESSEN is the only writer to win the National Book Award for fiction and nonfiction. A cofounder of The Paris Review, he was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of its William Dean Howells Award, among many other honors. He was also a world-renowned naturalist, explorer, activist, and Buddhist teacher. He died in 2014, just before publication of In Paradise, in the home on Long Island s South Fork where he had lived for more than sixty years. 49

50 The bestselling final novel by a writer of incomparable range, power, and achievement, a three-time winner of the National Book Award. FEBRUARY Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Fiction 5 ¹ 2 x pages Carton: 64 Rights: E30 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (4/14) On sale February 3, 2015 MARKETING National print coverage Book club promotion Online reading group guide Social media and online promotion RIGHTS UK, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Neil Olson Donadio & Olson, Inc. 121 West 27th Street, Suite 704 New York, NY

51 CITY BEASTS Fourteen Short Stories of Uninvited Wildlife Mark Kurlansky In these stories, Mark Kurlansky journeys to his familiar haunts like New York s Central Park or Miami s Little Havana but with an original, earthy, and adventurous fictional perspective. From baseball players in the Dominican Republic to Basque separatists in Spain to a restaurant owner in Cuba, from urban coyotes to a murder of crows, Kurlansky travels the worlds of animals and their human counterparts, revealing moving and hilarious truths about our connected existence. In the end, he illuminates how closely our worlds are aligned, how humans really are beasts, susceptible to their basest instincts, their wildest dreams, and their artful survival. Praise for Mark Kurlansky s fiction Mark Kurlansky s fiction provides the same pleasures we have to come to expect from his nonfiction. It s beautifully written, observant, and acutely intelligent. Francine Prose Brilliant... Journalistic skills might be part of a writer s survival kit, but they infrequently prove to be the foundation for literary success, as they have here.... For all the seriousness of Kurlansky s cultural entanglements, it is nevertheless a delight to experience his sophisticated sense of play and, at times, his outright wicked sense of humor. The New York Times Sylvia Plachy MARK KURLANSKY is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Cod; Salt; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster; The Last Fish Tale; The Food of a Younger Land; The Eastern Stars; Ready for a Brand New Beat; and the short story collection, Edible Stories. He lives in New York City. 51

52 All-new stories about the urban worlds where animals and humans fight, love, and find common ground, from the nationally bestselling author of Cod and Salt. FEBRUARY Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Fiction / Short Stories 3 5 ¹ 16 x 7 ¹ pages Carton: 68 Rights: W00 Publishing History: Original On sale February 3, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Print reviews and features Social media and online promotion markkurlansky.com RIGHTS First Serial, UK, Translation, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Charlotte Sheedy Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, Inc. 928 Broadway, Suite 901 New York, NY ALSO AVAILABLE Ready for a Brand New Beat ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) The Eastern Stars ISBN $16.00 ($20.00 CAN) Edible Stories ISBN $16.00 ($20.00 CAN) The Food of a Younger Land ISBN $16.00 ($20.00 CAN) The Last Fish Tale ISBN $16.00 ($20.00 CAN) 52 52

53 THE SWAN GONDOLA A Novel Timothy Schaffert On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World s Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair. One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine, playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, transforms everything, and the fair s magic begins to take its effect. Reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus, The Swan Gondola is a transporting read. Michael Lionstar Praise for The Swan Gondola A highly atmospheric entertainment... Readers who enjoyed Sara Gruen s Water for Elephants or Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus are likely to be captivated by The Swan Gondola. The Washington Post I am a hopeless romantic. And if you re like me, [this book] may just be the perfect book for you.... I found myself wishing, almost to the point of believing, that Ferret Skerritt were real, if for no other reason than to prove that magic was at one time genuine. Wichita Eagle The Swan Gondola pays tribute to L. Frank Baum s classic [The Wizard of Oz] yet veers off on its own path of magic and deception. Entertaining. St. Louis Post-Dispatch TIMOTHY SCHAFFERT grew up on a farm in Nebraska and now lives in Omaha. He is the author of four previous novels. Schaffert teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. 53

54 A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers, set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World s Fair. FEBRUARY Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Fiction 6 x pages Carton: 32 Rights: E30 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (2/14) On sale February 3, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Midwest regional promotion Book club promotion Online reading group guide Social media and online promotion timothyschaffert.com RIGHTS First Serial, UK, Translation, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Alice Tasman Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. 216 East 75th Street, Suite 1E New York, NY

55 BOY, SNOW, BIRD A Novel Helen Oyeyemi In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty the opposite of the life she s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy s daughter, Bird, exposes the Whitman family secret. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold. Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time. Praise for Boy, Snow, Bird Gloriously unsettling... the greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream. The New York Times Book Review Transfixing and surprising. Entertainment Weekly The atmosphere of fantasy lingers over these pages like some intoxicating incense. Ron Charles, The Washington Post This imaginative novel explores identity, race, and family, arguing in brilliant language that black, white, good, evil, beauty, and monstrosity are different sides of a single, awesome truth. People Piotr Cieplak HELEN OYEYEMI is the author of five novels, most recently White Is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr. Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, she was named one of Granta s Best Young British Novelists. Oyeyemi lives in Prague. 55

56 The widely acclaimed novel that brilliantly recasts the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. MARCH Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 (NCR) Fiction 5 ¹ 8 X pages Carton: 48 Rights: F25 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (3/14) On sale March 3, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Print and online reviews and features NPR interviews Book club promotion Online reading group guide Social media and online promotion RIGHTS First Serial, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Jin Auh The Wylie Agency, LLC 250 West 57th Street, Suite 2114 New York, NY ALSO AVAILABLE White Is for Witching ISBN $16.00 (NCR) Mr. Fox ISBN $16.00 (NCR) 56 56

57 ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS Unexpected Answers to Life s Biggest Questions Timothy Keller What is my purpose in life? What is a good life? Why is there so much wrong with our world? What can I do to help make it right? These are some of the big questions that everyone confronts in life. For many of us, the answers, we think, are elusive, even out of reach. But we re wrong. What we must do, says Timothy Keller in Encounters with Jesus, is understand that any lasting change in our lives will start with a change to one or more of our answers to these questions. Keller knows that Jesus changed the life of every person he met in the Gospels, through powerful experiences and words that led them to unexpected and transforming answers to their big questions. These profound conversations can still address our questions and doubts today. Encounters with Jesus focuses on several of these meetings Jesus had with others including with a skeptical student, a religious insider, an outcast, even his mother and shows how the central events in Jesus life provide ways for us to encounter him again or for the first time. David Sacks Praise for Timothy Keller Tim Keller s ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him. Billy Graham Rev. Tim Keller [is] a Manhattan institution, one of those open urban secrets, like your favorite dim sum place, with a following so ardent and so fastgrowing that he has never thought to advertise. Newsweek The most successful Christian Evangelist in [New York City]. New York TIMOTHY KELLER started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 1989, with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has thousands of regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start nearly two hundred new churches around the world. The author of many books, including The Reason for God, Keller lives in New York City with his family. 57

58 New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller explores how people are changed by meeting Jesus personally and how we can be changed encountering him today. MARCH Trade Paperback ISBN $15.00 ($17.00 CAN) Religion 5 x 7 ¹ pages Carton: 48 Rights: E30 Publishing History: Dutton Hardcover ISBN (11/13) On sale March 3, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Extensive CBA promotion and outreach Print and online reviews and features Social media and online promotion timothykeller.com RIGHTS First Serial: Dutton Audio: Penguin Audio Other: McCormick & Williams LLC 37 West 20th Street, #606 New York, NY ALSO AVAILABLE Every Good Endeavor ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) The Meaning of Marriage ISBN $16.00 ($17.00 CAN) Jesus the King ISBN $16.00 ($17.00 CAN) Generous Justice ISBN $15.00 ($16.00 CAN) Counterfeit Gods ISBN $15.00 ($17.50 CAN) The Prodigal God ISBN $15.00 ($17.00 CAN) The Reason for God ISBN $16.00 ($20.00 CAN) 58

59 THE THING WITH FEATHERS The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human Noah Strycker Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As we learn more about the secrets of bird life, we are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, relationships, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself. The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatrosses, and other mysteries revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature. Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, Noah Strycker spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and shares the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds. You ve never read a book about birds like this one. 59 Praise for The Thing with Feathers [Strycker] thinks like a biologist but writes like a poet. The Wall Street Journal An engaging work which illuminates something profound about all life, including our own. The Economist Lovely, provocative... Robert Krulwich, NPR One of the best bird books you ll read this decade. Guaranteed. BirdWatching Bird journalism of the highest order. Bird journalism that crackles. The Washington Post Bob Keefer NOAH STRYCKER has studied birds in some of the world s most extreme environments, from the high Arctic to the Amazon jungle and Australian bush, and is an associate editor of the American Birding Association s magazine, Birding. His previous book, Among Penguins, describes a summer in an isolated Antarctic field camp. Strycker writes, lectures, and lives near Eugene, Oregon, between field seasons.

60 An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world and deep connection with humanity. MARCH Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Nature 5 ¹ 2 x 8 ¹ pages Carton: 60 Rights: E30 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (3/14) On sale March 3, 2015 MARKETING Print and online reviews and features NPR interviews Outreach to birding societies Social media and online promotion noahstrycker.com RIGHTS First Serial, UK, Translation, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Russell Galen Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc. 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 708 New York, NY

61 THERE GOES GRAVITY A Life in Rock and Roll Lisa Robinson Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment and in recording studios just weeks before his murder. She introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed at a private dinner in a Manhattan restaurant, helped the Clash and Elvis Costello get their record deals, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a frightening storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the personalities and influences that have shaped the music world; she has been recognized as rock journalism s ultimate insider. A keenly observed and lovingly recounted look back on years spent with countless musicians backstage, after-hours, and on the road, There Goes Gravity documents a lifetime of riveting stories, told together here for the first time. 61 Hannah Thomson Praise for There Goes Gravity A little history, a little criticism, and a ton of gossip: That s the recipe for Robinson s compulsively readable chronicle of her own years as one of America s preeminent rock journalists. People (4 stars) Robinson s declarative, almost brusque prose feels like a balm. She s a precise, clear-eyed, and appealing narrator, whether she s describing the state of American room service in the mid-1970s... or the Clash after the eviction of Mick Jones. Chicago Tribune [A] fantastic collection of stories... The scope of Robinson s memoir lends it an extraordinary spirit. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) LISA ROBINSON is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she has produced music issues and written many major profiles over the past fourteen years. Prior to that, she was a longtime columnist for the New York Post, was syndicated by the New York Times Syndicate, and was an editor of several rock magazines. Robinson was born in New York City, where she still resides.

62 From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider s behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll. APRIL Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Biography and Autobiography 5 ¹ 2 x 8 ¹ pages Carton: 40 Rights: W00 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (4/14) On sale April 7, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Radio interviews National print reviews and features Social media and online promotion RIGHTS Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Suzanne Gluck William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC 1325 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY

63 NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD A Novel Leah Hager Cohen At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct free school, Ava and her brother, Fred, share a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood a world defined largely by their imaginations, a celebration of curiosity and the natural environment, and each other s presence. Their parents, progressive educators, believe passionately that children develop best without formal instruction. Everyone is aware of Fred s oddness the word autism is whispered but his parents fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava s side. Decades later, Fred is arrested for a shocking crime, and Ava is frantic to piece together the story of what actually happened. A boy is dead. Fred is held in a county jail. But could he really have done what he s accused of? By now their parents are long gone, and the siblings have fallen out of touch. Who is left to reach Fred? To explain him and his innocence to the world? Convinced that she alone can ensure he is regarded with sympathy, Ava tells their enthralling story. A writer of enormous craft, Leah Hager Cohen brings her trademark intelligence and storytelling to a psychologically gripping, richly ambiguous novel that suggests we may ultimately understand one another best not with facts alone, but through our imaginations. John Earle Praise for No Book but the World [A] perceptive, empathetic, and often emotionally gripping new novel... [Cohen] is capable of writing prose that both convinces and sings. The New York Times Book Review Cohen demonstrates a masterful talent. People (4 stars) Cohen writes beautifully. Each word seems carefully chosen to paint this unsettling picture of a family with which many readers will identify. Gripping. Minneapolis Star Tribune San Francisco Chronicle LEAH HAGER COHEN is the author of four novels, most recently The Grief of Others, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize, selected as a New York Times Notable Book, and named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, and The Globe and Mail. She is also the author of five nonfiction titles, including Train Go Sorry and I don t know. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. 63

64 A lush, gripping, psychologically complex novel that asks: How much do siblings owe one another? APRIL Trade Paperback ISBN $16.00 ($18.00 CAN) Fiction 5 ¹ 8 x pages Carton: 44 Rights: E30 Publishing History: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN (4/14) On sale April 7, 2015 MARKETING National electronic media Print and online reviews and features NPR interviews Book club promotion Online reading group guide Social media and online promotion leahhagercohen.com facebook.com/lhc.authorpage RIGHTS First Serial, Audio: Riverhead Books Other: Barney Karpfinger The Karpfinger Agency 357 West 20th Street New York, NY ALSO AVAILABLE The Grief of Others ISBN $16.00 ($17.00 CAN) I don t know ISBN $17.95 ($19.50 CAN) 64 64

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67 THE ECONOMIC REWARDS OF COMMON SENSE An Essay by Tim Harford When James Tobin won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics prize in 1981, a journalist asked him to summarize his research in simple language. The great macroeconomist attempted to respond to this challenge, and the press dutifully reported that Tobin had won the prize for his work on the principle of not putting all your eggs in one basket. A cartoonist promptly announced the award of a Nobel Prize for an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It s a lesson for all of us who try to translate economics into the language of common sense. But then, common sense has a role in macroeconomics for any wise economist. Consider Harry Markowitz, another Nobel laureate and a man who really did found the don t put all your eggs in one basket school of finance. (The underlying idea is simple enough: If you hold shares in an ice cream parlor and an umbrella manufacturer, your finances will be fine in all weathers.) Markowitz, using math, showed how investors could trade off risk and reward for optimum financial performance across a range of different possible investments. But when Markowitz himself was choosing how to invest his own pension, did he follow his own mathematically complex advice? Of course not. He put half his money into stocks and half into bonds. So there. 67 And here s something even odder: It turns out that the homespun tips from Tobin and Markowitz may be more useful than their prizewinning theories. Behavioral economists the psychological wing of the economics profession have been looking at the robustness of Markowitz s simple approach to financial decision-making, dividing your money into a few chunks of equal size and putting each chunk in a different type of investment. As a financial strategy, it s surprisingly good. This should not be true. Arbitrarily chunking up your cash ignores all sorts of useful information about how those chunks have historically been linked to each other. But researchers have found that this historical data is simply too changeable to help much. One study published in 2009 concluded that the complex approach works best with lots of data at least 500 years worth. If you don t have 500 years worth of data, the commonsense version is best. Perhaps don t put all your eggs in one basket is financial wisdom enough. THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST STRIKES BACK January 2015

68 REMEMBERING PETER MATTHIESSEN A Writer s Writer, a Writer for the World Our friendship was based on our respect for each other s novels, and it was our fiction at its most raw and unfinished that we shared.... He wrote... that I was a generous neighbor with my time and comments as he put it, in the book s Cretaceous days when the whole was still inchoate, crude, and formless. Ah, well but this was what we were when we most trusted each other; we were inchoate, crude, and formless. And those were special days for me when I had a friend I dared to show what I was up to, when I was still unsure of what it was. John Irving, The Guardian semester under his tutelage, we came to see him not as august and austere, but rather as judicious and fair, and surprisingly to us, as someone with a great sense of humor. Seeing him laugh was a joy: the craggy face would crack open, and his hooded eyes would glitter. His death marks the end of an era. Not because he was in some way representative rather, he was sui generis but because he was an inspiration of a rare kind: a spiritualist, an adventurer, a sage with a great laugh and an immortal gift: a remarkable and pure literary talent. Claire Messud, The Guardian We talked often about writing and writers but not much about each other s books, which we generally read only in galleys.... I was reluctant to give him my work to read. I was afraid of his disapproval and too proud for advice. James Salter, The New Yorker He seemed to us both venerable and terrifying. This was in part on account of his august reputation... but also on account of his aspect and demeanor. Matthiessen was craggy, his long, thin patrician face etched by experience, his eyes guarded by the jut of his brows. He did not, at first, smile much. Indeed, at first, he smiled not at all.... Over the course of our He transcended literary categories, much as his older friend Robert Penn Warren had done, embracing the realization that a serious writer need not be just one kind of writer.... He was complicated, gentle, intelligent, funny, and deeply curious. He was a superb friend and, for more than a few of us who have followed him down some of the many literary paths he traveled, he was like the best of all possible elder brothers. You could well school yourself as a young American writer, in the early twenty-first century, by reading and then rereading the works of Peter Matthiessen. But of course he wasn t just a writer s writer; he was for all readers. He was for the world. David Quammen, National Geographic IN PARADISE February

69 SOME CITY BEASTS IN WOODCUTS by Mark Kurlansky Woodcut reliefs by Mark Kurlansky 69 CITY BEASTS February 2015

70 PICTURES FROM THE OMAHA WORLD S FAIR A Photo Essay by Timothy Schaffert The Omaha World s Fair (officially known as the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition) of 1898 featured its own version of Chicago s famous White City: the New White City, grand but temporary structures built of wood and plaster. By July, the dome of one building had collapsed into a fountain, and the glaring whiteness had been dulled to a pale gray from the smoke of the nearby smelting works. Gondolas of various shapes and sizes sailed the lagoon of the New White City, but not all were as romantic as they seemed. In the June 16, 1898, edition of the Omaha Bee (the city s daily), a critic writes: There is a launch on the lagoon in the shape of a swan and I wish it would bepuff itself off to another world. It jars on the senses with its nervous manner and progressive airs, and reminds me of a fussy, old maid; one almost sees the corkscrew curls bobbing. Among the most distinctive structures on the midway was the one shaped like a dragon s head. You entered through its mouth, beneath eyes that rolled in their sockets and changed colors. Among the medical innovations on display at the Omaha World s Fair along with early examples of an X-ray machine were incubators for premature infants. The signs outside this medical marvel promised living infants and live babies. All photos courtesy of the Omaha Public Library THE SWAN GONDOLA February

71 #STUFFHELENOYEYEMISAYS I just want to find out about all the different lives a woman can live. But my feminism has never been against men. It s not erasure; it s just they re not the focus. In real life, they re quite nice. interview with The Guardian Sometimes people ask me what I write and I say that I retell fairy tales, and they say, Oh, children s books! And that makes me laugh. People say things, like I want a fairy-tale existence. The Brothers Grimm would be looking at them in this astonished way, like So you would like your whole family to be murdered and then eaten in a pie? interview with NPR I don t have a style. I just try to write what the story demands. interview with NPR I never feel quite locked into the specifics of setting; I just choose a place and hope we ll all hallucinate its characteristics together (isn t this how city life tends to work?). interview with BuzzFeed I don t feel there s a difference between the real world and the fairy-tale world. They contain psychological truths and, I guess, projections of what the culture that tells them thinks about various things: men, women, aging, dying the most basic aspects of being human. interview with Chicago Tribune I m still climbing around inside stories we all know, or think we know, and I m enjoying that.... The more forcibly I m made aware of the fact that I ll never be the kind of storyteller I most admire, the less I ll be troubled by that... I ll probably just become more myself. interview with Aimee Bender for T: The New York Times Style Magazine Tea and defiance... that s the only advice I can offer. reading at Community Bookstore 71 BOY, SNOW, BIRD March 2015

72 8 UNARGUABLE WAYS THAT BIRDS BEAT HUMANS A List from The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker 1. Flash Mobs Ever seen a murmuration of starlings? And they ve never even heard of a Twitter meetup. 7. Cuteness Baby penguins. No human can compare. 2. Bachelor Pads Male bowerbirds build tricked-out, decorated huts to lure passing females. Totally beats our shabby man caves. 3. Digestion Vultures can eat anthrax spores and their poop is sterile. Try THAT at home. 4. Speaking of Home... Homing pigeons can sense the Earth s magnetic field, like they have a built-in compass. Help, Google Maps! 5. Sleep Some swifts fly for months on end and sleep in the air. Humans... can t do that. 6. More Sleep Hummingbirds lower their heart rate by 95 percent at night to a state of torpor near death. Sounds a bit like my uncle, but see # Love Albatrosses have divorce rates as low at 0.1 percent, and they can live more than sixty years. Human divorce rates are about 45 percent, which puts us on about the same romantic level as the Nazca Booby, a type of crazy seabird. Basically, we re boobies. Albatrosses own all of us. Drawings by Noah Strycker THE THING WITH FEATHERS March

73 ON BACKSTAGE PASSES From There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson Backstage passes reflect status.... The entire pass arrangement is a visual indication of just exactly where you stand with a group. Courtesy of the author 73 THERE GOES GRAVITY April 2015

74 FATHOMING THE UNFATHOMABLE An Essay by Leah Hager Cohen A prisoner wished to become a student. He wanted to work toward an MFA in creative writing at the university where I teach. Because he was incarcerated, he would not be able to come to campus, but this is a low-residency program: Except for two weeks a year, none of the students or faculty is present on campus. Most of the work takes place at a distance, with students mailing packets of their writing to faculty mentors, and us responding in kind. The director of our program put the question to us: Should we consider his application? At first we focused on pedagogy. Would the man s inability to come to our biannual weeklong residencies constitute an insurmountable obstacle? No, people felt. He d be able to participate sufficiently in other ways to earn the credits necessary for the degree. Then one faculty member unearthed the details of the crime to which the man had pled guilty: As a young heroin addict, he d murdered his parents after they brought him to their country house to try to get him to go clean, cold turkey. When they wouldn t let him leave, he killed them with a bread knife. Quickly, the pendulum swung. Within days, the vast majority of faculty members said they did not want any such person as a member of our community. He was informed we would not consider him. The matter was done. Except I could not stop thinking about it. I kept waking at night, dissolving in tears in the afternoon. How, how could we turn him away? We who had felt called to make art out of words, to make sense of life through storytelling, through the shaping and sharing of language how could we refuse to nurture that desire in another, even one who had been so broken and wrought such damage? Especially one who had been so broken and wrought such damage? There will always be those who get relegated to society s margin, whether because of choices they have made or for reasons beyond their control. Either way it s troubling. Troubling because we are responsible for placing them there. That is an act we commit every time we refuse to fathom another. Every time we fail to imagine a connection between us and them. This novel was born of my desire to take responsibility in the best way I knew how by radically extending my imagination to someone relegated to the margin. NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD April

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81 INDEX AFFINITY 67 Aftel, Mandy 41 ALENA AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED 66 B SIDE, THE 8-9 BOY, SNOW, BIRD 54-55, 72 Brooks-Dalton, Lily 24-25, 37 Carey, Kevin 18-19, 34 Chapin, Andrea 14-15, 32 CHURCHILL FACTOR, THE 41 CITY BEASTS 50-51, 70 Cohen, Leah Hager 62-63, 75 DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS 12-13, 31 ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS END OF COLLEGE, THE 18-19, 34 FAIR FIGHT, THE 22-23, 36 FINGERSMITH 67 FRAGRANT 41 Freeman, Anna 22-23, 36 GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE 4-5, 28 HALL OF SMALL MAMMALS 6-7, 29 Hamid, Mohsin 12-13, 31 Harford, Tim 46-47, 68 Hawkins, Paula 4-5, 28 Hosseini, Khaled 66 HOW WE GOT TO NOW 40 IN PARADISE 48-49, 69 Johnson, Boris 41 Johnson, Steven 40 Keller, Timothy Kurlansky, Mark 50-51, 70 Kwok, Jean 39 Lamott, Anne 2-3 LITTLE STRANGER, THE 67 MAMBO IN CHINATOWN 39 Mathews, Francine 16-17, 33 Matthiessen, Peter 48-49, 69 MOTORCYCLES I VE LOVED 24-25, 37 NIGHT WATCH, THE 67 NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD 62-63, 75 Oyeyemi, Helen 54-55, 72 Pastan, Rachel PAYING GUESTS, THE 40 Pierce, Thomas 6-7, 29 PRUDENCE 10-11, 30 Robinson, Lisa 60-61, 74 Ronson, Jon 20-21, 35 Schaffert, Timothy 52-53, 71 SHAME 20-21, 35 SMALL VICTORIES 2-3 Straub, Emma 39 Strycker, Noah 58-59, 73 SWAN GONDOLA, THE 52-53, 71 THERE GOES GRAVITY 60-61, 74 THING WITH FEATHERS, THE 58-59, 73 TIPPING THE VELVET 67 TOO BAD TO DIE 16-17, 33 Treuer, David 10-11, 30 TUTOR, THE 14-15, 32 UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST STRIKES BACK, THE 46-47, 68 VACATIONERS, THE 39 Waters, Sarah 40, 67 Yagoda, Ben

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