Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoir New Kid, a memoir-in-comics of Knisley’s high school years, detailing her experiences with friends, drugs, sex, and her desire to make art in a school system that seemed determined to prevent her from doing so. To First Second Books.
Jean Van’t Hul’s The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts, a project-filled book designed to inspire and guide parents and children to make celebratory crafts together, to Roost Books.
Love My Rifle More Than You author Kayla Williams’s A Different Kind of War, the love story of two Iraq War veterans, one suffering from traumatic brain injury and both from post traumatic stress, who find their battles on returning home from war are more demoralizing and nearly as dangerous as the battlefield, and require new reinforcements of courage. To Norton.
Devin Fergus’s Land of the Fee, a detailed investigation of the hidden charges buried in the fine print of all our financial transactions and amount to a secret tax that has increased economic inequality in the US. To Oxford.
Author of the bestselling The Shia Revival and former senior Middle East adviser to the late Richard Holbrooke, Vali Nasr’s assessment of American foreign policy in the Middle East. To Doubleday.
The sequel to Baseball Between the Numbers, Baseball Prospectus’s Extra Innings, in which fans will learn how to analyze the game even more deeply. To Basic.
Winner-Take-All Politics authors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Paleocapitalism, on how the “mixed economy” that created America’s broad middle class after World War II is being supplanted by an economy resembling what we had at the end of the nineteenth century—rapacious, weakly regulated, and corrosive of social progress and democratic values, to Simon & Schuster.
The Extra 2%’s Jonah Keri’s untitled history of the Montreal Expos and the broken promises, linguistic and cultural prejudices, and self-interested business interests that doomed baseball’s most unusual franchise. To Random House Canada.
Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet’s The Roberts Court, the first examination of the initial years of a court currently reshaping legal precedent through decisions unmistakeably determined by politics as much as by law. To Norton.
Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters, a graphic novel drawn as the journal of ten-year-old Karen Reyes, which follows Karen’s attempt to solve the mystery of the death of her beloved neighbor, a Holocaust survivor whose incredible story resonates with many facets of the girl’s own life. Ferris’s drawings reflect a world where monsters can be beautiful, and where goodness is found in the most unlikely places. To Other Press.
Harvard Ph.D. candidate Yascha Mounk’s part-memoir, part-political meditation A Foreigner in My Own Country, about growing up Jewish in modern Germany and what that tells us about the nature of political reconciliation, whether a nation can overcome a dark history and an oppressed people can forgive, and what the Jewish experience in Germany says about the Muslim experience in the West. To Farrar Straus.
National Book Award and Pulitzer finalist finalist for Fordlandia, Greg Grandin’s A Fleece of Celestial Innocence, the true story and cautionary tale of a poignant 1804 slave ship revolt by Africans, likely Muslim and likely educated, that inspired Melville’s writing and that captures for us today how difficult it was a for young America, determined to create something new in history, to escape the corruption and entangle- ments of the past. To be followed by a second book, Greater America, a sweeping history of the Western Hemisphere, north and south, from European conquest to the dawn of the twentieth-first century that argues that centuries of conquest, slavery, frontier bloodshed, war, and diplomacy not only helped shape the political identities of the United States and Latin America but forged the laws, institutions, and ideals that govern the modern world. To Metropolitan Books.
The Shadow Scholar Ed Dante’s Cheating Incorporated, based on the Chronicle of Higher Education article that went viral, about why students cheat and what professors, admin- istrators, and parents must change in order to stop it. To Bloomsbury.
University of California historian and author of A Land So Strange, Andres Resendez’s The Other Slavery, a history of 300 years of Indian slavery that shatters our national myth of Native American extinction and draws on new evidence to reveal the horrific kidnapping, rape, and enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Indians across the American Southwest. To Houghton.
Anthropologist Brian Fagan’s Sea Levels, the third book in his “water” trilogy, describing the complex relationship between humanity and rising sea levels over 10,000 years, from the end of the Ice Age to today. To Bloomsbury.
Pamela Katz’s The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink, a freshly researched group portrait of the Weimar-era working relationship between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, which resulted in the masterpieces “The Threepenny Opera” and “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” and the three women–Lotte Lenya, Helene Weigl and Elisabeth Hauptmann–who were their wives, lovers, and sometimes unacknowledged collaborators. To Doubleday for Nan A. Talese Books.
Pulitzer Prize winner Debby Applegate’s That Infamous Woman Polly Adler: a story of gangsters, gamblers, and the NY literati, and how prostitution played a key role in the emergence of women in the work force, from seamstresses to starlets. To Knopf Doubleday.
Sharon Hays’s definitive new textbook in sociology, Social Problems, Social Solutions. To Norton.
|Martha Nussbaum’s The New Religious Intolerance, based on her blogposts about the burqa for The New York Times. To Harvard University Press.
Wesleyan Science and Society fellow Gretchen Bakke’s The Grid, a revelatory narrative about America’s need for electricity, the dangers of the fragile system that brings it to us, and the future of energy. To Bloomsbury.
Portland illustrator and ‘zinester Nicole Georges’s graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, about uncovering a 22-year family secret that leads Nicole to question her identity, the meaning of family, and the definition of truth. To Mariner Books.
Scientific American editor George Musser’s Emergent Space, a book that brings together research that suggests that space may not be fundamental, and that if we can figure out how it emerged, we may finally make sense of the origin and ultimate fate of the universe. To Simon & Schuster.
Director of U. Va’s Center for Politics Larry Sabato’s The Kennedy Half-Century, the story of how Kennedy’s death has never stopped affecting and influencing the general public, the media, and every president who followed him, based on interviews with ordinary citizens and major political and media figures, original polling, and new archival finds, to tie in with a PBS special marking the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination in 2013. To Bloomsbury.
Statistician and FiveThirtyEight.com founder Nate Silver’s two books, one a Freakonomics-style guide to the mechanics of electoral politics and the other on the art of prediction. To Penguin Press.
Betty Caroli’s Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Story of the Marriage that Shaped Johnson: a long-overdue re-examination of the role Lady Bird played in Lyndon’s life, in politics, and in the marriage.To Simon & Schuster
Helen Zia’s Exodus, Shanghai: Fleeing Mao, Changing the World, the first history of the Shanghai diaspora at the end of the Chinese civil war and how it changed the futures of Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, and China, based on original research uncovered during her Fulbright in China. To Ballantine.
Historian Amy Greenberg’s The Frightful Struggle: How four Men and One War Changed America, a narrative of the US-Mexico War, a bad war that left an indelible signature on America’s identity and purpose, through the eyes of four key participants transformed by it - James Polk, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, and Nicholas Trist. To Knopf.
Pulitzer finalist for nonfiction, William Hitchcock’s The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, a history of the Eisenhower years. To The Free Press.
Oklahoma State Associate Professor of English Linda Leavell’s Possessed to Write: The Biography of Marianne Moore, the first biography to be written with the full cooperation of the Moore Estate, and the first to relate Moore’s unusual private life to her poetry. To Farrar, Straus.
Visiting Scholar at Berkeley’s History of Science department Joshua Roebke’s The Invisible World, a sweeping historical narrative of what physicists accomplished in the twentieth century in their quest to understand the fundamental laws and fabric of the universe–and a cultural history that illuminates what that tumultuous century, in all its beauty and terror, did, in turn to them. To Farrar, Straus.
Hubble Space Telescope scientist and author of Is God a Mathematician, Mario Livio’s Blunders: Insights from the Colossal Mistakes of the Greatest Thinker, which examines the fascinating errors made by some of history’s greatest scientists (Darwin, Einstein, etc), showing that such blunders sometimes led to great insights instead of disastrous results. To Simon & Schuster.
University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s Loving the Nation: Toward a New Patriotism, to be written with her student, Jeffrey Israel, as they offer a redefinition of patriotism as an essential quality of the citizen who would do good in the community, the nation, and the world. To Yale University Press.
Ellen Forney’s Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me, a graphic novel in which the artist chronicles her own wild manias and deep depressions, while weaving stories of famous bipolar artists and writers throughout, to explore the relationship between “craziness” and creativity. To Gotham.
Lucy Knisley’s Relish, a graphic memoir of her coming-of-age in a family of foodies, as she travels with her chef mother and gourmand father through different countries and cultures and develops her own complex palate, which includes an appreciation for everything from foie gras to McDonald’s french fries; in full-color. To First Second Books.
Author of Amazon.com’s #1 Craft book of 2010, The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online, Kari Chapin’s next book, as yet untitled, on taking your creative business to the next level. To Storey.
The Artful Parent blogger Jean Van’t Hul’s The Artful Parent: Filling Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity, a project-filled book designed to inspire and guide parents in raising creative, happy children. To Trumpeter Books.