SEEKING SANCTUARY: A DOCTOR'S SEARCH FOR HOPE AMIDST DESPAIR
by Hope Ferdowsian
University of Chicago Press, forthcoming Spring 2018, hardcover
Human and animal rights activist Dr. Hope Ferdowsian's book shows how humans and animals across the globe can help each other recover from trauma and heal—an experience known as "the Phoenix Effect."
READING "LITTLE WOMEN": THE HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC by Anne Boyd Rioux
Norton, forthcoming 2018, hardcover
The author of "Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist" has written a cultural history of Louisa M. Alcott's iconic American novel, shortly to celebrate its 150th anniversary: who reads it now, who should read it and why, and how its writing changed its author's life.
Anne Boyd Rioux, for The Rumpus, "A Brief History of Pandering"
CONSTANCE FENIMORE WOOLSON: The Portrait of a Lady Novelist by Anne Boyd Rioux
Norton, February 2016, hardcover
Today Constance Woolson is primarily known as a close friend of Henry James and the model for Isabel Archer in his "Portrait of a Lady.” However, in her own time Woolson was a more commercially successful writer than James himself, and remarkable for her independence and ambition. In this biography, Rioux, an English professor who has had access to a never before published series of letters between Woolson and a close friend of the family, composer Francis Boott, reconsiders this author’s life, her books, and the meaning of her relationship with James. Accessibly written, superbly researched and full of deep sympathy for its subject, Rioux's biography (the first of this fascinating woman) will resonate with many Jamesians and those curious about a writer widely regarded as the American peer of George Eliot.
Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2016, "Constance Fenimore Woolson by Anne Boyd Rioux"
Bookslut Review, "Constance Fenimore Woolson Portrait of a Lady Novelist by Anne Boyd Rioux"
LARB Review, "A Horror of 'Pretty,' 'Sweet' Writing"
New York Times Book Review, "'Constance Fenimore Woolson' and 'Miss Grief and Other Stories'"
Wall Street Journal Review, "The Lesson of the Masters"
Boston Globe Book Review, "Reclaiming best-selling 19th century novelist from history's dustbin"
Chicago Tribune Review, "'Constance Fenimore Woolson' gives 19th century novelist second look"
Also reviewed in the New Yorker, the Star Tribune, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, & elsewhere.
Rioux for "The Toast","Salon","The Daily Beast", and "Lit Hub"
MASTERING STANDUP: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian by Stephen Rosenfield
Chicago Review Press, forthcoming 2017, paperback
Rosenfield, founder and director of the American Comedy Institute, the premier comedy school in the US for 26 years, has taught literally dozens of major standup comics in Canada and the US, and has also pioneered comedy as an academic discipline in many universities. The NY Times has described him as "the best-known comedy teacher in the country." His guidebook offers a system of writing and performing standup, drawing on his own extensive experience (and those of countless stars like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Rodney Dangerfield, Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Roseanne, Johnny Carson, and many more) to show the reader--and would-be comic-- what works, what doesn't, and why.
"The format of comedy, particularly stand-up, lends itself to digital media like nothing else. One terrific joke can get a million hits. It's become a new metric for a club manager. If a booker sees that a comic has 500,000 online followers - they'll book him almost sight unseen. That's it. Digital is gigantically important and has been for a while."
Stephen Rosenfield on comedy in the digital age, "No laughing matter: The secrets behind comedy success" by Jane O'Brien, BBC News
MY LIFE WITH ARCHIPENKO by Frances Archipenko Gray
Hirmer Verlag, October 2014, hardcover
The great Ukrainian avant-garde modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko was fifty years Gray's senior when he met her as a young art student in 1955. A four-year affair was followed by a four-year marriage--and the artist's death in 1964. Now his widow, who has faithfully kept his reputation alive for nearly 50 years, tells the strange story of their unlikely romance and of her dealings since with his legacy. The book combines a touching romantic memoir with a penetrating look at the art world of yesterday and today, its museums, dealers, collectors, curators and, sometimes, forgers.
AT HOME WITH THE AZTECS by Michael E. Smith
Routledge/Taylor & Francis, March 2016, hardcover
Smith is a noted archaeologist who has excavated a number of Aztec sites. Focusing on the domestic life of commoners rather than remains of court elites, he offers a radically different view of the Aztecs. Counter to the popular notion of Aztecs as bloodthirsty devotees of human sacrifice, he finds a race of prosperous farmers open to crafts and trade, and a resilient sector of the Mexican empire. The book is a disarming look at the frustrations and pleasures of archaeology, as well as a thoroughly readable corrective to an age-old picture of an ancient race.
2017 recipient of the Society for American Archaeology's Book Award-Popular
THE DIRTY VERSION: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard by Buddha Monk with Mickey Hess
It Books/HarperCollins, November 2014, hardcover; forthcoming December 2015, paperback
Ol' Dirty Bastard was a rap superstar whose short life ended at 35 when he collapsed in the studio while recording an album for Wu-Tang Clan, his celebrated group. Before that he suffered years of drug abuse, spent three years in jail, much time in rehab--and reached, all too briefly, the pinnacle of his unstable profession. Now his story is told by Buddha Monk, his cousin and close friend since childhood, and his right-hand man in and out of the studio and onstage. He tells, in his own words, the story of how Bastard went from being harassed by the cops on gritty Brooklyn streets to touring the world, and the many legends about him along the way: how he lifted a burning car off a neighborhood child, picked up a welfare check in a limousine, shoplifted a pair of cheap sneakers at the height of his fame. It's also about his musically celebrated family, and his beloved wife.
The collaborating writer is Mickey Hess, professor of English and American culture at Rider University, and author of several authoritative books on rap and hip-hop.
THE CONCISE GUIDE TO HIP-HOP MUSIC: A Fresh Look at the Art of Hip Hop, from Old School Beats to Freestyle Rap by Paul Edwards
St. Martin's Griffin, February 2015, trade paperback
In this comprehensive, accessible guide, Paul Edwards breaks down the difference between old school and new school, recaps the biggest influencers of the genre, and sets straight the myths and misconceptions of the artists and their music. Fans old and new alike will all learn something new about the history and development of hip hop, from its inception up through the current day.
"Paul Edwards goes straight to rappers to expose the myths and seek out the truth. [It] is an entertaining and insightful read for everyone from seasoned hip-hop listeners to the casual fan." -Mickey Hess, author of The Dirty Version and Is Hip Hop Dead?.
HOW TO RAP 2 : THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE HIP-HOP MC by Paul Edwards
Lawrence Hill Books/Chicago Review Press, trade paper 2013
A sequel to HOW TO RAP that will detail the various styles of “flow” in rapping touched on in the original. Useful to people learning to rap as it will list all the techniques of rhythm, rhyme, and delivery in one book, as well as describing how the techniques were formulated and evolved. Of interest to the general hip-hop and music fan.
Korean rights to Hansmedia
HOW TO RAP: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE HIP-HOP MC by Paul Edwards
Lawrence Hill Books/Chicago Review Press, December 2009, trade paperback
An ingenious and thorough guide to writing successful and winning rap and hip-hop lyrics, by a young London musician who has made a thorough study of the form for the past five years. The first book of its kind, sure to become a standard text on this popular subject. Includes interviews with dozens of rappers, including Q-Tip and Phife of A Tribe Called Quest and Speech of Arrested Development.
Japanese Rights to Blues Interactions, Inc., Korean rights to Hansmedia, UK rights to Virgin Books/Random House
THE BLUE COTTON GOWN by Patricia Harman
Beacon Press, Fall 2008, hardcover; September 2009, paperback
Nurse-midwife Patricia Harman runs a West Virginia women’s health care center with her OB/GYN husband. In a page-turning narrative nonfiction account of a year in the life of their practice, we see dozens of patients, including a student whose life leads her into an array of sexually transmitted diseases, a woman who can’t have an orgasm, another who wants to become a man, and a wife who flees a dangerous husband with her seven children. To all of them, Harman brings deep empathy and knowing care, empowered by her conviction that a midwife is a woman’s health companion for life.
Audio rights to Audible; Rights to Denmark (Cicero/Rosinante & Co.)
"A flower child who found her calling after coaching a friend through a home birth, nurse-midwife Harman works with her ob-gyn husband at a West Virginia clinic. In her sweetly perceptive memoir, she reveals how her exam room becomes a confessional. Coaxing women in thin gowns to share secrets -- about abusive boyfriends, OxyContin habits, unplanned pregnancies -- she reminds them that they're not alone." - People Magazine
"The whole book is touchingly revelatory of how valuable a medical practitioner who commits more than the current average of four minutes to each patient can be....deeply moving." — Booklist, starred review
ARMS WIDE OPEN : A MIDWIFE'S JOURNEY--FLOWER CHILD TO EARTH MOTHER by Patricia Harman
Beacon Press, April 2011, hardcover; March 2012, paperback
The author of “The Blue Cotton Gown” recounts how, in her hippie years, she began to help women in birthing and went on to develop her skills and credentials as a midwife in accord with her vision of an enviornmentally sound and sustainable lifestyle. In an action-packed memoir based on extensive journals she kept at three periods in her life, Harman recalls braving Minnesota winters in a small log cabin with her first husband and their child, subsequent attempts to live a communal life on the land, and examines her life today in a very different national mindset.
Audio rights to Audible; Rights to Denmark (Cicero/Rosinante & Co.)
FAST GIRL: Don't Brake Until You see the Face of God and Other Good Advice from the Racetrack by Ingrid Steffensen
Seal Press/Perseus, September 2012, trade paperback
What turns a seemingly conventional New Jersey mother and college professor on, according to her hugely lively, funny and often thoughtful memoir, is driving really fast cars on a racetrack. Hardly any women do it, and the book is a racy woman's view of an almost exclusively male world--one in which she learns all sorts of strange things about life, danger, and herself.
"In her entertaining, tongue-in-cheek sendup of the self-help confessional, she writes of feminist release, Zen-like concentration, and simple fun of high-performance driving..."
—Publisher's Weekly, 6/18/12
SURFACES: VISUAL RESEARCH FOR ARCHITECTS, ARTISTS, AND DESIGNERS by Judy Juracek
W.W. Norton, 1997, hardcover, CD-ROM included. Now in its 9th printing.
First in the series, including SOFT SURFACES (2000) and NATURAL SURFACES (2002), and ARCHITECTURAL SURFACES: DETAILS FOR ARTISTS, ARCHITECTS, AND DESIGNERS (2005)
UK rights sold to Thames & Hudson, Chinese rights to Dalian University of Technology Press.
Entire SURFACES series is the winner of GOLDEN PEN AWARD from the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology
UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH by Michael D. Bart and Laurel Corona
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, May 2008
This unique Holocaust story offers not only an eyewitness account of the partisans from the Vilna ghetto who fought back against the Nazis, but also a love story born among them that ended only 50 years later with the deaths of two survivors in California. Working with family documents, amazing photos and many original sources, including interviews with survivors, Michael Bart and novelist Laurel Corona have put together with remarkable specificity the story of Bart’s heroic and self-effacing parents and their life among the brave Jews who came to be known as The Avengers.
Best Biography, San Diego Book and Writing Awards, 2009
Winner of 2009 Christopher Award
CONCRETE PLANET by Robert Courland
Prometheus Books, November 2011, hardcover
It’s the most common building material in the world today, but the way we make and use it now is environmentally harmful and needlessly subject to quick decay. Courland’s fascinating account of the history of concrete and its pioneers suggests ways it can once again be the reliable, long-lasting substance it was for the Romans who developed it.
“Courland’s book takes a seemingly mundane topic and transforms it into a very readable and entertaining history lesson.” -Booklist
DOGS ON THE COUCH by Larry Lachman
Overlook Press, 1999, hardcover; 2002, paperback
First in the series, including CATS ON THE COUNTER(with Frank Mickadeit), St. Martin's Press, 2000, hardcover; 2002, paperback and BIRDS OFF THE PERCH (with Diane Grindol and Frank Kocher), Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2003, paperback original.
FLICKIPEDIA: Perfect Films for Every Occasion, Holiday, Mood, Ordeal, and Whim by Michael Atkinson and Laurel Shiffman
Chicago Review Press, October 2007, trade paberback original
Goes through all the occasions of our life—birth, marriage, retirement, holidays, love affairs, even the choosing of a President—and suggests a list of appropriate movies for each, explaining why the movie works for that part of your life. The result is a wonderfully wide-ranging list of movies, with pithy commentary on each. An invaluable guide to viewing.
THE WORLD OF ANDREI SAKHAROV: A RUSSIAN PHYSICIST'S PATH TO FREEDOM by Gennady Gorelik and Antonina Bouis
Oxford University Press, December 2005, hardcover
The story of the famed father of the Soviet nuclear weapons program, exploring his life in a scientific context for the first time as well as in his role as a humanitarian dissident.
BATH MASSACRE: AMERICA'S FIRST SCHOOL BOMBING by Arnie Bernstein
University of Michigan Press, April 2009, simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback
One of the great but comparatively little remembered disasters of the early American 20th century was the bombing of the Bath Consolidated School in the lower Michigan peninsula, which in 1927 killed 38 schoolchildren and six adults. It was the first mass murder in U.S. history, and an uncanny harbinger of other school slayings to come. Chicago-based historian Bernstein recounts the story in chilling detail, including interviews with the few remaining survivors.
ACCORDION DREAMS: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music by Blair Kilpatrick
University Press of Mississippi, Spring 2009, hardcover
Kilpatrick, a practicing psychologist, was a middle-aged mother of two who became infatuated with the sound of Cajun music while on vacation in New Orleans. Though she had no musical experience, she taught herself to play accordion, found a mentor, began to connect with the Creole culture and eventually formed a Cajun Creole band, Sauce Piquante. A persuasive account of self-discovery and transformation, and a fascinating insight into a little-known culture.
HAVANA DECO by Martino Fagiuoli, Alejandra Alonso and Petry Contreras
W. W. Norton, November 2007, hardcover
A noted photographer, a critic and an art historian combine to celebrate the lavish creations of the prewar Art Deco period that illuminate the Cuban capital. This beautiful volume, hitherto available only in Cuba and Italy, makes its U.S. debut in a completely revised edition.
PICTURES AND TEARS by James Elkins
Routledge, 2001, hardcover; 2004, paperback
A beautiful book about art for people who don’t understand why they find certain pictures particularly affecting. Part art history, part psychology, part delighted discovery, it is an original and provocative approach.
Rights sold to Jiangsu Fine Arts (Simplified Chinese), Artbooks Publishing Co. (South Korean), La Gauche Publishing Ltd. (Complex Chinese), Paravia-Bruno Mondadori (Italian)
Translation and film rights controlled by BBA
HUMBLE PIE: MUSINGS ON WHAT LIES BENEATH THE CRUST by Anne Dimock
Andrews McMeel, Fall 2005, 2nd printing
The pie, once one of the iconic American symbols as the essence of home cooking, has fallen on hard days as a largely factory-made, store-bought product. Dimock, a deeply committed pie-baker, aims for a pie renaissance, and in this book, a glowing combination of memoir, celebration, cookbook and cultural history, she shows why it is essential and inevitable.