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“A small miracle of a book, perfectly imagined and perfectly achieved.”—Hilary Mantel, author of Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the BodiesA novel of war, revolution, youth, and friendship by the “remarkable” (Ian McEwan) French author of A Meal in Winter Hubert Mingarelli’s simple, powerful, and moving stories of men in combat have established him as one of the most exciting new voices in international fiction. In Four Soldiers he tells the story of four young soldiers in 1919, members of the Red Army during the Russian civil war. It is set in the harsh dead of winter, just as the soldiers set up camp in a forest in Galicia near the Romanian front line. Due to a lull in fighting, their days are taken up with the mundane tasks of trying to scratch together what food and comforts they can find, all the time while talking, smoking, and waiting. Waiting specifically for spring to come. Waiting for their battalion to move on. Waiting for the inevitable resumption of violence. Recalling great works like Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, Four Soldiers is a timeless and tender story of young male friendships and the small, idyllic moments of happiness that can illuminate the darkness of war.
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• Groundbreaking: Practical, no-nonsense strategies to address growing income inequality and the significant racial gap in income are in short supply. Friedman explains the problems, yes, but more importantly provides proven, tested solutions from forty years in the field.• Lively, engaging, and well-respected author: Told in stories of social entrepreneurs gathered over forty years, A Few Thousand Dollars shares lessons Bob Friedman has drawn from work the fields of poverty elimination and asset development. Author and his organization, Prosperity Now, will promote the book in the 25,000+ person/organization field.• Annual Conference of Prosperity Now: With 1300+ attendees, the annual asset development conference sponsored by Prosperity Now in September 2018 will feature the release of the book.• Author Expertise: Expert on asset development, anti-poverty policy, and community development. He has testified multiple times before Congress and state legislatures. • Public Intellectual: op-eds have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and many other state and local papers. He has been interviewed by papers and media channels across the country including Al Jazeera, Forbes, and Harvard Alumni Magazine. • Events: Friedman will speak of significant public events throughout the country (full schedule to come) and promote the book in asset development field.
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Platform: Loomis blogs at the hugely popular site Lawyers, Guns, and Money, with 550,000 unique visitors for over one million pageviews a month, where his ongoing series “This Day in Labor History” (the basis for this book) won the 2011 Cliopatria Award from the History News Network Media track record: Loomis’s Out of Sight was featured in Salon, Truthout, In These Times, The Progressive, The Fiscal Times, and on radio Credentials: Loomis is a leading young scholar and public intellectual covering labor history. He is also an active commentator on contemporary politics, and his readers look to him to inform the present with knowledge of the past. He is listed on the “Professor Watchlist” of the right-wing Turning Point USA, alongside such other progressive threats as Brittney Cooper, Juan Cole, and Peter Singer Material: Wonderfully accessible introductory format; there are no other obvious introductory texts in labor history Serialization potential: Each chapter will stand alone and can be published as a “this day in history” format, for which Loomis is well known based on his online series of the same name New Press labor track record: From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend sold 18,000 copies combined; Lexicon sold 14,000 copies combined.
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Meet Money Rock—young, charismatic, and Charlotte’s flashiest coke dealer—in a riveting social history with echoes of Ghettoside and Random Family
Meet Money Rock. He’s young. He’s charismatic. He’s generous, often to a fault. He’s one of Charlotte’s most successful cocaine dealers, and that’s what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history—by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic—of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually known as Money Rock, in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital. Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as “Maximum Bob.” When the story concludes more than a half century later, Belton has redeemed himself. But three of his sons have met violent deaths and his oldest, fresh from prison, struggles to make a new life in a world where the odds are stacked against him. This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies—racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration—help shape individual destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past.
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Behind the Curtain material: The public almost never gets to see inside a judge’s decision-making process; the theater of the court is designed to make the judges seem like impartial justice machines, and yet they struggle with the moral complexities of each case —this book will shed a light. Famous Cases: the Elián Gonzáles case, a landmark in US-Cuba relations, in which custody of a seven-year-old boy must be decided; the Terri Schiavo case in which a just must decide whether to take a woman in a persistent and terminal vegetative state off life support, as her husband wishes, but against the wishes of her parents.For readers of Scott Turow this will be gripping and popular, a perspective not usually available. High drama: fascinating cases in which judges try to override juries only to discover the juries know best; cases involving Native American tribal law and international law (one Minnesota judge sits on a war crimes tribunal in Kosovo); and heartrending cases involving infanticide and Munchausen disease (in which a parent intentionally makes a child sick).TNP strong track in field: The New Press has a well-respected and successful list in law and on criminal justice.
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Front-page news: Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Cleveland—the policing of black men dominates the national media.
Sales record from a key media figure: Let’s Get Free sold over 11K in all editions.
Ideal author: Butler is an African American former federal prosecutor, a brilliant and original thinker, a gifted writer, and an experienced media commentator all rolled into one—there is no better person to write about this topic.
Media track record: Paul Butler is a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news, and national NPR. Butler writes for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the Chicago Tribune, and The Progressive, among others.
Radical: Butler doesn’t nip around the edges with modest suggestions; he advocates crashing the system and gives very clear instructions for how to do it. Not everyone will agree, but everyone will pay attention.
Blurbs/endorsements: Let’s Get Free was blurbed by Henry Louis Gates, Danny Glover, Anthony Romero, etc. We expect similar endorsements for Chokehold.
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“A bold, witty, and brilliantly argued analysis of the role pop culture has played in the rise of American extremism.”—Ruth Reichl“You’ll never look at your favorite movies and TV shows the same way again. And you shouldn’t.”—Steven SoderberghA bestselling cultural journalist shows how pop culture prepared Americans to embrace extreme politics Almost everything has been invoked to account for Trump’s victory and the rise of the alt-right, from job loss to racism to demography—everything, that is, except popular culture. In The Sky Is Falling bestselling cultural journalist Peter Biskind dives headlong into two decades of popular culture—from superhero franchises such as the Dark Knight, X-Men, and the Avengers and series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones to thrillers like Homeland and 24—and emerges to argue that these shows are saturated with the values that are currently animating our extreme politics. Where once centrist institutions and their agents—cops and docs, soldiers and scientists, as well as educators, politicians, and “experts” of every stripe—were glorified by mainstream Hollywood, the heroes of today’s movies and TV, whether far right or far left, have overthrown this quaint ideological consensus. Many of our shows dramatize extreme circumstances—an apocalypse of one sort or another—that require extreme behavior to deal with, behavior such as revenge, torture, lying, and even the vigilante violence traditionally discouraged in mainstream entertainment. In this bold, provocative, and witty investigation, Biskind shows how extreme culture now calls the shots. It has become, in effect, the new mainstream.
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“A marvelously informed, carefully crafted, far-ranging history of working people.”—Noam ChomskyAn updated edition of “an evergreen . . . comparable to Howard Zinn’s award–winning A People’s History of the United States” (Publishers Weekly)

Hailed as a work of “impressive even-handedness and analytic acuity” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend has set the standard for viewing American history through the prism of working people. From indentured servants and slaves in seventeenth-century Chesapeake to high-tech workers in contemporary Silicon Valley, the book “[puts] a human face on the people, places, events, and social conditions that have shaped the evolution of organized labor” (Library Journal), enlivened by numerous full-page illustrations throughout from the celebrated comics journalist Joe Sacco.

In this fully updated new edition, authors Priscilla Murolo and A.B. Chitty have added a wealth of fresh analysis of labor’s role in American life, with new material on sex workers, disability issues, labor’s relation to the global justice movement and the immigrants’ rights movement, the 2005 split in the AFL-CIO and the movement civil wars that followed, and the crucial emergence of worker centers and their relationships to unions. With two entirely new chapters—one on global developments, from the movement of jobs offshore to the emergence of modern global union federations, and a second on the 2016 election and unions’ relationships to Trump—From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend will remain the standard, “comprehensive history of American labor” (The Washington Post).
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«With great compassion and analytical rigor, Cottom questions the fundamental narrative of American education policy, that a postsecondary degree always guarantees a better life..”—The New York Times Book Review More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials. These schools have been around just as long as their bucolic not-for-profit counterparts, yet shockingly little is known about why they have expanded so rapidly in recent years—during the so-called Wall Street era of for-profit colleges.In Lower Ed Tressie McMillan Cottom—a bold and rising public scholar, herself once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges—expertly parses the fraught dynamics of this big-money industry to show precisely how it is part and parcel of the growing inequality plaguing the country today. McMillan Cottom discloses the shrewd recruitment and marketing strategies that these schools deploy and explains how, despite the well-documented predatory practices of some and the campus closings of others, ending for-profit colleges won’t end the vulnerabilities that made them the fastest growing sector of higher education at the turn of the twenty-first century. And she doesn’t stop there.With sharp insight and deliberate acumen, McMillan Cottom delivers a comprehensive view of postsecondary for-profit education by illuminating the experiences of the everyday people behind the shareholder earnings, congressional battles, and student debt disasters. The relatable human stories in Lower Ed—from mothers struggling to pay for beauty school to working class guys seeking “good jobs” to accomplished professionals pursuing doctoral degrees—illustrate that the growth of for-profit colleges is inextricably linked to larger questions of race, gender, work, and the promise of opportunity in America.Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with students, employees, executives, and activists, Lower Ed tells the story of the benefits, pitfalls, and real costs of a for-profit education. It is a story about broken social contracts; about education transforming from a public interest to a private gain; and about all Americans and the challenges we face in our divided, unequal society.
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Fearless books: Wolf Whistle Politics sold 8,150 copies and Rules of Resistance sold 6,483 copies
Events: Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School will hold panel discussions around the book.
Collaborating organizations: The author has strong ties with The Anti-Defamation League, The Center For American Progress, the ACLU, The Southern Poverty Law Center, CAIR, United We Dream, GLSEN, The National Women’s Law Center, and The Jewish Defense League, which will all help promote
Media-savvy author: Arjun is regularly interviewed on national news outlets on issues of racial and religious profiling and national security. His work has been cited on CNN, BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Independent, The Intercept, and the Washington Post.
Social Media: 10,500+ followers on Twitter and rising.
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Moneyball, Soccernomics and the Sports Gene have become hugely successful by trying to unravel and explain sporting excellence. The Tropic of Football joins these books by taking an in-depth social and cultural look at the Samoan sporting cultures as found in the Samoan islands, Hawaii and California.

There is huge interest and concern about concussions and other brain injuries incurred by football players in the United States

Several recent projects are hastening football’s Polynesian moment. After its debut at Sundance, In Football We Trust, a documentary about Polynesian players in Utah aired on PBS. In February, SI.COM ran a 17-minute piece on its Underdogs series about Faga’itua High in American Samoa. Troy Polamalu, Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil, and former Pro Bowl tackle Jordan Gross are developing a film about football in American Samoa.

A distinguished sports historian, Ruck is often invited to screen documentaries at film festivals, and speak at churches, colleges, high schools, museums, community groups, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates, the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua, and foundations in the Dominican Republic.

He has been interviewed half a dozen times by NPR, and also by a score of local commercial and NPR affiliates.

Serial Targets: Sports Illustrated, ESPN magazine, The Digger, Rolling Stone
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★ “This well-told and inspiring tale, with its rarely discussed angle on the school segregation fight, will draw in readers interested in meaningful work and activism, or just a well-told tale.”—Publisher Weekly (Starred Review)In the epic tradition of Eyes on the Prize and with the cultural significance of John Lewis’s March trilogy, an ambitious and harrowing account of the devoted black educators who battled southern school segregation and inequalityFor two years an aging Dr. Horace Tate—a former teacher, principal, and state senator—told Emory University professor Vanessa Siddle Walker about his clandestine travels on unpaved roads under the cover of night, meeting with other educators and with Dr. King, Georgia politicians, and even U.S. presidents. Sometimes he and Walker spoke by phone, sometimes in his office, sometimes in his home; always Tate shared fascinating stories of the times leading up to and following Brown v. Board of Education. Dramatically, on his deathbed, he asked Walker to return to his office in Atlanta, in a building that was once the headquarters of another kind of southern strategy, one driven by integrity and equality. Just days after Dr. Tate’s passing in 2002, Walker honored his wish. Up a dusty, rickety staircase, locked in a concealed attic, she found the collection: a massive archive documenting the underground actors and covert strategies behind the most significant era of the fight for educational justice. Thus began Walker’s sixteen-year project to uncover the network of educators behind countless battles—in courtrooms, schools, and communities—for the education of black children. Until now, the courageous story of how black Americans in the South won so much and subsequently fell so far has been incomplete. The Lost Education of Horace Tate is a monumental work that offers fresh insight into the southern struggle for human rights, revealing little-known accounts of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson, as well as hidden provocateurs like Horace Tate.
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Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and to sell over half a million copies in its various editions.What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls “an extremely convincing plea for truth in education.” In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the Mai Lai massacre, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks, and a wonderful retelling of American history as it should—and could—be taught to American students.This 10th anniversary edition features a handsome new cover and a new introduction by the author.
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“Don’t let the sun go down on you in this town.” We equate these words with the Jim Crow South but, in a sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, award-winning and bestselling author James W. Loewen demonstrates that strict racial exclusion was the norm in American towns and villages from sea to shining sea for much of the twentieth century.Weaving history, personal narrative, and hard-nosed analysis, Loewen shows that the sundown town was—and is—an American institution with a powerful and disturbing history of its own, told here for the first time. In Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, sundown towns were created in waves of violence in the early decades of the twentieth century, and then maintained well into the contemporary era.Sundown Towns redraws the map of race relations, extending the lines of racial oppression through the backyard of millions of Americans—and lobbing an intellectual hand grenade into the debates over race and racism today.
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Very successful genre: From Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence to A.J. Liebling’s Between Meals, from Graham Robb’s Discovery of France to Julia Child’s My Life in France, books that allow the reader to live vicariously Through the writer’s experience with French food and culture have a strong track in the U.S.

Popularity of France: This book will appeal to travelers needing an easy-to-read background about their destinations and travel advice geared toward food, as well as Francophile armchair travelers.

Social Media: The authors will create a blog specifically for the book, with excerpts, additional recipes and food guides, and travel tips (they are both experienced bloggers). They will also create Facebook and Twitter accounts for the book.

Blogs: The blogosphere has been a great boon to French food writers; the popular French food blog Chocolate & Zucchini receives up to 100,000 hits per day. The format of our book lends itself very well to promotion within social media.

Bastille Day: The book will be published in the run up to Bastille Day

Soliciting blurbs from: Anthony Bourdain, Calvin Trillin, Danny Meyer, Jacques Pepin

Recipes appear throughout text, as well as illustrations and maps
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Strong sales track: The Man Who Discovered Quality was a bestseller in the U.S. and Japan, with nearly 30,000 copies sold in each market. Her other books sold more than 15,000 copies each. Good review history: Gabor’s books have been reviewed by the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and the Harvard Business Review, among others.Media-savvy author: Gabor is a former editor at U.S. News & World Report and Businessweek. Her 2013 Newsweek feature was reposted by Diane Ravitch as “The Best Article Ever About New Orleans Charter Schools.” She’s written op-eds for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Huffpost, Fortune, and the LA Times.Events in featured cities: Local education groups will anchor robust events in the cities profiled in the book: Boston, MA; New York, NY; Austin (Leander), TX, and New Orleans, LA.Online presence: Gabor maintains an active website and a very active email list, where she blogs and posts regularly. Credentials: Gabor is a CUNY department chair, a published business and education journalist increasingly known for her coverage of charter schools upon being awarded a Nation Institute fellowship to support her reporting on New Orleans.
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Studies suggest that up to half of high school dropouts leave school because their classes are boring or irrelevant to their lives and aspirations. Yet the majority of U.S. schools continue their attempts to engage some 50 million students through conventional methods such as lectures, note-taking, and rote learning, often with dismal results. In Deeper Learning, award-winning education strategist Monica Martinez and education sociologist Dennis McGrath offer a transformative framework for learning that has led to standout results in schools across the country and has the potential to support the development and success of every student.Through examples from eight public schools, the authors chart the path to crafting flexible learning environments that meet the widely varied needs of individual students. They showcase interactive approaches that compel students to learn how to learn and provide an invaluable guide for teachers and communities wondering how their schools will be able to adapt to the Common Core standards and new assessments. Above all, Deeper Learning shows how inspired, engaging education does not have to be the province of elite private schools and how all young people can become creators, collaborators, and critical thinkers.
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Popularity of books on race in American history: Henrietta Lacks, Warmth of Other Suns, The Butler, The Help, etc.Great read: The New Press’s first love story!Platform: Author has written for major print media, and owing to her long tenure as an editor at Town and Country, has outstanding relationships with key media figures.Major serial potential: Submissions to O Magazine, Essence, Vanity FairFilm tie-in potential: Agent (Ross, Yoon) exploring options with leading producersSocial Networks: Author is active in the relevant social networks for promoting this book, including: Spelman College Alumni, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and The Girlfriends Inc. (One of the oldest social-civic organizations for black women)
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Groundbreaking: one of very few books to highlight women’s activism in the Civil Rights Movement. Eight of the nine women are still alive, and continue to do civil rights work, and will help promote, including Leah Chase still runs Dookey Chases’s Restaurant in New Orleans, Kathleen Cleaver is still teaching law at Emory, and Myrlie Evers was instrumental in having the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House was named as a National Historic Landmark this year.

Lively, engaging, and well-respected author: Janet Bell, widow of the renowned scholar Derek Bell, is a force of nature; she has held positions at the National Urban League, the AFL-CIO, and the Opportunity Agenda.

50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968: The anniversary of the fair housing act will provide opportunities for reflection on the history of the civil rights movement making these stories more timely and important.

Author Expertise: Author is an expert on women’s leadership, African-American leadership, and African-American women’s leadership.

Events: Bell will speak of significant public events and will again organize the high-profile annual Derek Bell lecture at the NYU Law School, attended by over 1,000 people
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Media attention: Texaco received laudatory review attention from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post and was chosen as a New York Times Book of the Year.

Prize-winning acclaimed author: Chamoiseau is the winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt and has been published all over the world

Writers’ writer: Patrick Chamoiseau’s fans include Milan Kundera, Derek Walcott, Junot Diaz, Caryl Phillips and Edwidge Danticat.

Events: The Brooklyn Public Library are interested in having him speak. He has participated in events at PEN and the New York Public Library.
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