We are proud to congratulate Paul Auster on his and Hoyt Roger’s translation of Andre du Bouchet’s Openwork being long-listed for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award!
These longlists represent the best translated works of fiction and poetry as determined by 15 experienced judges. This year saw the greatest number of books eligible for this award to date. 500 works of fiction were in translation this year compared to the previous highest: 360 books in 2008.
After an epic seven seasons, television’s most stylish show is coming to an end. To celebrate, author of Mad Men on the Couch: Analyzing the Minds of the Men and Women of the Hit TV Show, Stephanie Newman, met with Ellen Horne of NPR’s Radiolab to give some of our favorite characters one last session on the couch. Newman also delved deeper into Don Draper’s psyche with Dr. Nancy Berk of Parade.com, and provided some predictions about the fates of the men and women of Sterling Cooper.
Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch—Naturally by Miko Branch with Titi Branch
Miko and Titi Branch took their father’s advice to heart when they started their own business—founding their company without borrowing a cent, the sisters blended family values with elements from ‘90s Brooklyn and high-end Manhattan hairdressers to produce their own wildly successful salon and hair care line. Named after their grandmother, Miss Jessie, the sisters’ products are designed for curly girls of all kinds and have revolutionized the hair care industry. Miss Jessie’s tells the story of building this business from the ground up—blending entertaining stories with serious advice for entrepreneurs in this journey from the sisters’ Bed-Stuy apartment to the shelves of major retailers.
Praise for Miss Jessie’s:
“I have been fortunate to know Miko and Titi Branch since my early days of founding NaturallyCurly.com. I have watched them turn their passion into one of the hottest brands in texture—a brand that is now a household name among women with curly, coily, or wavy hair. Miss Jessie’s is an inspiring success story about hard work, determination, and creativity, as well as a detailed look at how passion can revolutionize an industry.”
– Michelle Breyer, co-founder and president of NaturallyCurly.com
“Miko offers lessons learned from her experience, solid advice for aspiring entrepreneurs…in this highly accessible blueprint for business success.”
“Cheerful, encouraging….Branch’s peppy tone and passion for her topic make this an energetic and positive read, and by the time the sisters ace their historic meeting with Target, securing nationwide distribution and the future of their business, readers will cheer right along with them.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Miss Jessie’s is a pioneer…continuously empowering women to look and feel their best.”
“Miss Jessie’s was one of the first major hair-care lines to grace the shelves of Target in the new wave of natural-hair enthusiasm….Miss Jessie’s success was explosive.”
– Washington Post
Former director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, engineer Margo Oge’s Driving the Future gives readers a fascinating preview of the cars of the future, while exploring the science and politics behind climate change. Driving the Future offers Oge’s insider perspective on the collaboration between car manufacturers, environmental groups, and the government in their efforts to combat climate change, and how these collaborations will affect the vehicles of the next forty years. Oge portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will produce zero emissions and run at 100+ mpg. These vehicles will be able to communicate with each other in order to avoid accidents, park themselves and leave virtually no carbon footprint. As vice-chairman of the board of DeltaWing Technologies, a company working to develop a high-efficiency passenger car, Oge brings first-hand experience to an exciting and innovative glimpse into the future of transportation technology. Praise for Driving the Future: “A riveting insider’s account of the people, science, politics, and technologies behind an improbable victory in the battle against global warming. Every citizen should read this book and feel proud.” – Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator under President Barack Obama “Margo Oge gives us a roadmap to a future world of cleaner cars, healthier air, reduced geopolitical conflict, and stronger communities. If we get there, it will be because of visionaries such as Oge.” – Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists “Margo has the credibility and the record for convincingly discussing a carbon-free future in her book, a vision we share.” – Ulrich Kranz, Senior Vice President, BMW Product Line I “A fascinating insider’s view of collaborative rule making that literally changed the face—and tailpipes—of an industry, and a thoughtful look forward to future opportunities.” – Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “Reading the book is as pleasant as having a talk with a good friend, and as informative as a full course in public policy.” – Mario J. Molina, PhD, Professor at the University of California, San Diego, and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “Five starts to Margo Oge! She may be a veteran regulator, but she also has the vision thing: the broad historical and conceptual perspective that made her one of the EPA’s stars.” – William Reilly, EPA Administrator under President George H.W. Bush “A compelling insider’s account about the making of President Obama’s landmark vehicle emission rules. This should be a must-read for anyone who wants to know how the regulatory process actually works.” – Congressman Henry Waxman Driving the Future can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.
Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, LeBron James can teach you about economics by John Tamny
According to author John Tamny, politicians, bureaucrats, special-interest groups, and economists themselves have managed to turn common sense and simple cause-and-effect into a mystery religion. Tamny is here to break the spell with Popular Economics. You don’t need a Ph.D. and a graphing calculator to understand the economic lessons that are all around us– just the self-confidence to see what’s in front of your nose. Casting a wide net, Tamny draws elegant and relevant economic lessons from a wide variety of popular figures, from Mick Jagger to LeBron James to show that understanding economics is as simple as understanding Taxes, Regulation, Trade, and Money. Get these four things right, argues Tamny, and economic growth will explode.
Praise for Popular Economics:
“Rarely is a book so contrary, so pithy, and so true.”
-George Gilder, author of Knowledge and Power
“Through engaging examples and stories, Tamny provides a thought-provoking argument in favor of a free-market approach to economic growth. Whether you agree with him or not, there is no question that his perspective needs to be part of the discussion on American economic policy.”
– Enrico Moretti, professor of economics, Cal-Berkeley, and author of The New Geography of Jobs
“Tamny’s brilliant book rings with clarity and consistency. You will be left wondering why these same qualities don’t apply to our money.”
-Judy Shelton, author of Money Meltdown
“Ignore John Tamny’s easy to read Popular Economics at your own mortal peril. It’s as close to spiritual as you get in this realm– a better tutorial than any econ text.”
-Ken Fisher, founder and CEO, Fisher Investments
“Popular Economics is a great way to learn economics, a strong case for economic liberty, and an epic myth-buster. I will be giving it out to friends, of all viewpoints, for a long, long time.”
-Cliff Asness, managing principal, AQR Capital
“Popular Economics is an essential twenty-first-century complement to Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson. In a book that is happily free of charts and incomprehensible equations, John Tamny uses exciting stories from the world around us to show the reader that nothing is easier than economic growth.”
Attention 90’s kids! Mitchell Kriegman, creator of Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All”, brings everyone’s favorite teen know-it-all BFF back to life in his new novel Things I Can’t Explain. Fans get to reconnect with a twenty-something Clarissa Darling as she pursues her dreams in New York City and discovers she doesn’t have all the answers—yet!
The Internet is buzzing about Clarissa’s return: in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the shows first airing, Entertainment Weekly has the scoop from Mitchell on what’s in store for Clarissa now that she’s all grown up, as well as the official cover reveal.
Things I Can’t Explain will hit shelves this November and is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, and your local indie. While you wait, check the tour dates below to see if Mitchell is headed to a town near you. We’re particularly excited for Clarissa Fest on April 9th at Housing Works Bookstore! Dig out your best 90’s gear for a night of fun and Clarissa trivia. Win prizes and find out everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite 90’s TV show.
Critically acclaimed author of Still and Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner explores lesser-known biblical metaphors for God in her newest book, Wearing God. The church traditionally uses a few common images to represent God: judge, savior, creator, father; however Lauren Winner delves into the lesser-known symbols, reflecting on their function in social and biblical contexts.
Examining God as clothing, Winner discusses the idea of “wearing God” or the way in which God “fits us like a glove” and relates those ideas to the ways in which clothing functions culturally to shape ideas and identify community. For each representation of God –the vine or vintner, the lactation consultant, the comedian —Winner investigates historical, biblical, cultural, and literary landscapes to illuminate the power behind the imagery and revive and heal our souls.
Praise for Wearing God:
“Combining spiritual insight and beautifully descriptive prose . . . Winner looks at the ways God can be known through the everyday and familiar. [Her] honest, charming reflections stir the imagination and invite the reader to explore . . . the treasure trove the Bible provides.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If Christianity is to regain its credibility, or even its positive character, people are going to have to read books like this! Winner opens up Scripture in ways that are loyal to the Great Tradition, and yet readable, faith-filled, and applicable to the world we actually live in.” – Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Falling Upward
“Lauren’s curiosity about the life of faith is so compelling—and her intelligence so engaging—that there is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a new book from her. The only problem is that it is impossible to read her without being changed; so advance at your own risk.” – Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Learning to Walk in the Dark