Happy Publication Day, ELLA!

Sometimes self-awareness gets turned into pitch perfect satire like Portlandia, and sometimes it gets sculpted into a witty and wonderful parody like Mallory Kasdan’s new children’s book, ELLA. ELLA is a re-imagining of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, this time with the smart, highly evolved and lovable six-year-old urban girl living in a place she calls The Local Hotel. It’s a place, Ella tells us, that has a door “with no obvious signage.”

Today you can finally meet the ELLA: “the amazingly illustrated, totally hilarious, very modern parody of Eloise.” by Mallory Kasdan and illustrated by Marcos Chin. Bustle says, “Share it with your favorite hip parents. Keep it for yourself. Whatever you do, just get it.”

She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.)

She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be.

Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.

9dbc0680-4b3f-0132-0b1f-0eae5eefacd9On Sunday, January 25th from 3:00-5:00 you can catch ELLA’s book launch at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO!

Gretchen Rubin’s BETTER THAN BEFORE

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“Start right away.” — That’s Gretchen Rubin’s advice for creating new habits, as quoted in “Turning a New Year’s Resolution Into Action With the Facts” in this past weekend’s New York Times. We’ve blogged a bit about Gretchen’s new book, BETTER THAN BEFORE: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, and are really thrilled to share Shelf Awareness “Maximum Shelf” today, which profiles Gretchen and her new book.

Check out Shelf Awareness for more on the Better Than Before, a great Q&A with Gretchen, and a chance to get a free ARC of the book ahead of its publication date, March 17, 2015.

In a world where we are constantly reminded of the good habits we should follow, yet simultaneously bombarded with temptations to do the opposite, Rubin’s latest brainchild serves as a refreshingly sane touchstone. Smart, supportive and breezily honest about her own flaws, Rubin encourages us to get in touch with what we truly value, not impose challenging regimens in pursuit of unrealistic ideals.–Jaclyn Fulwood

“In Better Than Before, Gretchen identifies the many strategies that we can use to change our habits. The funniest strategy? Loophole-spotting. The trickiest strategy? Reward. The most familiar strategy? Hmmmm….probably Accountability. The most funstrategy? Treats! Definitely, Treats.”

If you visit pre-order the book by February 17th (or already have), you are eligible for Gretchen’s great pre-order gift package (visit her site to learn more):

  • A Better Than Before cell-phone case (for the iPhone 5 or 6, or Samsung 5)
  • A wallet card with the Habits Manifesto
  • A bookplate signed by Gretchen

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Gretchen also has habits downloads for working, exercising, and reading Better Than Before, and BTB images you can share on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy New Year: Three New Titles Out Today!

We’re starting off 2015 the best way possible: with three fantastic books–all quite different–publishing in hardcover today, as well as a very exciting paperback publication. First, we have Krassi Zourkova’s gorgeous debut novel, WILDALONE (William Morrow/HarperCollins)–if you’re in Los Angeles, you can join Krassi for the book launch at The Last Bookstore (more details in the flyer below). Join the conversation about this January Indie Next Pick on Goodreads, and follow Krassi on Twitter for more updates on the book, reviews, and more.

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Next up: HER by Harriet Lane (Little, Brown), which is the People Magazine book pick of the week! Kirkus called it “a domestic thriller of the first order”, and HER has also gotten terrific mentions in USA Today’s  “New & Noteworthy” and Vanity Fair’s “Hot Type!”

HER captivates right up to its shocking denouement.” –People Magazine 

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Harriet is on Twitter @HarrietLane_ (check for her posts of the beautiful UK cover as well!).

We also have more good news: you can keep to your New Years resolutions and still buy a cookbook with “chocolate” in the title. CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE by Katie Higgins (Grand Central). When Katie’s sugar habit went too far in college and left her lacking energy, she knew something needed to change. So she began developing her own naturally sweet recipes and posting them online. Soon, Katie’s healthy dessert blog had become an Internet sensation, with over six million monthly visitors. Now, in her first cookbook, Katie shares over 80 never-before-seen recipes.

We’re very happy to announce that CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE is an Amazon Pick for Best Cookbooks of January– check it out here. Follow Katie on Twitter for more updates, and Instagram (warning: it WILL make you hungry).

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Finally, a special paperback publication today. Maggie Shipstead‘s ASTONISH ME (Knopf/Vintage). Maria Semple called it “dazzling”, Ron Charles says it is “A novel you must read”, and Maureen Corrigan called it “flawless”! It was also one of Curtis Sittenfeld’s favorite reads of 2014 (see the Guardian interview here). We think the paperback cover is pretty special–we’d trade this snowy NYC day for Paris, no problem.
Psst.. this is a great book club pick, if yours is meeting soon. BookPage confirms!

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Ron Lieber Announces DonorsChoose.Org Collaboration

We are thrilled to report that Ron Lieber will be collaborating with DonorsChoose.org, the online charity that helps public school teachers raise money to fund classroom projects. For every copy of Ron’s book, The Opposite of Spoiled (HarperCollins), that you pre-order, you will get a $27 DonorsChoose.org gift card, effectively refunding the money spent on the book so that you and your family can pick out classroom projects to support. Sitting down to redeem the credits together gives parents an easy way to talk to kids about the importance of helping others.

Additionally, during the period of the book launch, readers who purchase the book exclusively at tour events will receive a gift card to use with their kids on DonorsChoose.org. You can learn if Ron is coming to your city by checking out his events page, and find out more details on the collaboration here.

The Opposite of Spoiled publishes February 3rd, 2015. In this groundbreaking book, he shows how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years. Follow Ron on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the book and upcoming tour.

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Favorite Covers of 2014

We’re big fans of the work of Stuart Bache, who is Managing Designer at HarperCollins UK.  Stuart has worked on book covers for the Tolkien Estate, Lionel Shriver, Voyager, Sam Bourne, and our own Maggie Shipstead. Here are the fantastic covers Stuart designed for Seating Arrangements and Astonish Me (Bloor Door/HarperCollins UK).

Stuart asked Maggie, as well as several of his publishing colleagues, to name their favorite covers of the year. Unsurprisingly, the list makes for fun viewing and also gives you a good group of books to add to your Christmas reading or gift giving plans. Speaking of which- have you been following Penguin Random House’s #Giveabook campaign? If you buy a book as a gift before Christmas day, PRH will donate to the Save the Children Fund after you tweet their #Giveabook hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. Perhaps consider buying one of the gorgeous books in Stuart’s post right here.

A little more on book covers of 2014:

  • Designer Peter Mendelsund published two books on book covers: What We See When We Read and Cover.
  • Paste Magazine chose the US cover of Hack Attack by Nick Davies (Faber & Faber), which was shortlisted for the FT-McKinsey Business Book of the year prize, as one of their favorites of the year.
  • The Casual Optimist chose 50 best covers of the year
  • From “the archives” (aka 2013): we always like the NYT series on iterations of covers (on Stuart Bache’s site you can see versions of covers that were tried for several books as well–here in his portfolio)
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