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 Italian rights to the first two books in Jodi Meadows's THE NEWSOUL TRILOGY, beginning with INCARNATE, to Mondadori, by Berla & Griffini, on behalf of Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency. 

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How Far Will Dolphins Go to Relate to Humans?

By ERIK OLSEN, New York Times, Published: September 19, 2011


"OFF THE BAHAMAS — In a remote patch of turquoise sea, Denise L. Herzing splashes into the water with a pod of 15 Atlantic spotted dolphins. For the next 45 minutes, she engages the curious creatures in a game of keep-away, using a piece of Sargassum seaweed like a dog’s chew toy.


Dr. Herzing is no tourist cavorting with marine mammals. As the world’s leading authority on the species, she has been studying the dolphins for 25 years as part of the Wild Dolphin Project, the longest-running underwater study of its kind.

“I’m kind of an old-school naturalist,” she said. “I really believe in immersing yourself in the environment of the animal.”

Immerse herself she has. Based in Jupiter, Fla., she has tracked three...

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Book review: Donald Hall's poems in 'The Back Chamber'

The former U.S. poet laureate captures universal emotions as he summons passion and loss as experienced in the lush but sometimes austere environs of his home in New Hampshire.

September 10, 2011|By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times

"For the reader boiling in triple-digit SoCal heat at the end of the summer, Donald Hall's "The Back...

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'Sex On Six Legs': When Insects Go Wild

August 15, 2011

"Everything you wanted to know about bug sex (but didn't bother to ask) is explained in a new book by insect expert Marlene Zuk. Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World, describes a world of small — but surprisingly sophisticated — insect behavior.

Insects are not mindless robots; they can learn just like other animals, says Zuk, a biologist at University of California, Riverside. "An ant who finds a food source will come back to recruit others to go to the same food source," she tellsFresh Air's Dave Davies. The ant that knows where to go will show the others what to do....

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 From the judges: Shell Games is a wonderful combination of solid reporting, good historical research and fine writing. In it, Seattle Times environment reporter Craig Welch tackles the issue of geoduck clam poaching and smuggling. It is an issue that could easily be reported as a local story, but Welch expands it into an international one, making clear to readers who live outside the Pacific Northwest why the issue matters. The original investigative reporting on the black market for these aquatic creatures makes it a terrific work of journalism; the strong narrative as the author follows undercover agents keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

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 Author of 1688: THE FIRST MODERN REVOLUTION, Steve Pincus's ORIGINS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, to Chris Rogers at Yale University Press, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Author of 1688: THE FIRST MODERN REVOLUTION, Steve Pincus's ORIGINS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, to Chris Rogers at Yale University Press, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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THE BACK CHAMBER by Donald Hall 

"Hall’s been writing about approaching death ever since The Museum of Clear Ideas (1993). But, nine years after The Painted Bed, here’s another collection, in which he confesses an octogenarian’s further decrepitude but sure doesn’t sound about to expire—not in the eldritch jump-rope rhyme, “Apples Peaches,” anyway. Many of the short poems in the book’s first part are wholly or partly concerned with eros, lovemaking—you know, fucking. What’s more, one of the three “extra innings” (an inning consists of nine stanzas of nine lines of nine syllables—a form Hall introduced in the nine-part “Baseball” in Museum) lets slip that Hall has (or has had, as the ruefully wry, repetitious “Three Women” may imply) another lover since the death of his wife, Jane...

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Can Bugs Improve Your Sex Life?


By Marlene Zuk

"When people are interviewing you about your book but have not read it, they ask stock questions that most authors find difficult to answer, or at least answer with any sort of creativity. One of the more common of these is “What did you find in your research into the topic that surprised you?” presumably because it isn’t enough simply to determine what’s in the book that might be of interest to the reader. Apparently one has to find out something even the author didn’t know beforehand. With a title like “Sex on Six Legs,” so far the biggest surprise has been that no one has assumed that the book is about threesomes, though I...

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  Nearly every Sunday morning in the summer, we go into town to the Maine Coast Book Shop to pick up the newspapers, perhaps have a cup of coffee, and always browse.  And nearly every Sunday, we come home with a book or two that we never would have found on line.  We have iPads, and yes, I’ve even bought and read a book or two on mine.  But you simply can’t browse for books on line, and readers everywhere will lose the serendipity of finding something they didn’t know they were seeking if we lose our bookstores.   This week’s find:  The Hercules Cup by Bettany Hughes.  I loved her book on Helen of Troy, so couldn’t resist this one.  50 pages in and I’m glad I bought it!  So, next time you pass a bookstore, stop in, and you’ll find something magical.  Guaranteed.

--Wendy Strothman

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