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How To Raise A Superstar

By Jonah Lehrer, Frontal Cortex

"... I can think of several different explanations for this effect, none of which are mutually exclusive. Perhaps kids in small towns are less likely to get distracted by gangs, drugs, etc. Perhaps athletes outside of big cities go to better schools, and thus receive more attention from their high school coaches. Perhaps they have more access to playing fields. Perhaps they have a better peer group. The scientists summarize this line of reasoning in a recent paper: “These small communities may offer more psychosocially supportive environments that are more intimate. In particular, sport programs in smaller communities may offer more opportunities for relationship development with coaches, parents, and peers, a greater sense of belonging, and a better integration of the program within the community.”

But there’s another possible...

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Beilock, CHOKE

"Ada Copeland, an African-American woman born in Georgia just months before that state seceded from the Union, moved to New York City in the mid-1880s. There, she met a man named James Todd. He was light-skinned, handsome, had a good job for an African-American man in that time — a Pullman porter.

They hit it off, and eventually married. They had five children and a house in Brooklyn. Their story would be unremarkable if not for one detail: Nothing James had told his future wife was true.

"James Todd was really not black, he was not a Pullman porter, and he was not even James Todd," author Martha Sandweiss tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "He was in fact Clarence King, a very well-educated white explorer who was truly a famous man in late 19th century America."

Famously connected, too: "Two of his closest friends were Henry Adams — the grandson and great-grandson of presidents — and John Hay,...

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Martha A. Sandweiss will be on Morning Edition on Wednesday, Aug. 18 to talk about PASSING STRANGE: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line (Penguin, ISBN 9780143116868) and the secret double life of the man who mapped the American West.

 

 

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Writing A Query Letter

by Jodi Meadows

"... YOUR CHANCE TO SHINE:

I like queries. No, I love them. They’re such short, humble things, but their importance is undeniable. Queries are the initial step to nabbing an agent. They’re your first impression, and your best chance at getting an agent to pay attention to you.

Considering how drastically queries can affect careers, it always shocks me when writers carelessly throw something together, assuming it will be adequate. Which is not to say I think people should get worked up over things like margins and which paragraph your wordcount/genre should be in. There’s also no point in trying to find magic offer-of-representation-words. They don’t exist. No, you must query responsibly and realistically.

The purpose of a query is to make someone so...

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Query letter

What Are You Looking Forward to Reading, Martha A. Sandweiss?

by David Haglund, Critical Mass Blog| Aug-04-2010

" ...This summer I am looking forward to reading the bound galleys of two books forthcoming in fall 2010. For years, I have heard these authors talk about their struggles with the evidence, and now I get to see what they’ve done with it. Virginia Scharff’s The Women Jefferson Loved takes a fresh look at the facts hidden in plain sight to reimagine the Founding Father as a man caught up by the demands of love and the pull of family tragedy. Ann Fabian’s The Skull Collectors: Race, Science and America’s Unburied Dead unravels the improbable story of how and why American scientists collected human heads for the nation...

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Greetings Friends,

The Strothman Agency has a lot of exciting deals to share and a few new
titles to recommend for your late summer/early fall reading list.

We are pleased to announce five new sales:

*    Non-Fiction: Science-Claire Wachtel at Harper won at auction World
rights to The Teenage Brain, by Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical
School and senior associate in neurology at Children's Hospital Boston
Frances Jensen, M.D., with Amy Ellis Nutt. The Teenage Brain is the latest
scientific research to unlock the secrets of adolescent behavior and explain
what is happening at the interface of a teenager's brain and the world.

*    Non-Fiction: Science-Leslie Meredith at Free Press bought World
rights to Choke author University of Chicago professor Dr. Sian Beilock's
second book,...

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Non-fiction: Science : Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and senior associate in neurology at Children's Hospital Boston Frances Jensen, M.D., with Amy Ellis Nutt's THE TEENAGE BRAIN, the latest scientific research to unlock the secrets of adolescent behavior and explain what is happening at the interface of a teenager's brain and the world, to Claire Wachtel at Harper, in a major deal, at auction, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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CHOKE author Dr. Sian Beilock's second book, about embodied cognition, again to Leslie Meredith at Free Press, in a good deal, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Sian Beilock

Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs:  Brown University professor Michael Satlow's HOW THE BIBLE BECAME HOLY, to Jennifer Banks at Yale University Press, in a very nice deal, at auction, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Canadian Authors Donate Books to Los Angeles School Libraries

By Lauren Barack July 28, 201, School Library Journal

"Children's author Helaine Becker launched an international book drive - after recently seeing an empty library shelf at Chavez Elementary School in Long Beach, CA.

"It made me so mad, especially since I grew up in the U.S., and I went to public school, as did my parents and grandparents," she says the Canadian author by email. "Today's kids deserve the same opportunities we had."

That's why she's using Twitter, Facebook, and her blog to get the word out about Air lift to LA, a grassroots effort to provide...

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