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 The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

David Brion Davis. Knopf, $30 (448p) ISBN 978-0-307-26909-6
"In stately prose and with unparalleled command of his subject, he offers a profound historical examination of the termination of servitude in the West—a termination that, however, failed to end slavery’s accompanying racism, whose consequences remain with us still. While requiring much of readers, this is a book of surpassing importance. (Feb.)"
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"Kertzer unravels the relationship between two of 20th-century Europe’s most important political figures and does so in an accessible style that makes for a fast-paced must-read." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

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"Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican’s shocking actions."-- Kirkus, Starred Review

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 First published November 1, 2013 (Booklist).

Poor Little Dead Girls…will give the toughest of readers goose bumps. With suspenseful pacing and Gothic diction, Friend skillfully develops each character in this novel, which blends themes of romance and friendship with the glam of Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl (2002) and a sinister private-school mystery reminiscent of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys (2012).” -ALA Booklist

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Age Range: 12 - 18 

“A girl wins a scholarship to an elite boarding school and finds herself entangled in a powerful secret society that threatens her life. Friend writes with a sure, often witty touch … .The story is both immersive and topically relevant. A promising suspense debut.” 

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 Erin Clarke at Knopf has bought, in a pre-empt, debut writer Holly Bodger‘s YA novel 5 to 1, a dark look at the near future as shaped by gender selection in India (boys outnumber girls five to one), told through the alternating perspectives of two teens who dare to challenge the system. Publication is set for spring 2015; Lauren MacLeod at the Strothman Agency did the deal for world rights.

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 We mourn the loss of our client and friend, historian Sheldon Hackney, who was working on a biography of C. Vann Woodward when he died.


Former Penn president Sheldon Hackney dies

He died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in his home in Martha’s Vineyard

· The Daily Pennsylvanian

"Francis Sheldon Hackney, president of the University of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1993, died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in his home in Martha’s Vineyard, according to an obituary in the Vineyard Gazette. He was 79.

Born in Alabama, Hackney worked to increase minority presence on campus and focused on undergraduate education, student financial aid and research funding. His focus in particular on undergraduate education...

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Passion and Pain

A sweet novel about Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, two people who were not particularly sweet.


"Dashiell Hammett remembered his first meeting with Lillian Hellman taking place at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles in 1930. She wore a mustard-colored suit and a cloche hat with feathers, looking utterly out of place amid the flashy movie stars. Hellman, on the other hand, thought that their first meeting took place at the Coconut Grove and that she wore a flowered gown and evening gloves for the occasion.

Coconut Grove or Brown Derby, one thing that's certain is that the two met at a Hollywood party and what followed was an affair that lasted on and off for more than 30 years. In "Lillian & Dash," Sam Toperoff has written a sweet novel about two people who weren't particularly sweet. It's a light, absorbing summer read, entertaining without being hokey. ..."

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‘The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan’ by James Scott

World War II 

THE WAR BELOW: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

James ScottM Simon & Schuster. 426 pp. $28

" ... In “The War Below,” James Scott tells a compelling story of this epic struggle through the exploits of three subs and their crews. Relying on memoirs and interviews, he vividly conveys the tension, fear and exhilaration of the combatants. ..."

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 Author of the INCARNATE trilogy Jodi Meadows', THE ORPHAN QUEEN, the first in a new two book series about an orphaned princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom while hiding her power from the masked vigilante hunting her, set in a world where magic is not just forbidden, but will soon destroy everything, again to Sarah Shumway at Katherine Tegen Books, in a very nice deal, in a two book deal, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Review: Lillian & Dash

Lillian and Dash by Sam Toperoff (Other Press, $15.95 paperback, 9781590515686, July 16, 2013)

"Sam Toperoff (Jimmy Dean PreparesQueen of Desire) brings Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett back to life in Lillian & Dash. Much has been written about these two writers, playwrights, political activists, drunks and lovers, but nothing better than this novel. Toperoff does not pretend to be an earwitness to every private conversation, bit of pillow talk or fight; instead, he weaves a great story out of the public evidence that swirled around both parties. ..."

--Valerie Ryan

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