Advanced Publication Newsletter (APN)
For Library Managers in Acquisitions and Collection Development
Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of Penguin Publishing Group’s Advance Publication Newsletter. This newsletter includes late-breaking reviews, news of award-winners, up-to-date price information, and book descriptions for May through August titles. We hope you will take some time to review the new books included here.
As usual, the newsletter is divided into subject categories in order to route each section to your appropriate acquisitions and collection development specialists.
- In The Last Bookaneer, Matthew Pearl crafts a swashbuckling 1890s adventure tale about a literary pirate who follows a dying Robert Louis Stevenson to the island of Samoa in order to steal his final manuscript (see Fiction). Fans of Craig Johnson’s Longmire series won’t want to miss Dry Bones, in which the beloved Wyoming sheriff takes on a case involving a valuable dinosaur skeleton (see Mysteries/Thrillers), and fantasy readers looking for a dose of magical futurism should look no further than Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix, a prequel to her highly acclaimed novel, Who Fears Death (see Science Fiction/Fantasy).
- A charming, slyly comic novel of romantic longing, Brenda Bowen’s The Enchanted April, first published in 1922, tells the story of four women who rent a property on the Italian Riviera—and soon experience unexpected transformations (see Literature).
- Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Japan, Nagasaki by Susan Southard is a powerful, unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told through the stories of survivors (see History & Biography). Don’t forget to visit our Memoir page!
- HBO’s documentary The Jinx put Robert Durst, who was recently arrested in New Orleans, back in the headlines. Matt Birkbeck, the first reporter to access Durst’s NYPD files, tells all in A Deadly Secret, an authoritative account of a decades-long criminal odyssey (see Current Events & Politics).
- Citing a national climate in which most Americans deny evolution, Jerry A. Coyne explains why science and religion are compatible in Faith Vs. Fact (see Science, Education, & Reference).
- In Anxious, leading neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux discusses the range of anxiety disorders, their origins, and discoveries that can restore sufferers to normalcy (see Psychology, Spirituality, & Health).
- Geoff Colvin’s Humans Are Underrated takes an extensive look at essential, difficult-to-quantify human skills—such as empathy, social sensitivity, storytelling, humor, relationship formation, and creativity—that cannot be replaced by technology (see Business & Management).
- What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? Journalist Stephen Witt answers in How Music Got Free, a history of digital music piracy (see Performing Arts & Popular Culture).
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Alan S. Walker
Vice President, Academic and Library Sales
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