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He's Back from ALA!

March 23, 2015

We’re back from ALA Midwinter, and are happy to
report wonderful librarian feedback on several of
our forthcoming titles!

A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past

by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair
The Experiment hardcover
ISBN: 9781615192533
$24.95/due to pub on 4/15/14


Stunning...” —
STARRED review
Library Journal
Galley Preview


This was the first advance reader’s edition to disappear at Midwinter, and now we’re looking at some tremendous pre-publication exposure, including one MAJOR national magazine is looking at doing a feature, on publication.

We are now totally wiped out on hardcopy advance readers’ editions, but would be delighted to authorize your request on Edelweiss or NetGalley (see below, for a NetGalley widget).

Jennifer was at the Jerusalem International Book Fair for the publication of the Israeli edition of the book, a bestseller in Germany, by the way! That resulted in this Haaretz article, which was picked up by the NPR blog, Code Switch (making it available free, which it’s not otherwise). It was also picked up here by The Forward as well as here by People.com. Additionally, there was an Associated Press article, which you can view here.

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So, was that all? Not by a long shot!

NursesTHE NURSES: A Year of Secrets,
Drama, and Miracles with the
Heroes of the Hospital

by Alexandra Robbins
Workman hardcover
ISBN: 9780761171713
$24.95/Due to pub on 5/5/15


OK, full disclosure... I am a sucker
for any book about nurses, having
been married to one for 47 years!
learned early on, that nurses have a
very particular view of life. It comes, I
think, from living in (as one of the
nurses in the book calls it) “permanent whitewater.”

We married, just as I became the youngest sales rep on the
Random House sales force. Hard to imagine, I know! Anyway,
I came home one day from work, all upset at having made a
terrible mistake with an important account. As I poured my
heart out to her, Carla sat there, listening impassively. When I
finished, she just said “Did anybody die?” That’s nurses in a

New York Times bestselling author and
award-winning journalist Alexandra Robbins
peers behind the staff-only door to write a
lively, fast-paced story and a riveting work of
investigative journalism.
Robbins followed real-
life nurses in four hospitals and interviewed hundreds
of others in a captivating book filled with joy and
violence, miracles and heartbreak, dark humor and
narrow victories, gripping drama and unsung heroism.

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by Aline Ohanesian
Algonquin hardcover
ISBN: 9781616203740
$25.95/Due to pub on 4/7/15

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric
grandfather Kemal—a man who built a
dynasty out of making kilim rugs—is
found dead, submerged in a vat of dye,
Orhan inherits the decades-old business.

But Kemal’s will raises more questions
than it answers. He has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away.


STARRED Kirkus: “A harrowing tale of
unimaginable sacrifice...A novel that delves into the
darkest corners of human history and emerges with a
tenuous sense of hope.”

Runner up for the prestigious Pen-Bellwether Prize,
a B&N Discover Title, a Library Journal Editor’s
Pick, and #1 Indie Pick, this book reminded me
(early on in my reading) how much it’s a love for the
well-turned phrase that’s kept me in this business
for over 50 years.

Here’s a sample... “Seda takes a deep breath and picks
up the embroidery in her lap. She hunches over her
hands, letting her fingers work the delicate stitching.
Three rows of red and yellow diamonds mark the
pattern as Anatolian in origin. Despite her resolve,
the past is bleeding out of her fingers,
staining everything it touches

Now, if that gets your juices going (as it did mine)
click below for your free e-galley. You won’t likely
regret it, & please don’t forget Library Reads!

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Well; that’s all for now—more to come soon!

Drop me a line; I always love to hear what’s on your mind.




Michael Rockliff
Director, Library Sales and Marketing
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381