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What’s on Michael’s Mind?
So, as I was saying...
November 13, 2014

Mimi Sheraton was a BIG hit, at this year’s Library Journal Day of Dialogue. During the break following her panel, I was mobbed by librarians looking for ARCs.

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List

By Mimi Sheraton (Workman hardcover ISBN: 978-0-7611-8554-1/$35.00 and simultaneous paperback ISBN: 9780761141686
/$24.95/ Due to release in mid-December)

That folks of a certain age (i.e. mine) wanted them didn’t surprise me. They (we) all remember her from her decades as the New York Times restaurant critic.

What really delighted me were the scads of young things who asked for copies. They hadn’t clue who that feisty, opinionated old gal was. They just thought that she was really, really cool... and of course she is!

Mimi’s book is the latest in the series that began with 1,000 PLACE TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (4.2 million books sold in the series, and we’re not done yet!)

It’s also the most encyclopedic, clocking in at over 1,000 pages, the book is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world’s best food!

I’ve ordered a carton of the hardcover edition, to ship to my office, as soon as the title lands in the warehouse. Want to queue up for chance at a free copy? Just e-mail me at mrockliff@workman.com.


As many of you know, I recently jettisoned my all too abused left knee, in favor of a bright, shiny new titanium version. Part of the recovery process involved lying down, with my swollen appendage on ice. That time was mostly spent reading from the forthcoming spring, 2015 list.

Orhan's Inheritance

By Aline Ohanesian (Algonquin hardcover/ISBN: 978-1-6162-0374-0/$25.95/Due to release on 3/18/15)

The first of them was ORHAN’S INHERITANCE. Early on, I hit a passage that reminded me to what degree it is a love of the well-turned phrase that has kept me in the book business these past 50 years. Here it is...

“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.”

So, what do you think? If you’d like to read more, just request an e-galley on Edelweiss or NetGalley or if you prefer a hardcopy ARC, e-mail me. There are a few left in the office.


Coming to ALA Midwinter? Swing by to see us in booth 4326.

We’ll have more new stuff about which we’re excited to be telling you. Maybe I’ll even bend your ear about my daughter’s new books (both reviewed in the current School Library Journal, one with a star).

Actually, just try to stop me! Should you want to look them up, by the way, her name is Mara Rockliff.

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