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Publishers Weekly -- Deals Column -- December 12, 2005
HarperCollins's Camel --
Masha Hamilton, author of Staircase of a Thousand Steps and The Distance Between Us, has sold her third novel, The Camel Bookmobile, to Harper's Jonathan Burnham and Claire Wachtel via agent Marly Rusoff. Burnham and Wachtel acquired world English rights for low six figures. The novel tells the story of an idealistic American librarian who leaves Brooklyn to work in Africa for a relief organization that sends books on the backs of camels to remote villages, setting off a feud among a nomadic tribe the program aims to help. Hamilton lives in New York, where she writes for the Associated Press and teaches creative writing.
Publishers Marketplace - December 12, 2005 -- Turkish novelist Elif Shafak’s second English language novel, THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL, which tells the tale of two families, an exiled Armenian family living in San Francisco and the Kazancis of Istanbul, whose contemporary stories conjoin through a family secret that began with the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Turks and played out in the lives of their daughters today, to Paul Slovak at Viking in a preempt by agent Marly Rusoff (NA)
Publishers Marketplace - December 12, 2005 -- THE KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL by Deborah Rodriquez, a remarkable portrait of cultures encountering each other as American hairdresser Rodriquez brings readers an intimate look into the lives of the women of Afghanistan, using unforgettable stories taken from her experiences as founder of a beauty school she established to help Afghan women learn a trade, to Random House executive Jane von Mehren in a good deal by agent Marly Rusoff (World but Germany)
Publishers Marketplace - December 12, 2005 -- SO GREAT A NOISE: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and the End of Enlightenment," by professors Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott, which vividly examines the failed friendship between two of the eighteenth-century’s greatest thinkers, exploring how their feud tested the basis of their philosophies and marked the end of the Enlightenment era, in a nice deal to W.W. Norton editor Alane Mason by agent Marly Rusoff (NA)
Publishers Marketplace - December 12, 2005 -- French rights to THE DIET CODE: Revolutionary Secrets of DaVinci and the Golden Ratio by Stephen Lanzalotta (formerly The Baker's Code) which blends science and Renaissance lore with the mathematical principles that govern life and beauty in a book that presents the benefits of a healthful Mediterranean diet that honors carbs to Solar at auction by Anna Jarota of Anna Jarota Agency on behalf of Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc.
Publishers Marketplace - November 7, 2005 -- LEAP DAYS: A Mid-Life Chronicle by radio personality and print journalist Katherine Lanpher, in which she stylishly and humorously examines the process of starting over in Manhattan in her forties, to Time Warner executives Jill Cohen and Karen Murgolo for the new Springboard imprint, in a good deal.
Publishers Marketplace - November 7, 2005 -- Patricia Hampl's BLUE ARABESQUE: In Search of the Sublime, explores the meaning in the gaze of the voluptuous odalisque figures that Matisse painted so obsessively in the south of France between the two wars, to Ann Patty at Harcourt in a nice deal.
Publishers Marketplace - November 7, 2005 -- THE SUMMER BOOK by visual designer Suzanne Brown celebrates through a collection of photographs, line drawings and text the magical moments of summer, capturing the essential spirit of the season, while offering a practical guide to the warm weather lifestyle, to Ann Branson at Artisan Book in a very nice deal.
Publishers Marketplace - November 7, 2005 -- DEEP IN THE MOUNTAINS, an historical novel by Terrence Cheng, author of Discover Honor book Sons of Heaven, about the friendship between a 15 year-old Chinese boy from New York City and a famous Shanghai painter who teaches him art and Chinese history, to Jacqueline Ching, Senior Editor, Watson Guptill Publications, in a nice deal.
Publishers Weekly – October 6, 2005 -- A NATURAL SELECTION  -- In one of the first big pre-Frankfurt deals, Hyperion publisher Ellen Archer and editor Leslie Wells have bought Natural Selection, a “Jaws-meets-Jurassic Park” thriller by first-time novelist Dave Freedman, from agent Marly Rusoff in a preempt.
The "major six-figure deal" includes world rights, and publication is expected in summer 2006. The novel describes the evolution of a predatory species that, following a series of cataclysmic environmental disasters, is forced out of its deep ocean habitat into a violent and terrifying encounter with man.
Freedman holds a science and engineering degree from Princeton and a master's degree from Harvard. According to Rusoff, he's already working on several other novels with a similarly scientific inclination.
Publishers Marketplace -- October 6,  2005 -- THE FLORIST’S DAUGHTER by Patricia Hampl, which picks up where her award-winning memoir A Romantic Education left off, taking Hampl into middle age, and ending with the death of her mother to Ann Patty at Harcourt in a very nice deal by agent Marly Rusoff.
Publishers Marketplace -- October 6,  2005 -- German rights to Roland Merullo’s GOLFING WITH GOD a novel that blends philosophy, mysticism, and enchantment with golf instruction to Gerhard Reimann at Goldman-Arkana/Random by Jacqueline LeDonne for Marly Rusoff & Associates.
Publishers Marketplace - June 1, 2005 -- Five-time Jeopardy loser (and eight-time winner) Bob Harris's PRISONER OF TREBEKISTAN, exploring the full spectrum of the game show experience, including the world of obsessed Jeopardy players, game strategies and shortcuts, the actual human cost of cramming all that arcane knowledge in your head, and how it feels to triumph wildly and lose magnificently, to Shana Drehs at Crown, in a very nice deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world English).
Publishers Marketplace - May 31, 2005 -- NO: Why Kids Need It and How Parents Can Say It by best-selling author David Walsh, Ph.D. a world leading authority on parenting and family life, will provide parents with an arsenal of tactics, explanations, and examples for effectively using the word NO, the building block for self discipline, respect, integrity and a host of other character traits that lead to a happy and productive life, to Leslie Meredith of Free Press by agent Marly Rusoff in a good deal (NA).
Publishers Marketplace -- May 31, 2005 -- Swedish rights to ALL THE NUMBERS by Judy Merrill Larsen in which a recently divorced teacher and mother is just learning to make her way through the uncharted territory of single motherhood...
Publishers Marketplace - May 31, 2005 -- William Poy Lee's THE EIGHTH PROMISE, a mother and son memoir, about a mother who brought from China the wisdom of her Clan Sisterhood and the promise to transmit the ancient ways of Toisan people...
Publishers Marketplace -- May 31,  2005 -- German rights to AND SHE WAS, Cindy Dyson’s debut novel in which a loose, blond cocktail waitress whose life is mired in a trail of easy men and endless parties...
Publishers Marketplace -- May 31, 2005 -- Italian rights to Stephen Lanzalotta’s THE BAKER’S CODE: Weight Loss Secrets of DaVinci’s Golden Proportion, at auction, to Sperling & Kupfer.
Publishers Marketplace -- May 31, 2005 -- German rights to Anthony Romano’s WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, which introduces Agostino Peccatori who runs an Italian-American neighborhood social club...
Publishers Marketplace - May 27, 2005 -- Dutch rights to Elif Shafak’s two novels BIT PALAS and MAHREM initially published in Turkey by Metis.
Publishers Marketplace - May 27, 2005 --Spanish rights to GODS OF ABERDEEN by Micah Nathan about four students of medieval history at an elite Connecticut college in a search for the alchemists "Philosophers Stone"...
Publishers Marketplace - May 27, 2005 -- German rights to Masha Hamilton’s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, in which an American journalist working in Lebanon and Israel loses her British colleague and lover in a desert...
Publishers Marketplace - May 27, 2005 -- WORDSMITH’S BOOK OF STORIES BEHIND WORDS by Anu Garg, founder of the popular A Word A Day website with 600,000 daily subscribers (wordsmith.org), offers a lively assortment of words and their biographies, the stories of where they were born, and where they have traveled, to Viking’s David Cashion, in a nice deal, by Judith Hansen of Marly Rusoff & Associates (world)
Publishers Marketplace - May 27, 2005 -- German rights to Stephen Lanzalotta’s THE BAKER’S CODE: Weight Loss Secrets of DaVinci’s Golden Proportion which blends science and Renaissance lore with the mathematical principles that govern life and beauty, at auction, to Andrea Kunstmann of Heyne by Jacqueline LeDonne for Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc.
Publishers Marketplace - March 15, 2005 -- Psychoanalyst, consultant, and author of Fast Company's "Corporate Shrink" column Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz's SHRINK INC: Self-Awareness as the Ultimate Business Strategy, advice on how to deal with the irrational, emotional side of corporate life, looking at how the insights of psychoanalysis can revitalize corporate culture, make management more effective, and lead to personal success -- and sanity -- in the workplace, to Will Murphy and Daniel Menaker at Random House, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world).
Publishers Marketplace - March 03, 2005 -- Stephen Lanzalotta’s THE BAKERS CODE: Weight Loss Secrets of DaVinci’s Golden Proportion blends science and Renaissance lore with the mathematical principles that govern life and beauty in a book that presents the benefits of a healthful Mediterranean diet that honors carbs, to Warner’s VP Diana Baroni for her new Warner Wellness imprint in a significant preempt by agent Marly Rusoff (World English)
Publishers Marketplace - March 03, 2005 -- Anthony Romano’s debut novel, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, set in 1957 Chicago, introduces Agostino Peccatori, who runs an Italian-American neighborhood social club and tavern and his wife Rosa, as they struggle with the death of their infant son, while their eldest son falls in love with father’s pregnant lover, preempted by Claire Wachtel at Wm Morrow in a good deal, by agent Marly Rusoff (World but German)
Publishers Marketplace - March 03, 2005 -- Roland Merullo’s GOLFING WITH GOD, a novel that blends philosophy, mysticism, and enchantment with golf instruction to Chuck Adams at Algonquin Books, in a nice deal by agent Marly Rusoff (World English)
Publishers Marketplace -- March 03, 2005 -- German rights to ALL THE NUMBERS a debut novel by Judy Merrill Larsen in which a recently divorced teacher and mother of two adored sons is just learning to make her way through the uncharted territory of single motherhood when the unthinkable shatters her carefully reconstructed life, sold at auction to Britta Hansen and Julia Bauer at Diana by Jacqueline LeDonne for Marly Rusoff & Associates
Publishers Marketplace -- March 03, 2005 -- Italian rights to CROSSING CALIFORNIA, Adam Langer’s hilarious first novel, set in a primarily Jewish neighborhood of Chicago where classes are separated by California Avenue, telling the stories of three families with teenage children to Cinzia Cerrato at Giulio Einaudi in a nice deal by Michael Radulescu on behalf of Marly Rusoff & Associates.
Publishers Marketplace -- February 10, 2005 -- In THE ANATOMY OF A SECRET LIFE psychoanalyst Gail Saltz delivers an examination of how a secret life is formed, lived, justified, and exposed and by contrasting healthy secrecy with pathological instances, Saltz uses historical figures as well as contemporary case studies to explain what pushes a person to deviate so far from the norm that they end up wreaking havoc on their own lives and the lives of those around them, to Amy Hertz publisher of Morgan Road Books, a new division of Doubleday Broadway, in a significant deal, by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc. (World)
Publishers Marketplace -- February 10, 2005 -- Judy Merrill Larsen’s first novel ALL THE NUMBERS in which a recently divorced teacher and mother of two adored sons makes her way through the uncharted territory of single motherhood when the unthinkable happens one summer’s day while vacationing at her best friend’s lake house and in a single instant this mother’s carefully reconstructed life shatters, to Alison Dickens at Ballantine, in a nice deal, by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc. (NA)
Publishers Marketplace -- February 10, 2005 -- In DESERVING SUCCESS college educator and former Great Books Foundation president Peter Temes says that the fast track to having a happy life and achieving truly meaningful success is learning to think of others before ourselves, to Shaye Areheart, publisher and Kim Meisner, editor of Harmony/Crown Books, in a very nice deal, by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc. (NA)
Publishers Marketplace -- February 1, 2005 -- THE QUEEN OF BROKEN HEARTS by Cassandra King, in which a divorce therapist's orderly life is shattered by the suicide of her estranged husband, with a second as yet untitled novel, sold in a major seven-figure deal to Hyperion Books publisher Ellen Archer and Senior editor Leslie Wells by agent Marly Rusoff. (World English and audio)
Publishers Marketplace -- February 1, 2005 -- THE NEW WOMAN, a novel by Jon Hassler in which Agatha McGee, Staggerford, Minnesota’s 87 year-old retired school teacher and most revered citizen, finds new purpose in life after moving into Sunset Senior Apartments, to Viking VP Clare Ferraro and Julie Saltman in a good deal by agent Marly Rusoff. (World English)
Publishers Marketplace -- February 1, 2005 -- Bart Schneider's fourth novel, MINNESOTA ROSE, a contemporary thriller set in Minneapolis and St. Paul, involving Augie Boyer, a cello playing detective, his estranged wife Nina, a psychotherapist, and their rock star daughter, Rose, to Shaye Areheart for her eponymous imprint at the Crown Publishing Group, in a very nice deal by agent Marly Rusoff (World English)
(Title changed to THE MAN IN THE BLIZZARD)
Publishers Marketplace -- December 14, 2004 -- German rights to Debra Dean's first novel THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD, in which the siege of Leningrad during World War II is echoed by the destructive siege against the memory of an elderly Russian woman, once a young docent at the Hermitage, but who now lives with family in Seattle and suffers from Alzheimer's, to Doris Janhsen and Annette Weber at Droemer Knaur, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Jacqueline LeDonne on behalf of Marly Rusoff & Associates.
Publishers Marketplace -- December 14, 2004 -- Film rights to Ron Rash's SAINTS AT THE RIVER, in which the drowning of a young girl in a wilderness river ignites a fierce struggle between local environmentalists who oppose damming the river and the girls family who want to do whatever it takes to bring her body home, to McGee Street Productions for Hallmark Hall of Fame, in a good deal, by Lynn Pleshette for Marly Rusoff & Associates.
Publishers Marketplace - November 30, 2004 -- Debra Dean's first novel THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD, in which the siege of Leningrad during World War II is echoed by the destructive siege against the mind and memory of an elderly Russian woman who was once a young docent at the Hermitage but who now lives in Seattle and suffers from Alzheimer's disease, to Claire Wachtel at Morrow, in a good deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world, excl. German).
Publishers Marketplace - November 30, 2004 -- Matthew Sanford's inspirational autobiography WAKING: A Passage Into Body, by a Yoga teacher, who, after a near fatal accident at age thirteen was paralyzed from the chest down and placed in a wheelchair for life, offering keen insights into the relationship between mind and body and the power of story to transform our consciousness, to Leigh Haber at Rodale, in a nice deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world).
Publishers Marketplace -- October 26, 2004 -- Film rights to THE LAST ONE IN a novel by Nicholas Kulish, in which a New York tabloid newspaper’s war correspondent is hit by a delivery truck and sent to the hospital just as he is about to be embedded with the Marines in Iraq so the paper’s editor decides to send its gossip columnist off in his place, to Columbia Pictures with Mike DeLuca producing with Wilkinson & Rivele (ALI) adapting the screenplay, in a significant deal, by Shari Smiley at CAA for Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates.
Publishers Marketplace -- October 21, 2004 -- The Washington Cycle, by Adam Langer, which takes the characters he introduced in his critically acclaimed first novel Crossing California forward in time into the 1980's, and beyond the boundaries of West Rogers Park, Chicago, to Riverhead Publisher Cindy Spiegel, in a good deal, by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world English)
Publishers Marketplace -- October 20, 2004 -- THE GIFT OF VALOR by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Phillips who was embedded with a Marine unit in Iraq presents a grunt's-eye view of combat, courage and fear in telling the story of Corporal Jason Dunham, a small-town kid and young Marine who sacrificed his life for his comrades and became the first American nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Iraq War, to Charlie Conrad Executive Editor Broadway Books, scheduled for publication in spring 2005, by agent Marly Rusoff, World English.
Publishers Marketplace -- October 20, 2004 -- LIVES OF THE ARTISTS, a new novel by Robert Clark, winner of both a PNBA Book Award for Fiction and Edgar Award, in which three young Americans, two of whom are aspiring young writers and the other a painter, leave Seattle for Florence at the end of the last century hoping to live the lives of artists and to find in Italy the happiness they could not find at home sold to Iris Tupholme, EIC of Harper Canada, Canadian Rights by agent Marly Rusoff.
Publishers Marketplace -- October 20, 2004 -- A new and as yet untitled collection of stories by poet, novelist, and recent O’Henry Award-winning short story writer Ron Rash sold to Josh Kendall for Picador by agent Marly Rusoff World Rights as a part of two-book deal including a new novel acquired by Holt’s EIC Jennifer Barth.
Winner of an NEA poetry fellowship, Ron Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.
Publishers Marketplace -- September 9, 2004 -- A new, as yet UNTITLED contemporary novel, by award-winning author Ron Rash, set in North Carolina, near the site of the Civil War's Shelton Massacre, in which the lives of a troubled teenage boy and a down-and-out former teacher become increasingly intertwined, to Holt’s EIC Jennifer Barth in a good deal by agent Marly Rusoff (World).
Publishers Marketplace -- September 9, 2004 -- An UNTITLED nonfiction second book by Gail Saltz, M.D., the sex and relationship expert on the Today show, that will help women discover a confident sexuality, to VP Amy Hertz for her new imprint at Broadway/Random House, in a good deal by agent Marly Rusoff (World)
Publishers Marketplace -- September 9, 2004 -- SMALL WORLD, a romantic, comic debut novel by the playwright and actor Barbara Suter, tells the story of Maggie, an actress and singer who, in her mid-life search for true love, learns just how small the world can be, to Chuck Adams, Algonquin Books, (World) by Judith Hansen of Marly Rusoff & Associates.
(Title changed to DOROTHY ON THE ROCKS)
Publishers Marketplace -- September 9, 2004 -- ANOTHER WORD A DAY by Anu Garg, a second collection of unusual, obscure, and exotic English words that will delight writers, scholars, crossword puzzlers, and word buffs of every ilk, written by the author of WORD A DAY and founder of the wildly popular A WORD A DAY website, to Kitt Allen, Publisher, John Wiley & Sons, (World), by Judith Hansen of Marly Rusoff & Associates.
Publishers Marketplace -- September 8, 2004 -- THICKER THAN WATER, a second novel by Thrity Umrigar, which tells the story of Sera, an upper-middleclass Parsi housewife and Bhima, the woman who works in her home as a domestic servant, was bought at auction in a good deal by Wm Morrow Executive Editor Claire Wachtel from agent Marly Rusoff, with simultaneous publications scheduled in UK by The Fourth Estate and by Harper India, and with translation rights, except German, to be sold by Brenda Segel of Harper Collins.
   
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