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Watch New READY PLAYER ONE Featurette and Trailer

A new featurette and trailer for the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bestselling book READY PLAYER ONE (Broadway) are now out in the world.  The very cool featurette is narrated by Spielberg and Cline. 

They provide fascinating insights into their collaborative process and the inspiration that drove the creation of this eagerly-awaited movie – coming from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures to theaters nationwide on March 29, 2018.   Watch the READY PLAYER ONE featurette and trailer:

Beyond Shark Tank: Daymond John Shares Life Lessons

With the New Year just getting rolling, our latest Igloo Book Buzz selection, Daymond John’s RISE AND GRIND, presents a diverse series of practical, anecdotal, and motivational success stories. 

Published on January 23 by Crown Publishing Group imprint Currency, the subtitle of this book is “Outperform, Outwork and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life.” ABC-TV’s Shark Tank star not only writes about himself, aspects of his multi-billion-dollar entrepreneurial career, and recent cancer scare, but he also delves inside the daily routines, work ethics and paths to personal fulfillment of a diverse mix of individuals, including television executive and woman’s advocate Nely Galan, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuck, Grammy Award-winning musician Carlos Santana, and renowned pastor Joel Osteen. Here Daymond talks about what sparked his dedication to books that provide inspiration, how RISE AND GRIND came to be, and what he hopes will be reader takeaways:
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Daymond John

“I discovered the transformative power of the written word when I was 14 years old, and picked up a copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  It was just as relevant to me then – and today – as it was when it was published way back in the 1930s.   Because I’m dyslexic, I had to read it a few times to absorb it fully, but once I did, it lit a fire in me. I think that’s when I knew that I wanted to someday write books that would move people the way that book moved me. Books that would inspire people to chase the life they’d always dreamed of; to push and challenge themselves to be the best version of themselves that they can, and to believe – as I always have – that if you work hard enough, anything is possible, no matter your circumstances. “My new book, RISE AND GRIND, is all about sharing the message that my mother instilled in me as a kid – that if we think big, and strive relentlessly, we really can do anything. Another huge inspiration for this book came out of something I noticed in the many remarkable people I met while traveling around the world with President Obama as a Presidential Ambassador, and while researching my previous book THE POWER OF BROKE.  It just blew me away how all these incredibly successful people I met were so different in so many ways, and yet, they all had one thing in common: a fierce work ethic and incredible drive forward. And the more I learned from them, the more I realized that these lessons were too valuable to keep to myself. “So I decided that for my next book I wanted to sit down with people I admired to learn about what gets them going (or what I call ‘rising and grinding’) in the morning: what inspires them to push themselves tirelessly in pursuit of their goals and ambitions, how they sustain that determination and focus, and how they power through their days to get the most out of their 24 hours.  Because we all get the same 1,440 minutes in the day, no matter who we are, right? So what I really wanted to know was, how did these exceptionally successful people use that time so productively, meaningfully, and purposely.  The goal, of course, was to come away with a blueprint that would help readers implement some those habits and routines in their own lives. “So I picked about 15 people from all different backgrounds, professions, and walks of life – entrepreneurs, artists, activists, leaders, and so on – and asked them questions they told me they’d never been asked before. I asked them what they do as soon as they get up in the morning, where they turn for energy and inspiration, how they structure their days, and more. What came out of those interviews amazed me, and left me more inspired than ever to distill these insights – along with what I’ve learned about grit and persistence from pushing myself to overcome challenges in my own life – in a way that would be meaningful to readers. “There’s this great quote from the Dali Lama about how man ‘lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.’ I wanted to get inside the heads of those people who really live – people who get up every morning and live every hour of every day to the fullest – so that every one of us, no matter what we do or where we live or what obstacles we face, can learn to do the same.”

Our Authors Eric Ries and Tom Peters Honored at 800-CEO-READ Awards

800-CEO-READ presented its annual awards ceremony and business book industry celebration in New York City on Thursday, January 18.   

    800ceoawardsTHE STARTUP WAY: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth by Eric Ries (Currency) earned a Business Book of the Year award in the Management & Workplace Culture category. Vintage author Tom Peters received the fourth annual Jack Covert Award for his Contributions to the Business Book Industry. Our congratulations to Mr. Ries and Mr. Peters as well as their editors and publishers.

Book of the Month Members Select THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES as Book of the Year

Book of the Month has announced that its more than 100,000 members elected John Boyne’s THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES (Hogarth) as the 2017 Book of the Year Award winner.  Boyne, a highly-acclaimed author living in Ireland, wins the $10,000 grand prize and his novel will be reprinted in a special limited edition rose gold jacket, available exclusively to Book of the Month members.  

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Credit: Rich Gilligan[/caption] THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES is a heartfelt, humorous, unforgettable journey about a boy born in post-war Ireland to adoptive parents. The novel tracks his struggles with identity, religion and sexuality from the 1940s through present day.  Book of the Month members describe the work as “simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful,” “eye-opening,” “a thing of beauty,” and “actual perfection.”  It’s big, bawdy, and brimming with heart. “The Book of the Year award is an opportunity for our more than 100,000 members to recognize and celebrate their favorite books,” said John Lippman, CEO of Book of the Month. “We pride ourselves on introducing readers to books they might not have picked up otherwise, but fall in love with once they do. It’s always gratifying to see that we’re doing exactly what we set out to do. Congratulations to John Boyne, Crown Publishing Group, and Penguin Random House on this well-deserved award.” In the UK, THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES is one of the titles on the next Richard & Judy Book Club list. The  selections are made by celebrity couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan from a longlist provided by a W H Smith reading team. John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults, five for younger readers, and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, was an international bestseller, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide and being made into a film, a play, a ballet, and an opera.  In his native Ireland, he has won three Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards and been shortlisted on ten separate occasions. He has also won or been short-lsted for a host of international literary awards, including a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in the United States. His novels are published in more than fifty languages.

Sarah Jessica Parker Selects Ayobami Adebayo’s STAY WITH ME for ALA Book Club Central Pick

The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf.  Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and named a Notable Book by the New York Times, STAY WITH ME is Ms. Adebayo’s debut novel. Set in Nigeria, this book gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage – and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.  

“Libraries have always been places of comfort and discovery for me, so I'm especially delighted that STAY WITH ME is Sarah Jessica Parker's pick for this American Library Association initiative,” said Ms. Adebayo. “STAY WITH ME is a wise and deeply humane debut novel that unpeels the layers of politics in a marriage from the inside,” says Ms. Parker. “Ayobami Adebayo tells the story of Akin, Yejide, and their families – a powerfully affecting tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal – with both savagery and heart. I can’t wait for readers everywhere to read and enjoy this novel as our third selection for Book Club Central.” In addition to being honorary chair of Book Club Central, Ms. Parker is an Honorary Lifetime Board Member of United for Libraries, a division of ALA, a role she is using to raise awareness about the integral role of Friends groups in the library.  Ms. Parker’s SJP Book Club is thrilled to announce a limited-edition tote bag to help support libraries, now available exclusively for the holiday season from Out of Print.  A portion of  the proceeds will be donated to United for Libraries. Book Club Central (, designed in consultation with expert librarians, provides the public with the very best in reading. Book Club Central debuted this past summer and since that time has become a place for engaging content and information for book clubs and readers everywhere. Ms. Parker’s previous picks for Book Club Central have been No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, and EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid. Ms. Parker recently launched SJP for Hogarth, which will selectively publish high-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voice with critical and commercial promise. SJP for Hogarth’s first acquisition is A PLACE FOR US, a debut novel by Fatima Mirza to be published in 2018. Ms. Parker is the star and executive producer of Divorce, which will return for a second season in January 2018.
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Jeremy Peters, NYT Political Reporter, to Write Definitive Account of the Battle for the Republican Party for Crown

Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, has announced that it will publish a book of investigative nonfiction by New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters, tentatively titled INSURGENCY: The Inside Story of the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party. Crown Executive Editor Kevin Doughten acquired world, audio, and first and second serial rights from David Kuhn of Aevitas Creative Management. The book will be published simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats in 2019. 

INSURGENCY will take readers inside the fight for the identity and direction of the Republican Party, chronicling the unlikely coalition of conservative politicians, activists, and wealthy power-players and their determination to disrupt the GOP establishment and reshape the party’s future. Making use of his deep connections to conservatives inside and outside of Washington, Peters will report on the unprecedented movement that is threatening to collapse a major American political party: from the rise of the Tea Party and Breitbart News, to the ideologically driven donors funding the destruction of the Republican political establishment, to the unlikely conservative interest groups that rallied around Donald Trump in the 2016 election, to Trump himself. Peters will present an incisive portrait of the movement and shed light on the massive potential consequences for the future of the right, the left, and the country at large. Jeremy Peters has been a reporter for the New York Times for more than a decade, covering the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, Congress, and a variety of other topics including the economy, the media, and New York politics. Peters began contributing to the New York Times as a senior at the University of Michigan, where he was a reporter and editor for The Michigan Daily.  

TSP Editor Kaitlin Ketchum on Producing CHASING LIGHT

CHASING LIGHT: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer by Amanda Lucidon, was published by Ten Speed Press, a Crown Publishing Group imprint, on Tuesday, October 17.   This collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama—many never before seen—is coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from former Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format. 

Ms. Lucidon, who spent four years covering the First Lady, shares a rare insider’s perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel. Ten Speed Press Editor Kaitlin Ketchum opens a number of windows into the process of creating and publishing CHASING LIGHT in her responses to the following questions: What was involved in the process of working with Amanda Lucidon and your TSP colleagues throughout the editorial, design and production process? [caption id="attachment_8129" align="alignright" width="150"] Kaitlin Ketchum[/caption] Ten Speed’s book-making process is super creative and highly collaborative—it’s one of the reasons I love working here.  Since CHASING LIGHT was a highly illustrated book on a very tight schedule—I acquired it in April, the manuscript was due in May, and we went to print in August to go on sale in October—working closely and collaboratively with Amanda, Creative Director Emma Campion, Senior Production Designer Mari Gill, and Production Manager Jane Chinn,  was crucial to our ability to move fast.  Thankfully, Amanda was a joy to work with, and her background as a White House Photographer meant she was fearless in the face of tight timelines and quick turnarounds! In addition to working long-distance throughout the book-making process, we were fortunate to have Amanda spend a week at the Ten Speed office in California to work side-by-side with our team on the manuscript, photo selects, layout, cover, and color testing. We spread out every photo we were considering for the book on a huge table, and Amanda, Emma, and I spent hours and hours moving them around, debating the selects and order for each chapter. Amanda and I even reviewed the copyedit of her manuscript at my desk, sitting hip-to-hip and making edits together. It was fantastic—if a bit tiring for us all—to be able to spend that time working so intensively with the author, brainstorming, bouncing ideas off of each other, and poring over Amanda’s incredible archive of photos from the Obama White House. [caption id="attachment_8130" align="alignleft" width="225"] Amanda Lucidon[/caption] Amanda was involved in every decision we made about the book, and she and I were talking almost daily—sometimes many times a day—for months, hammering out every detail. It was definitely the most challenging and the most rewarding book I’ve edited in my six years at Ten Speed, and the hard work was so worth it— CHASING LIGHT is a beautiful and moving book, and a lovely tribute to Mrs. Obama. What were the most rewarding aspects of bringing this book to publication? On a large scale, it’s rewarding to see CHASING LIGHT exist in the world, especially in these dark times. Mrs. Obama was, and still is, a source of light and inspiration to so many people around the world, and celebrating her legacy isn’t just nostalgic—it’s hopeful.  It’s also rewarding to see Ten Speed publish such an important book. We may be small, and we may not be in New York, but we have some West Coast magic and produce books that are truly gorgeous and distinctive. It’s an honor to have CHASING LIGHT on our list. On a personal and professional level, it was a joy and an honor to work on this beautiful tribute to Mrs. Obama, and with an author as inspiring as Amanda. I’m constantly inspired by my authors, and it was wonderful to collaborate with Amanda, who is such a warm, brilliant, and genuine person (plus, she’s got some amazing stories from her time at the White House). Helping artists like Amanda shape their vision and bring it into the world is one of the reasons I love what I do.

Tim Tebow Launches SHAKEN: The Young Readers Edition with Book Report Contest

Tim Tebow’s newest book, SHAKEN: The Young Reader’s Edition – Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way, was published by WaterBrook, a Crown Publishing Group imprint, on September 12, and launched with a book report contest that is running through January 8, 2018.  The Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL quarterback, professional baseball player (in the New York Mets minor league system) and author is  very enthused about this contest, which is aimed at youth ages 10 to 15 years old, to encourage reading and writing while reminding them of their identity in Jesus. 

“There is nothing more empowering, more life-giving and more exciting than having a strong identity,” says Tebow. “My prayer is that, no matter what you’re facing today, this book will help you discover an unshakable identity and a God-designed purpose for your life!” Participants are invited to write a report, limited to one page with a maximum of 750 words, on how the SHAKEN: The Young Reader’s Edition inspired or challenged them in their lives. The grand prizewinner will receive a limited edition, signed Tim Tebow “TT-15” baseball bat, a signed copy of the book, and a Skype call with Tebow. The two runners-up will receive a signed, game-played baseball from Tebow and a signed copy of Shaken: The Young Reader’s Edition. For official rules and details, visit  (As with all of our consumer-facing promotions, employees of Penguin Random House, their immediate families, and persons living in their households are not eligible to enter this contest).
[caption id="attachment_8072" align="alignleft" width="180"] Tim Tebow at Catalyst[/caption] Young readers of SHAKEN will be captivated and motivated by Tebow’s personal stories of highs and lows. With the enthusiastic voice and contagious positivity that he’s known for, Tebow inspires his young readers to believe that God is ready to do great things through them—in their families, their schools, and around the world. Last week Tebow appeared at Catalyst – a two-day conference to help leaders build great churches, grow strong teams, and be a catalyst for change – in Atlanta.  He spoke about a number of the themes found in SHAKEN, such as identity and courage.

How Katie Davis Majors Held On to Hope and Wrote Her Book

In her inspirational new memoir DARING TO HOPE , published by Multnomah on Tuesday, October 3,  Katie Davis Majors faces such questions as, “How do you hold on to hope when you don’t get the ending you asked for?”  When Katie moved to Uganda more than a decade ago, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve.  But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease.  

DARING TO HOPE is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible.  Though readers’ heartaches and dreams may take a different shape, they may find their own questions echoed in the book’s pages. In this “Meet Our Author” interview, Katie delves inside the creation of her book, her writing regimen, working with Multnomah, and what parts of the book she thinks will connect directly with readers. How and when did you know that the experiences, events and emotions you chronicle in DARING TO HOPE would evolve into a book? Honestly, the first draft of this book was mostly written on post it notes and little scraps of paper lying around my house.  I had no idea a book was forming.  I was going through a season of grief and hurt.  I had a lot of questions, and I was trying to reconcile my heart and my head, what I knew to be true about people and about God, and what I doubted.  When I compiled them together and saw some of the themes, that’s when it occurred to me, maybe I’ve written another book.  Still it took several months before I shared it with my agent.  It had been six years since my first book, Kisses from Katie, and I was nervous to re-engage public life. [caption id="attachment_8010" align="alignleft" width="200"] Katie Davis Majors (middle) on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford (left) and Hoda Kotb (right)[/caption] How would you describe your writing regimen and the process of creating your narrative voice?  Well, I have fourteen children, one of whom is a baby.  And I homeschool. I have an organization I help run that serves people here in Uganda.  My writing regimen is like the rest of my life – squeezed in between family and work and everyday living.  Unlike Kisses from Katie, I’m married now, so I relied a lot on help from Benji.  He would watch the children while I would work.  I had writing days, where I would carve out huge chunks of consecutive days to crank out the manuscript. My editor was an amazing support. What has it been like having Multnomah as your publisher? I have loved working with Multnomah.  They have been supportive, encouraging, and champions for DARING TO HOPE since the very beginning.  I feel like they understand this message, understand my heart, and want others to hear it.  Some of the people on the team have supported our non-profit organization, and another is an adoptive mother.  It’s been extremely collaborative.  Writing with Multnomah has truly been such a joyful process.  I am grateful. What elements of DARING TO HOPE do you think will resonate most strongly with readers?  Although some of my specific experiences might be unique, many of the themes of DARING TO HOPE are not.  We all have our struggles and our sorrows. I lost a child to an unfair system, but everyone can relate with what it feels like when unfair things happen to them.  I prayed and nursed my friend Katherine back to health for months, and I sincerely thought she was getting better, and then she tragically died.  I am not the only person out there who has experienced the tragedy of death or loss.  I was a single mother of 13 children and I doubted whether I would ever find a man who would be able to join me in my life’s work, as a father to my daughters.  Many singles understand this and wonder how their calling is going to fit with a family.  I saw that sometimes things work out as you hope and sometimes they do not.  I had come to the edge of DARING TO HOPE:  Do I really believe in God’s goodness even if the ending turns out differently than I hoped?  So many of us know that feeling, of being on the edge, that line between hoping for miracles and fearing disappointments.  I hope these words help people feel less alone.

Read Our Books Starring in New Fall TV, Streaming Series and Films

This year’s fall television and streaming season is upon us, with a number of new shows, series and films based on books published by Penguin Random House imprints, as well as two new books of ours based on the programming itself. The following viewers and readers guide shines the spotlight on this diverse selection:

“THE VIETNAM WAR” Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour PBS-TV documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been fully presented on film. THE VIETNAM WAR: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns is the expansive, richly illustrated Knopf book based on the series. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The book, which serves as a companion to the series, plunges us into the chaos and intensity of combat, even as it explains the rationale that got us into Vietnam and kept us there for so many years. Rather than taking sides, the book and series seek to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy. Airing throughout September on PBS television stations, the series is also streaming on PBS apps.   “OUTLANDER” The third season of the highly-rated Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s multi-million-bestselling Outlander series focuses primarily on the third book in the series, VOYAGER (Dell), continuing the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. Two decades before, Claire had traveled back in time and into the arms of Jamie, a gallant eighteenth-century Scot. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her. When Claire discovers that Jamie has survived, she is torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era. The third season premiered on Starz September 10, with new episodes airing weekly into the fall.   “OUR SOULS AT NIGHT” The Netflix adaptation of Ken Haruf’s novel, OUR SOULS AT NIGHT (Knopf/Vintage), reunites Oscar-winners Robert Redford and Jane Fonda for the fourth time. Addie (Fonda) and Louis (Redford), long-widowed, empty nesters, come to know each other better and discover a second chance at love in the small community of Holt, Colorado. The film, which has received positive reviews, is also enjoying a concurrent brief run in select theaters. Premieres on Netflix, September 29   “LORE” Aaron Mahnke’s THE WORLD OF LORE: Monstrous Creatures (Del Rey) is the basis for a new Amazon horror anthology. Spread across six episodes, the series explores the disturbing history behind a number of horror-tinged myths. In his book, Mahnke, the host of the hit podcast Lore, serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of terrifying creatures. In a world of “emotional vampires” and “zombie malls,” the monsters of folklore have become both a part of our language and a part of our collective psyche. Of note, Mahnke invites readers to the desolate Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where the notorious winged, red-eyed Jersey Devil dwells. Premieres on Amazon Prime, October 13   “JOAN DIDION: The Center Will Not Hold” joandidion Across more than fifty years of essays, novels, and criticism, Joan Didion has chronicled the changing tides of American culture and politics – often in deeply personal ways. This upcoming documentary, JOAN DIDION: The Center Will Not Hold, directed by Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne, is primarily based on SOUTH AND WEST: From a Notebook (Knopf), in which Didion presents excerpts from two notebooks. In one, she traces a road trip she took with her late husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies' brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters' Convention. A different notebook, the "California Notes," began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Dunne’s documentary, which debuts next month as part of the New York Film Festival, intersperses archival footage alongside his interviews with his Aunt Joan, delving into her extraordinary body of work and its impact on our cultural landscape. Of note: footage of Didion partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of L.A. rockers in the ‘60s; hanging out in a recording studio with Jim Morrison of The Doors; and cooking dinner for one of Charles Manson’s followers for a magazine story. Debuts at The New York Film Festival, with screenings on October 11, 12 and 14; and then premieres on Netflix, October 27   “ALIAS GRACE” On the heels of the success of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwoods novel of the same name and winner of six Emmy Awards, our author’s work is a hot property in Hollywood. Expectations are high for Alias Grace, an adaptation Atwood’s ALIAS GRACE: A Novel (Anchor). In the book, it is 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Produced by Netflix and Canada’s CBC, the six-part series will tell the story of Marks and delves deeply into this twisty tale. Premieres on Netflix, November 3   “THE LONG ROAD HOME” Based on ABC News reporter and author Martha Raddatz’s searing nonfiction book, THE LONG ROAD HOME: A Story of War and Family (Berkley), this National Geographic series recounts, across eight episodes, the harrowing story of The First Cavalry Division, which suffered a surprise attack on the streets of Sadr City, a district of Baghdad, on April 4, 2004. The series, like the book, will chronicle the events of the attack through the eyes of the soldiers who lived it. Premieres on the National Geographic Channel, November 7   “THE CROWN” Season two of Netflix’s critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning series, The Crown, is expected to wade into darker territory. There will be more emphasis on the complexities of Elizabeth’s (Claire Foy) marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) while also delving into Philip’s backstory – one that is both extraordinary and tragic. THE CROWN: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955) (Crown Archetype) was written by the show’s historical consultant and royal biographer, Robert Lacey. The book is filled with beautifully reproduced archival photos and show stills, adding expert and in-depth detail to the events of the series, painting an intimate portrait of life inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. A wonderful holiday gift for THE CROWN fan in your life. Premieres on Netflix, December 8