November 29, 2023We didn’t want to let the month of November close out without recognizing National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. From The White House Proclamation on October 31, 2023: “Over six million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia that deprives people of their precious memories, thoughts, and identity. During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we honor the extraordinary courage, strength, and resilience of people facing this devastating disease. We recognize the support of families and caregivers who stand by their loved one’s side and help them age with dignity. We resolve to continue advancing scientific research and treatment options to ensure a brighter future for all Americans facing Alzheimer’s.” The following are new and acclaimed titles that offer support and education: REMEMBER: THE SCIENCE OF MEMORY AND THE ART OF FORGETTING by Lisa Genova Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller that explores the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice. THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY: RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF DEMENTIA by Joe Wallace Resilience in the Face of Dementia is a deft combination of narrative and portraiture that breaks the taboo around dementia, replacing the fear and futility with empathy and nuance. A graphic designer, a writer, a public servant, a retired PhD, a 29-year-old with early-onset Alzheimer’s. These are just some of the 50 million people living with dementia who share their deeply personal stories with Joe Wallace in The Day after Yesterday, a powerful collection of portraits and personal stories that humanizes the millions of people living with the disease. Each story in this poignant volume offers a unique and powerful lesson—not just about how to live with a terminal illness, but how to do so with resilience and dignity. A MILE AT A TIME: A FATHER AND SON'S INSPIRING ALZHEIMER'S JOURNEY OF LOVE, ADVENTURE, AND HOPE by Mark "Mace" Macy, Travis Macy, Patrick Regan An inspiring memoir about a father and son entering World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji despite one of them battling Alzheimer’s. This timely, and deeply moving father-son adventure sheds light on the hard truths of this disease while giving readers hope of all that still can be achieved. IN LOVE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LOSS by Amy Bloom In Love is an unforgettable portrait of one couple’s determination to support each other in their last journey together. Amy Bloom and her husband Brian’s world was changed forever when an MRI confirmed the truth they could no longer ignore. Bloom reflects back on the loving marriage they shared, and then the sudden cascade of things going wrong… Finally confronted with the diagnosis and the daily frustrations and realities of Alzheimer’s, Brian became determined to die on his feet, not live on his knees. Together they find their difficult way to Dignitas, an organization based in Switzerland that empowers a person to end their own life with dignity and peace. LIFE'S WORK: A MEMOIR by David Milch The creator of Deadwood and NYPD Blue reflects on his tumultuous life, driven by a nearly insatiable creative energy and a matching penchant for self-destruction. Life's Work is a profound memoir from a brilliant mind taking stock as Alzheimer’s loosens his hold on his own past. THE END OF ALZHEIMER'S PROGRAM: THE FIRST PROTOCOL TO ENHANCE COGNITION AND REVERSE DECLINE AT ANY AGE by Dale Bredesen, David Perlmutter In The End of Alzheimer's Dale Bredesen laid out the science behind his revolutionary new program that is the first to both prevent and reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Now he lays out the detailed program he uses with his own patients. Accessible and detailed, it can be tailored to anyone's needs and will enhance cognitive ability at any age. With inspiring stories from patients who have reversed cognitive decline and are now thriving, this book shifts the treatment paradigm and offers a new and effective way to enhance cognition as well as unprecedented hope to sufferers of this now no longer deadly disease. Also available in a spanish edition here. THE SOUL OF CARE: THE MORAL EDUCATION OF A HUSBAND AND A DOCTOR by Arthur Kleinman When Dr. Arthur Kleinman, an eminent Harvard psychiatrist and social anthropologist, began caring for his wife, Joan, after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, he found just how far the act of caregiving extended beyond the boundaries of medicine. In The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor, Kleinman delivers a deeply human and inspiring story of his life in medicine and his marriage to Joan, and he describes the practical, emotional and moral aspects of caretaking. He also writes about the problems our society faces as medical technology advances and the cost of health care soars but caring for patients no longer seems important. THE FIRST SURVIVORS OF ALZHEIMER'S: HOW PATIENTS RECOVERED LIFE AND HOPE IN THEIR OWN WORDS by Dale Bredesen First person stories of patients who recovered from Alzheimer's Disease--and how they did it. Dr. Bredesen's patients have not just survived; they have thrived to rediscover fulfilling lives, rewarding relationships, and meaningful work. This book will give unprecedented hope to patients and their families. FOR YOUNGER READERS REMIND ME by Linda Shute This poignant story about a young elephant and his grandma is an eloquent account of the all too familiar tragedy of memory loss, and the love of family that never leaves. It can be especially hard for children to process the grief of watching their grandparents forget themselves when suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Linda Shute’s Remind Me approaches the issue with humanity and compassion, celebrating the lasting love that brings families together. Her art has a soft, gentle tone and depicts an idyllic jungle setting inhabited by a charming elephant duo. For more on these and related titles visit the collection, Alzheimer’s Month Titles
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November 28, 2023And then were ten. The New York Times Book Review presents its “10 Best Books of 2023.” 7 of them are ours, drawn from its 42 PRH “Notables” announced previously. The “10 Best” list, online now, will be published in Book Review’s December 10 issue. We are honored by our authors’ honors.
November 27, 2023Of all the many major literary and cultural recognitions our authors’ and imprints’ books receive, none is as encompassing and as resonant as the New York Times Book Review editors’ annual picks of the year’s most “Notable” 100 titles. Here are their 2023 selections: 16 Penguin Random House Fiction and Poetry and 26 Nonfiction and Memoirs. So deserved. The entire list is online now, and will be published in the December 3 print edition. Next up, the 2023 “10 Best” list.
November 20, 2023"Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life." - Rumi This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful time for new and old traditions with family and friends, and certainly a time for reflection and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and thank you for reading! Please enjoy these books for all ages:
November 17, 2023Penguin Random House has revealed that a new novel starring George Smiley will be published globally in Fall 2024. The novel will be authored by John le Carré’s son, Nick Harkaway, an award-winning novelist and author of titles including Gnomon and Tigerman. The novel will be published by Viking, in the US, UK, and Canada and international language editions are currently being negotiated.
November 16, 2023Riverhead Books had two big reasons to cheer this week: THE HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE by James McBride has been selected by both Barnes & Noble and Amazon as their Book of the Year. This honor is especially sweet, as James McBride is a longtime, beloved house author who has spent his entire writing career at Penguin Random House.
November 15, 2023Dear Colleagues, It gives me great pleasure to announce that Divya Sawhney, Head of Global Strategy, is promoted to Chief Strategy Officer, Penguin Random House, effective immediately, continuing to report to me.
November 15, 2023Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Manuel Sansigre is named Chief Financial Officer, Penguin Random House, effective January 1, 2024, reporting to me. In his latest role, Manuel was Deputy Chief Financial Officer and EVP of Global Mergers and Acquisitions, which he will still lead along with his new responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer managing our key operational financial processes, including reporting, planning, and analysis.
November 15, 2023Dear Colleagues, After more than 33 years with the company, and for the last five years as our global Chief Financial Officer, James Johnston is embarking on a new chapter in his life—retirement.
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Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week. It’s a dedicated time for educating, sharing stories, and advancing advocacy around issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. The week precedes Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. In support, check out the following excellent fiction and nonfiction for adults and younger readers:
November 13, 2023The sweetest sounds we heard the morning of November 10 emanated from the Los Angeles-based Recording Academy®, announcing that three Penguin Random House Audio productions have been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for “Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording” :
November 10, 2023On November 5, approximately 50,000 runners made their way through New York City’s five boroughs. The New York City marathon, first organized in 1970 and with just 127 participants, has now grown to become the largest marathon in the world and this year, several of our Penguin Random House colleagues participated! Congratulations to our super star colleagues and read their stories below.
November 9, 2023Delacorte Press has acquired four new JACK REACHER thrillers in the #1 internationally bestselling series—to be written by Lee Child and Andrew Child. President of the Ballantine Group Kara Welsh and Editor-in-Chief Kara Cesare acquired North American publishing rights and the first title in the new deal will publish in 2024 , becoming the twenty-ninth in the Jack Reacher series. The most recent Reacher thriller, THE SECRET, published on October 24, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.
November 8, 2023Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that encourages writers to find their voice and channel their creativity. Writing a novel is such a brave, imaginative endeavor and National Novel Writing Month is a perfect occasion to celebrate debut novels published in 2023. Spanning genres, eras, and settings, the following novels have received honors and widespread praise. May they inspire writers and readers alike!
November 7, 2023Lauri Hornik saw firsthand as her daughter struggled with anxiety and depression and reached for books she could relate to that chronicled mental illness. This experience set Hornik out to find literature aimed at young children and teenagers that centers mental health, and inspired her to launch Rocky Pond Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers committed to publishing books that shows kids they're not alone.
October 31, 2023November is Native American Heritage Month– a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Indigenous peoples. It is also an opportune time to raise awareness of the challenges Indigenous peoples have faced and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. In commemoration of the culture and people who were the original settlers of this land, we present the following recently published, and acclaimed, titles for adults and young readers alike:
October 31, 2023Change the way you think about cooking! A practical, information-packed, and transformative guide to becoming a better cook and conquering the kitchen, Sohla El-Waylly's START HERE (Knopf) features over a dozen technique-themed chapters! From “Temperature Management 101” and “Break it Down & Get Saucy” to “Go to Brown Town,” “All About Butter,” and “Getting to Know Dough", Sohla El-Waylly explains the hows and whys of cooking, introducing the fundamental skills that you need to become a more intuitive, inventive cook. We spoke with Tom Pold, Senior Editor, Knopf about the Knopf Cooks list, how this newest addition subverts the formula, and which recipes we should all be reaching for. Discover more below!
October 30, 2023Raul Palma's A HAUNTING IN HIALEAH GARDENS (Dutton) is a genre-bending debut with a fiercely political heart. Set in Miami, the novel explores what happens when Hugo Contreras, the resident babaláwo at a botanica, receives a phone call from his nemesis and debt collector, Alexi Ramirez, who is in desperate need of a spirtual cleansing. If Hugo can successfully cleanse his home before Noche Buena, Alexi will forgive Hugo’s debt. Hugo reluctantly accepts, but there’s one issue: Despite being a babaláwo, he doesn’t believe in spirits. We spoke to Raul Palma about writing a Miami that's rich with culture and magic, writing characters that feel authentic and compelling and how to subvert genres! Discover what he had to say below.
October 25, 2023In the Halloween mood yet? Whether you have your costume picked out, are chaperoning kids, on door duty, or sitting this one out, we’ve got books full of frightful delights! From ghost stories, to witchy lit, vampires to haunted houses, the real tricks and treats are to be found in these pages for all ages:
October 20, 2023This week, the American Library Association announced the 2024 Carnegie Medals for Excellence longlist. 12 Penguin Random House titles, and its client publishers, made the list. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be announced on November 14, 2023. The two medal winners will be announced in a livestreaming event at LibLearnX in Baltimore on Saturday, January 20. A celebratory event will take place in June 2024 at the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference in San Diego. Congratulations to all honorees!