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Our Book Recommendations

  The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins, Sept 2008, hardcover

Nancy, owner of Windhaven, was asked by Neil Gaiman to be the copyeditor of choice, through HarperCollins, for this, his latest -- and Newbery Award-winning -- children's book (suitable for all ages). In a few simple words: it is delightful. From the dustjacket: "Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. // He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. // There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. // But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.... // Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, the graveyard book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages."

  Blindfold Game, Dana Stabenow
St. Martin's Minotaur, Nov. 2006, mass market, 352 pp

Windhaven was asked to work on this mass market edition of Edgar-award-winning Stabenow's newest novel, set in Alaska, involving a plot with a dirty bomb heading towards Alaska's coast aboard a Russian fishing boat. A starred Publisher's Weekly review, this is a great thriller for a cold winter's night. It would make a great stocking stuffer for the holidays to satisfy the cravings of any mystery and/or thriller lover you know.

  Angels and Other Strangers, Katherine Paterson
HarperCollins, Oct 2006, 192pp, hardcover (young adult)

The bestselling, award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia wrote a series of Christmas stories for use by her husband in his Christmas Eve services over the course of many years. Every story is unique and enjoyable, and this book is highly recommended. (Windhaven's Andrew Phillips was privileged to be asked to copyedit this hardcover young adult edition for HarperCollins, which will surely become a bestseller for the holiday season.)

  Diva, Alex Flinn
HarperCollins, Oct 2006, 272 pp, hardcover (young adult/teen)

This is a young adult story about a girl pursuing her love of singing and discovering the joys of growth and friendship in the environment of Miami School for the Performing Arts. Written as a mixture of narrative and blog entry, one of Windhaven's copyeditors, Andrew Phillips, says this was a fun read and recommends it.

  Baby Be Mine, Diane Fanning
St. Martin's, Sept 2006, 246pp, paperback

True crime afficiandos will enjoy this true-life story of Bobbie Jo Stinnett and the infamous murder of her and the kidnapping, from the womb, of her baby daughter by Elizabeth Montgomery.

  Recursion, Tony Ballantyne
Bantam, Sept 2006, 432pp, trade

Windhaven was asked to copyedit this first installment of an innovative science fiction trilogy previously published in the U.K. that promises to be a fascinating read (Capacity, the second novel, also handled by us, is due for release in late December 2006). I can't recommend this highly enough. This is one of the most riveting SF novels I've seen in a while; it's incredibly hard for a book to fool me, and at times I was thoroughly surprised and delighted by the turns Ballantyne took. Booklist agrees with me--this is an author to watch: "Overflowing with provocative ideas, Ballantyne's debut displays enviable mastery of both suspenseful storytelling and technological extrapolation. Mark him as a writer of considerable promise."

  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner
Bantam, Aug 2006, 400pp, trade

Windhaven has worked on this fantasy series with Bantam and authors Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, and we were thrilled when Ellen requested Nancy C. Hanger especially to copyedit this third novel of the trilogy. This is romantic fantasy at its best; a swashbuckling heroine that truly knows how to use swords as well as words -- can it get better than this? Even if you haven't read the other books in this series, don't let that deter you; Kushner has written this high fantasy, reminiscent of the best of Dumas, in such a way as to allow new readers to become quickly and seamlessly tied up in the plot and characters. Run off and find a copy of this now!

From Publishers Weekly: Kushner's winning high fantasy with its sophisticated swordplay marks a welcome return to the romantic Riverside world she introduced in Swordspoint (1987). Coming-of-age gets complicated for winsome Lady Katherine Samantha Campion Talbert after she's shipped off to her uncle, the Mad Duke of Tremontaine (aka David Alexander "Alec" Tielman Campion), who reigns over a decadent world of erotic and political intrigue. At first Kate's frightened of becoming a swashbuckler, but after training with the duke's favorite lover, the dashing Richard St. Vier, and becoming friends with Marcus, Alec's devoted young assistant, she finds she's more than up for the task. Her skills are tested in her effort to avenge the rape of her best friend, Lady Artemesia Fitz-Levy, by one of her uncle's foes, Anthony Deverin (aka Lord Ferris, Crescent Chancellor of the Council of Lords). Kate's discovery that "Fear is enemy to the sword" and love is the key to triumph leads to surprising consequences.

  The Truth About Ruby Valentine, Alison Bond
NAL, Mar 2006, 352pp, trade paper

Enjoyable either for a young adult or "chick lit" audience, this story of a young woman discovering that her long-lost mother is the recently dead movie star Ruby Valentine becomes a journey of growth and discovery about two women. This is a fun read. Windhaven proofread the paperback edition linked here. We recommend you check it out.

  Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
St. Martin's, 352pp mass market, Dec 2005 reprint

Windhaven was privileged to proofread this latest mass market printing of Burroughs' now-famous autobiographical novel of his bizarre life growing up in the household of his mother's psychiatrist. The feature film of the same title debuts in winter 2006 (trailers here on and looks to be a box-office winner. From Publishers Weekly: "Beautifully written with a finely tuned sense of style and wit the occasional clich‚ ('Life would be fabric-softener, tuna-salad-on-white, PTA-meeting normal') stands out anomalously this memoir of a nightmarish youth is both compulsively entertaining and tremendously provocative."

  The Flame Keepers, Ned Handy & Kemp Battle
St. Martin's, June 2006, 352pp, mass market

A real-life story of a survivor of Luftstalag 17. This book provides an unusual look at personalilties of the prisoners and of some of the guards. this is a fascinating read. Highly recommended. Windhaven (AVP) was asked to copyedit this incredible book.

  Portion of the Sea, Christine Lemmon
Penmark Publishing, Feb. 2006, 400pp, trade, 2nd edition

Windhaven produced this title for Penmark Publishing and is at work on a second edition (re-edited, redesigned) of another of their works; we are excited to work with them and their author, Christine Lemmon -- this is a terrific read.

From Amazon: A tale about the treasures a woman has--heart, soul and mind--and her struggle to keep them afloat. Bonded by the passions and curses that get carried down in families, four generations of women arrive to an island at different times in history. Island life is a fresh start for them each, until they are forced to leave and make choices regarding family loyalties, exciting careers, and love. Each woman must decide whether to pick up the paddles and row out to her own portion of the sea.

  Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers, Larry Alexander
NAL, May 2005, 304pp, hardcover

For those who enjoyed the book or miniseries Band of Brothers, this is an expansion on the life of the leader of Easy Company, as well as a portrait of a warrior. Windhaven was pleased to be asked to do editorial production work on this title for NAL and looks forward to the book's release in May 2005. Keep an eye out here for ordering information later this spring!

  Banewreaker (The Sundering, Book 1), Jacqueline Carey
Tor, Nov 2004, 432pp, hardcover

Jacqueline Carey is one of those rare authors who writes superb characterization, narrative, and deliciously innovative plots. Windhaven is pleased that Carey specifically requests our freelance editorial work through Tor Books. This new series from Carey promises to be as good as her Kushiel's Legacy series, says the copyeditor who handled this title--we highly recommend her writing. A new epic fantasy focusing on seven gods, Publisher's Weekly complimented this book as daring, sympathetic, and poignant. Read what they had to say about one particular nonhuman character, a dragon: "Perhaps nowhere in fiction is a dragon described as remarkably or as lovingly, a creature of unbelievable power yet also of gentle tenderness."

  Bergdorf Blondes, Plum Sykes
Miramax Books, Apr 2004, 320pp, hardcover, 1st ed.

Windhaven was delighted to be asked to do freelance production work on this title--one of the more deliciously twisted, funny books of the year. Did you like Sex in the City? You'll love this book. Publisher's Weekly has this to say: "They're ravenous. They're ruthless. They live in a strictly hierarchical, alpha-dog, eat-or-be-eaten world. No, it's not a rerun of Wild America; it's the world of dressed-to-the-nines Park Avenue heiresses, aka Bergdorf Blondes, botoxed to within an inch of their barely-into-the-third-decade lives." We say: Go buy it. Buy a pair, to match, of course!

  Booty Nomad, Scott Mebus
Miramax Books, Feb 2004, 400pp, hardcover, 1st ed.

This first book by an MTV exec garnered mixed reviews, yet Windhaven found it wryly amusing, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny (the "proposal scene" comes to mind, replete with a parodied punk band in the protagonist's living room, butchering a love song). We can only imagine that many reviewers didn't understand satire when they saw it. Windhaven did freelance production work for this title, and to this day we recommend it to our friends.

  Clinton & Me, Mark Katz
Miramax Books, Feb 2004, 375pp hardcover, 1st ed.

Written by President Clinton's joke writer, this look inside life as a White House writer was heralded by Publisher's Weekly as "laugh-out-loud funny": "It is humor that Katz cares passionately about, not politics. As he says, "I like Al Gore. Comedy meant a lot to him and that meant a lot to me." He sends his jokes, hundreds of which are included here, into the world with the same pride, and angst, that parents feel when sending their children off to college. This quality is endearing and softens the rougher edges of his humor, which often involves the odd juxtaposition of self-deprecation and self-aggrandizement. Happily, he is often very laugh-out-loud funny."

Windhaven handled freelance production work on this title for Miramax, and we're proud to say we laughed out loud, too. Katz is a funny guy and a terrific writer, but more importantly, he gives a look inside the daily White House workings from a truly unique perspective.

  The First Year: Lupus, Nancy C. Hanger
Marlowe, Sept. 2003, 320pp, trade

Revised edition coming out in 2007!

My book about lupus, written after a diagnosis of lupus-related syndromes in the 1990s.

From the jacket: A patient-expert walks those newly diagnosed with lupus through everything they need to learn and do during their first year with the condition.

Starting with the day of diagnosis, Hanger provides vital information on a variety of subjects including:

* Strategies for accomplishing necessary lifestyle changes
* Guidelines and tips for modifying your diet
* Choosing the right medical team
* Coping with overlapping syndromes
* Discussing your condition with family, friends, and co-workers
* Current medical research and medications
* Effective alternative therapies
* Support group resources

By providing reliable, useful, empathetic, and up-to-date information you need to know when you most need to know it, The First Year™—Lupus is an invaluable guide for everyone learning to live with their lupus diagnosis.

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