Eliza Rosenberry is a Publicist at Blue Rider Press where she began her career in 2012. Originally from Massachusetts, she graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in English. She can be found wherever books and snacks are available.
I love opening an issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine and seeing a new piece by Mark Leibovich. He’s the magazine’s Chief National Correspondent and writes sharp, critical, and thoughtful profiles of political figures (many of these profiles will be collected in his upcoming book Citizens of the Green Room - stay tuned!). This Town, which we published last summer in hardcover and this year in paperback, is an insider-y take on everything that’s wrong with Washington D.C.: in a nutshell, that the politicians, lobbyists, and media in our nation’s capital are way too friendly with each other. Mark is a hilarious writer and even though it paints a pretty depressing picture, This Town is so much fun to read. And the paperback edition has a new afterword, with updates on the Post-#ThisTown era.
James Carville is a Democrat and Mary Matalin is a Republican, and they’re political consultants, and they’re married. I would have a hard enough time dating someone who didn’t like the same TV shows as me, let alone such a fundamental difference as political beliefs — especially when it’s also your career. But James and Mary have somehow made it work, and they speak candidly about their twenty years of marriage in Love & War. They also write about returning to Louisiana (where James is from) after Hurricane Katrina and working to rebuild the city of New Orleans — those passages are my favorite.
The Operators, Michael Hastings’s book about General Stanley McChrystal and the war in Afghanistan, was published on January 5, 2012. I remember because it was my third day as an assistant at Blue Rider Press and Michael was the first author I’d ever worked with. He was most famous for getting McChrystal fired with a Rolling Stone profile; his reporting was refreshing, exciting, and brave. But Michael died tragically in a car accident a year ago, and it was a shock for all of us who had read his writing, experienced his talent and energy, and anticipated a long and prolific career. The Last Magazine is Michael’s debut novel, discovered in his files after his death: a hilariously funny account of a young journalist in the early 2000s trying to find his footing in a changing media landscape, and informed by Michael’s own experiences. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to read a new piece of his writing, this time fiction – but still with Michael’s signature insight, humor, and perspective.
Valerie Plame is a former covert CIA operative whose identity was exposed (and her career was therefore ended) by the Bush administration. After writing a memoir, appearing often as a CIA expert on TV and on speaking tours, and moving her family out to New Mexico, Valerie is now writing a spy thriller series. Co-written with Sarah Lovett, BLOWBACK and BURNED star Vanessa Piersen, a covert CIA operative who travels the world and focuses on anti-nuclear proliferation, keeping her assets safe, and having secret affairs with other agents. Valerie is incredibly smart and charming, and her professional expertise is on every page of these books.
Ever since this book was presented at our launch meeting last year, I’ve been itching to get my hands on a galley. Journalist Tom Shroder has written a history of psychedelics, and how the drug MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy) has been used to effectively treat PTSD, especially in returning military personnel. I had no idea (until this book) that more than 500,000 veterans suffer from PTSD. Shroder’s reporting is phenomenal and his sources — including a veteran whose PTSD is under control thanks to MDMA therapy — are fascinating. If weed was the big drug story of 2013, this book could do the same for psychedelics in 2014. And it doesn’t hurt that the cover is awesome.
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