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In the Country We Love

In the Country We Love

St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback
272 pages • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-250-13496-7 


En el país que amamos: Mi familia divida
Spanish Language Edition
Paperback
304 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-62779-833-4

My Family Divided

Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford

“[Guerrero] writes frankly and affectingly about how she made her way on her own; she also shares fond memories of her family’s life together in America.”—The Washington Post 

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven’t been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author’s and on a system that fails them over and over.

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Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City.

Michelle Burford is a founding editor of  O, The Oprah Magazine and writer of many best-selling books including memoirs by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, singer Toni Braxton, and Cleveland kidnap survivor Michelle Knight.

In the Country We Love has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Bethel College; Metropolitan State University of Denver

We Believe You

We Believe You

Henry Holt and Company
Paperback
368 pages • $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-62779-533-3

Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

“Changing the conversation forever, 30 survivors of campus sexual assault and cover-ups from all races, backgrounds, and genders, speak out in Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino’s monumental exposé, We Believe You.”—Vanity Fair  

“Me too. It happened to me too.”

More than twenty percent of women and five percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. After decades of near silence from school communities, some survivors are not coming forward. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism. They represent a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.

For more information, please visit: http://webelieveyou.net/.

Annie Clark

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Andrea Pino

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Annie E. Clark  (left) and Andrea L. Pino (right) are co-founders of End Rape On Campus, an organization dedicated to survivor support, education and policy reform. They attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they both majored in Political Science. They were two of those who filed Title IX and Clery complaints against UNC. Their stories are prominently featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. We Believe You is their first book.

We Believe You has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Moraine Valley Community College (IL); Moravian College (PA)

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Picking Cotton

Picking Cotton

St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback
320 pages • $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-59953-9

Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo

“The story of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, as told in first-person voices in this gripping, well-written book, is exceptional.”—St. Petersburg Times

In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and because she had studied his face intently during the attack, she later identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken—but Jennifer’s positive identification was the evidence that compelled a jury to put him behind bars. After eleven years in prison, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face. They forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge ideas about memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.

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Ronald Cotton © Scott Witter

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Jennifer Thompson-Cannino lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission.

Ronald Cotton speaks at various schools and conferences about issues of witness identification and judicial reform. He lives in North Carolina with his family.

Erin Torneo is a Los Angeles-based writer. She was a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Fellow.

Picking Cotton has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Concordia University (MN); East Carolina University (NC); Florida State College, Jacksonville; Georgia Gwinnett College; Georgia Perimeter College; Hilbert College (NY); Iowa Lakes Community College; North Carolina Central University; Pitt Community College (NC); Queensborough Community College (NY); Roberts Wesleyan College (NY); Somerset Community College (KY); University of Kentucky; University of Mount Olive (NC); University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Wheelock College (MA)

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No Barriers

No Barriers

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
480 pages • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-250-08878-9

A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy

Forward by Bob Woodruff

No Barriers is more than an incredible adventure story—it’s a beautiful book about family and finding a way to achieve more than you ever thought possible.”—Brad Meltzer, author of The President’s Shadow

No Barriers is about Erik Weihenmayer’s journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where he is today. It is the story of his life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world’s great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people he has encountered along the way who possess what he calls a “No Barriers” mindset. This book highlights these pioneers who give those around them the courage to do great things. People who have risked failure, transcended their personal barriers, and shown others a way forward: scientists, innovators, artists and musicians, climbers and adventurers, activists and soldiers. No Barriers is a ways of living, and it exists in all of us, like a deep internal light. But sometimes through trauma, loss, isolation, and disillusionment, people get shoved into a dark place, and that light is almost extinguished. Making hard choices is what feeds that light, and becomes the energy we need to propel us forward. No Barriers is about making the hard choices to fuel that flickering light, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves.

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Erik Weihenmayer is a bestselling author, athlete, adventurer, and motivational speaker. He is the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He is the author of Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage. He co-founded No Barriers USA, which helps those with special challenges to live active and purposeful lives. He lives in Colorado.

Buddy Levy is a journalist, speaker, and author of numerous books, including River of Darkness and Geronimo (with Mike Leach). He teaches writing at Washington State University and lives in Idaho.

No Barriers has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Colorado Mountain College

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Dreamland

Dreamland

Bloomsbury
Paperback
384 pages • $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-62040-252-8

The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones

Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Non-fiction

“A brisk and startling new book on painkiller and heroin addiction in the United States.”—Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times 

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. Acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive—extremely addictive—miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin—cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel—assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico. Introducing a memorable cast of characters—pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents—Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

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Sam Quinones is a journalist, author and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration—True Tales From Another Mexico and Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream—made him, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the most original writer on Mexico and the border.” He lives in Los Angeles.

Dreamland has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science (OH); Virginia Commonwealth University

Consequence

Consequence

Henry Holt and Co.
Hardcover
256 pages • $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-627-79513-5

Paperback available in April 2017

A Memoir

Eric Fair

“An important personal perspective is now provided by Eric Fair’s candid and chilling new book, Consequence, which is at once an agonized confession of his own complicity as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib and an indictment of the system that enabled and tried to justify torture . . . [A] profoundly unsettling book.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 

Consequence is the story of Eric Fair, a kid who grew up in the shadows of crumbling Bethlehem Steel plants nurturing a strong faith and a belief that he was called to serve his country. It is a story of a man who chases his own demons from Egypt, where he served as an Army translator, to a detention center in Iraq, to seminary at Princeton, and eventually, to a heart transplant ward at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, after several months as an interrogator with a private contractor in Iraq, Fair’s nightmares take new forms: first, there had been the shrinking dreams; now the liquid dreams begin. By the time he leaves Iraq after that first deployment, Fair will have participated in or witnessed a variety of aggressive interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, diet manipulation, exposure, and isolation. Years later, his health and marriage crumbling, haunted by the role he played in what we now know as “enhanced interrogation,” it is his desire to speak out that becomes a key to his survival. Spare and haunting, Fair’s memoir is both a brave, unrelenting confession and a book that questions the very depths of who he, and we as a country, have become.

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Eric Fair an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004. He won a Pushcart prize for his 2012 essay “Consequence,” which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper’s Magazine. His op-eds on interrogation have also been published in The Washington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Consequence has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Ethical Culture Fieldston Upper School (NY)
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Gamelife

Gamelife

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
224 pages • $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53638-1

A Memoir

Michael W. Clune

“Beyond the brilliant observations that seem to pop up on every page, the scenes of Clune’s childhood make for equally compelling reading, dramatically rendered as they are in rich novelistic prose.”—Christopher Urban, The Millions

You have been awakened. Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence, followed by a blinking cursor. So begins Suspended, the first computer game to obsess seven-year-old Michael, to worm into his head and change his sense of reality. Thirty years later he will write: “Computer games have taught me the things you can’t learn from people.” Gamelife is the memoir of a childhood transformed by technology. Afternoons spent gazing at pixelated maps and mazes train Michael’s eyes for the uncanny side of 1980s suburban Illinois. A game about pirates yields clues to the drama of cafeteria politics and locker-room hazing. And in the year of his parents’ divorce, a spaceflight simulator opens a hole in reality. In telling the story of his youth through seven computer games, Michael W. Clune captures the part of childhood we live alone.

© Lauren Voss

Michael W. Clune is a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of the memoir White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin and of two scholarly books, American Literature in the Free Market and Writing Against Time.

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