Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Best American Noir of the Century

The recently released Best American Noir of the Century edited by Otto Penzler and James Ellroy was just voted one of the top books in The Daily Beast's Ultimate Gift Book Guide for "For the Friend Who Still Wears Fedoras."

9780547330778 . $30.00
Ellroy and Penzler mined one hundred years of writing—1910–2010—to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noir’s twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cain’s “Pastorale,” and its post-war heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing from the past decade.

Monday, November 29, 2010

a masterpiece. in new form.

This fall we published the wonderful and timeless story of The Little Prince in graphic novel format. Adapted and illustrated by Joann Sfar, an award winning French graphic artist, this format is the perfect gift for any comic book/ graphic novel lover or anyone who has been moved by the words of the 1943 classic.

This week the New York Times book review voted The Little Prince graphic novel as one of the top Notable Children's Books of 2010!

Little Prince Graphic Novel by Joann Sfar
9780547338026. $19.99. Hardcover

Thursday, November 18, 2010

HMH Presents 2 Works!

We are introducing the first four titles into our new "HMH Modern Classics" series. Two contemporary classics bound into one collectable hardcover edition. These beautifully packaged stories are the perfect gift for any literary lover!

Interpreter of Maladies/ The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
9780547447810. $22.00

Homage to Catalonia/ Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell
9780547447339. $22.00

Mrs. Dalloway/ A Room of One's Own
Virginia Woolf
9780547447346. $22.00

Everything is Illuminated/ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
9780547447261. $22.00

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow...

...debuts at #10 on the New York Times best-seller list for Children's Books!

The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix

9780618852796. $16.99. Hardcover

Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix- a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cold Weather = Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

In my opinion, there is nothing better than tomato soup and grilled cheese on a cold New England day and nobody does it better than Barbara Lynch.

Spicy Tomato Soup with Crispy Grilled Cheese

Serves 6

Spicy and really easy to make, this is a great soup. But it’s what the soup is paired with that makes it exceptional—crisp, full-flavored, croutonlike sandwiches that feel more like cheese that’s been grilled than a traditional grilled cheese. (By the way, I know at least two people who swear they hate caraway yet love these sandwiches.) I make the grilled cheese on a well-buttered baking sheet, weighing the sandwiches down with another baking sheet on top. This ingenious method makes them super-thin, amazingly crispy, and beautifully browned. It also means you can make a lot at one time. Though delicious as a comforting main course, the grilled cheese can also be cut into tiny pieces and served as part of an hors d’oeuvres spread, with the soup in shot glasses; people go wild for it.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (up to 1/2 teaspoon more if you want it spicy, as I do)
2 28-ounce cans plum tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons crème fraîche (optional)

Good country, French, or Italian bread
1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 pound Morbier or other good melting cheese, such as Italian fontina, Gruyère, or Mimolette

TO MAKE THE SOUP: Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add the basil, season lightly with salt and pepper, and let cool briefly before pureeing the soup in a food processor or a blender, in batches if necessary. Pass the soup through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on the solids with a ladle. (Save the pulp, if you like; though it has no place in this soup, it’s great on crostini or baked eggplant.) Keep the soup on medium-low heat if you plan to serve it right away.

TO MAKE THE GRILLED CHEESE: For easier slicing, stick the bread in the freezer briefly; it will be easier to slice when cold and firm. With a serrated knife, cut the bread into 12 exceedingly thin slices—as thin as you can without the bread falling apart. (I use a meat slicer and slice it about 1/4 inch thick, and I cut it long enough so I can balance the sandwich across a soup bowl, though you can certainly serve the sandwiches alongside the bowls.)

Heat a small, dry skillet over medium heat. Add the caraway seeds and toast them, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. (It’s easy to burn spices, so stick around during this part.) Transfer the seeds to a bowl. Go ahead and melt the butter in the same skillet. Let it cool a bit and then add 1 tablespoon of the toasted caraway seeds to it.

Heat the oven to 400°F. Have ready two heavy baking sheets of the same size so that one can nestle into the other. Line one with a sheet of parchment paper.

Slice the cheese thinly, too. (How thin is not as crucial here, as the cheese melts so thoroughly that it practically disappears into the bread.) Brush 6 of the bread slices with the melted butter and lay them on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Top each with a single layer of cheese and then top with another slice of buttered bread to make sandwiches. Put the sandwiches on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them. Cover the sandwiches with a piece of parchment and stack the second baking sheet on top of the first; this will cook the sandwiches on both sides without the need to flip them and will also flatten them a bit. Bake until the sandwiches are golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully peel away the top layer of parchment, transfer the sandwiches to a cooling rack, and serve warm or at room temperature. If there are any ragged bits of baked cheese hanging off the sandwiches, just trim them away by hand; you’ll want to eat these, so go ahead.

To serve, divide the hot soup among six bowls. Float a tablespoon of crème fraîche on top of the soup, if you like, and garnish with some of the reserved toasted caraway seeds. Position a grilled cheese sandwich across the top of the bowl, if it fits without falling in, or beside the bowl, and serve.

You can make the soup a few days ahead; refrigerate it, covered with plastic wrap, and then reheat it when ready to serve.
I think it’s easier to make the grilled cheese sandwiches earlier in the day or even a day ahead. Store them, once cooled, in a sealed container at room temperature.

For this receipt, and more- check out Stir!

9780618576814. $35.00

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art and Max by David Wiesner

Art & Max on the NYT List!

David Wiesner's new book, Art & Max is #5 on the New York Times best-seller list!

9780618756636. $17.99

A gorgeous picture book about the misadventures of two lizard friends, one of whom is trying to learn how to paint. Executed primarily in gouache--a first for this artist--the illustrations have all the finesse and humor of Wiesner's award-winning work. Animal characters and a very brief text that consists entirely of dialogue make this a particularly lighthearted story, which nonetheless has something to say about friendship . . . and art.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boston Book Festival

Saturday, October 16th is the 2nd Annual Boston Book Festival. I volunteered at this event last year and it was huge success!
Check out HMH authors Brian Lies, Scott Magoon, Kristin Cashore and many more! As well as bestselling authors Jeff Kinney of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Boston crime-drama writer Dennis Lehane. Even our favorite curious monkey George is expected to be in show!
For more information on this great literary experience visit the Boston Book Festival website.

The Gourmet Cookie Book: Your Ultimate Cookie Guide

Wondering what to bring to your in-laws for the holidays?
Nothing says it better than cookies!

For this stunning collection, the editors of Gourmet delved deep into their archives and selected the most delicious cookie for each year of the magazine’s sixty-eight-year existence. After marathon testing sessions and winnowing from thousands of recipes—many sent in by readers—they chose an amazing array, from the almond-scented French-style Cajun Macaroons, from the magazine’s beginnings in 1941, through Mocha Toffee Bars (1971), to the contemporary Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies.

Monday, September 13, 2010

George & Martha!

October marks the birthday of one of our great, late children's book writers- James Marshall. After searching through many of his titles, I came across these great 8x8 George and Martha paperbacks.

George and Martha: not, as one might think, the first president and his spouse, but two hippopotamuses created by the singular talent of James Marshall. For the past quarter century, these stories have entertained, intrigued, and delighted readers of all ages. The portly animals have also taught us, in a humorous and lighthearted way, about what it means to be a true friend. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the world's two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable book characters ever created.

George & Martha 9780395199725 $6.95
George & Martha: Back in Town 9780395479469 $6.95
George & Martha: Encore 9780395253793 $6.95
George & Martha: One Fine Day 9780395329214 $6.95
George & Martha: Rain and Shine 9780395280065 $6.95
George & Martha: Round and Round 9780395584101

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bats at the Ballgame on the NYT Bestseller List!

Brian Lies' new book Bats at the Ballgame (9780547249704 $16.99) debuts at #6 on the
'Picture Book List' of the New York Times!

Hurry up! Come one—come all!
We’re off to watch the bats play ball!

You’ll never forget your first game: the green so green, the presence of heroes past, and togetherness with family and friends, rooting for the home team.

But you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America’s national pastime? Grab your bat—the other kind—and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog? Or some Cricket Jack?

In sweeping compositions that transport fans to the rightside-up and upside-down world of bats at play, Brian Lies treats us to a whole new ballgame.

Also by Brian Lies...
Bats at the Library 9780618999231 $16.00
Bats at the Beach 9780618557448 $16.00

New York Gift Show Wrap Up

Last week was the New York International Gift Fair. After entering the show with mixed feelings (mostly because of our new downstairs location) I have to say, this was one of the best shows I've attended since I started at Houghton (minus the humidity and rainy afternoons).
Our new location included a bigger booth space, fellow publishers Workman, Rizzoli, and Random House, and aisles filled with optimistic buyers!

A couple highlights from the show...
Alan Richardson, of the famous cupcake duo behind Hello, Cupcake and What's New, Cupcake,Here demonstrating lo mein cupcakes and spaghetti and meatball cupcakes! demonstrates how easy and magnificent it is to make these quirky cupcakes!

The big seller...
Our new Send-A-Story display! (9780547480046 $199.60)
Includes our 4 new mailable stories. (I Like You, Won't You be my Kissaroo, Everywhere Babies, and No Matter What- only $4.99 each!)

Be sure to check out all of HMH's new fall 2010 titles at!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Zest Books

We received some VERY exciting news recently...
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will now be distributing Zest Books! An innovative San Francisco-based company, Zest Books is a line of smart and edgy books for teens ages 12 and up that focus on the color and chaos of teen life.
Hallie Warshaw, founder and publisher of Zest started the company in 2006 to offer "high quality, current, fun, hip nonfiction books" for the booming demographic that was devouring YA fiction. Zest produces 8-10 titles per year on topics important to teens, such as relationships, fashion, beauty, stress, dating, music, and high school and home life. The books are written by industry experts along with teen authors in consultation with Zest's Teen Advisory Board.
I am so excited to start selling these books- Here's a little of what you can expect!

The Date Book: A Teen Girl's Complete Guide to Going Out With Someone New

Kiss: A Girl's Guide to Puckering Up

Where's My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Backlist Discovery: Creature Comforts

Almost everyone has a favorite doll, an aging teddy, or an unraveling blankie—either safely put away in a drawer or still lovingly tucked into bed at night. Adults and children alike treasure these creature comforts because they offer security, lifelong friendship, and the smell of home.

9780618118649 ~ $17.00

Through striking black-and-white photographs and first-person accounts, Barbara Collopy O’Halloran and Betty Udesen tenderly document and reveal just some of the extraordinary magic found beneath the worn exteriors of a misshapen sweater, a winking dog, and even an earless rabbit named “Chickey.”

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Backlist Discovery: This is Just to Say...

While digging through our children's library for samples, I came across this lovely book by the incredible duo of Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski. (The same brillant author and illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Red Sings From Treetops 9780547014944)

9780618616800 ~ $16.00
This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness is illustrated in the same collage style as Red Sings and writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and more. This book is perfect for any stationary, card store, or pharmacy.

Monday, May 31, 2010

When the Game Was Ours - Celtics/ Lakers Back in the Finals!

First LeBron. Then Dwight Howard. Now onto Kobe.

The Boston Celtics have made it to the NBA Finals and will take on longtime rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. And what better way to get ready for this showdown!? A brand new copy of When The Game Was Ours, (see below post) by basketball legends and rivals Larry Bird and Ervin "Magic" Johnson.
A bit regional, but a perfect companion to any sports related store in the New England/ California areas.

Friday, May 14, 2010

totally unrelated, but still important...

Last night the Boston Celtics eliminated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers from their run at the NBA championship. For those of you who don't know, I am a HUGE Celtics fan, and was lucky enough to be at the Boston Garden last night to witness this amazing game.

Click here to check out highlights from the game!

Also check out...
When The Game Was Ours by Jackie MacMullen, Larry Bird, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. 978-0-547-22547-0 ~ $26.00 An inside look at basketball's greatest rivalry.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Now Available!

Lyle Walks the Dogs
9780547223230 ~ $12.99 Hardcover
By Bernard Waber, illustrated by Paulis Waber
** The first new Lyle book in over 11 years**

Lyle the crocodile has a new job walking dogs. As Lyle's excellent reputation as a dog walker spreads, the number of dogs in his charge grows- from one dog to ten! Whether they're frisky or happy, sniffy or snappy, Lyle must get them all walking together in harmony. But never fear- Lyle's winning smile and gentle ways will always save the doggie day! Young children will enjoy walking the dogs-and counting from one to ten-with Lyle.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Summer Reads!

It's almost summer! Which means its almost time to find a book, grab the sunscreen and sit on the beach. And if you are still searching for that perfect summer read, check out the following...

For Teens...
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey 9780547259406
New York Times best-seller Graceling by Kristin Cashore. 9780547258300
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. 9780152061548
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks. 9780547411668
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn. 9780547248783
Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez. 9780152062163

For Adults...
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. 9780156029438
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. 9780156027328
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. 9780156031660
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 9780618711659
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. 9780618485222
2009 Best American Short Stories, edited by Alice Sebold. 9780618792252

For more information on these fiction titles and more, visit

Monday, April 26, 2010

Museum Store Association 2010

A cloudy Austin day!

South Congress Street.

The Alamo Draft House Cinema (one of my favorite places!)

Last weekend was the 2010 Museum Store Association Show in, my favorite city, Austin, Texas! The show, like most this year, was a success in the two days that it was open!

Some of the bestsellers from the show include:
Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America's Women of the West by Holly George-Warren
($18.00 HC, 978-0-618-73738-3)

Hands: Growing Up to be an Artist, by Lois Ehlert
($14.95 HC, 978-0-15-205107-5)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Quiet Book in Publisher's Weekly ShelfTalker!

Great plug for The Quiet Book in today’s PW ShelfTalker blog– the headline says it all...

My Favorite Book of the Spring”

April 12, 2010

Every once in a while, a gem of a book arrives at the store. Last week such a gem was delivered in a Houghton Mifflin box, and the book in question is The Quiet Book. The sign for me that a book is magic is when I hand it to customers and say, “You have to read this.” and they do, and they buy it, even if they came in for a mystery.

This book is deceptively simple. Straightforward sentences that take you through a day are all about moments when you’re quiet. Beautiful art with a muted palate, done by Renata Liwska, is spot on. “First one awake quiet,” gives way to more unique quiet situations: “Jelly side down quiet.” As two little animals stare at the sandwich on the floor, wondering what happened. The art is beautiful and somehow the author, Deborah Underwood, has captured so many authentic quiet moments, that this book will become a treasure to read, again and again.

First haircut quiet gives way to last one picked up at school quiet, which conveys all the worry of the last child sitting on the steps waiting for a parent who’s running late. All the notes struck are solidly true. Nothing seems forced or cloying. Each quiet moment is one that makes you try to emulate it. Can I remember, first snow quiet? Yes, but the book helps, by showing the stillness of the first snow. And it will help young children learn about the quality of quiet moments. I can also see this being a great book to help soothe anxious children who need some gentle calming.

I’m not one for gushing about one book in this blog, but I simply adore this book and know that I’ve horribly under-ordered it, as my display is almost empty. And I’ve quietly made a note to order more this afternoon.

THE QUIET BOOK - 9780547215679

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Going on a trip?

This post might a little late, with school vacations coming to an end, but summer is right around the corner and these travel activity kits are perfect for those long summer road trips.

Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel Travel Activity Kit (97800547258775)

Curious George Travel Activity Kit (9780547258751)

Five Little Monkeys Travel Activity Kit (9780547258799)

Each $12.99 kit includes:
• A Classic story.
• A 24-page coloring activity book
• Three double-sided crayons (six colors total)
• A CD with half an hour of listening time
• Two sheets of mini-stickers
• A bingo game with cardboard tokens or card game.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Spring has finally arrived in Boston! And while I have spent the majority of the start of the season mending my leaking ceiling, I am still so happy to pack away winter coats and boots! (except my galoshes, of course!)
In honor of this fresh season, check out these Spring titles...

Spring, an Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur and Leslie Evans.
9780395822692 $16.00

North Country Spring, by Reeve Lindbergh and Liz Sivertson
9780618809066 $6.95

Thursday, March 18, 2010

International Home & Housewares 2010

A rainy Chicago day...

This past weekend was the 2010 International Home and Housewares show in Chicago. The show was a HUGE success for us. Three of our Spring authors, Iron Chef Cat Cora and the amazingly talented authors of Hello, Cupcake and What's New, Cupcake, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson took to the GOHO Cooking Theater stage at McCormick Place to demonstrate a couple of their fantastic new recipes and designs.

Karen and Alan demonstrate how to make their famous cupcakes.

Cat creates a delicious Nicoise salad with a twist.

People were very excited about the recent release of What's New, Cupcake! (9780547241814 $16.95) and for the May release of Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist (9780547126036 $30.00). Other top sellers included 100 Words for Foodies (Editors of Amer. Heritage 9780547239682 $5.95) The Italian Slow Cooker (Michelle Scicolone 9780547003030 $22.00) and The Flexitarian Table (Peter Barley 9780618658657 $30.00).

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What's New, Cupcake?

9780547241814 $16.95

What's New, Cupcake? is now available and ready to ship in the warehouse! We have already had a HUGE response for this book at both the NY Gift show and the NY Toy Fair and this weekend I head off to Chicago with Karen and Alan to the International Home and Housewares show.