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The Overlook Press is an independent general-interest publisher, founded in 1971 (and will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2006). The Overlook Press publishes nearly 100 new books per year, evenly divided between hardcovers and trade paperbacks.
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1. Quoteable Freud

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2. Early Praise for Edward Carey's HEAP HOUSE

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3. Dylan Jones on The Life and Death of Elvis Presley

Dylan Jones, author of ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: The Death of the King and the Rise of Punk Rock, offers a quick commentary on the milestones in the life of Elvis Presley: <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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4. End-of-Summer Reading: THE OPIUM WAR

There is no better time to connect the past with the present than the end of summer when the changing of seasons is on the forefront of our minds. In preparation for an impending September, pore over Julia Lovell’s latest historical volume, THE OPIUM WAR, out today. THE OPIUM WAR sheds light on the complicated modern relationship between China and Great Britain. The Opium Wars of the

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5. An Interview with Toby Ball

Toby Ball is the critically acclaimed author of THE VAULTS and SCORCH CITY. INVISIBLE STREETS, available July 24, is the third in the thriller series. This is your third novel, and it follows some of the same characters as the first two. Was it challenging to write a book that stood alone from The Vaults and Scorch City but would also please fans of the first two books? Spacing the

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6. Christina Nichol's WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY Book Tour Kicks Off!

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7. The Illusionists ON SALE TODAY

Rosie Thomas, the acclaimed author of The Kashmir Shawl, is at it again. This time, she’s taking her passionate prose to 1870's England. Thomas’s latest novel THE ILLUSIONISTS effortlessly swirls romance with adventure in an enchanted Victorian setting. In the thick of all the magic and mayhem is an unforgettable cast of characters, who all, by a twist of fate, join together to become a

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8. Pick Your Poison

Summer is a time littered with little landmines of temptation. Ice cream trucks, poolside cocktails, afternoon naps, trashy beach reads: pick your poison. If literal poison (or true crime literature) is your indulgence of choice, check out THE POISONER, a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Penned by English journalist Stephen Bates, THE POISONER synthesizes established

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9. World Cup Reading List

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10. Meet the Authors at Book Expo 2014

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11. Look for Me: A Poem by Vladislav Khodasevitch

A poem for the day. "Look at Me," from the new bilingual collection: Vladislav Khodasevitch: Selected Poems, just published by Overlook, translated from the Russian by Peter Daniels, with an introduction by Michael Wachtel. Born in 1886, Khodasevitch came of age among the famed avant-gardists of Russian poetry. An innovative classicist in an era dominated by relentless experimentation,

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12. Interview: Stephen Bates, author of THE POISONER

Stephen Bates turns his eye to 19th century Victorian England and the period’s most notorious medical serial killer Dr. William Palmer in his latest book The Poisoner, on sale May 15th.  The Poisoner offers a deeply researched and revelatory look at one of the most fascinating true crime stories in history. In 1856 William Palmer was convicted of murdering his best friend, but was suspected

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13. Acclaim for John Spurling's THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS

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14. THE TOOTH FAIRY – RETHINKING THE MEMOIR

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15. The Tooth Fairy: Clifford Chase's New Memoir On Sale Now

Everyone at Overlook is brimming with excitement over Clifford Chase’s new book THE TOOTH FAIRY, but we’re not the only ones! Check out Alexander Chee's review for Slate and see for yourself why everyone is raving about Chase’s radically candid new new memoir! The White Space Between the Sentences <!--[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]--><!--[if !vml]-->A memoir of aphorisms, by

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16. Early Praise for WONDERKID by Wesley Stace

Wesley Stace's new novel Wonderkid is almost here! This long-awaited novel will go on sale February 27, and the advance praise is pouring in! “I can’t believe that this amazing book exists. Wonderkid is by far the best music novel I’ve ever read, and the most unexpectedly wild ride I’ve ever been on. Every detail is perfect. Wonderkid is uplifting, inspiring, unhinged, and unpredictable,

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17. Calder Walton's EMPIRE OF SECRETS in The Wall Street Journal

Calder Walton's new book Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, The Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire is reviewed by Daniel Johnson in The Wall Street Journal Book Review: 'Empire of Secrets': Britain became America's indispensable partner in the Cold War, thanks largely to its intelligence. The recent diplomatic storm in a teacup over the NSA's monitoring of

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18. Remembering JFK: HISTORY WILL PROVE US RIGHT

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories and disputes over the events of November 22, 1963 are back in the spotlight.  In his new book, History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Howard P. Willens gives an in-depth look at the investigation conducted by the Warren

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19. New in The Collector's Wodehouse: FRENCH LEAVE and THE WHITE FEATHER

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20. Interview: Daniel Clery, author of A PIECE OF THE SUN

In A Piece of the Sun, journalist Daniel Clery reveals the remarkable untold story behind sixty years of scientific research into nuclear fusion.  Although scientists have been working towards a fusion solution now for over six decades, and have made large advances in the field, there is still work to be done.  A Piece of the Sun gives readers a fascinating account of the history behind fusion,

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21. Happy Birthday, Milton Glaser!

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22. Interview: Eric Simons, author of THE SECRET LIVES OF SPORTS FANS

To sports fanatics, the emotional attachment formed to a team is sometimes inexplicable and to outsiders it is often incomprehensible. In The Secret Lives of Sports Fans, Darwin Slept Here author Eric Simons changes focus from following the story of evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin to a look into the lives of athletic obsessives. Through entertaining fan stories and research, Simons sheds a

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23. Interview: Barbara Mujica, author of I AM VENUS

Barbara Mujica, author of the acclaimed historical novels frida and Sister Teresa turns her eye to 17th-century Spain and the court of King Phillip IV in her latest book, I Am Venus, published earlier this month by Overlook. Chronicling the scandalous affair between the great Baroque Spanish painter Diego Velázquez and the young model who became his Venus, Barbara Mujica vividly reimagines the

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24. Overlook Has “Reasons to be Happy” — Rave Reviews for Neil LaBute's New Play!

Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Happy, the companion piece to his critically acclaimed, 2009-Tony nominated reasons to be pretty, which Overlook published earlier this month, premiered this week to rave reviews at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre. Ben Brantley of The New York Times hailed it as “what may be the most winning romantic comedy of the summer” and Variety praised LaBute’s “astonishing

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25. FROM EXILE TO WASHINGTON: Michael Blumenthal's Memoir On Sale Now

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