Amy Chua's highly sought-after memoir about her experiences with "Chinese mothering," Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has landed at Penguin Press. Ann Godoff bought North American rights to the book from Janklow & Nesbit's Tina Bennett after a heated auction that's rumored to have pushed the final price of the book to well over $500,000. A rep from Penguin did not respond to questions about the title's advance by press time, and Bennett declined to comment.
Chua, who has the kind of pedigree that can push New York publishing deals into stratospheric territory -- she's a Yale law professor and daughter of two established academics as well as the wife of fellow law professor-turned-recent-novelist Jed Rubenfeld (The Interpretation of Murder) -- has written two nonfiction books, 2007's Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance and Why They Fall and 2003's World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.
In Battle Hymn Chua, the daughter of successful Chinese immigrants, chronicles her experiences raising her children the "Chinese way" -- a strict method of parenting that aims to produce high achievers -- and how one child flourished under the regime and the other rebelled.