S&S Gets Eisenhowers' Story
Agent Alan Nevins, at Renaissance Literary & Talent, just sold a book by David and Julie Eisenhower to Simon & Schuster, closing a deal he says was "20 years in the making." Eisenhower is the grandson of former president Dwight D. and also wrote the 1986 book Eisenhower at War; his wife also has commander-in-chief ties, as the daughter of Richard and Pat Nixon. Bob Bender took world rights to Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961–1969, which is based on a collection of letters as well as personal stories from the 1960s, when David Eisenhower lived next door to his grandfather, who at that point had returned to live on his farm in Gettysburg, Pa. The book, which Nevins called a "deeply personal family memoir," is scheduled for November.
Wiley Offers Legal Aid for House Hunters
Richard Narramore at Wiley bought world rights to Finding the Uncommon Deal by Adam Leitman Bailey. Bailey is a well-known New York real estate attorney—the book's subtitle is A Top New York Lawyer Explains How to Buy a House for the Lowest Possible Price—and agent Maura Teitelbaum, of Abrams Artists Agency, brokered the deal for him. Teitelbaum says the book will be "a comprehensive guide to navigating the current real estate market," with special attention paid to finding overlooked bargains. Bailey, who was named a "super lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine, writes a real estate column for the New York Law Journal.
Sedliar Closes Animal Planet Tie-In
Renée Sedliar, executive editor at Da Capo, has added an animal-friendly title to her list. She took U.S. rights, at auction, to Jeremy Wade's River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones That Didn't Get Away. Wade, a British biologist who hosts River Monsters on Animal Planet, will write about his obsession with finding (and catching) exotic fresh water fish. The book, which is being written with Discovery Communications (the media company that owns Animal Planet), is scheduled for spring 2011, to coincide with the TV series' third season. Agents Scott Hoffman and Erin C. Niumata, at Folio Literary, brokered the deal.