Rose Goes to Morrow

Morrow executive editor Henry Ferris prevailed over three other bidders for a new book by Daniel Asa Rose called Larry’s Kidney: (Being the Story of) How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail Order Bride, Breaking Chinese Law to Get Him a Transplant—and Save His Life. Jennifer Joel at ICM sold North American rights. This wild romp conveyed by the book’s subtitle also includes some serious undertones about organ transplants in foreign countries, as well as the bonding that occurs between the author and his cousin, who Ferris describes as an amazingly outsized character. Coincidentally, Ferris received a kidney transplant eight years ago. Rose’s last book, Hiding Places, was published by S&S in 2000. Morrow’s pub date is sometime in 2009.

Economic Insight

On the eve of an auction, Adrian Zackheim and Tim Sullivan at Portfolio preempted Eric Janszen’s The New New Deal via Ted Weinstein, who sold world rights. Janszen, former tech CEO and VC and founder of the finance community site, will explain the roots and complexities of the current financial and economic crisis and the fundamental restructuring that is the only hope to restore our economic strength. Janszen authored Harper’s February cover article, “The Next Bubble: Taking Stock of Our Irrational Exuberance.” Pub date is early 2009.

Navigating College and Career

Clare Ferraro and Alessandra Lusardi at Viking preempted world rights to Dr. Katharine Brooks’s tentatively titled Wise Wanderings via Bonnie Solow. In this 21st-century career guide for college students and recent grads, Brooks, a 20-year career counselor presently at the University of Texas, will teach young people how to reinterpret and reframe key aspects of their academic and life experience to appeal to a wide range of employers and find fulfilling career paths.

New from Deaver

David Rosenthal at S&S bought North American rights to a new thriller by Jeffery Deaver, The Bodies Left Behind; Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider made the sale and Marysue Rucci will edit. This is a standalone thriller, to be distinguished from his two ongoing series featuring quadriplegic forensics analyst Lincoln Rhyme and California kinesiologist Kathryn Dance. Hodder bought the book in the U.K., and both U.S. and U.K. publishers have scheduled the book for December of this year.

Solo Du Brul

Doubleday executive editor Jason Kaufman bought world rights to two novels by Jack Du Brul; Bob Diforio made the sale. The books will feature Philip Mercer, the scholarly international sleuth and geologist who has appeared in seven previous Du Brul novels, which combined have more than two million copies in print. Du Brul is also coauthor of books three and four in Clive Cussler’s Oregon series, Dark Watch and Skeleton Coast, as well as Cussler’s forthcoming Plague Ship.

Six Lessons from Grano

Jossey-Bass/Wiley editor Karen Murphy won an auction for Joseph J. Grano’s Leadership in Times of Crisis via Joelle Delbourgo. Business leader and former UBS chairman Grano—whose experience includes leading Green Berets on classified missions, steering dispirited brokers after the 1987 crash, helping to reopen Wall Street after 9/11 as chairman of the President’s Security Advisory Council, and overseeing the UBS-Paine Webber merger—will offer six lessons in courage, leadership and determination to inspire readers at every stage of life and career.