Publisher's Marketplace posted an interesting nonfiction deal this morning: Paul Tough, author of Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, will publish a book called The Success Equation, "a character-driven exploration of cutting-edge research on success and failure by economists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and animal behaviorists looking at why some children succeed while others fail—and what exactly we can do to move individual children toward their full potential for success." Looks like publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is banking on a hit; the book sold in a "major deal" (aka $500,000 and up).
You may also recognize Tough's name from the New York Times Magazine, where he writes about school reform, childhood development and other education topics. Recent articles include teaching self-control in preschool and education reform as an election issue.
I've been racing through Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and I know I'll be itching for another character-driven nonfiction book—maybe The Success Equation will fit the bill? (When it's published in fall 2012, that is.)
Does The Success Equation sound like something you would read?
By the way, if you read Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, you may enjoy new education documentary Waiting for Superman, which features Geoffrey Canada and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.