Bob Miller, who joined Macmillan earlier this month as the head of a new nonfiction division, has acquired the first three titles for the unit, which has been named Flatiron Books. As Miller noted, the name “carries a lot of history” for Macmillan, which is located in the Flatiron Building in Manhattan.
The first titles bought for the imprint are: K: Into the Pathless Land by Mark Frost, whose previous books include The Greatest Game Ever Played and The Match. His new book, set for fall 2016, is about the early struggles of influential spiritual thinker, writer and speaker J. Krishnamurti; The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron. A clinical psychologist, Byron recounts her early experiences with troubled children, men and women with dementia, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and in one case, a psychopath; and The Year of the Cow: How 420 Pounds of Beef Built a Better Life for One American Family by Jared Stone. Stone, an Emmy Award-winning television producer, tells the story of how he bought an entire cow and cooked his way through it, learning that a more conscious relationship with food gave him clarity, better health and more creativity, not to mention hundreds of new recipes. Both Cow and Skeleton Cupboard are set for spring 2015.