Rights: Algonquin, World
FLUSHED: How the Plumber Saved Civilization (2006)
When we consider the amenities that really make a difference in our well-being, surely good plumbing must rank near the top. But rarely have we taken the time to appreciate the engineering marvels that bring clean water into our homes with the turn of a tap and the flip of a lever. Until now.
Witty, anecdotal, and thoroughly entertaining, Flushed chronicles the long and notable history of plumbing, while following Hodding Carter’s travels and travails around the most underappreciated pillar of civilization. It’s a winning combination of history, science, and firsthand experience — a book that will both entertain and educate those who have never contemplated the hidden intricacies of this miracle of everyday technology.
Rights: Atria, World English; Shanghai Translation Publishing House, Mainland China; Inostranka, Russia; Prophet Press, Taiwan
STOLEN WATER: Saving the Everglades from its Friends, Foes, and Florida (2004)
Through investigative research, eyewitness accounts, and interviews with key players in the conservation controversy, Carter offers a rare portrait of a national treasure. Utterly important, and at times downright hilarious, Stolen Water is a classic American adventure tale, and an environmental parable for our time.
Rights: Atria/Simon & Schuster, North America
A VIKING VOYAGE: In Which an Unlikely Crew of Adventurers Attempts an Epic Journey to the New World (2000)
Fascinated since childhood with Leif Eriksson’s triumphant sailing voyage a thousand years ago from Greenland to North America, Hodding Carter could not shake his admittedly crazy idea of reenacting Eriksson’s epic journey in a precise replica of the precarious Viking cargo ship known as a knarr. This extraordinary book is the account of how he pulled it off. By turns thrilling and slapstick, sublime and outrageous, A Viking Voyage is an unforgettable adventure story that will take you to the heart of some of the most magnificent, unspoiled territory on earth, and even deeper, to the heart of a journey like no other. A celebration of the people and places Carter visits and a treasure-trove of fascinating Viking lore, here is an unforgettable story of friendship and teamwork–and the thrill of accomplishing a goal that once seemed impossible.
Rights: Ballantine, North America; Bzztoh, Holland; Random House, U.K, Goldmann, Germany