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Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht

Bestselling Author • Novelist

Téa Oberht’s acclaimed debut, The Tiger’s Wife, was a National Book Award finalist; and her second novel, Inland, was listed on President Obama’s 2019 summer reading list.

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Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum

TV Critic • Pulitzer Prize Winner • Essayist

Proclaimed as “one of the leading TV critics of our time” (Kirkus), Nussbaum is the television critic for The New Yorker and author of I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through The TV Revolution.

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Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

Bestselling novelist and MacArthur “Genius” Jonathan Lethem has been lauded for his genre-bending fiction, including the award-winning Motherless Brooklyn, and his incisive cultural critiques. His newest novel, The Feral Detective, was published in 2018.

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Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

Bestselling Author • Journalist • Essayist

One of America’s most distinctive voices, Orlean is the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin. Her newest, The Library Book, explores the history, power and future of these vital yet endangered institutions.

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Praise for Inland

It’s a voyage of hilarious and harrowing adventures. . . . [N]ot just a literary effect of Obreht’s gorgeous prose; it’s an uncanny representation of the indeterminate nature of life in this place of brutal geography.

Ron Charles, The Washington Post

The Confession Club

Praise for The Confession Club

Berg effortlessly wraps her arms around this busy universe of quirky characters with heartbreaking secrets and unflagging faith.

Publishers Weekly

On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

Praise for On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

On Being Human—is heartbreaking and triumphant. And it has plenty to teach us about listening, forgiving, and ultimately, finding peace.


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Praise for Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

An important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Resisters

Praise for The Resisters

Inventive, funny, and tender, The Resisters is about family, baseball, and the future—but more than anything, it is about freedom, and it is about us—here, now.

Allegra Goodman, author of The Chalk Artist

Survival Math

Praise for Survival Math

Survival Math is the best memoir I’ve read in ages. With honesty, insight, and a tremendous amount of heart, Mitchell S. Jackson takes us deep into the stories that made, ruined, and saved him. It’s intimate and wise; poignant and compassionate; redemptive and raw.

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild


Praise for Apeirogon

All I can really tell you is, read McCann’s book.  It’s an important book.  It’s quite possibly a great book.

Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

The Lucky Star

Praise for The Lucky Star

Forthcoming, 2020