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Jesmyn Ward

Novelist • Essayist • Memoirist

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” In November 2017, she became the first woman and the […]

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Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell

Author • Energy & Environment Expert • Investigative Journalist

“The greatest danger we face is not technological hubris, but human apathy.” —Jeff Goodell Through years of research, acclaimed author and investigative journalist Jeff Goodell has established himself as an expert on the coal industry, geoengineering, and climate change. As the price of oil soars and the seas rise, as energy independence and global warming […]

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Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan

Bestselling Author • Novelist

Hillary Jordan received her BA in English and political science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before turning to fiction. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her first novel, Mudbound, was published in 2008 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, HarperCollins Canada, and Random House UK. […]

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Jeremy McCarter

Jeremy McCarter

Cultural Historian • Bestselling Author

Jeremy McCarter is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, with Lin-Manuel Miranda. His newest book, Young Radicals, is about idealists fighting for freedom and equality in the early twentieth century. A common thread in McCarter’s work is the power of storytelling to drive social change—from our country’s rebellious founders to […]

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David Finkel

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

MacArthur Genius and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel is an expert on the devastating effects of war on the human psyche. In two bestselling books, as well as in years of observant and clear-eyed reporting, Finkel explores what we ask of the men and women we send to war—and how we fail them when they […]

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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

Alice Hoffman has been called “America’s literary heir to the Brothers Grimm,” and her luminous and remarkable “fables of the everyday” have enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. Decades later, with numerous acclaimed and bestselling novels, as well as two short story collections and many books for young […]

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New & Noteworthy

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Praise for Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing is a road novel turned on its head, and a family story with its feet to the fire. Lyric and devastating, Ward’s unforgettable characters straddle past and present in this spellbinding return to the rural Mississippi of her first book. You’ll never read anything like it.

Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Story of Arthur Truluv

Praise for The Story of Arthur Truluv

Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart. I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.

Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking

The Rules of Magic

Praise for The Rules of Magic

Reading an Alice Hoffman book is like falling into a deep dream where senses are heightened and love reigns supreme. The Rules of Magic is no exception—as I tumbled into the story of three siblings desperate for and cursed by love, I never wanted to awaken.

Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things 

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Reshaping of the Civilized World

Praise for The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Reshaping of the Civilized World

Sea level rise is coming. We know this as clearly as we know thermometer measurements, the melting point of ice, and the law of thermal expansion. Jeff Goodell’s book cuts through the fossil-fuel lies, and is a warning I hope we heed while there’s still time.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse


Praise for Mudbound

[A] supremely readable debut novel…Fluidly narrated by engaging characters…Mudbound is packed with drama. Pick it up, then pass it on.


Ashley's War

Praise for Ashley's War

Lemmon tells the powerful story of an extraordinary group of women, and after knowing them, I was left cheering.

The Daily Beast

The Moor's Account

Praise for The Moor's Account

[The Moor’s Account] is an absorbing story… brilliantly imagined.

Salman Rushdie