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Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

Public Intellectual • Political Theorist • Cultural Commentator

Political theorist, classicist, Danielle Allen is a widely known for her work in democracy, justice, and citizenship. Her books include Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A..

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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Dr. Matthew Desmond

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer

Princeton sociologist, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that has forever changed the way we look at poverty in America.

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Sheri Fink

Sheri Fink

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Fink, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina—and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. Fink reports on human responses to global crises, from the devastating effects of natural disasters and mass shootings, to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder

Domestic Violence Advocate • Journalist • Author

Steeped in over a decade of exhaustive reporting, Rachel Louise Snyder’s No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, reveals how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors.

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Stephanie Land

Economic Justice Advocate • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive recounts her story as a single mom navigating the physical, economic, and social stigmas that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.

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Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Journalist • Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Eli Saslow is the author of Rising Out of Hatred, which charts the rise of white nationalism in America and recounts how the movement’s one-time heir came to reject the ideology he helped spread.

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Bestselling Author • Journalist • Women’s Advocate

Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban. She is at work on a forthcoming book about Kurdish women leading the battle against ISIS.

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The Lucky Star

Praise for The Lucky Star

This big, underwater-lit novel returns Vollmann’s work to the dive bars and gender-fluid clubs of San Francisco . . . Vollmann admirably captures the pull of vulnerability and invention, how sex can be, in the right space, a powerful way to know one’s self, and ultimately, how much each of his characters here needs a space to be themselves.

Lit Hub, Most Anticipated 2020

Shameless: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (About Sex)

Praise for Shameless: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (About Sex)

Shameless is one of the most important, life-changing books I’ve ever read. Expertly-crafted and lovingly delivered, it serves as both a bomb and a balm

Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired


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

Snowden's Box

Praise for Snowden's Box

[Snowden’s Box] reads like a thriller, as well as a cautionary tale, because beyond this drama’s handful of players are all of us—and what’s happened to our data, our privacy, and our political agency.

Rebecca Solnit, author of Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

Writers and Lovers

Praise for Writers and Lovers

King captures the agita of an early-life crisis and the eccentricities of a writer’s life, spiking the narrative with wit, sumptuous imagery and hilarious skewerings of literary elitism.


Living in the Long Emergency

Praise for Living in the Long Emergency

Kunstler possesses the alchemy of describing a comprehensive disaster with a light touch.

Andres Duany, author of Suburban Nation


Praise for Silverworld

An exciting fantasy with familiar elements—magical creatures, high stakes, and courage—rich with Lebanese texture.


Conditional Citizens

Praise for Conditional Citizens

A blitz on the way the nation injures and titillates its most vulnerable.

Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

The Red Lotus

Praise for The Red Lotus

In this tightly drawn, steadily hair-raising thriller, Bohjalian once again demonstrates his keen affinity for strong, capable female protagonists, while his masterful merging of setting and plot delivers a cerebral and dramatic dive into what happens when love turns to agony.



Praise for Coders

Impressive in its clarity and thoroughness, Thompson’s survey shines a much-needed light on a group of people who have exerted a powerful effect on almost every aspect of the modern world.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

Praise for An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

An American Summer is at turns shocking, heart-rending, and deeply moving. But it is always important. This is about the soul of our country.

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels

The Island of Sea Women

Praise for The Island of Sea Women

A stupendous multigenerational family saga… A mesmerizing achievement.

Booklist, starred review

Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells

Praise for Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells

[An] engrossing narrative, a moving meditation on loss, and an evocative, lyrical portrait of Japanese society.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Resisters

Praise for The Resisters

At its heart, the novel is about the act of resistance and its attendant forces of courage and hope.

Diana Abu-Jaber, author of The Language of Baklava