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Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

With 1.6 million books in print, Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of beloved novels Prep, Eligible, American Wife, and the forthcoming novel Rodham.

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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste

Novelist • Essayist • Social Justice Advocate

Mengiste’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 Best Contemporary African Books. Her latest novel, The Shadow King, set during Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, examines what it means to be a woman at war.

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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

Bestselling Author • Novelist

The author of 25 blockbuster novels, including Small Great Things and My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult has an estimated 40 million books in print. Her last nine novels, including her newest book, A Spark of Light, have debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

Alice Hoffman is the beloved bestselling author of Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers, The Marriage of Opposites, and many others. Her latest novel, The World That We Knew, follows three young women during humanity’s darkest hour in 1941 Berlin, and in her forthcoming Magic Lessons she continues the story of the Owens family first introduced in Practical Magic.

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Sue Monk Kidd

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist

Sue Monk Kidd’s debut novel, The Secret Life of Bees, was a blockbuster bestseller with more than six million copies in print and has proven a modern classic. Her most recent bestseller, The Invention of Wings, was an Oprah’s Book Club Selection. She will have a new novel out in 2020, The Book of Longings.

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Praise for Rodham

In this entertaining political fantasy… Sittenfeld movingly captures Hillary’s awareness of her transformation into a complicated public figure.

Publisher’s Weekly

Sorry for You Trouble

Praise for Sorry for You Trouble

Once again, virtuoso Ford deftly sails the seas and storms of consciousness.

Booklist (starred review)

Finding Your Own North Star

Praise for Finding Your Own North Star

Cheerful and perceptive.

Publisher’s Weekly


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

City of Girls

Praise for City of Girls

Sparkling… City of Girls begs big questions about sex, chosen families, and being a woman.

Marie Claire

The Book of Longings

Praise for The Book of Longings

A daring leap into historical fiction . . . Deeply researched and reverent, The Book of Longings explores the importance of women making their voices heard in a time when the powers that be strove to keep them silent.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

No Visible Bruises

Praise for No Visible Bruises

Compulsively readable…. As gripping as good fiction, as intimate as memoir and deeply informed, [No Visible Bruises] will save lives.

The Washington Post

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.


Loved and Wanted

Praise for Loved and Wanted

Loved and Wanted is a book that accurately depicts how much some Americans want women to suffer. Everyone should read this book.

Sarah Manguso, author of Ongoingness: The End of a Diary