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Joshua Prager

Joshua Prager

Author • Investigative Journalist

For more than twenty years, journalist Joshua Prager has unraveled historical secrets, shedding new light on our cultural touchstones. His newest book, The Family Roe, tells the story—for the first time in public—of the lives behind Roe v. Wade and the most divisive political issue of our time.

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Christa Parravani

Essayist • Memoirist • Women's Rights Advocate

The memoirist behind Her: A Memoir and the forthcoming Loved and Wanted: A Woman’s Education on Choice, Christa Parravani interrogates ideas of grief, loss and woman’s rights.

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Dr. Sheri Fink

Dr. 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 devastating global crises, from natural disasters, to mass shootings, and global pandemics.

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Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell

Author • Energy & Environment Expert • Investigative Journalist

Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell is a prominent expert on climate change and energy policy. His newest book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Reshaping of the Civilized World, is an immersive look at the global crisis of rising oceans.

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Award-Winning Author • Novelist • Essayist

Award winning author Laila Lalami is a unique voice in the national conversation about identity and immigration. Her latest novel The Other Americans, infused with questions about American’s legacy of assimilation and discrimination, was a National Book Award finalist. She is also the author of The Moor’s Account , a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

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Dr. Brian Fagan

Archaeologist • Author • Climate Change Historian

A leading authority on human adaptation to the environment and climate change throughout history, Fagan, author of The Great Warming, The Attacking Ocean, and nearly 50 other books, places the climate crisis of today in a crucial historical context.

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New & Noteworthy

The Family Roe

Praise for The Family Roe

[A] prodigiously researched, richly detailed, sensitively told account of McCorvey’s strange, and very American, odyssey.

The New Yorker

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Praise for Cloud Cuckoo Land

Doerr demonstrates a singular gift for bringing these complex, fully realized characters to empathetic life in this brilliantly imagined story.

Booklist, starred review

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

My Book of the Dead

Praise for My Book of the Dead

With a sharp eye and even sharper wordplay, the poems radiate with emotion, from anger to heartbreak.… My Book of the Dead is a striking poetry collection that honors the lost, known and unknown.

Foreward Reviews

Climate Chaos

Praise for Climate Chaos

Can we survive climate change? This learned book suggests that we can, but it won’t be easy.


On Animals

Praise for On Animals

Delightful…. Another winner featuring the author’s trademark blend of meticulous research and scintillating writing.

Kirkus (starred review)

South to America

Praise for South to America

It is given to few people to scale the peaks of the academy and of the public square, but Dr. Perry is one of those precious few. She’s the best of best right now.

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

Voices from the Pandemic

Praise for Voices from the Pandemic

The breadth of Saslow’s reporting astonishes, as does the directness and vulnerability of his interview subjects. This powerful, unputdownable account should be required reading.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Preaching on Wax

Praise for Preaching on Wax

Martin has crafted a tight, well-conceived narrative… a pleasure to read.

Journal of American History

Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling

Praise for Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling


The Book of Magic

Praise for The Book of Magic

Filled with secrets and splendor and light and dark, the novel works as well as a stand-alone as it does as a conclusion to a mesmerizing series. It casts a spell.

Matt Haig, New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight Library

Wish You Were Here

Praise for Wish You Were Here


Five Tuesdays in Winter

Praise for Five Tuesdays in Winter

Five Tuesdays in Winter moved me, inspired me, thrilled me. It filled up ever chamber of my heart.

Ann Patchett, bestselling author of The Dutch House