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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Young People’s Poet Laureate • Bestselling Author

Jacqueline Woodson is one of the most acclaimed and significant working authors of books for both children and adults. Weaving together lyrical language and powerful imagery she creates stories that explore complex issues of race, class, gender, family, and history. Her more-than two dozen award-winning books for adults, children, and adolescents include her New York Times bestsellers Brown Girl Dreaming and Red at the Bone, and her Newbery Honor-Winning books After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way.

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Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot

Bestselling Author • Journalist

Skloot’s extraordinary debut, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, spent more than seven years on the bestseller lists. More than 100 schools and communities have chosen The Immortal Life for their common read programs and the book has been translated into more than 25 languages and adapted for the screen by HBO and Oprah.

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Linda Villarosa

Linda Villarosa

Public Health Reporter • Journalist

Linda Villarosa, a contributing journalist for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation, a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America by revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and public health.

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Paul Theroux

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Travel Writer

With his landmark works The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia, and The Old Patagonian Express, Theroux established himself as America’s foremost travel writer. His classic novel The Mosquito Coast is the basis for Apple TV+’s latest streaming drama. His newest novel, The Bad Angel Brothers , is a chilling psychological tale of a younger brother whose lifelong rivalry with his older brother—a powerful lawyer with a pattern of gleefully vicious betrayals—culminates in the ultimate plan: murder.

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A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes

Novelist • Essayist • Memoirist

In Homes’s latest novel ‘The Unfolding’ , “a sharply observed, wickedly funny political satire” (The New York Times) unfurls in a post-2008 America that is both terrifyingly prescient, deeply tender and devastatingly funny. She is also the author of ‘May We Be Forgiven’, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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John Irving

John Irving

National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Screenwriter

Widely regarded as an American master, John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, is a consummate storyteller with over 12 million books in 35 languages in print and a streak of international bestsellers stretching back over four decades. His next novel is The Last Chairlift, expected in October 2022.

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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

Bestselling Author • Novelist

The author of some two-dozen blockbuster novels, including The Book of Two Ways, My Sister’s Keeper, and her latest Wish You Were Here, Jodi Picoult has an estimated 40 million books in print. The past thirteen of her novels have debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Praise for Brown Girl Dreaming

This is a book full of poems that cry out to be learned by heart. These are poems that will, for years to come, be stored in our bloodstream.

The New York Times

Five Days at Memorial

Praise for Five Days at Memorial

By reporting the depth of those gruesome hours in Memorial before the helicopters came, and giving weight to medical ethics as grounded in the law, Sheri Fink has written an unforgettable story. Five Days at Memorial is social reporting of the first rank.

The New York Times

Under the Skin

Praise for Under the Skin

This book is a gift, a map and a necessity, relevant for every reader who wants to understand their own time.

Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show

Dickens and Prince

Praise for Dickens and Prince


A Long Way Gone

Praise for A Long Way Gone

Deeply moving, even uplifting…demands to be read.

People (Critic’s Choice, four stars)

Between Two Kingdoms

Praise for Between Two Kingdoms

This is a propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude—and an intimate portrait of one woman’s sojourn in the wilderness between life and death.

Tara Westover, bestselling author of Educated

Long Division

Praise for Long Division

Smart and funny and sharp… I loved it.

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner for Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing

Orange Is The New Black

Praise for Orange Is The New Black

Fascinating…. The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can’t unbind.


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