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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Economic Justice Advocate

Both Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive and the hit Netflix series adaptation of the same name, recount her story as a single mom navigating the physical, economic, and social brutalities that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.

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Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman


Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Social Justice Advocate

Kerman is a social justice advocate and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, the inspiration behind the hit Netflix series. She speaks on resilience, the power of women’s communities, and the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

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Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller

Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller


Sociologist • Social Justice Advocate

Drawn from 15 years of research Reuben Jonathan Miller’s Halfway Home explores the criminal justice system’s lingering effects on formerly incarcerated people and their families.

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Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder


Journalist • Author • Domestic Violence Advocate

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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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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New & Noteworthy

On Animals

Praise for On Animals

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

Kirkus (starred review)

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

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

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Praise for Cloud Cuckoo Land

Ambitious and complex… [Doerr] weaves it all together beautifully.

The Washington Post

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

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

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

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.

Kirkus

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

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

An essential reckoning with how history is made.

Publishers Weekly

Wish You Were Here

Praise for Wish You Were Here

Jodi Picoult once again proves she is the master of wading through the darkness to find the light.

Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising