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Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter • Bestselling Author • Memoirist

Nick Hornby is the author of the bestselling novels High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down, as well as several works of nonfiction including the forthcoming Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius. Many of his books have been turned into successful films and TV series, and he has been Oscar-nominated twice, for his screenplays of An Education and Brooklyn. His ten-part, short-form TV series, State of the Union, directed by Stephen Frears, has recently been broadcast by the Sundance Channel and the BBC, and has won three Emmys.

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Anthony Doerr

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

Doerr is the author of the runaway bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See, a novel set during WW II, which spent more than three and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list. His latest, Cloud Cuckoo Land, is “a marvel” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) that “embodies the storytelling gifts that it celebrates” (The New York Times).

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Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

The bestselling author of the rapturously-received Washington Black, Edugyan writes richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race, history, and belonging. Her latest, Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling, examines the depiction of Black histories in art, global culture, and history.

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Dr. Imani Perry

Dr. Imani Perry

Public Intellectual • Cultural Historian • Bestselling Author

In her books, including NAACP Image Award Nominated Breathe: A Letter to My Sons and her latest South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, Imani Perry reflects the beautiful and deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination.

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Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad

Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Emmy Award-Winner

“When I found myself in my own aftermath of a life interruption, I was intent on moving on. I wanted to leave all that behind me. I wanted to seize this new opportunity of living that I’d been granted. But I very quickly realized that you don’t get to move on from your most difficult […]

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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

Mercury Pictures Presents

Praise for Mercury Pictures Presents

A genuinely moving and life-affirming novel that’s a true joy to read.

Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

The Unfolding

Praise for The Unfolding

A terrific black comedy, written almost entirely in pitch-perfect dialogue, that feels terrifying close to the unfunny truth.

Salman Rushdie, New York Times bestselling author

Dickens and Prince

Praise for Dickens and Prince


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

By Hands Now Known

Praise for By Hands Now Known

A vital and restorative reckoning with the reprehensible devastation of lives, communities, justice, and memory.

Martha Minow, author of When Should Law Forgive?

Mad Honey

Praise for Mad Honey


The Bad Angel Brothers

Praise for The Bad Angel Brothers

Theroux plays skillfully on reader sympathies until the bitter end, showing how a man’s beliefs can make him turn to violence. The result is searing and memorable.

Publishers Weekly

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Praise for Cloud Cuckoo Land

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

The Washington Post

The Lioness

Praise for The Lioness

[A] devastatingly cunning suspense novel.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Vigil Harbor

Praise for Vigil Harbor

Julia Glass gives us exactly what we need during these trans-apocalyptic times, a novel of heart and humanity set against the growing insanity. I ate it up.

Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends

The New Legal Realism

Praise for The New Legal Realism

The internal logic of each volume is both sensible and exciting.

Preface to The New Legal Realism

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