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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Poverty Abolitionist • Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author

MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner and sociologist, Desmond has forever changed the way we look at housing and poverty in America with his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and his Princeton University-based Eviction Lab. His latest Poverty, by America, is a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty.

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Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Educator • Author • Physician

Over his decade-long career as a practicing physician, Dr. Ricardo Nuila’s first-hand experiences have fueled his writing on health disparities, healthcare policy, and the interface between art and medicine. His stunning debut, The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine, details the stories of five Houstonians unable to access healthcare in his hometown of Houston, […]

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Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author

Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains, is a common read favorite, especially in global health, ethics, and public service programs. In his next book, Rough Sleepers, out in early 2023, he introduces readers to Dr. Jim O’Connell who works with patients living on the streets of Boston.

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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land

Bestselling Author • Memoirist • 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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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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Dickens and Prince

Praise for Dickens and Prince

Smart, witty and weirdly convincing… Pop culture is political to Hornby. Beneath this latest book’s stocking-filler-light surface, you can sense a subtle sort of crusade. By pairing these two artists, he’s making a couple of implicit assertions — that Prince is as important as Dickens and that Dickens is as fun as Prince.

The Times (London)

The Last Chairlift

Praise for The Last Chairlift

Irving has become the incarnation of the ‘great American novelist’ par excellence with his fabulous gift as a storyteller and ability to give food for thought.

L’Express, Paris

Mad Honey

Praise for Mad Honey

This timely and absorbing read will make readers glad these two powerful writers decided to collaborate.

Booklist, starred review

The Bad Angel Brothers

Praise for The Bad Angel Brothers

Theroux is at his masterly best.

The New York Times

The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover

Praise for The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover

Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of religion in the modern United States.

Judith Weisenfeld, author of New World A-Coming

Earth's The Right Place For Love

Praise for Earth's The Right Place For Love

I so loved this story. Few authors write with more heart, wisdom, and human insight than Elizabeth Berg.

Debbie Macomber, bestselling author

The Ferryman

Praise for The Ferryman

The Ferryman is next to impossible to put down once you’ve read the first few pages.

Stephen King

The House of Lincoln

Praise for The House of Lincoln

“Brimming with a rich and unforgettable array of imagined and real historical figures who helped to shape Springfield, Illinois and the nation beyond during the turbulent time of slavery and the Civil War, The House of Lincoln is storytelling at its best.

Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Color of Air, The Samurai’s Garden, and Women of the Silk

The Humble Lover

Praise for The Humble Lover

“Audacious… As ever, White is a master of social comedy and wry observations.”

Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

Be Mine

Praise for Be Mine


The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet

Praise for The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet

Jeff Goodell brings a mix of fantastic storytelling, lucid science communication, and eternal optimism in detailing the profound threat we face with the climate crisis and what we can still do about it.

Michael Mann, author of The New Climate War

The Invisible Hour

Praise for The Invisible Hour


 Fly The Big Book of Basketball Fashion

Praise for Fly The Big Book of Basketball Fashion


Romantic Comedy

Praise for Romantic Comedy


Women We Buried, Women We Burned

Praise for Women We Buried, Women We Burned

Women We Buried, Women We Burned is a gorgeous memoir that parses the patriarchy with an endearing frankness as fierce as it is, astonishingly, forgiving.

Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick

Lady Tan's Circle of Women

Praise for Lady Tan's Circle of Women