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  • A “brilliant chronicler of the American Indian experience” ( Reader’s Digest ), Louise Erdrich revisits the beloved and familiar Ojibwe reservation of her North Dakota childhood—illuminating the mythical and magical in the detail of the… more

  • Psychologist Angela Duckworth posits that the secret to success lies less in I.Q. and talent than it does in self-control and acutely focused persistence—in a word, grit. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow and University of Pennsylvania psychology… more

  • The “enthralling” ( The Globe and Mail ) Chris Cleave 's debut novel,  Incendiary —in which a grieving mother pens a raw, pleading letter to Osama bin Laden in the wake of a London terrorist attack—received a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was… more

  • Coming from “one of the country’s hottest young cartoonists” ( People ), Robb Armstrong’s Jump Start is the most widely syndicated daily comic strip by an African American in history. Appearing in more than 300 newspapers in eight countries, it… more

  • Historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf are two of the world’s leading authorities on America’s enigmatic and paradoxical third President. Gordon-Reed is most noted for the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello , a history… more

  • “A frenzied, abrasive, attention-grabbing” ( Wall Street Journal ) debut novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is the story of a South Vietnamese army captain who emigrates to Los Angeles in 1975 at the end of the war. Through his secret… more

  • As a three-decade veteran of The New Yorker ’s copy department, Mary Norris has had the task of maintaining the venerable periodical’s legendary high standards. In her bestselling Confessions of a Comma Queen , a “winningly tender, funny… more

  • A writer of “wrenching and sweet truths that feel familiar to any reader” ( Philadelphia Magazine ), Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of five acclaimed novels, including Tumbling , Tempest Rising , and Trading Dreams at Midnight , a… more

  • James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s crusade, concealing his identity and gender to survive. His other books include the New York… more

  • With “an outsize life to match her outsize talent” ( New York Times ), Edna O’Brien is the author of a score of novels, short story collections, biographies, and poetry collections. Due to frank female voices and daring sexual scenes, her first… more

  • A National Book Award finalist and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life is a tragic and transcendent psalm to brotherly love and an unsettling meditation on sexual abuse, suffering, and the difficulties of… more

  • Journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty was an NPR reporter for nearly 20 years, first covering the Justice Department and later becoming the network’s religion correspondent. Mapping the intersections of faith, politics, law, science, and culture,… more

  • The internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery novels of “brilliant writer” ( New York Times Book Review ) Donna Leon contain “crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant and all too full of human failings” ( The… more

  • Naturalist Helen Macdonald won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for the bestselling H Is for Hawk , a “beautiful and nearly feral” ( New York Times ) chronicle of the devastating but transformative year she spent training a goshawk… more

  • Journalist and political commentator Peter Beinart is former editor The New Republic and has been a columnist for and contributor to The Atlantic , The Daily Beast , National Journal , TIME , and the New York Times . A thoughtful supporter of… more

  • Both the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi has inspired people all over the globe through her pioneering legal work. Her books include Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and… more

  • Skilled at turning “the ordinary marvelously, frighteningly strange” ( The Boston Globe ), Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five virtuosic novels that explore the spaces inside and beyond fairy tales and myths: her first novel, The Icarus Girl ,… more

  • “Powerful” ( The Independent ) novelist, playwright, and essayist  Darryl Pinckney  explores issues of racial, sexual, and cultural identity in contemporary America. His semi-autobiographical novel  High Cotton  tells an irreverent and ironic… more

  • The youngest tenured and most highly rated professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Adam Grant is a sought-after expert on work success, motivation, and giving and helping behaviors for a range of clients that… more