Books published by Algonquin Books


Courting Mr. Lincoln

Algonquin Books | April 23, 2019 | 352 pages
From the prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr. Lincoln, the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. “In this sparkling tale... More Info

In the Time of the Butterflies

Algonquin Books | January 12, 2010 | 352 pages
It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it... More Info

When the English Fall

Algonquin Books | July 3, 2018 | 272 pages
A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and non- violent community can survive when civilization falls apart. Again, all are asleep, but I am not. I need sleep, but though I read and I pray, I feel too awake. My mind paces the floor. There are shots now and again, bursts... More Info

Something to Declare

Algonquin Books | October 28, 2014 | 320 pages
The author of the best-selling novel, How the Garci+a7a Girls Lost Their Accents, traces her life as the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and her efforts to assimilate and to become a writer. 30,000 first printing.  More Info

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Algonquin Books | January 1, 2010 | 311 pages
Forced to flee their native Caribbean island after an attempted coup, the Garcias--Carlos, Laura, and their four daughters--must learn a new way of life in the Bronx, while trying to cling to the old ways that they loved.  More Info

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

Algonquin Books | May 8, 2018 | 320 pages
"A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat." --Lily Tomlin "Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known." --Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! and author of The Book of Vice "Is there a secret to happiness?" asks comedian Paula Poundstone. "I... More Info

The Leavers

Algonquin Books | April 24, 2018 | 368 pages
FINALIST FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and Electric Literature "There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko's novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true,... More Info

The Last Days of Café Leila

Algonquin Books | April 17, 2018 | 320 pages
"A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan." --Adriana Trigiani Set against the backdrop of Iran's rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming. When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco,... More Info

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 304 pages
"A stunning collection of reality-bending stories, teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original" --  More Info


Algonquin Books | January 30, 2018 | 352 pages
"Surprising. Impressive. Cannibalism restores my faith in humanity." --Sy Montgomery, The New York Times Book Review For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to... More Info

What Unites Us

Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 288 pages
"In a collection of essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values, reminds us of what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like"--  More Info

Seduced by Mrs. Robinson

Algonquin Books | November 7, 2017 | 224 pages
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the landmark film that turned Hollywood and American culture on their heads, the inside story of how The Graduate came to be, how it worked its magic, and how it continues to influence us today. Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't... More Info

Real Food/Fake Food

Algonquin Books | October 3, 2017 | 336 pages
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."  More Info

Wicked Bugs

Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 192 pages
"Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth is a middle-grade adaptation of Amy Stewart's Wicked Bugs that features profiles of the world's scariest, deadliest, and grossest bugs, from the most painful hornet to flies that transmit deadly diseases to millipedes that stop traffic,... More Info

Dinner with Edward

Algonquin Books | June 13, 2017 | 224 pages
Thinking she is merely checking in on a friend's nonagenarian dad, Isabel Vincent has no idea that the man in the kitchen cooking a sublime meal will end up changing her life. Dinner with Edward is a book about love, nourishment, and how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher,... More Info

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 388 pages
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited"--Title page verso.  More Info


Algonquin Books | May 23, 2017 | 256 pages
Manderley Resort, a palace of opulence and unparalleled security, is about to open its doors, but someone is determined not to let that happen. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched and that over the next twelve hours, they will be killed off, one by one.  More Info

The Last Days of Cafe Leila

Algonquin Books | April 18, 2017 | 304 pages
"A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan." --Adriana Trigiani Set against the backdrop of Iran's rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming. When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco,... More Info

Here We Are

Algonquin Books | January 24, 2017 | 240 pages
"A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including celebrities and public figures, and featuring more than forty-four pieces"--  More Info

The Atomic Weight of Love

Algonquin Books | March 7, 2017 | 368 pages
In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of... More Info

The One-Cent Magenta

Algonquin Books | March 7, 2017 | 224 pages
An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world's most sought-after stamp. When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby's for nearly $9.5 million,... More Info

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

Algonquin Books | January 31, 2017 | 352 pages
This shattering novel is filled with storytelling sleight of hand. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America s failure to... More Info

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Algonquin Books | September 6, 2016 | 208 pages
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. Intrigued by... More Info

Real Food, Fake Food

Algonquin Books | July 12, 2016 | 336 pages
Impressive . . . Readers will be inspired by Olmsted's intensity and clarity, and floored by how far some counterfeiters go to fool consumers and some historic food institutions go to protect their products and their names. Olmsted s sharp language will hopefully put fires under counterfeiters... More Info

A Tender Struggle

Algonquin Books | January 13, 2015 | 304 pages
A full-length account of a Pushcart Prize-winning essay describes the author's experiences as the journalist wife of a Libyan-born Muslim with whom she lives in the American south, a relationship that has endured prejudices and respective views about family and parenting. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

Furious Cool

Algonquin Books | October 21, 2014 | 320 pages
Provides a rare glimpse into the life of an outrageously human, fearlessly black, openly angry and profanely outspoken comedic genius whose humble beginnings as the child of a prostitute helped shaped him into one of the most influential and outstanding performers of our time.  More Info

Leaving China

Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 128 pages
The award-winning artist of Stink! recounts in more than 50 short essays and evocative illustrations how his early childhood in China and wartime journeys with his mother influenced his life and career.  More Info

My Accidental Jihad

Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 304 pages
Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her... More Info


Algonquin Books | August 18, 2019 | 216 pages
In 'Acorn', renowned artist and political activist Yoko Ono offers intriguing, enchanting exercises to open our eyes on better ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the planet we co-habit. Throughout the book are 100 black-and-white line drawings by Yoko.  More Info

A Wedding in Haiti

Algonquin Books | March 19, 2013 | 208 pages
Julia Alvarez has been called a one-woman cultural collision by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her most personal relationships—with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia... More Info

Purple Hibiscus

Algonquin Books | April 17, 2012 | 307 pages
A promising new voice from Nigeria delivers an exquisite and powerful first novel about a 15-year-old Nigerian woman who is awakening at a time when both her country and family are on the cusp of change.  More Info

The Day My Brain Exploded

Algonquin Books | January 22, 2013 | 256 pages
A first-generation Indian American explains how he had a full-on brain bleed at the age of 25, right before his brother's wedding; how he had to relearn even the most basic tasks; and how his family helped during his recovery. Original.  More Info

Pocket Kings

Algonquin Books | March 27, 2012 | 355 pages
When Frank Dixon discovers he has a knack for winning in online poker, he sees his online persona thrive while his real life becomes more complicated.  More Info

The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

Algonquin Books | March 20, 2012 | 352 pages
Calvin Moretti can't believe how much his life sucks. He's a twenty-four-year-old film school dropout living at home again and working as an assistant teacher at a preschool for autistic kids. His insufferable go-getter older brother is also living at home, as is his kid sister, who's still in high... More Info

A Wedding in Haiti

Algonquin Books | April 24, 2012 | 304 pages
Julia Alvarez has been called “a one-woman cultural collision” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her most personal relationships—with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when... More Info

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Algonquin Books | August 28, 2012 | 278 pages
After losing virtually everything meaningful in his life, Benjamin trains to be a caregiver, but his first client, a fiercely independent teen with muscular dystrophy, gives him more than he bargained for and soon the two embark on a road trip to visit the boy's ailing father.  More Info

Panther Baby

Algonquin Books | February 7, 2012 | 272 pages
The author chronicles his amazing journey from radical Black Panther to his stint at Rikers Island prison, from his awakening while incarcerated at Leavenworth to his rise to chair of Columbia University's School of the Arts film division.  More Info