Books published by Back Bay Books

The Loved One

Back Bay Books | December 11, 2012 | 176 pages
Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Within its golden gates, death, American-style, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday-and Dennis gets drawn into a... More Info
$22.49

Sting-Ray Afternoons

Back Bay Books | July 17, 2018 | 336 pages
"Funny, elegiac... a remarkably sunny coming-of-age story about growing up in a Midwest world." --- NPR This is a story of the 1970s. Of a road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon, with the kids in the way-back, singing along to the Steve Miller Band. Of brothers waking up early on Saturday... More Info

The Good People

Back Bay Books | July 10, 2018 | 288 pages
Short-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction One of Entertainment Weekly's "Must-Read" books for Fall From the author of Burial Rites, "a literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller that takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy."-Paula Hawkins,... More Info
$20.99

Fly Me

Back Bay Books | July 3, 2018 | 400 pages
A nation on the verge of a new era-and a girl caught between her past and the ever-expanding present. Now a Los Angeles Times Bestseller! The year is 1972, and the beaches of Los Angeles are the center of the world. Dropping into the embers of the drug and surf scene is Suzy Whitman, who has tossed... More Info
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Grace

Back Bay Books | June 26, 2018 | 368 pages
A Paris Review Staff Pick An Esquire Best Book of 2017 A sweeping, Dickensian story of a young girl on a life-changing journey across nineteenth-century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine Early one October morning, Grace's mother snatches her from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair,... More Info

The World of Tomorrow

Back Bay Books | June 19, 2018 | 560 pages
"Entertaining . . . outsized . . . A big, expressive debut." --Wall Street Journal "As rich and raucous as the city it celebrates." --O., The Oprah Magazine "Admirably fearless . . .  More Info
$23.49

Caesar's Last Breath

Back Bay Books | June 12, 2018 | 384 pages
The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017 One of Science News's Favorite Science Books of 2017 The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times... More Info
$24.99

Young Mandela

Back Bay Books | June 12, 2018 | 416 pages
Nelson Mandela is well-known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world's elder statesman--the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first black president in South... More Info
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Move Fast and Break Things

Back Bay Books | May 15, 2018 | 320 pages
*The book that started the Techlash* A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice An Amazon Best Business & Leadership Book of 2017 Longlisted for Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2017 A strategy+business Best Business Book of 2017 A stinging polemic that traces the... More Info
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Theft by Finding

Back Bay Books | May 29, 2018 | 528 pages
One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot An NPR Best Book of 2017An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee David Sedaris tells all in a book... More Info
$20.99

Swell

Back Bay Books | June 5, 2018 | 272 pages
Thirty years after From Rockaway ("A great first novel" --Harper's Bazaar), Jill Eisenstadt returns with a darkly funny new work of fiction that exposes a city and a family at their most vulnerable. When Sue Glassman's family needs a new home, Sue relents, after years of resisting, and agrees to... More Info
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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

Back Bay Books | May 22, 2018 | 272 pages
A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review). WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE National Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 A Washington Post Top Ten... More Info
$20.99

Utopia for Realists

Back Bay Books | March 27, 2018 | 336 pages
Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today. After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us... More Info

Not the End of the World

Back Bay Books | October 27, 2004 | 288 pages
Arthur is a precocious eight-year-old boy whose mother is a B-list celebrity more concerned with her bank account than with her son's development. Then an enigmatic young nanny introduces him to a world he never knew existed.  More Info

The Little Red Chairs

Back Bay Books | December 6, 2016 | 320 pages
A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal, from one of the greatest storytellers of our time One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr.... More Info

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Back Bay Books | June 2, 2009 | 336 pages
A collection of essays celebrates the foibles of the author's everyday life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home.  More Info

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Back Bay Books | June 5, 2001 | 288 pages
A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.  More Info

The Lovely Bones

Back Bay Books | June 9, 2015 | 368 pages
When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a... More Info

I Am Malala

Back Bay Books | June 2, 2015 | 368 pages
A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE "I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday." When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her... More Info

The Goldfinch

Back Bay Books | April 7, 2015 | 784 pages
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE "The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book... More Info

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Back Bay Books | March 10, 2015 | 352 pages
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning. Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to... More Info

Johnny Cash

Back Bay Books | November 4, 2014 | 688 pages
The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary... More Info

The Hive

Back Bay Books | August 26, 2014 | 368 pages
"A lively and hilarious tale that's pure fun. If you loved Bridget Jones's Diary and you have a child in school, THE HIVE is the book for you." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette It's the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom,... More Info

The Everything Store

Back Bay Books | August 12, 2014 | 416 pages
The award-winning bestseller: "Stone's book, at last, gives us a Jeff Bezos biography that can fit proudly on a shelf next to the best chronicles of America's other landmark capitalists." -- Forbes Amazon.com's visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon... More Info

The End of Night

Back Bay Books | July 22, 2014 | 336 pages
A creative non-fiction writing instructor describes how ever-present, modern artificial lights have changed the way humans experience darkness and bemoans the fact that the primal dark sky can no longer influence science and art. 40,000 first printing.  More Info

Thinking In Numbers

Back Bay Books | July 15, 2014 | 304 pages
The irresistibly engaging book that "enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers." --Oliver Sacks, MD THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and bestselling author, was born to write. In Tammet's world,... More Info

Queen of America

Back Bay Books | December 4, 2012 | 512 pages
At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, fiercely romantic, and riotously funny, QUEEN OF AMERICA tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age and finding her place in a new world. Beginning where Luis Alberto Urrea's bestselling The Hummingbird's Daughter left off, QUEEN OF AMERICA finds... More Info

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Back Bay Books | June 3, 2014 | 288 pages
"Sedaris is a remarkably skilled storyteller and savvy essayist....And based, on this latest collection, he's getting only better." ---Los Angeles Times A guy walks into a bar car and... From here the story could take many turns. When the guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the... More Info

Stella Bain

Back Bay Books | May 27, 2014 | 288 pages
"Shreve's 17th novel is a tragic yet hopeful story of love, memory, loss, and rebuilding....The novel is both tender and harsh....Shreve's thoughtful, provocative historical tale has modern resonance." ---Publishers Weekly Stella Bain has no memory of her past when she wakes up in a hospital bed in... More Info

Country Girl

Back Bay Books | May 6, 2014 | 384 pages
"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien was... More Info

Countdown

Back Bay Books | May 6, 2014 | 528 pages
A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind... More Info

The Liars' Gospel

Back Bay Books | April 8, 2014 | 336 pages
An award-winning author describes the life of Jesus Christ as told by the four people who were closest to him before his death: his mother, his friend Iehuda, the High Priest of the Temple and a rebel named Bar-Avo.  More Info

Burial Rites

Back Bay Books | April 1, 2014 | 352 pages
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated... More Info

Holidays on Ice

Back Bay Books | October 20, 2010 | 176 pages
David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story.  More Info

What the Dog Saw

Back Bay Books | December 14, 2010 | 448 pages
What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell... More Info

Love Is the Cure

Back Bay Books | November 26, 2013 | 256 pages
A deeply personal account of Elton John's life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring call to action. In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. He befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized because of his HIV infection.... More Info

Both Flesh and Not

Back Bay Books | November 19, 2013 | 272 pages
Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected nonfiction writings by "one of America's most daring and talented writers." (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Both Flesh and Not gathers fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the first time. Never has Wallace's seemingly... More Info

On Killing

Back Bay Books | June 22, 2009 | 416 pages
The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis,... More Info

Love and Capital

Back Bay Books | November 13, 2012 | 784 pages
One of the most spectacularly reviewed books of 2011, LOVE AND CAPITAL reveals the rarely glimpsed and heartbreakingly human side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death. Drawing upon previously unpublished material, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel tells the story of Karl... More Info

Cold

Back Bay Books | July 19, 2010 | 320 pages
From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's expedition to "The Year Without Summer," Bill Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold--real, icy, 40-below cold. In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35-degree... More Info

Cleopatra

Back Bay Books | September 6, 2011 | 432 pages
Separates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of the most influential woman of her era, revealing Cleopatra as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world.  More Info

The Lovely Bones

Back Bay Books | April 20, 2004 | 352 pages
The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened. A first novel. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 750,000 first... More Info

The Pale King

Back Bay Books | April 10, 2012 | 592 pages
The character David Foster Wallace is introduced to the banal world of the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, and the host of strange people who work there, in a novel that was unfinished at the time of the author's death. By the author of Infinite Jest. Reprint.  More Info

American Dervish

Back Bay Books | September 4, 2012 | 384 pages
Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and... More Info

Area 51

Back Bay Books | May 1, 2012 | 560 pages
Area 51 It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn't exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada's desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades. Myths and hypotheses... More Info

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

Back Bay Books | August 8, 2011 | 256 pages
Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and... More Info

Life

Back Bay Books | May 3, 2011 | 576 pages
The lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones recounts his life, from a youth obsessed with Chuck Berry to the formation of the Stones and their subsequent stardom, and discusses his problems with drugs, the death of Brian Jones, and his relationship with Mick Jagger.  More Info