Books published by Farrar Straus & Giroux

When Women Were Birds

Farrar Straus & Giroux | April 10, 2012 | 224 pages
The author of the memoir Refuge offers a meditation on the meaning of a strange legacy that her mother left her--three shelves of the elder woman's "journals," all discovered by the author after her mother's death to be empty.  More Info


Farrar Straus & Giroux | April 24, 2012 | 272 pages
"An account of the author's father: a Colombian doctor who fought against oppression and social inequality and who was murdered by paramilitaries in 1987"--  More Info

Havana Requiem

Farrar Straus & Giroux | May 8, 2012 | 320 pages
Losing his successful law firm and marriage to pride and alcohol, litigator Michael Seeley slowly recovers his reputation only to risk everything by accepting a case from an aging musician who with six other composers seeks to reclaim copyrights to culturally famous Cuban songs. 25,000 first... More Info

What Money Can't Buy

Farrar Straus & Giroux | April 24, 2012 | 256 pages
The political philosopher and author of the best-selling Justice shares a revisionist view of what he believes should be the roles of markets and money in a democratic society, assessing the moral limits of markets in private life and how the market economy has encroached on private and societal... More Info

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Farrar Straus & Giroux | April 24, 2012 | 368 pages
With four children of their own, Atlanta journalist Greene and her husband, a criminal defense attorney, gradually adopted five more--one from Bulgaria and four from Ethiopia--to create a roiling, largehearted family unit.  More Info

Chill Wind

Farrar Straus & Giroux | January 24, 2006 | 144 pages
Afraid that she will have nowhere to go when her welfare checks are stopped, nineteen-year-old high school dropout Aisha tries to figure out how she can support herself and her two young children in New York City.  More Info

With a Name Like Love

Farrar Straus & Giroux | September 27, 2011 | 256 pages
In 1957, 13-year-old Olivene Love gets tangled up in a murder mystery involving Jimmy Koppel's mother when her itinerant preaching family arrives in the small town of Binder, Arkansas, for a three-day revival.  More Info

Spunky Tells All

Farrar Straus & Giroux | October 11, 2011 | 112 pages
Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family's adoption of an aristocratic but incompetent cat, who gives him a life purpose and and new way of looking at his world.  More Info

Samantha on a Roll

Farrar Straus & Giroux | September 27, 2011 | 40 pages
Warned not to try out her new skates, Sammy straps them on anyway, resulting in a wild ride through town.  More Info


Farrar Straus & Giroux | October 5, 2006 | 214 pages
Before he took up lobbying, Jack Abramoff was an aspiring moviemaker who cowrote and produced Red Scorpion, a Cold War potboiler starring hulking Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren. It drew decidedly mixed reviews. Century Strategies, Ralph Reed's Georgia-based consulting firm, was paid close to 6... More Info

Rights Gone Wrong

Farrar Straus & Giroux | October 25, 2011 | 288 pages
Argues that civil rights laws do very little to combat less-overt forms of discrimination and prejudice. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

Farrar Straus & Giroux | April 24, 2012 | 304 pages
An account of a Francophile's haphazard relocation to Paris in spite of his lack of French fluency describes how the region considerably differed from his expectations and the ways in which he tapped his American optimism to overcome cultural challenges. By the author of You Lost Me There. 40,000... More Info

"Something Urgent I Have to Say to You"

Farrar Straus & Giroux | November 8, 2011 | 496 pages
The poet, doctor, and publisher William Carlos Williams lived one of the most interesting literary lives of the 20th century. Though initially an imagist poet like Ezra Pound, Williams broke with him and sought to invent an entirely fresh--and singularly American--poetic, whose subject matter was... More Info

Dead aid

Farrar Straus & Giroux | March 13, 2009 | 188 pages
Describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa that has channeled billions of dollars in aid but failed to either reduce poverty or increase growth, offering a hopeful vision of how to address the problem.  More Info

The Emperor of Lies

Farrar Straus & Giroux | August 30, 2011 | 672 pages
In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second-largest Jewish ghetto, in the Polish city of Lodz. The leader they appointed was Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a 63-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director--and the elusive, authoritarian power sustaining the ghetto's very... More Info