Books published by Harper Perennial

This Idea Must Die

Harper Perennial | February 17, 2015 | 592 pages
Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific discovery, today's visionary thinkers target the greatest roadblocks to innovation. Few truly new ideas are developed without first abandoning old ones. In the past, discoveries often had to wait for the rise of the next generation to see questions in a... More Info

I Am Not a Slut

Harper Perennial | February 3, 2015 | 416 pages
Young women today are encouraged to express themselves sexually. Yet when they do, they are derided as "sluts." Caught in a double bind of mixed sexual messages, they're confused.  More Info

A Replacement Life

Harper Perennial | January 20, 2015 | 352 pages
A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman,... More Info

Sinners Welcome

Harper Perennial | November 3, 2009 | 112 pages
In her fourth collection of poems, self-described black-belt sinner Mary Karr traces her improbable journey from the inferno of a tormented childhood into a resolutely irreverent Catholicism. Not since Saint Augustine wrote “Give me chastity, Lord—but not yet!” has anyone brought such... More Info

The Gospel in Brief

Harper Perennial | February 15, 2011 | 180 pages
Presents the author's translation of the four Gospels into one text that focuses on the teachings of Jesus.  More Info

Many Roads One Journ

Harper Perennial | June 17, 1992 | 448 pages
From the author of Women, Sex, and Addiction, a timely and controversial second look at 12-Step programs, helping all readers to draw on the steps' underlying wisdom, adapting them to their own experiences, beliefs, and sources of strength.  More Info

Swimming with Warlords

Harper Perennial | October 14, 2014 | 416 pages
The veteran journalist and author of In the Hot Zone and The Things They Cannot Say explores the impact of more than a decade of war on Afghanistan, from the American invasion after 9/11 to today, and offers insights into its future and the possible consequences for the U.S. Kevin Sites made his... More Info

Three Hundred Million

Harper Perennial | October 14, 2014 | 464 pages
An unforgettable novel of an American suburb devastated by a fiendish madman—the most ambitious and important work yet by “the 21st century answer to William Burroughs” (Publishers Weekly). Blake Butler’s fiction has dazzled readers with its dystopian dreamscapes and swaggering command of... More Info

The United States of Paranoia

Harper Perennial | October 14, 2014 | 464 pages
Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror. The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn’t exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our... More Info

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Harper Perennial | October 7, 2014 | 320 pages
The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art. "The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also... More Info

Native Son

Harper Perennial | September 16, 2014 | 560 pages
Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in... More Info

Insurrections of the Mind

Harper Perennial | September 16, 2014 | 608 pages
Founded by Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann in 1914 to give voice to the growing progressive movement, The New Republic has charted—and shaped—the state of American liberalism, publishing many of the twentieth century's most important thinkers. Insurrections of the Mind is an intellectual... More Info

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Harper Perennial | September 16, 2014 | 624 pages
The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and... More Info

The Monkey Wrench Gang

Harper Perennial | September 16, 2014 | 560 pages
Ex-Green Beret George Hayduke has returned from war to find his beloved southwestern desert threatened by industrial development. Joining with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D.,... More Info

Violins of Hope

Harper Perennial | August 12, 2014 | 336 pages
A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. The violin has... More Info

We Are Water

Harper Perennial | August 12, 2014 | 592 pages
With humor and compassion, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb brilliantly captures human experience through vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss. Annie Oh—wife, mother, and artist—has shaken her family to its... More Info

Bad Feminist

Harper Perennial | August 5, 2014 | 336 pages
One of our most indispensable writers . . . on everything that matters  More Info


Harper Perennial | August 5, 2014 | 304 pages
John Brockman brings together the world’s best-known physicists and science writers—including Brian Greene, Walter Isaacson, Nobel Prize-winners Murray Gell-Mann and Frank Wilczek, and Brian Cox—to explain the universe in all wondrous splendor. In Universe, today’s most influential science... More Info


Harper Perennial | July 1, 2014 | 288 pages
"Lotería is the card-based Mexican variant of bingo and, in the hands of Zambrano, it's a deck stacked with narrative possibilities.... Zambrano coaxes a language that straddles pictures and words, Spanish and English. An intriguing debut and an elegiac, miniature entry in the literature of Latin... More Info

Wasted Updated Edition

Harper Perennial | May 27, 2014 | 336 pages
A reissue of the highly acclaimed, bestselling memoir--a classic of the genre--with an important, and perhaps controversial, new Afterword by the author. Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless... More Info

Sex at Dawn

Harper Perennial | July 5, 2011 | 432 pages
Two psychologists aim to reframe our understanding of lust, monogamy and family through a discussion on human sexuality based on research in anthropology, primatology and anatomy and defend their theory that humans evolved in interdependent, promiscuous groups. Reprint. A best-selling book. 50,000... More Info

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised

Harper Perennial | February 25, 2014 | 368 pages
In celebration of 1,000,000 copies in print, a revised and expanded edition of this lively and entertaining guide to literature and literary basics - symbols, themes and contexts - that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more enriching, satisfying and fun. What does it mean when... More Info

Beautiful Ruins

Harper Perennial | April 2, 2013 | 337 pages
Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.  More Info

The End of the Point

Harper Perennial | April 22, 2014 | 368 pages
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Small Wonder

Harper Perennial | April 15, 2003 | 288 pages
Twenty-two optimistic essays cover such topics as nature, family, literature, and the joys of everyday life while examining the challenges of war, poverty, and violence.  More Info

State of Wonder

Harper Perennial | May 8, 2012 | 384 pages
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past. Reprint. A... More Info

Bel Canto

Harper Perennial | August 2, 2005 | 352 pages
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a... More Info

The Lost

Harper Perennial | November 12, 2013 | 672 pages
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Harper Perennial | October 29, 2013 | 432 pages
Thinking by John Brockman has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.  More Info

House of Earth

Harper Perennial | October 22, 2013 | 288 pages
Finished in 1947 and lost to readers until now, House of Earth is legendary folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie’s only finished novel. A powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, it’s the story of an ordinary couple’s dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a... More Info

Mrs Queen Takes the Train

Harper Perennial | October 8, 2013 | 384 pages
An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books—Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of... More Info

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | April 7, 1999 | 320 pages
Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated... More Info

The Round House

Harper Perennial | September 24, 2013 | 368 pages
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.  More Info

The Map That Changed the World

Harper Perennial | April 28, 2009 | 368 pages
In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world—making it... More Info

Teach Your Children Well

Harper Perennial | August 6, 2013 | 352 pages
Combining cutting-edge research with 30 years of clinical experience, a renowned psychologist, focusing on how we view success, raise our children and expend our energies and resources, shows us how to shift our focus to a parenting style that promotes academic success, a sense of purpose,... More Info

The Zero

Harper Perennial | August 7, 2007 | 352 pages
Five days after a terrorist attack decimates his home city, Brian Remy struggles with gaps in his memory pertaining to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a girlfriend whose name he does not know, and deteriorating eyesight, a situation that is further challenged when he is recruited to gather... More Info


Harper Perennial | June 4, 2013 | 464 pages
When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted in the summer of 1969, forty-nine states outlawed sex between people of the same gender. Four decades later, in 2011, New York legalized gay marriage and the armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Successful social movements are... More Info

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | May 30, 2006 | 448 pages
One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of... More Info

Poetry, Language, Thought

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | November 6, 2001 | 256 pages
Essential reading for students and anyone interested in the great philosophers, this book opened up appreciation of Martin Heidegger beyond the confines of philosophy to the reaches of poetry. In Heidegger's thinking, poetry is not a mere amusement or form of culture but a force that opens up the... More Info

The Poisonwood Bible

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | July 5, 2005 | 576 pages
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds... More Info

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Harper Perennial | April 29, 2008 | 464 pages
For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in... More Info

I Never Had It Made

Harper Perennial | May 6, 2003 | 320 pages
Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is... More Info

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

Harper Perennial | May 9, 2006 | 336 pages
On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to... More Info

A People's History of the United States

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | August 2, 2005 | 768 pages
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of -- and in the words of -- America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and... More Info

The Ballad of Bob Dylan

Harper Perennial | May 15, 2012 | 528 pages
Drawing on revelatory interviews, a rich analysis of lyrics, and a lifelong study of one of the greatest songwriters of our time, Daniel Mark Epstein delivers a singular, nuanced, and insightful examination of Bob Dylan?the poet, the musician, and the man. Interweaving in-depth conversations with... More Info

The Antelope Wife

Harper Perennial | August 28, 2012 | 320 pages
A new and radically revised version of the classic novel the New York Times called "a fiercely imagined tale of love and loss, a story that manages to transform tragedy into comic redemption, sorrow into heroic survival." When Klaus Shawano abducts Sweetheart Calico and carries her far from her... More Info


Harper Perennial | July 24, 2012 | 560 pages
In Redeemers, acclaimed historian Enrique Krauze presents the major ideas that have formed the modern Latin American political mind during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries—and looks closely at how these ideas were expressed in the lives of influential revolutionaries, thinkers, poets,... More Info

My New American Life

Harper Perennial | May 8, 2012 | 336 pages
"While working for an idealistic college professor, 26-year old Lula, an Albanian trying to make a better life for herself in America, finds her life taking a complicated turn when her Albanian ""brothers"" return, in this powerful novel set in the aftermath of 9/11. Reprint. 35,000 first... More Info

Lullabies for Little Criminals

Harper Perennial | October 17, 2006 | 352 pages
A gritty, heart-wrenching novel about bruised innocence on the city's feral streets—the remarkable debut of a stunning literary talent Heather O'Neill dazzles with a first novel of extraordinary prescience and power, a subtly understated yet searingly effective story of a young life on the... More Info

House Made of Dawn

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | April 13, 2010 | 208 pages
The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and... More Info