Books published by McSweeney's

Castle on the River Vistula

McSweeney's McMullens | January 22, 2019 | 272 pages
When Sophie Swankowski surfaces from the freezing waters, she finds herself in an ancient castle in Poland--and in the center of an ages-old battle. Even with her magic powers, the strength and wisdom she learns from her companions in Warsaw, and the help of her gruff mermaid guardian, Syrena, how... More Info

Hannah Versus the Tree

McSweeney's | November 20, 2018 | 176 pages
Hannah is a fiercely intelligent young women, daughter of a powerful family's black sheep son, and raised to question who has been, is, and will be damaged by business deals meant to protect and maintain the dynasty. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family scheme and her... More Info

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

McSweeney's | March 14, 2017 | 288 pages
Helen Moran is thirty-two years old, single, childless, college-educated, and partially employed as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She’s accepting a delivery from IKEA in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen’s adoptive brother is dead.... More Info

The Author-Illustrator Starter Kit

McSweeney's Books | July 12, 2011 | 96 pages
Three premium-quality hardcover blank books in a slipcase. Each book is 32 pages, 7" square, and ready to be turned into a picture book. Just add crayons, markers, and ideas.  More Info

The Refugee Hotel

McSweeney's Books | December 11, 2012 | 296 pages
Accompanied by candid photos and unforgettable stories and oral histories, a photographer and journalist present nine portraits of modern-day refugees on their way to becoming Americans, documenting their first night in the U.S. to their triumphs and struggles as they adjust to a new way of life.  More Info

How Music Works

McSweeney's | September 12, 2012 | 345 pages
How Music Works is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our... More Info

McSweeney's 41

McSweeney's Books | August 28, 2012 | 248 pages
Each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned. There have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head. McSweeney's has won multiple literary... More Info

The Night Riders

McSweeney's Books | August 7, 2012 | 48 pages
A wordless story of a frog and rat as the friends make their way from forest to bat cave to ghost town to ocean to shore, discovering new friends, narrowly avoiding a huge crab, and revealing a world beyond their home.  More Info

Real Man Adventures

McSweeney's | December 11, 2012 | 272 pages
A compilation of brash, inventive and often comic explorations of the pleasures and paradoxes of masculinity is comprised of letters, essays, interviews and artwork that explore the author's transition into identifying as male before marrying and becoming a stepfather.  More Info

More Baths, Less Talking

McSweeney's Books | August 21, 2012 | 135 pages
Shares selections from the author's column in "The Believer" that discuss books he has bought and books he has read, and offers suggestions for great reads in every genre.  More Info

Between Heaven and Here

McSweeney's | September 12, 2012 | 208 pages
When Glorette Picard is found dead in an alley, those who knew her struggle to come to terms with her death and discover the killer, all the while finding out how intertwined her life and death was with the dark history of her city, Rio Seco. Original.  More Info

Hologram for the King

McSweeney's Books | June 19, 2012 | 328 pages
A struggling American businessman travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city with the hopes of securing a contract that will earn him a commission large enough to stave off his economic woes and hold his family together.  More Info

Benny's Brigade

McSweeney's Books | August 7, 2012 | 48 pages
After prying open a strange nut wiggling on the ground, sisters, Elsie and Theo find a miniature walrus named Benny inside, who accompanies them to school where the girls and their classmates build him a boat to sail home on.  More Info