Books published by McSweeneys Books

My Documents

McSweeneys Books | April 14, 2015 | 200 pages
"'My Documents' is the latest work from Alejandro Zambra, the award-winning Chilean writer whose first novel was heralded as the dawn of a new era in Chilean literature, and described by Junot Daiaz as 'a total knockout.' Now, in his first short story collection, Zambra gives us eleven stories of... More Info

Girl at the Bottom of the Sea

McSweeneys Books | May 5, 2015 | 240 pages
Sophie Swankowski is the hero from the stories she's been hearing all her life: she's the girl who will save the world. Or so she's been told. Now she and her unlikely guardian—the gruff, filthy mermaid Syrena—must travel the pitch-black seas from broken-down Chelsea, Massachusetts, to... More Info


McSweeneys Books | September 1, 2014 | 300 pages
A latest issue of the two-time National Magazine Award-winning quarterly features its signature surprise unique design.  More Info

Palestine Speaks

McSweeneys Books | November 1, 2014 | 320 pages
The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has been one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises for over four decades. In this oral history collection, men and women from Palestine—including a fisherman, a settlement administrator, and a marathon... More Info

Read Harder

McSweeneys Books | September 1, 2014 | 336 pages
This volume collects the finest essays from the second half of the Believer's decade-long (and counting) run. The Believer, the McSweeney's-published four-time nominee for the National Magazine Award, is beloved for tackling everything from pop culture to ancient literature with the same sagacity... More Info


McSweeneys Books | July 1, 2014 | 300 pages
A latest quarterly anthology by the two-time National Magazine Award-winning literary journal features entries by forefront and up-and-coming writers, as well as an eccentric design.  More Info

The End of War

McSweeneys Books | August 12, 2014 | 224 pages
War is a fact of human nature. As long as we exist, it exists. That's how the argument goes. But longtime Scientific American writer John Horgan disagrees. Applying the scientific method to war leads Horgan to a radical conclusion: biologically speaking, we are just as likely to be peaceful as... More Info

Morning in Serra Mattu

McSweeneys Books | April 15, 2014 | 150 pages
A mosaic of interrelated stories exploding with personality, myth, and geohistorical weight, Morning in Serra Mattu is a profound, joyful meditation on life in modern Sudan. Arif Gamal seamlessly blends large-scale political realities with the local and the traditional: “old villages/whose... More Info

Confidence, Or the Appearance of Confidence

McSweeneys Books | March 4, 2014 | 524 pages
The first collection of interviews from a decade of the Believer magazine's popular Music Issue.Believer Books collects 35 interviews with some of today's most influential musicians and includes such conversational treasures as Björk on e.e. cummings, Lucinda Williams on writing about sex, Trey... More Info

The Portlandia Activity Book

McSweeneys Books | February 27, 2014 | 144 pages
This is The Portlandia Activity Book—a compendium of guaranteed enrichment for the Pacific Northwestern part of your psyche. Like a cool high school that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through participation, dehydrate you to a state of... More Info

Painted Cities

McSweeneys Books | March 18, 2014 | 300 pages
A debut collection by a Pilsen native is set in the gritty and violently beautiful south side barrio and follows how the region's vendettas and environment shape the daily lives of a range of characters, including a 14-year-old immigrant who might possess an ability to bring people back from the... More Info


McSweeneys Books | August 13, 2013 | 32 pages
The perfect book for children who love to go to the toy chest you just organized, open it up, and dump everything on the floor.Join Augustus Crabtree - hoarder . . . er, collector extraordinaire - on an epic housewide quest to find his teeth. Where could those pesky teeth be hiding? Are they... More Info

How Music Works

McSweeneys Books | September 10, 2013 | 352 pages
How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators?along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists?Byrne shows... More Info

Hot Pink

McSweeneys Books | March 13, 2012 | 256 pages
This provocative story, told with a unique blend of love, violence and slapstick humor, brings to life the colliding worlds of a colorful cast of characters including overweight romantics, legless prodigies, textbook lovers, dirty old men, angry mimes and nervous comedians.  More Info

It Chooses You

McSweeneys Books | July 31, 2012 | 218 pages
In the summer of 2009 Miranda July was struggling to write her second screenplay, The Future, when she began to obsessively read the PennySaver classified ads. The iconic Los Angeles newsprint booklet served a computerless demographic?a quickly disappearing group, but one rife with stories. Who was... More Info

The Believer, Issue 94

McSweeneys Books | November 13, 2012 | 80 pages
The Believer's mission is to introduce readers to the best and most interesting work in the world of art, culture, and thought—whether that means literature, painting, wrestling, philosophy, or cooking—in an attractive vehicle that's free from the bugbears of condescension, mustiness, and... More Info

At Home on the Range

McSweeneys Books | April 17, 2012 | 256 pages
The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love republishes the newly discovered cookbook and travelogue written by her great-grandmother.  More Info

The better of McSweeney's

McSweeneys Books | November 1, 2005 | 420 pages
This book collects some of the best stories from the first ten issues of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the literary journal that has become one of the country's most important and influential publications. McSweeney's began as a small collection of work rejected by other magazines, but it soon... More Info

Inside This Place, Not Of It

McSweeneys Books | October 11, 2011 | 300 pages
"Inside this place, not of it reveals some of the most egregious human rights violations within women's prisons in the United States. In their own words, the thirteen narrators in this book recount their lives leading up to incarceration and their experiences inside--ranging from forced... More Info

Celebrations of Curious Characters

McSweeneys Books | May 15, 2011 | 112 pages
Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay—raconteur, historian, and legendary sleight-of-hand artist—exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular NPR series "Jay's Journal," Celebrations of Curious Characters features... More Info


McSweeneys Books | September 6, 2011 | 300 pages
Presents an anthology of short stories set in real and imaginary places around the world, including Paris, Ghana, Vermont, and Ireland.  More Info

A Moment in the Sun

McSweeneys Books | February 14, 2012 | 968 pages
It's 1897. Gold has been discovered in the Yukon. New York is under the sway of Hearst and Pulitzer. And in a few months, an American battleship will explode in a Cuban harbor, plunging the U.S. into war. Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, this is the unforgettable story of that... More Info