Books published by Riverhead

Home Fire

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 15, 2017 | 240 pages
From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, an... More Info

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Riverhead Books | August 22, 2019 | 688 pages
A tale inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley spans decades and continents to explore the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, killers and ghosts against a backdrop of period social and political turmoil. By the award-winning author of The Book of Night Women. 25,000 first... More Info

The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

Riverhead | April 11, 2017 | 416 pages
Read it! Jess Walter, New York Timesbestselling author ofBeautiful Ruins "[R]eminded me that reading can be FUN. Buzzfeed "A tour-de-force." Laura Miller, Slate In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization the Regional Office and its coterie of super-powered female assassins... More Info

Reality Is Not What It Seems

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | January 24, 2017 | 256 pages
From the New York Times-bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring... More Info

Sex and Power

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | August 22, 2019 | 287 pages
A look at power dynamics from the first female president of the "Harvard Law Review" offers insight into the sexual divide in American culture and politics.  More Info

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 1, 2016 | 96 pages
Everything you need to know about the beauty of modern physics in less than 100 pages. In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides readers with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  More Info

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Riverhead Books | August 22, 2019 | 688 pages
"From the acclaimed writer of The Book of Night Women comes a masterful novel framed as a fictional oral history that explores the events and characters surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil on Jamaica in the late 1970s"--  More Info

Your Face in Mine

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | August 1, 2015 | 448 pages
A widely praised young writer delivers a daring, ambitious novel about identity and race in the age of globalization. One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn't recognize calls out to him. To Kelly’s shock, the man... More Info

Panic in a Suitcase

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | August 4, 2015 | 320 pages
“A virtuosic debut [and] a wry look at immigrant life in the global age.” —Vogue Having left Odessa for Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, with a sense of finality, the Nasmertov family has discovered that the divide between the old world and the new is not nearly as clear-cut as they had imagined.... More Info

Barbara the Slut and Other People

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 4, 2015 | 272 pages
A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human. Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master. She tackles eros and intimacy with a deceptively light touch, a keen awareness... More Info

Walking with Abel

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 4, 2015 | 320 pages
An intrepid journalist joins the planet’s largest group of nomads on an annual migration that, like them, has endured for centuries. Anna Badkhen has forged a career chronicling life in extremis around the world, from war-torn Afghanistan to the border regions of the American Southwest. In... More Info

A Master Plan for Rescue

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | July 14, 2015 | 336 pages
A magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love. Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, A Master Plan for Rescue is an enchanting novel about the life-giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love. In essence, it is two love stories. It is the... More Info

There Goes Gravity

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | April 7, 2015 | 368 pages
Lisa Robinson is the only woman journalist to have broken into the rock and roll boy's club. She has interviewed everyone from John Lennon to Patti Smith, Lady Gaga to the Clash. She's discussed nail varnish with a 12 year old Michael Jackson and introduced Lou Reed to David Bowie over filet... More Info


Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | April 7, 2015 | 368 pages
A modern adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca finds aspiring Midwestern assistant curator Venice Biennale haunted by the legacy of her predecessor when she takes a job at a cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod whose staff is devoted to preserving the memory and methods of the... More Info

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 31, 2015 | 304 pages
An internationally best-selling author explores the war on human nature and its flaws by immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming—meeting famous shames, shamers and bystanders who have been impacted and whose careers and lives have been ruined by one mistake. By the... More Info

The End of College

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 3, 2015 | 288 pages
An acclaimed education writer examines revolutionary technological changes happening in today's college systems that are transforming the ways in which higher learning will be offered and achieved in the near future.  More Info

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | February 24, 2015 | 240 pages
The author offers essays that discuss the similarities and differences in everyday living between the three countries he was able to call home at different periods of his life: America, Pakistan and England. By the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  More Info

Funny Girl

Riverhead Books | February 3, 2015 | 464 pages
Intrepid young Sophie Straw navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of eccentric characters in 1960s London. By the best-selling author of About a Boy.  More Info


Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | February 5, 2015 | 272 pages
A haunting and unforgettable novel about love, loss, race, and desire in World War II–era America. On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family’s rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier, headed for the darkened skies over... More Info

In Paradise

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | February 3, 2015 | 256 pages
The bestselling final novel by a writer of incomparable range, power, and achievement, a three-time winner of the National Book Award. Peter Matthiessen was a literary legend, the author of more than thirty acclaimed books. In this, his final novel, he confronts the legacy of evil, and our... More Info

City Beasts

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | February 3, 2015 | 320 pages
All-new stories about the urban worlds where animals and humans fight, love, and find common ground, from the nationally bestselling author of Cod and Salt. In these stories, Mark Kurlansky journeys to his familiar haunts like New York’s Central Park or Miami’s Little Havana but with an... More Info

The B-Side

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | January 22, 2015 | 304 pages
An acclaimed cultural historian—drawing on previously untapped archival sources and a vast array of interviews with such voices as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt and Herb Alpert—presents a fascinating social history of the Great American Songwriting Era.  More Info

Hall of Small Mammals

Riverhead Books | January 8, 2015 | 304 pages
A short story collection features an unforgettable cast of characters who are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family and to exist in the world.  More Info

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | January 6, 2015 | 272 pages
A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist. Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge fund managers to middle-class... More Info

On Such a Full Sea

Riverhead Books | December 2, 2014 | 432 pages
“Watching a talented writer take a risk is one of the pleasures of devoted reading, and On Such a Full Sea provides all that and more. . . .  More Info

Hiding in Plain Sight

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | October 30, 2014 | 320 pages
From an acclaimed African writer, a novel about family, freedom, and loyalty. When Bella learns of the murder of her beloved half brother by political extremists in Mogadiscio, she’s in Rome. The two had different fathers but shared a Somali mother, from whom Bella’s inherited her freewheeling... More Info

At Night We Walk in Circles

Riverhead Books | September 2, 2014 | 384 pages
The breakout book from a prizewinning young writer: a “surrealistic tour de force” (O, The Oprah Magazine) about one man’s obsessive search to find the truth of another man’s downfall. Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man; his... More Info

How We Got to Now

Riverhead Books | September 30, 2014 | 304 pages
An illustrated history of innovation shares lesser-known stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields and reveals how important inventions have had unintended consequences. By the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come... More Info

The Narcissist Next Door

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 9, 2014 | 288 pages
An award-winning Time senior writer outlines provocative advice on how to recognize narcissist personality disorder in other people while sharing counsel on how to protect oneself from the condition's destructive cycles. By the author of The Sibling Effect. 40,000 first printing.  More Info

Looking for Palestine

Riverhead Books | September 2, 2014 | 272 pages
A frank and entertaining memoir—from the daughter of Edward Said—now in paperback. The daughter of the famous intellectual and outspoken Palestinian advocate Edward Said and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural... More Info


Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | September 3, 2013 | 352 pages
Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten. In the spring of 1959, "The Diary of Anne Frank" has just come to the silver screen... More Info

On Such a Full Sea

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | January 7, 2014 | 336 pages
From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America. On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing... More Info

The Good Lord Bird

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 20, 2013 | 432 pages
Fleeing her violent master at the side of legendary abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-19th-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. By the best-selling author of The Color of... More Info

Lost at Sea

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | October 1, 2013 | 448 pages
"New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Psychopath Test" Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. "Lost at Sea"--now with new material--reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the... More Info

All Gone

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | October 1, 2013 | 224 pages
THE NEW COLE AND HITCH NOVEL Newly appointed as Territorial Marshals, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are traveling by train on a mission to escort Mexican prisoners to the border. But when the Governor of Texas climbs aboard with his wife, daughters, and $500,000 in tow, the journey becomes a lot... More Info

Future Perfect

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | October 1, 2013 | 272 pages
The best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From presents an optimistic assessment of how a technologically connected world can enable a better if different future, outlining a rising model of political change that breaks traditional categories of thinking and enables positive solutions.... More Info

This Is How You Lose Her

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | September 3, 2013 | 240 pages
Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz's first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by Time magazine and... More Info

Looking for Palestine

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 1, 2013 | 304 pages
A frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about growing up second-generation Arab American and struggling with that identity. The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted... More Info

Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | July 11, 2013 | 288 pages
Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her... More Info

The Long Goodbye

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | April 3, 2012 | 306 pages
In this eloquent, somber memoir about the death of her mother and grieving aftermath, poet and journalist O'Rourke (Halflife) ponders the eternal human question: how do we live with the knowledge that we will one day die?  More Info

The Neruda Case

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | June 4, 2013 | 400 pages
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.  More Info

The World Is a Carpet

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | May 30, 2013 | 288 pages
An unforgettable portrait of a place and a people shaped by centuries of art, trade, and war. In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google can't find it, a woman squats on top of a loom, making flowers bloom in the thousand threads she knots by hand. Here,... More Info

Lizz Free Or Die

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | May 7, 2013 | 336 pages
Winstead, co-creator of "The Daily Show" and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.  More Info

A Guide to Being Born

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | May 2, 2013 | 208 pages
Reminiscent of Aimee Bender and Karen Russell—an enthralling new collection that uses the world of the imagination to explore the heart of the human condition. Major new literary talent Ramona Ausubel combines the otherworldly wisdom of her much-loved debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us,... More Info

The Interestings

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | April 9, 2013 | 480 pages
From bestselling author Meg Wolitzer a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships. The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond... More Info

What the Family Needed

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 21, 2013 | 272 pages
In this incandescent novel, a family's superpowers bestow not instant salvation but the miracle of accepting who they are. “Okay, tell me which you want,” Alek asks his cousin at the outset of What the Family Needed. “To be able to fly or to be invisible.” And soon Giordana, a teenager... More Info

The Man Without a Face

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 5, 2013 | 320 pages
Documents the Russian prime minister's rapid ascent from a low-level KGB operative to the presidency, describing his selection by an ailing Boris Yeltsin's oligarchy and the ways in which the author believes that his views and ambitions have renewed Russia's threatening position to its citizens and... More Info

India Becoming

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 5, 2013 | 320 pages
"A portrait of incredible change and economic development, of social and national transformation told through individual lives. The son of an Indian father and an American mother, Akash Kapur spent his formative years in India and his early adulthood in the United States. In 2003, he returned to... More Info

The Man Who Quit Money

Riverhead Books | March 6, 2012 | 272 pages
Traces the path and philosophy of Daniel Suelo, who left his entire life savings of $30 in a phone booth in 2000 and has lived a happy, fulfilled life in the caves of Utah without earning or spending money since that time. Original. 40,000 first printing.  More Info

The Wisdom of Compassion

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | December 27, 2012 | 272 pages
A private-world discussion of how the Dalai Lama draws on his personal compassion to connect with others shares insight into his human frustrations and joyful approach to the world and describes his peace-promoting encounters with people ranging from a sick child to world leaders.  More Info