Books published by Riverhead Books (Hardcover)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

Future Perfect

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 18, 2012 | 233 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


Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | October 25, 2012 | 224 pages
Examines friendship in all its modern varieties, both online and in person, and explores how to keep friends in the face of intimidating odds including disliking a spouse or being happy in their misfortunes. 30,000 first printing.  More Info

The End of Men

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 11, 2012 | 310 pages
A full-length report based on the author's Atlantic cover story argues that a radical shift in power dynamics between men and women at every level of society is having profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work and more, demonstrating the radically different and promising ways today's... More Info

All Gone

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 27, 2012 | 224 pages
Recounts the author's poignant efforts to provide love and care for a beloved parent with increasing dementia, a journey marked by her decision to prepare comfort foods from childhood that occasionally triggered her mother's recall and helped the author to come to terms with an inevitable loss.... More Info

The Forgetting River

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 16, 2012 | 304 pages
Traces the author's research into her family story after discovering that her ancestors were forced to renounce their Jewish faith in Inquisition-era Spain, describing her visit to the centuries-old Andalucian down of Arcos de la Frontera, where modern locals remain haunted by memories of past... More Info

This Is How You Lose Her

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 11, 2012 | 213 pages
A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.  More Info

Moth Smoke

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | December 4, 2012 | 288 pages
When Daru Shezad gets himself fired from his banking job, he instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan's cellphone-toting elite and sets in motion the tragicomedy that will drag him into a life of drugs and crime. His uncertain fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, animated by nuclear... More Info

A Small Fortune

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | May 24, 2012 | 384 pages
Resolving to give away a divorce settlement to his most deserving relative, devout Muslim Harris, the presumed head of a large extended family in England and Pakistan, rashly bequeaths his fortune to a prosperous cousin, complicating a difficult web of familial debt and obligation. A first novel.  More Info

A Man of Misconceptions

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | November 8, 2012 | 352 pages
Exploring the unconventional life of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist who was either a genius or raving lunatic, this fascinating portrait of a man who lived during an era of radical transformation traces the rise, success and eventual fall of this colorful character.... More Info

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 4, 2012 | 306 pages
Fleeing her once-idyllic family home in Wisconsin in the wake of a tragedy that compels her to pursue her acting career in golden-age Hollywood, Elsa becomes an Academy Award-winning actress and enjoys the heady extravagances of her fame while struggling to remain true to herself and balance the... More Info

The Little Red Guard

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | April 26, 2012 | 272 pages
Traces a Communist Chinese family's contentious 15-year struggle to honor a grandmother's dying wish to be buried in spite of a national ban of traditional Chinese practices, an effort that pitted family members against one another and risked their capture by authorities.  More Info


Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 1, 2011 | 400 pages
In a conclusion to the trilogy that began with Links and Knots, Jeebleh returns to Mogadiscio to discover that it is being rigidly controlled by white-robed oppressors; while Ahl searches for his missing stepson, who he fears has been recruited for a religious insurgency. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Green Metropolis

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 17, 2009 | 357 pages
Poses a challenging and controversial analysis of today's environment and its future prospects, arguing that residents of urban areas consume and waste less than other Americans because of their smaller living spaces and use of public transportation, in a report that explains that more regions need... More Info