Books published by Viking Press

There Is Simply Too Much to Think About

Viking Press | March 31, 2015 | 544 pages
This collection of nonfiction work from the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Adventures of Augie March and Henderson the Rain King is arranged chronologically and includes his literary criticisms, interviews, speeches and insights and reflections.  More Info

The Architect's Apprentice

Viking Press | March 31, 2015 | 432 pages
In 1540 Istanbul, 12-year-old Jahan, an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie who cares for an exceptionally smart elephant named Chota, is taken under the wing of the empire's chief architect and bears witness to the creation of some of the most magnificent buildings in history. By the author of... More Info

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot

Viking Press | March 17, 2015 | 288 pages
Documents the rise of Kim Il Sung, the origins of North Korea's anti-American stance and the daring theft of a Soviet MiG-15 warplane to benefit the United States by fighter pilot No Kum Sok. By theNew York Times best-selling author of Escape From Camp 14. Illustrations. Map(s). Tour.  More Info

Bettyville

Viking Press | March 10, 2015 | 288 pages
In a powerful story of secrets, silences and enduring love, a veteran magazine and book editor returns to his hometown of Paris, Missouri, to take care of his aging mother, Betty, a strong-willed woman who speaks her mind and has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. Tour.  More Info

Unbecoming

Viking Press | January 22, 2015 | 320 pages
After a heist she planned lands two men she loves in prison, a woman flees Paris and assumes a new identity, furtively checking news from her hometown as her web of deception unravels. A first novel.  More Info

The Brain's Way of Healing

Viking Press | January 27, 2015 | 432 pages
The New York Times best-selling author of The Brain That Changes Itself explains how the extraordinary process of neuroplastic healing really works, combining cutting-edge science with case studies, stories and real-world applications.  More Info

Frog

By Mo Yan
Viking Press | January 22, 2015 | 480 pages
Chronicling the history of modern China through a controversial lens, a novel from a winner of the Noble Prize in Literature tells the story of Gugu, a revered midwife, who, to prove her allegiance to the Communist party, strictly enforces the one-child policy, performing abortions on women as many... More Info

West of Sunset

Viking Press | January 13, 2015 | 304 pages
A tale inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood finds him reflecting on past events at the height of the Jazz Age while falling in love, struggling to hold his family together and penning The Last Tycoon. By the best-selling author of Last Night at the Lobster.  More Info

The Honey Thief

Viking Press | April 18, 2013 | 304 pages
A culturally evocative collection of tales inspired by the legends and storytelling traditions of Afghanistan features characters who use intelligence and humor to overcome the oppressions of political dictators and an unforgiving landscape, from a musician who teaches magic to a mute child to a... More Info

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles

Viking Press | February 7, 2013 | 352 pages
Mourning the death of his father and pining for an elusive woman he has loved since childhood, a writer who has lost his latest book in a fire fakes his own death and exiles himself to a small Caribbean island, where unexpected fame reveals the price of his deception. By the author of Everything... More Info

Harley Loco

Viking Press | April 4, 2013 | 320 pages
“It is my honor to introduce these pages—so gravelly, so straggly, so hopeful, bright, and true.” —Elizabeth Gilbert When she was seven, Rayya Elias and her family fled the political conflict in their native Syria, settling in Detroit. Bullied in school and caught between the world of her... More Info

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

Viking Press | March 21, 2013 | 272 pages
"Can a leopard ever really change his spots? Can a person ever change? These are the timeless questions that Kristopher Jansma asks in this enchanting debut novel about three great friends--two men and one woman--their triumphs and failures in life and love and their globe-spanning adventures. From... More Info

Lifesaving Lessons

Viking Press | March 21, 2013 | 272 pages
"Life was pretty good for Linda Greenlaw. Her job and her lifestyle gave her the independence and freedom she so craved, she had a good relationship, and a blissful quiet home. And then one day the peace she so craved and valued that was an integral part of life on her beloved island was shattered.... More Info

Creating Room to Read

Viking Press | February 7, 2013 | 320 pages
Traces the inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive who quit his lucrative career to found the Room to Read nonprofit organization that would build libraries for poor children throughout the world, describing how the organization has been challenged by the recent economic collapse.  More Info

The World Until Yesterday

Viking Press | December 31, 2012 | 512 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Collapse draws on decades of field work in the Pacific islands and other world regions to illuminate the degree to which modern society reflects traditional cultures from earlier and ancient time periods, offering insight into how historical approaches to... More Info

Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm

Viking Press | November 8, 2012 | 400 pages
The acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy presents mature and scholarly retellings of 50 favorite and lesser-known fairy tales on the 200th anniversary of the Grimm brothers' Children's and Household Tales, in a volume that includes such stories as "Cinderella," "Rapunzel" and... More Info

Revelations

Viking Press | March 6, 2012 | 256 pages
A world-renowned scholar of religion and bestselling author of "The Gnostic Gospels, Beyond Belief," and" Reading Judas" explores the strangest and most controversial book in the Bible: the Book of Revelation.  More Info

Runaway Girl

Viking Press | July 5, 2012 | 311 pages
A preadolescent runaway describes the violence and trauma that marked her early life before the unexpected kindness of a teacher helped her to get off the streets and pursue a master's degree, tracing her subsequent dedication to helping other at-risk youth. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

Notes on a Century

Viking Press | May 10, 2012 | 384 pages
Presents the life and career of the Middle East specialist, from his professional relationships with world leaders to his accomplishments in world politics, and offers the author's analysis of the political transformation of the region.  More Info

The Forest Unseen

Viking Press | March 15, 2012 | 268 pages
Reveals what can be understood about the natural world through the author's year-long observation of a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest, explaining the scientific ties binding all life and how the ecosystem has cycled for millions of years. 25,000 first printing.  More Info

Malcolm X

Viking Press | April 4, 2011 | 594 pages
An authoritative biography of Malcolm X draws on new research to trace his life from his troubled youth through his involvement in the Nation of Islam, his activism in the world of Black Nationalism, and his assassination.  More Info

Caleb's Crossing

Viking Press | May 3, 2011 | 320 pages
In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "People of the Book" has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.  More Info

The Ragged Edge of the World

Viking Press | March 17, 2011 | 260 pages
A noted environmental writer relives his experiences of how Earth's far corners have yielded to or resisted modernity.  More Info

Emily, Alone

Viking Press | March 17, 2011 | 255 pages
A sequel to the best-selling Wish You Were Here finds newly independent widow Emily Maxwell dreaming of visits by grandchildren and mourning changes in her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood before realizing an inner strength to pursue developing opportunities.  More Info