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Amity and Prosperity

Amity and Prosperity

Picador
Paperback
336 pages • $18.00
ISBN: 9781250215079
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One Family and the Fracturing of America

Eliza Griswold

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“This riveting book is very much about the contested practice of industrial fracking and how its deadly side effects— poisoned air and water—disrupted these congenial small towns and the larger social fabric around Washington . . . The story is a page-turner exposing corporate injustices, dishonesty and public malfeasance.”

Pittsburgh-Post Gazette

Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors’ mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. But its representatives insist that nothing is wrong. So begins Haney’s transformation from a struggling single mom to a renegade activist. Against local opposition, Haney—with the help of her neighbors and a dogged husband-and-wife legal team—begins to expose the human cost of America’s energy boom. Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Amity and Prosperity reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values—and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

Eliza Griswold

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Eliza Griswold is the author of an acclaimed book of poems, Wideawake Field, as well as The Tenth Parallel, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, she has published, most recently, Amity and Prosperity, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and If Men, Then, a collection of poems.

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Grace Will Lead Us Home

Grace Will Lead Us Home

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
320 pages • $28.99
ISBN: 9781250117762
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Paperback Available in June 2020

The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness

Jennifer Berry Hawes

“[A] soul-shaking chronicle of the 2015 Charleston massacre
and its aftermath . . . Hawes is so admirably steadfast in her commitment to bearing witness that one is compelled to consider the story she tells from every possible angle.”

The New York Times Book Review

On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof’s hearing and said, “I forgive you.” That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims’ families, the journey had just begun. In Grace Will Lead Us Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a definitive account of the tragedy’s aftermath. With unprecedented access to the grieving families and other key figures, Hawes offers a nuanced and moving portrait of the events and emotions that emerged in the massacre’s wake. An unforgettable and deeply human portrait of grief, faith, and forgiveness, Grace Will Lead Us Home is the story of how, beyond the headlines, a community of people begins to heal.

Jennifer Berry Hawes

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Jennifer Berry Hawes writes for the Charleston-based Post and Courier, where she spent a decade covering religion and now works on a team that handles in-depth investigative reporting projects for the newspaper. Her work has won many honors including a Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, a National Headliner Award, and a Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. She lives in Charleston.

Rolling Blackouts

Rolling Blackouts

Drawn & Quarterly
Hardcover
304 pages • $24.95
ISBN: 9781770462557
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Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

Sarah Glidden

“Glidden’s clean, spare cartoons take a behind-the-scenes approach. Readers expecting a book about the region and its recent history may be surprised at how many pages are taken up with heartfelt conversations on the theme, ‘What is journalism?'”

—Christine Smallwood, Harper’s Magazine

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit—as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. Joining the trio is a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves. As the crew works their way through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, Glidden observes the reporters as they ask civilians, refugees, and officials, “Who are you?” Everyone has a story to tell: the Iranian blogger, the United Nations refugee administrator, a taxi driver, the Iraqi refugee deported from the U.S., the Iraqis seeking refuge in Syria, and even the American Marine. Painted in her trademark soft, muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor, Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden’s place as one of today’s most original nonfiction voices.

© Alex Stonehill

Sarah Glidden is the author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, published in 2010 and translated into five languages. Glidden’s work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines and anthologized in The Best American Comics. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

I Was Told to Come Alone

I Was Told to Come Alone

St. Martin’s Griffin 
Paperback
368 pages • $17.99
ISBN: 9781250180575
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My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Souad Mekhennet

“Much more than a book of journalism, admirable as hers is: it is a remarkable record of a Muslim woman struggling to understand those who kill in the name of her religion, and to explain their actions to the uncomprehending Western world to which she belongs.”

The Economist

In this compelling and evocative memoir, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The Washington Post, journeys behind the lines of jihad—starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized, the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Mekhennet’s background has given her unique access to some of the world’s most wanted men, who generally refuse to speak to Western journalists. She is not afraid to face personal danger to reach out to individuals in the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and their affiliates; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. Mekhennet—“a brave, resourceful, canny and tireless reporter” (The Washington Post)—is an ideal guide to introduce us to the human beings behind the ominous headlines.

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Souad Mekhennet is a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk, and she has reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR. She is the co-author of The Eternal Nazi, Children of Jihad, and Islam. She was a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and she is a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Policy at Harvard, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy.