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Alec Baldwin

You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)
Authors Night Founding Honorary Chair Alec Baldwin’s new book is a blisteringly funny satirical account of Donald Trump’s first year as President. The Washington Post calls it a “lavish parody… filled with dozens of hilarious photos.” Baldwin is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor, producer, comedian, and philanthropist. He has also been nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award and is the author of The New York Times best seller A Promise to Ourselves.

Hilaria Baldwin

The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life
Hilaria Baldwin knows what it means to be pulled in many directions—as a mother of four, businesswoman, yoga instructor, and Instagram sensation, she has to work hard to remain centered. Through her life experiences, struggles, and personal growth, Hilaria has developed a method for using movement and mindfulness to create an unbreakable mind-body connection, an illuminating method that shapes her life. The book is also packed with time saving tips, plant-based recipes, mini-workouts, and customized yoga and meditation routines.

Cynthia Bardes

Pansy in Africa
Pansy the poodle and her friend Avery have solved mysteries all over the world. Their newest adventure takes them on safari to Africa, where they volunteer to find a missing and misunderstood lion cub. As the two sleuths and their guides follow paw prints and other clues, they see and learn about the exotic landscape and animals of Africa. In the
end, the cub is reunited with his family, and everyone learns that our differences make each of us special.

Patricia Bosworth

The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan
Acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth recalls her emotional coming of age in 1950s New York in this profound and powerful memoir, a story of family, marriage, tragedy, Broadway, and art, featuring a rich cast of well-known literary and theatrical figures. This deeply felt memoir is the story of a woman who defied repressive 1950s conventions while being shaped by the notable men in her life. The Men in My Life is about survival, achieving your goals, and learning to love—told through the lens of one insider’s extraordinary life.

Lee Child

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
Jack Reacher fans take notice: Here’s your chance to meet and share a meal with the British author of the best selling thrillers—celebrated novelist Lee Child! Child’s gripping new powerhouse novel featuring Jack Reacher is a #1 New York Times best seller, and critics are saying it may just be his best yet. The Huffington Post says, “This is not just a good story; it is a story with a purpose and a message.” The Washington Post calls Jack Reacher, “one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”

Barbara Close

The Naturopathica Effect: A Holistic Approach to Skin Care
Barbara Close—the pioneering founder of Naturopathica—cuts through the trends and buzzwords of the beauty world to offer a refreshingly simple, holistic approach to skin health. Not your traditional beauty book, The Naturopathica Effect approaches beauty in the way Barbara does, through the lens of health. Readers will discover how clean skin care, smart food choices, herbal remedies and enjoyable wellness rituals can transform how they look and feel, with time-tested advice for true and lasting results!

Joanna Coles

Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World
In her new book, the former Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire provides a series of simple guidelines for finding worthwhile love. Social media and online dating sites have become the supermarkets of our relationship lives. You have to wade through rows of cupcakes and potato chips to find the produce aisle, where those relationships grounded in intimacy and trust live—the ones worth your investment. A diet book for romantic relationships, Love Rules helps women navigate their love lives in our fast-paced, digital age.

Chiké Frankie Edozien

Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man
From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent. In this 2018 Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir, Nigerian journalist Edozien offers a highly personal series of snapshots of same-gender-loving Africans—unsung men, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity. Edozien teaches journalism at New York University, where he’s a Clinical Associate Professor and director of the “Reporting Africa” program.

Stuart E. Eizenstat

President Carter: The White House Years
Stuart Eizenstat served as the United States Ambassador to the European Union (1993-1996) and as the United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001). Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as Chief Domestic Policy Adviser. He draws on more than 5,000 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time, to write this definitive history of the Carter Administration―and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works.

Florence Fabricant

City Harvest: 100 Recipes from Great New York Restaurants
What foodie wouldn’t seize the chance to dine with acclaimed New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant? In this book, New York City’s hottest chefs present the ultimate gift that gives back—an exclusive collection of 100 delicious new recipes benefiting City Harvest, the renowned food-rescue organization that feeds over 1.4 million hungry New Yorkers every year. “City Harvest features amazing recipes from top New York City chefs and restaurateurs.” —Food & Wine magazine

A. J. Finn

The Woman in the Window: A Novel
You’re in for a thrilling dinner with one of the hottest debut novelists around! The Woman in the Window became an instant #1 New York Times best seller and is already in development as a major film. This twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house has been called “Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” by Gillian Flynn; and Stephen King says it’s “Unputdownable.” What a great opportunity to rub elbows with a rising literary star!

Elizabeth Flock

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai
A reporter for the PBS NewsHour, based in Washington D.C., Elizabeth Flock’s first book is an intimate study of three contemporary married couples in Mumbai, and an examination of why marriages work or fail anywhere. “This remarkable debut is so deeply reported, elegantly written, and profoundly transporting that it reads like a novel you can’t put down. It’s both a nuanced and intimate evocation of Indian culture, and a provocative and exciting meditation on marriage itself.” —Katie Roiphe

Emily Jane Fox

Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family
Who is Donald J. Trump? To truly understand America’s forty-fifth president, argues Vanity Fair journalist Emily Jane Fox, you must know his children, whose own stories provide the key to unlocking what makes him tick. Born Trump is Fox’s dishy, deeply reported, and richly detailed look at Trump’s five children (and equally powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner), exploring their lives, their roles in the campaign and administration, and their dramatic and often fraught relationships with their father and with one another.

Elyssa Friedland

The Intermission
A tightly-wrought “he said, she said” portrait of a relationship, where neither party is quite as innocent as we first think. Heralded as, “A multifaceted look at the difficulties and rewards of marriage.” by Kirkus Reviews, readers will be riveted by this thought-provoking story that ponders how much we know about the people we love the most. Friedland attended Yale University, serving as managing editor of the Yale Daily News; is a Columbia Law School grad; and has written for several publications, including Modern Bride and New York.

Wendy Goodman

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt
Wendy Goodman, New York magazine’s Design Editor and a renowned leader in the design community, tells the story of how Gloria Vanderbilt brought the Vanderbilt name out of the Gilded Age and into the Digital Age, reinventing herself over and over along the way. Hers is a story of charisma, glamour, and heartbreaking loss—told here by Goodman, who had intimate access to Vanderbilt for this book. “Perhaps the definitive-and certainly the most visually stunning-book to capture her incredible life.” —The Huffington Post

Helen A. Harrison

An Accidental Corpse
Jackson Pollock was killed in 1956 in a violent car accident in Springs, NY. But who was the dead girl in the backseat? In this thrilling historical fiction set in the heady art world of the 1950s Hamptons, hardboiled NYC detectives Juanita and Brian Fitzgerald will sacrifice their summer vacation to solve the mystery. Harrison is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and an authority on 20th century American art. She is the author of Hamptons Bohemia and Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollock.

A. M. Homes

Days of Awe
With her signature humor and compassion, A.M. Homes exposes the heart of an uneasy America in her new collection—exploring our attachments to each other through characters who aren’t quite who they hoped to become. Since her seminal debut collection The Safety of Objects, Homes has been celebrated as one of our boldest and most original writers. Her first book since the Women’s Prize-winning May We Be Forgiven, Days of Awe is a major addition to her body of visionary, fearless, outrageously funny work.

Michael Isikoff

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
A story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history! This incredible #1 New York Times best seller is a harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Michael Isikoff is an award-winning American investigative journalist, the Chief Investigative Correspondent at Yahoo! News, a frequent guest on MSNBC and other cable news networks, and the author of the best selling Uncovering Clinton.

Steve Israel

Big Guns: A Novel
From Steve Israel, the Long Island congressman-turned-novelist who writes “in the full-tilt style of Carl Hiaasen” (The Washington Post), comes a comic tale about the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics. Steve Israel has firsthand knowledge of the cynicism and corruption at the heart of our political system. Big Guns will make you laugh, will make you angry, and will make you think—as you flip the pages faster and faster to find out what happens next!

David Itzkoff

Robin
From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, this is the definitive biography of Robin Williams— a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives. “Itzkoff manages to straddle the man and the myth of Robin Williams, all the while helping us see why we fell in love with both.” —Amy Poehler

David Kozatch

Off The East End
Off The East End immerses readers in a side of the Hamptons rarely seen, with its close portrayal of the area’s long time locals, real estate rich, city transplants, and new immigrants, exposing the dark side of this elite playground with cutting humor and suspense. “Kozatch’s debut novel has the same intriguing elements that made Big Little Lies a propulsive page-turner and compulsively watchable miniseries—a glamorous setting, a dead body, and the deliberately paced reveal about how it got that way.” —Kirkus Reviews

Ndaba Mandela

Going to the Mountain: Life lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela
The first-ever book to tell Nelson Mandela’s life through the eyes of the grandson who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba Mandela’s life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known. Going to the Mountain is, in the end, a story about unlocking the power within each of us. It’s a cautionary tale about how a child’s life can go one way or the other, depending upon the intervention of a caring soul—and about the awesome power of love to serve as a catalyst for change.

David Margolick

The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. And Robert F. Kennedy
No issue in America in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both murdered, noted journalist David Margolick (long-time contributing editor at Vanity Fair) explores the untold story of their complex and ever-evolving relationship. “Margolick interweaves the two biographies skillfully…” —Publishers Weekly. “[A] fascinating, elegiac account.” —Chicago Tribune

Wednesday Martin

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free
Wednesday Martin—the #1 New York Times best selling author of Primates of Park Avenue —has worked as a writer and social researcher in New York City for over two decades, covering topics including gender, parenting and motherhood, popular culture, and female sexuality for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Her new book, Untrue (to be published in September), is a bold, timely reconsideration of female infidelity that will upend everything you thought you knew about women and sex!

Malcolm Nance

The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West
Have dinner with the super-savvy globally recognized intelligence community member and counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. In The Plot to Destroy Democracy, Nance reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election, and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union and western democracy. Nance is also author of the New York Times best seller The Plot to Hack America.

Lance Richardson

House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row
The strange, illuminative true story of Tommy Nutter, the Savile Row tailor who changed the silhouette of men’s fashion—and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film. House of Nutter tells the stunning true story of two gay men who influenced some of the most iconic styles and pop images of the twentieth century. Journalist Lance Richardson presents a dual portrait of brothers improvising their way through five decades of extraordinary events. “An exciting addition to fashion history.” —Kirkus Reviews

Kathryn Sermak

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis
A window into the world of the formidable Bette Davis, told by the person who perhaps knew her best of all. In 1979, at the age of twenty-three, Kathryn Sermak was hired by Davis as the legend’s Girl Friday. Since Davis’ death, Kathryn has continued to preserve the memory of her friend and mentor. In Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star’s harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear. “None of us knew or loved Bette Davis during her later years more than Kathryn Sermak.” —Robert Wagner

Mark Strausman

The Freds at Barney’s New York Cookbook
Since 1996, the restaurant Freds at Barneys New York, has been offering in food what Barneys offers in fashion: a luxury destination that provides a level of personal service second to none, where the food keeps their celebrity clientele coming back for more. In this book, renowned chef Mark Strausman (who has been with Barneys New York for more than two decades), invites you into the kitchen of this restaurant institution and teaches you how to bring a piece of New York chic into your own home!

Jeffrey Sussman

Rocky Graziano: Fists, Fame, and Fortune
Rocky Graziano, juvenile delinquent, middleweight boxing champion, and comedic actor, was the last great fighter from the golden age of boxing, the era of Joe Louis, Jake LaMotta, and Sugar Ray Robinson. In Rocky Graziano: Fists, Fame, and Fortune, Jeffrey Sussman—tells the rags-to-riches story of Tommy Rocco Barbella, who came to be known as Rocky Graziano. The first biography of Graziano in over 60 years, this book brings his story to a new generation of boxing fans and sports historians.

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

Stay or Go: Dr. Ruth’s Rules for Real Relationships
Committing to a long-term relationship is a big deal—especially if you have doubts. With a focus on common sense over emotion, Dr. Ruth Westheimer offers straight-up advice on whether you should stick it out or cut your losses and move on. Dr. Ruth is a world-renowned sex and relationship therapist, media personality, and author—who pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters with her radio program, Sexually Speaking. And at the age of ninety, she is as spirited as ever!

Chris Whipple

The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
This critically-acclaimed New York Times best seller, (now with a new chapter on the Trump administration), is the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country. Through intensive interviews with all 17 living chiefs of staff and two former living presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. “If you’re a political junkie or just curious, this is the book for you.” —Tom Brokaw