Now available for the first time in English, On Heaven and Earth is a book of conversations between the Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who recently became Pope Francis, and the Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka.
"An incredibly readable and rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life. . . . [Americanah is] a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adichie's virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity." —Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King
Eisenhower in War and Peace:
. . . [Smith] shows us that [Eisenhower's] ascent to the highest levels of the military establishment had much more to do with his easy mastery of politics than with any great strategic or tactical achievements." —The Wall Street Journal
Act of Congress:
"The best book on Congress I have read in decades. It is a stupendous achievement—richly informative, a pleasure to read.
. . . A classic." —Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
The reflections on life and art from legendary filmmaker-novelist-poet-genius, Jean Cocteau. Beyond illuminating a truly remarkable life, The Difficulty of Being is an inspiring homage to the belief that art matters.
Please join us in congratulating the four Random House authors that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2013! Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son won in the fiction category, Fredrik Logevall's Embers of War won in the history category, Sharon Olds's Stag's Leap won in the poetry category, and Tom Reiss's The Black Count won in the biography category. Four of our authors were also named as finalists in their category: Bernard Bailyn's The Barbarous Years in history, Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers in general nonfiction, Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank in fiction, and the late Jack Gilbert's Collected Poems in poetry. For a full list of previous Random House winners please click here.
We are saddened by the death of the "Father of African literature" Chinua Achebe; he was 82. Achebe was an acclaimed and best-selling novelist, poet, and essayist whose works include the classic Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, and Arrow of God. Achebe, whose novel Things Fall Apart was one of the first African novels, famously said: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." We are grateful that he told his story and left us with a legacy of great literature and a better understanding of Africa.
The Passage of Power, the fourth volume of Robert Caro's monumental biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson, has been awarded the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. The third installment of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Master of the Senate was previously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2003. Please join us in congratulating Robert Caro on another great achievement.
Congratulations to Sharon Olds who has won the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for her newest collection of poems, Stag's Leap. U.K. Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, chair of the final judging panel, said: "This was the book of her career. There is a grace and chivalry in her grief that marks her out as being a world-class poet. I always say that poetry is the music of being human, and in this book she is really singing. Her journey from grief to healing is so beautifully executed." Sharon Olds is the first American woman to win the prestigious award which comes with a £15,000 award.
The 2012 National Jewish Book Award winners were announced this week by the Jewish Book Council. Four Random House authors were recognized: Jonathan D. Sarna's When General Grant Expelled the Jews was a finalist for the American Jewish Studies category; Joshua Henkin's The World Without You was a finalist for the Fiction category; Matthew Brzezinski's Isaac's Army was a finalist for the Holocaust category; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' The Great Partnership was a finalist for the Modern Jewish Thought and Experience category.