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The Viking Press was founded in New York City on March 1, 1925, by Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim. Their founding creed: "To publish a strictly limited list of good nonfiction, such as biography, history and works on contemporary affairs, and distinguished fiction with some claim to permanent importance rather than ephemeral popular interest." The firm's name and its logo, a Viking ship drawn by Rockwell Kent, were chosen as symbols of enterprise, adventure, and exploration in publishing. Launched in the fall of 1925, early Viking lists included books by August Strindberg, Carl van Doren Vita Sackville-West, Mohandas Gandhi, Bertrand Russell, and Thorstein Veblen. As Viking approaches its second century, we think the founders would be well pleased with the works and authors who are part of our continuing publishing program. Recent successes continue to shape the thinking of the world and capture the spirit of the times. Viking is proud to publish Jan Karon's The Mitford Years and Father Tim Novels, Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, Collapse by Jared Diamond, Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, American Dynasty by Kevin Phillips, The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards, and March and People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

Singer, songwriter, and bestselling author Ani DiFranco talks to The New York Times about what she's currently reading, ...
05/16/2019
By the Book: Ani DiFranco

Singer, songwriter, and bestselling author Ani DiFranco talks to The New York Times about what she's currently reading, her favorite musician-writers, and the books that continue to inspire her.

Ani's new memoir, NO WALLS AND THE RECURRING DREAM is now available!

The singer-songwriter, whose new memoir is “No Walls and the Recurring Dream,” says her shelves contain “poetry for when my mind is spinning” and “a bunch of learn-how-to-meditate books that don’t seem to be helping.”

"Sounding like a cross between The Secret History and Heathers... [BUNNY] is like one of those razors marketed to women:...
05/16/2019
The 30 Best Books to Read This Summer

"Sounding like a cross between The Secret History and Heathers... [BUNNY] is like one of those razors marketed to women: you know, pink but still GD dangerous." -ELLE Magazine (US) on BUNNY by Mona Awad

Gotta read 'em all.

THE GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL, a "gripping" (Publishers Weekly) story of survival and alliance during World War II, is no...
05/14/2019

THE GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL, a "gripping" (Publishers Weekly) story of survival and alliance during World War II, is now on sale! Start reading: http://bit.ly/2Q0EVVV

The Atlantic sheds light on the fascinating true stories behind little known WWII spies like Virginia Hall, the subject ...
05/13/2019
Female Spies and Their Secrets

The Atlantic sheds light on the fascinating true stories behind little known WWII spies like Virginia Hall, the subject of the bestselling biography A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, and how she and others helped pave the way for women in that field.

An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due.

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05/10/2019

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Join the Blavity Politics email list for a chance to receive a signed copy of Valerie Jarrett's memoir #FindingMyVoice http://bit.ly/2VT3nxH

MONSIEUR MEDIOCRE by John von Sothen is "a witty, incisive portrait of contemporary France" (Kirkus Reviews), and it's o...
05/09/2019

MONSIEUR MEDIOCRE by John von Sothen is "a witty, incisive portrait of contemporary France" (Kirkus Reviews), and it's on shelves today! 🇫🇷 http://bit.ly/2JvbN86

"Movie stars in Italy, a longtime affair, and a missing Tennessee Williams play — what more could you want?" Celeste N...
05/07/2019
5 book picks from 'Little Fires Everywhere' author Celeste Ng

"Movie stars in Italy, a longtime affair, and a missing Tennessee Williams play — what more could you want?" Celeste Ng recommends LEADING MEN on Good Morning America!

Celeste Ng, author of "Little Fires Everywhere," knows what makes a good page turner. Ng shares her five book picks for your spring to summer reading list.

"As a teenager, I went out into the world armed with my guitar and my little songs and my aggressive eye contact," Ani D...
05/07/2019
Ani DiFranco Relives Her Indie Rock Rise: 'I Wanted A Different Kind Of Power'

"As a teenager, I went out into the world armed with my guitar and my little songs and my aggressive eye contact," Ani DiFranco tells NPR Music, "I was looking to connect with somebody else deeply."

Her memoir, NO WALLS AND THE RECURRING DREAM, is on shelves today! 📖 : http://bit.ly/2VqPtnj

After spending decades as a musician with her own label, Ani DiFranco reflects on how it all got started in her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream.

"You just have to believe that you stay on the path of being real and putting love into the world," Ani DiFranco tells P...
05/06/2019
Ani DiFranco tears down walls with her new memoir

"You just have to believe that you stay on the path of being real and putting love into the world," Ani DiFranco tells PBS NewsHour, "I think in my work I've sort of tried to talk about my experiences and my struggles, but then show a sense of possibility."

Ani DiFranco began playing before audiences at just 9 years old, and 40 years later the musician continues to find ways to reinvent herself. Her new memoir, "No Walls and the Recurring Dream," recounts a life embedded in political activism, a dedication to feminism, and how storytelling has shaped h...

“The history of Europe over the last 70 years — as traced and explained brilliantly in Ian Kershaw’s magisterial T...
05/06/2019
Europe’s Glorious Years of Peace and Prosperity

“The history of Europe over the last 70 years — as traced and explained brilliantly in Ian Kershaw’s magisterial THE GLOBAL AGE: Europe, 1950-2017 — should give at least some credence to the argument that things are not as bad as they seem.” —The New York Times Books

Ian Kershaw’s “The Global Age” looks back on the extraordinary achievements of the recent past.

☀️ Your summer plans are about to heat up! ☀️ Mark your calendar to join Elaine Weltertoth on tour for her upcom...
05/06/2019

☀️ Your summer plans are about to heat up! ☀️ Mark your calendar to join Elaine Weltertoth on tour for her upcoming book MORE THAN ENOUGH! For dates and ticket information, visit https://elainewelteroth.com.

"I have been exploring... the boundaries of privacy and intimacy and family, and searching for an intimate relationship ...
05/05/2019
Ani DiFranco on Ani DiFranco

"I have been exploring... the boundaries of privacy and intimacy and family, and searching for an intimate relationship with people who see me and who I see in return," Ani DiFranco tells PRI Public Radio International, "I search through music."

The cult punk-folk hero looks back on her cage-rattling, patriarchy-punching early years.

05/03/2019
Good Morning America

“One of the lessons [my father] taught me is that you do have to take risks and you have to be willing to go off the beaten track,” FINDING MY VOICE author Valerie Jarrett tells Good Morning America.

"Remember this always, treasure the moment." From hiring a young Michelle Obama almost 30 years ago to working in the White House, former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett reflects on the road to success and how she found her voice along the way. https://gma.abc/2GWiI79

“Beautifully spare and poignant… when we watch Stewart O’Nan winding the clocks forward, we find ourselves wishing...
05/03/2019
Stewart O’Nan Returns to the Fictional Maxwell Family

“Beautifully spare and poignant… when we watch Stewart O’Nan winding the clocks forward, we find ourselves wishing he could just hold the minute hand motionless for just a while longer.” Read about HENRY, HIMSELF in this week's The New York Times Books!

“Henry, Himself” uses short vignettes to capture a year in the life of the Pittsburgh man whose shadow loomed over two earlier novels.

Is there anything better than getting to revisit your favorite characters? In HENRY, HIMSELF Stewart O’Nan takes us ba...
05/02/2019

Is there anything better than getting to revisit your favorite characters? In HENRY, HIMSELF Stewart O’Nan takes us back to the Maxwell family (the much-loved protagonists of EMILY ALONE and WISH YOU WERE HERE) to paint a wry, warmhearted portrait of an American original—a man who believes he's reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.

Have you met the Maxwells? 📖 : http://bit.ly/2VGQPcE

The New York Times Books considers "these disparate stories of sex and power... [including] Idra Novey’s THOSE WHO KNE...
05/02/2019
#MeToo Is All Too Real. But to Better Understand It, Turn to Fiction.

The New York Times Books considers "these disparate stories of sex and power... [including] Idra Novey’s THOSE WHO KNEW ('the definitive #MeToo novel,' according to Entertainment Weekly)."

A recent wave of remarkably various books reminds us of the kind of touchy ethical explorations the novel makes possible.

"[Ani DiFranco] galvanized a generation with her DIY movement and Righteous Babe Records." Washington Post recommends ad...
05/01/2019
The 10 books to read in May

"[Ani DiFranco] galvanized a generation with her DIY movement and Righteous Babe Records." Washington Post recommends adding "[the] funny, honest account of her life", NO WALLS AND THE RECURRING DREAM, to you must-read list!

From Harper Lee’s true-crime obsession to Julie Orringer’s long-awaited follow-up to “The Invisible Bridge.”

What words should you ban from your vocabulary to have a better attitude? On the Today Show, Jen Sincero shares transfor...
04/30/2019
Best-selling author Jen Sincero outlines keys to confidence

What words should you ban from your vocabulary to have a better attitude? On the Today Show, Jen Sincero shares transformational tips from her new book, YOU ARE A BADASS EVERY DAY, with Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira!

This Transformation Tuesday, best-selling author Jen Sincero shares with Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira tips from her latest book, “You Are a Badass Every Day,” which helps readers become the best versions of themselves.

The New York Times Books declares BIASED is “unexpectedly poignant….important and illuminating.” Learn more about ...
04/29/2019
Justice Is Blind. Sometimes, So Is Prejudice.

The New York Times Books declares BIASED is “unexpectedly poignant….important and illuminating.” Learn more about Jennifer Eberhardt’s groundbreaking new book:

Jennifer L. Eberhardt’s “Biased” examines the unwitting ways that racial categories and stereotypes continue to affect human behavior.

A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Bev Thomas is a “compelling” (Booklist) page-turner that lets us inside the secret world of ...
04/28/2019

A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Bev Thomas is a “compelling” (Booklist) page-turner that lets us inside the secret world of a therapist and her patient, where boundaries get crossed, and events spiral out of control. 📖 Start reading now: https://bit.ly/2Pv9McI

SO excited that galleys of this summer’s most thrilling read are here! Don’t miss the new novel by THE COUPLE NEXT D...
04/28/2019

SO excited that galleys of this summer’s most thrilling read are here! Don’t miss the new novel by THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR author Shari Lapena: SOMEONE WE KNOW.

📖 : http://bit.ly/2PrgSz2

"When we think of disease as a battle to fight, you kind of divide people into winners and losers," Dr. Sunita Puri tell...
04/27/2019
A Good Life And A Good Death: What Is Palliative Care?

"When we think of disease as a battle to fight, you kind of divide people into winners and losers," Dr. Sunita Puri tells NPR, discussing her insightful new book, THAT GOOD NIGHT.

In That Good Night, palliative care doctor Sunita Puri shares insights from her years caring for patients with serious illness. She sees her role as an advocate and ally — every step of the way.

"[Jarrett's] stories show a different, more adventurous, and hopeful way to build a life of purpose—however you define...
04/26/2019
Letting Perfectionism Go | Goop

"[Jarrett's] stories show a different, more adventurous, and hopeful way to build a life of purpose—however you define purpose in your own life." Listen to the chat with FINDING MY VOICE author Valerie Jarrett on the goop podcast:

“I was craving the straight and narrow path that I had arbitrarily created for myself without really any experience to base it upon,” Valerie Jarrett says. “It’s just what I thought should make me happy.” And then Jarrett hit a wall. In this intimate chat with our chief content officer, El...

Less than a week until this riveting page-turner hits shelves! A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER takes us inside the secret world of ...
04/26/2019

Less than a week until this riveting page-turner hits shelves! A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER takes us inside the secret world of therapist and patient, where boundaries get crossed, and events spiral out of control...

Read an excerpt here: https://bit.ly/2vnjlBc

"When I decided to do something outside of my comfort zone...that’s when the adventure became real for me, and that’...
04/25/2019
The Story Of How One Woman Found Her Voice In The Obama White House

"When I decided to do something outside of my comfort zone...that’s when the adventure became real for me, and that’s when the magic started," Valerie Jarrett tells Girlboss, "But I had to make up my mind that I was going to listen to myself and do something that seemed unconventional."

Valerie Jarrett has known and worked with the Obamas for 28 years. On this week’s episode of Girlboss Radio, we hear how a job interview with Michelle Obama, then Michelle Robinson, started it all.

04/24/2019
ATTN:

FINDING MY VOICE author Valerie Jarrett tells ATTN: about the most difficult day in her White House experience.

"Every American deserves the right to be free from gun violence." -- Valerie Jarrett

We've ALL been there — "Do we shake hands? Do we... hug?" — and then it happens. The awkward hug. Announcing a hilar...
04/24/2019

We've ALL been there — "Do we shake hands? Do we... hug?" — and then it happens. The awkward hug.

Announcing a hilarious and enlightening new illustrated book on the uncoordinated embrace from celebrated New Yorker humorist Emily Flake: #ThatWasAwkward, coming this Fall!

📖 Learn more: http://bit.ly/ThatWasAwkwardBook

Happy #WorldBookDay, and cheers to bookstores everywhere, who create spaces for free thought, creativity, and knowledge ...
04/23/2019

Happy #WorldBookDay, and cheers to bookstores everywhere, who create spaces for free thought, creativity, and knowledge to flourish!

📸: Strand Book Store (instagram.com/p/BwmYnWfD7wr)

Need a weekend read? The New York Times Books recommends THE ALTRUISTS, "[A] comic and remarkably assured first novel......
04/19/2019
10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Need a weekend read? The New York Times Books recommends THE ALTRUISTS, "[A] comic and remarkably assured first novel...likely to evoke comparisons to the work of Jonathan Franzen and Nathan Hill."

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

04/19/2019

Calling all history buffs: we’re giving away a set of books perfect for the reader looking to be transported to another time and place! Head over to our Instagram to enter to win a set that includes two fascinating biographies, A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE and MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR, plus two page-turning novels, LOST ROSES and WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES!

In search of a heartwarming read? HENRY, HIMSELF is one of New York Post's best books of the week!
04/18/2019
The best books of the week

In search of a heartwarming read? HENRY, HIMSELF is one of New York Post's best books of the week!

Working Robert Caro (writing reference, Knopf) An insightful book from the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Power Broker” and “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” who reveals everything fro…

Hoda and Jenna's #1 pick for Mother's Day? I'VE BEEN THINKING... THE JOURNAL by Maria Shriver! “[It's] the perfect gif...
04/18/2019
Hoda and Jenna shared their Mother's Day wish lists

Hoda and Jenna's #1 pick for Mother's Day? I'VE BEEN THINKING... THE JOURNAL by Maria Shriver! “[It's] the perfect gift for any mom.”

Including skin care favorites, style essentials and... cheese!

"She could be four different women in the space of an afternoon, with four different code names," A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTAN...
04/18/2019
'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

"She could be four different women in the space of an afternoon, with four different code names," A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE author Sonia Purnell tells NPR Morning Edition, discussing one of the greatest American spies you’ve likely never heard of.

Virginia Hall was an American spy who worked for Britain and the U.S. and played a key role in undermining the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Her story was rarely told — until now.

“O’Nan has returned to the mode that marks his best work, capturing America’s shaky middle class with dignity.” ...
04/17/2019
Review: 'Henry, Himself,' by Stewart O'Nan

“O’Nan has returned to the mode that marks his best work, capturing America’s shaky middle class with dignity.”

Star Tribune reviews Stewart O’Nan’s “vivid” new novel, HENRY, HIMSELF.

FICTION: In this prequel to "Emily, Alone," Stewart O'Nan creates a vivid world inside the head of a taciturn retired suburban man.

NPR reviews THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY, the engaging new biography of two presidents whose “stubborn, idealistic approac...
04/17/2019
'The Problem Of Democracy' Looks At Personality's Role In U.S. Leadership

NPR reviews THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY, the engaging new biography of two presidents whose “stubborn, idealistic approaches to government left a lasting imprint on institutions that are being routinely tested and challenged 200 years later.”

A new book focuses on how the Adams father-son duo spent years abroad making a case for our young country — yet both saw themselves rejected in favor of more charismatic and populist rivals.

04/16/2019

“[Both Adams'] unblinking views of human nature remain as relevant to our imperfect democracy as they are unsettling.” —The Wall Street Journal

THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY by Nancy Isenberg (bestselling author of White Trash) and Andrew Burstein is on sale today: http://bit.ly/2KJJrcb

"Every night before bed they watched the weather, yet when spring finally arrived it was a shock..." Read an excerpt fro...
04/16/2019
Henry, Himself

"Every night before bed they watched the weather, yet when spring finally arrived it was a shock..."

Read an excerpt from bestselling author Stewart O’Nan’s new novel, HENRY, HIMSELF, on Literary Hub!

The Record Every night before bed they watched the weather, yet when spring finally arrived it was a shock. One morning they woke to fog in the trees and robins on the lawn. By noon the snow was go…

We've lived, worked, and thrived in them for over 6000 years. Discover the astonishing roots of the metropolis in CITIES...
04/16/2019

We've lived, worked, and thrived in them for over 6000 years. Discover the astonishing roots of the metropolis in CITIES, the thought-provoking history of the first urban developments – from Mesopotamia to Manhattan – on shelves now!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2KPqlkS

"Consensus history does not particularly like the Presidents Adams... No one liked their uncomfortable “truths” very...
04/15/2019
Adams family values: two presidents with a message for Trump's America

"Consensus history does not particularly like the Presidents Adams... No one liked their uncomfortable “truths” very much... What they bequeathed, however, was far-sighted political courage."

Start reading an excerpt from THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY by Nancy Isenberg (bestselling author of White Trash) and Andrew Burstein:

The second and sixth presidents are seen as failures but their warnings against populist hero worship ring very true today

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