What Could Be Saved

A January 2021 Indie Next Pick

“Superb…Schwarz is a remarkable storyteller…[This] stellar work is riveting.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Grounded in its deeply realized characters and the relationships among them…the author layers in a consideration of power dynamics, racism, and privilege in a way that adds an undercurrent of realism… At the same time, the book is a gripping mystery that subtly ratchets up the tension with each chapter. A richly imagined page-turner that delivers twists alongside thought-provoking commentary.” Kirkus Reviews

“Schwarz reveals all in compelling, ‘can’t put it down’ prose while at the same time building masterfully developed characters.” — Booklist

“What Could Be Saved transported me. Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s exquisite and memorable writing has me still thinking about the ways in which the past influences the present, the complexities of family life, and the ways we negotiate challenges, tragedies, and secrets.” — Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

“A harrowing tale of the lies of omission and the lies of commission that can break a family apart,What Could Be Saved is a delicious hybrid of mystery, drama, and elegance: rich with detail, lush in language, and capable of keeping you on the edge of your seat.” — Jodi Picoult

Lord the One You Love is Sick

A Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2020 Book Preview selection by The Millions

“A compulsively readable book about how easily tightknit communities can unravel…Thornton takes an unflinching look at mental illness, sexual abuse, domestic violence, small-town conservatism, and the empty promises of community.” — Kirkus Reviews

“These stories collectively coalesce into a resonant, emotionally searing nexus of hard truths, buried secrets, and emotional pain that readers won’t soon forget. Thornton’s accomplished stories are full of insights on their rural American setting and inhabitants’ psychology.”— Publishers Weekly

“In her powerful debut collection, Kasey Thornton skillfully builds a memorable community, exploring with heartbreak and humor the regrets and desires of those who live there. Thornton is a wonderful writer and a natural storyteller.” — Jill McCorkle, author of Hieroglypics

Lord the One You Love Is Sick is a beautifully constructed, humanely told novel-in-stories about loss and recovery, judgment and forgiveness, and the darkest of secrets. Kasey Thornton writes with honesty, warmth, and deep insight into how we recover, and why we sometimes can’t. Her characters will live a long time in your mind, and her book will take your breath away.” — Belle Boggs, author of The Gulf

“What a smart, elegant, emotionally honest way to tell the story of a life – by giving us the stories that spiral from one tragic death. Lord the One You Love is Sick is entirely unafraid in its depiction of our most difficult and profound hurdles. A gripping and gorgeous exploration not only of small town connections, but the kind of loss whose wake refuses to subside.”― Nina de Gramont, author of The Last September

The Book of Two Ways


Featured on “All the New Books You’ll Want to Read in September” by CNN

Featured on “2020 Books You Should Add to Your Reading List” by Marie Claire

Featured on “25 New Fall Books You Have to Read This Season” by Good Housekeeping

“Picoult’s fans will appreciate this multifaceted, high-concept work.” — Publishers Weekly

The Reindeer Chronicles

“This book provides hope that devastated ecosystems can be revived, and that it requires doing more than just letting nature take its course. . . . Very much worth reading for anyone who cares about the state of the planet.” — Shelf Awareness

“In this worthwhile look at conservation, journalist Schwartz sheds light on a global and ‘growing cohort of scientists, mavericks, and young people’ engaged in the ‘participatory sport’ of land restoration.” — Publishers Weekly

“A lucid and compelling look at the global movement of ecological rehabilitation.”― The Boston Globe

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Judith Schwartz’s world tour of environmental solutions shows how nature itself can heal the wounds we have inflicted on our planet. Compelling, fascinating, sometimes unexpectedly moving, this vitally important book is, above all, a springboard for hope and transformation.”― Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

“In The Reindeer Chronicles, Judith Schwartz proves, once again, that she is one of ecology’s most indispensable writers. Like her last two books, Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight, her new work is an insightful, globe-trotting exploration of promising techniques for restoring our soil, water, agricultural systems, and wildlife. The Reindeer Chronicles is at once visionary and pragmatic―clear-eyed about the immense planetary challenges we face, yet unfailingly hopeful about our ability to forge a new relationship with nature. This book shows us what Aldo Leopold’s land ethic looks like in the twenty-first century.”― Ben Goldfarb, PEN America Literary Award-winning author of Eager


Unwanted Spy

“A book that amply demonstrates grave flaws in the criminal justice system.”― Kirkus Reviews

“Americans owe a debt to Jeffrey Sterling, who told the truth and endured imprisonment for us. His story is a powerful tale of integrity and bravery and the price a decent American paid for defending the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Make your children read it and learn.”― Charles Glass, former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent and author of They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France

Unwanted Spy is at the same time an American tragedy and a first-person account of how to live an upstanding life against daunting odds. Jeffrey Sterling is a patriot. He is also one of the most courageous and underappreciated whistleblowers in contemporary America. We all want to believe the best about our country, our government, and our society. But the truth is sometimes ugly. And sometimes patriots are harmed by that ugliness. Jeffrey Sterling was vilified by our government because he wouldn’t toe the line. He paid for his conscientiousness with his freedom. Unwanted Spy makes it clear, though, that he was right and ‘they’ were wrong. He’s the better man for it.”― John Kiriakou, former CIA counterterrorism officer and senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

“An urgent, moving–and compulsively readable!– book, that deserves a wide audience. As one of the few black case officers in the CIA, Sterling paid the full price for standing up for himself, and for telling truths to Congress that rightly embarrassed the Agency.  There are important lessons to be learned from his story: he shows us, among other things, what it really means to refuse to give up fighting the racism that persists in our society.” – Daniel Ellsberg

A Spark of Light


“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.” — The Washington Post

“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.” — People

“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.”— Us Weekly

“Thoroughly realistic storytelling . . . Picoult has achieved what politicians across the spectrum have not been able to: humanized a hot-button issue. Excellent for book clubs, this should also be considered for discussions in critical thinking and political debate.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be.” — Houston Chronicle

“Picoult delivers another riveting yarn . . . in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.” — Booklist (starred review)

The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What's Wrong With U.S. Policy

“Reese Erlich masterfully tells the story of modern Iran through the seldom-heard voices of numerous Iranian citizens of enormous range―men and women, old and young, high government officials, university professors, shopkeepers, and semi-employed laborers. His vibrant reporting has both historical depth and contemporary immediacy, ranging from twentieth century neocolonial and revolutionary struggles, to the international controversy over Iran’s nuclear program, to the social protests of 2009 and late 2017. Neither exclusively a critique of nor an apologia for Iran, the balanced, comprehensive picture Erlich paints reveals the fascinating mix of deep patriotism, social struggle, optimism, and skepticism about the future that characterizes Iranian life at present. This book is required reading for anyone who truly wishes to understand Iranian society today.” ―William O. Beeman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota and Stanford University

“Ever since the 1979 Revolution Iran has been present in practically all debates and analyses regarding the Middle East. But, due to the hostage crisis of 1979–1981 and the scars that it left on the American conscience, the image of Iran that has been presented in the West, and in particular, the United States, has been greatly distorted, and is more like a cartoon of that nation, rather than anything that presents Iran with all of its strengths, shortcomings, and contradictions, as well as its historical and cultural heritage. In The Iran Agenda Today, Reese Erlich does a masterful job of presenting the real image of Iran: a proud and dynamic nation with a young, educated population that is connected to the rest of the world through social networks, has more blogger per capita than any other nation, and has been struggling, not only internally between the reformists, moderates, and seculars, on the one hand, and the Islamic hardliners, on the other hand, but also externally by being in perhaps the most turbulent region. Erlich tells us about the political structure of Iran; its warring; deep wounds due to its turbulent contemporary history; and all the wrongs that have been done to it by the global powers, but also a nation that has all the prerequisites for transition to a true democracy, and wants to find its rightful place regionally and globally.” Muhummad Sahimi, N.I.O.C. Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California

The Possible World

“Hauntingly beautiful . . . a bittersweet story full of imagination and nostalgia, loss and redemption . . . will seize readers from the first scene and hold tight until its satisfying conclusion.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Schwarz blends beautifully crafted prose with three highly compelling tales into one overarching saga of loss and memory.” — Booklist

“Schwarz blends a clear-eyed acceptance of life’s pain and cruelties with a hopeful message about the enduring power of love in this rich and memorable novel . . . the prose is assured and lyrical, infusing each narrative with sensory and emotional detail.” — Publishers Weekly

“Schwarz weaves three captivating stories into one entertaining story, showing how our pasts shape our present, and how some human bonds can help us overcome our emotional and psychological pain. The Possible World is a brilliantly written moving story about human struggle with identity and loneliness.” — Washington Book Review

“Engrossing . . . Schwarz creates a realistic and compelling story of three characters’ intertwined lives that completely immerses the reader in their worlds . . . a captivating and moving story of grief and loss and the power of love.” — Shelf Awareness

“Every now and then I come across a book I wish I’d written. The Possible World is one of those. Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s book is a gorgeously wrought exploration of who gets to tell the story of our lives, and who gets to inhabit that story with us.” — Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

The Baghdad Clock




“Shahad Al Rawi brings us into the city of Baghdad in the middle of the Gulf War, where people continue to go about their lives despite the war that is eroding their homes. The story centers on two girls in an air raid shelter and the friendship that blossoms around the stories they tell each other in this book filled with resilience and life.” — World Literature Today 

“With tremendous talent and a sharp intelligence, Rawi delivers an outstanding debut. Highly -recommended.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“A coming of age story in a way that most Americans can’t even imagine.” — Book Riot

“Al Rawi’s debut presents the so-called enemy imbued with childhood whimsy and human longing, their quotidian stories embellished with touches of magic realism. Rendered into English by Harvard professor Leafgren, who was inspired by 9/11 to learn Arabic, this international bestseller is both condemnation against politics and war and testimony to resilient humanity.” — Booklist

The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind And Found Myself


“Buchanan chronicles a year of physical and mental anguish in this disturbing memoir of an enigmatic illness. Buchanan is uncannily adept at describing pain and charting the snail’s pace of recovery; a former classical pianist, she takes up playing again, her practice becoming a brain-training method. Readers will be fascinated by this introspective medical journey and heartened by the simultaneous healing of a family.” — Publishers Weekly

“Andrea J. Buchanan’s The Beginning of Everything explores the abrupt derailment of her ability to function and to think, due to an under-diagnosed disorder that can happen to anyone. The story of her difficult journey through diagnosis and treatment, and her inspiring self-designed rehab, is compelling for patients, caregivers, and readers alike.” — Connie Deline, MD, Spinal CSF Leak Foundation

“Andrea J. Buchanan writes of being an unreliable narrator, but you will trust her with your life as she guides you through her perilous journey and shares her stunning meditations on mind and self and pain and time. The Beginning of Everything is truly ‘music emanating from a broken place,’ a breathtaking, life-affirming, gorgeously composed marvel.” — Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis and The Book of Dead Birds

The Children's Game

“Max Karpov has produced a cleverly conceived thriller that tracks reality. He captures perfectly the mentality of Vladimir Putin’s Russia — its deep sense of insecurity that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the malign behavior that flows from it. And, on top of it, the book is near impossible to put down. A must read.” — Michael Morell, Former Acting Director and Deputy Director, CIA

The Children’s Game is uncanny in its timeliness and brilliant in its portrayal of disinformation as the most dangerous weapon of the new Cold War. Max Karpov has written a masterful thriller that is genuinely alarming in its plausibility. A must-read for 2018.”— Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and The Switch

Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes




“I have immense respect for Martin Philip who left his life of certainty and corporate work in the city for the countryside of Vermont to apprentice at King Arthur Flour. Breaking Bread is an exceptional story of how the perfect amount of dedication and craftsmanship yields a delicious journey and a thoughtful return to one’s roots. Martin worked his way up to become the company’s lead baker, proving that everyone can start from scratch and succeed.” — Mario Batali

“I met Martin Philip years ago, when—at my son’s voice lesson—he handed me a steaming, fragrant loaf of bread to take home.  Years later, when I was doing research for a novel and needed to learn about making bread, I turned to him for a private tutorial.  But in addition to being an excellent baker, Martin is also an excellent writer.  Breaking Bread is truly a feast —a history of bread itself, cleverly hidden within the story of a man who fell in love with baking.  With verbal descriptions that burst on the tongue and recipes that your hands itch to try, this beautiful book is food for the soul.” — Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

“From bagels and biscuits, brioche and baguettes (as well as pies and pancakes) these recipes from master baker Martin Philip, accompanied by his inspiring story, makes me want to pack up everything and follow in his footsteps. For those of us who can’t do that (yet!), baking our way through Breaking Bread is the next best thing.” — David Lebovitz, author of L’Appart and My Paris Kitchen 

“Martin appears in Breaking Bread just as he does to his good friends:  consummate baker, a stickler at times as he demands too much of himself the way so many artists do, but just like his recipes, wonderfully generous and understanding to his colleagues and students.” — James MacGuire, chef and instructor, translator of Le Goût du Pain

“Martin Philip’s work in Breaking Bread is tactile and honest.  This is a thinking man’s perspective on the art and the philosophy of why we bake.  It’s in his blood and now he’s sharing it with the world.  The recipes are sound; the storytelling – evocative; the pictures – illustrative, beautiful.  You’ll be inspired to knead some dough, crank up your oven, and get some flour on your hands. Breaking Bread is a reason to bake again.” — Steven Satterfield, James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast 2017, author of Root to Leaf

Deep Water

“Deeply researched and evocative, Nichols’ narrative clearly illustrates where a single bad decision can lead. As events unfold, readers experience the emotional roller coaster inherent to dangerous, illegal activities. Readers who love true crime will find themselves engrossed in this true tale of excess.” Booklist

Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World

“A call to expand our thinking to include plants and animals as part of the planet’s water cycle, and, further, to emphasize water in solutions to rebalance nature and to save us from ourselves.” ―Waterkeepers Magazine

“Schwartz says that improving practices on the land can reap huge water ― and climate ― benefits…offers a vision of water for a thirsty world through a better understanding of what makes natural systems thrive.” ― Society of Environmental Journalists

“Compelling…Schwartz takes the reader on a global tour of experts who have devoted their lives to alternative natural resource management techniques that focus on water…should be required reading.” ―

“In her heartening new book, Schwartz brings us the stories of ecologists all over the world who are employing simple, old-fashioned, low-tech methods to solve the critical problem of keeping our warming planet hydrated.” ―Women’s Voices for Change

“Reading and then rereading Schwartz’s work has again given me inspiration to make some very real positive changes in our communities and lands. I can recommend it to all. Water in Plain Sight provides us with motivation and hope, in the form of a whole global toolbox of solutions to actively heal our planet with.” ― KT Shepherd Permaculture

“Inspiring…We are accustomed to thinking of water as nourishing life, but Schwartz is focused upon the converse phenomenon: the ways in which life promotes water.” ― Pacific Standard