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The Trade Division publishes an extensive list of award-winning titles, from literary fiction and poetry to current affairs and cookbooks, in both hardcover and paperback, including the prestigious Mariner Books paperback line. Among the adult brands are the popular J.R.R. Tolkien books, The Best American Series®, and Peterson Field Guides®. Best-selling fiction authors include Philip Roth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anchee Min, Paul Theroux, and Cynthia Ozick. Best-selling nonfiction authors include Eric Schlosser, Ruth Reichl, Garry Wills, and Richard Dawkins. Houghton Mifflin is also the distinguished publisher of enduring classics such as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Browse our site for more highlights in Bestsellers and Recent Catalogs.


Anchee Min From Anchee Min
Following the national bestseller Empress Orchid, the dramatic, heroic story of the woman who presided over the last decades of the Ch'ing dynasty

In The Last Empress, Anchee Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research into one of the most important figures in Chinese history. This is the story of Orchid's dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader. Though Orchid was maligned by the Western press as the manipulative, bloodthirsty "Dragon Lady" who held on to power at all costs, Min gives us a distinctly different woman — a compelling very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and sacrificed all to protect her loved ones and an empire that was doomed to die.

Tom Sleigh From Tom Sleigh
Space Walk blasts off into realms of experience that show the imagination's limitless capacity to be both brutal and uplifting. While many of the poems in this daring collection confront head-on our current American realities of empire, state violence, the endless "crisis-chatter" of talking heads, and the eerie, weightless feeling of impending catastrophe, they are tethered to the gravitational pull of love and hope. Hailing Tom Sleigh's work, the Los Angeles Times writes that he "stakes a claim on the planet of the imagination." In The New Yorker's words, he "asserts the importance of poetry itself," showing us in Space Walk its restorative, recuperative powers.

Paul Davies From Paul Davies
"Paul Davies' Cosmic Jackpot is a truly mesmerizing book, no matter which universe you may inhabit!" — Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds

People have long gazed in wonder at the universe and asked, Why are we here? Until recently, the answer has been the province of priests and philosophers, but now scientists are starting to weigh in with ideas that are both surprising and deeply controversial. In his new book, Cosmic Jackpot, physicist Paul Davies shows how recent scientific discoveries point to a perplexing fact: many basic features of the physical universe — from the speed of light to the most humble carbon atom — seem tailor-made to produce life.


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