NYU Arts & Science


Books by LitRep Alumni

Forthcoming Book Releases

The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love & Trouble in Mumbai

Forthcoming from HarperCollins – February 6, 2018
Elizabeth Flock, Literary Reportage, 2015

The Art of Vanishing

Forthcoming from Viking – February 6, 2018
Laura Smith, Literary Reportage 2015

House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

Forthcoming from Crown Books – May 15, 2018
Lance Richardson, Literary Reportage, 2015

Published Books

page-litrep-book-on-trailsOn Trails

Simon & Schuster, July 12, 2016
Robert Moor, Literary Reportage, 2011.

In 2009, Robert Moor (Literary Reportage, 2011) thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. It was the culmination of a dream he’d held since childhood and the beginning of a journey that would lead him to investigate trails of all kinds—from tiny insect trails and neural pathways to sprawling buffalo trails, highway systems, even the internet. The result of his travels, On Trails, explores what unites these networks and reveals in turn how trails allow us to make sense of our world.

page-litrep-book-fjordmanFjordman: Portrait of an Anti Islamist

Simen Saetre, Literary Reportage, 2012.

This is the story of how Peder Are Nøstvold Jensen went from being a subdued radicals son from Aalesund to prophet status blogger Fjordman, and become the favorite writer of the mass murderer behind the 22 July assassination. There is also a study of an anti-Islamic ideology.

page-litrep-book-muftiThe Faithful Scribe.

Other Press, 2013

Shahan Mufti’s family history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad, offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots—real and imagined—of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.

Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots–real and imagined–of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.

The Faithful Scribe captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure, and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.

Heinlein_comp4.inddAmong Murderers. Life After Prison.


What is it like for a convicted murderer who has spent decades behind bars to suddenly find himself released into a world he barely recognizes? What is it like to start over from nothing? To answer these questions Sabine Heinlein followed the everyday lives and emotional struggles of Angel Ramos and his friends Bruce and Adam–three men convicted of some of society’s most heinous crimes–as they return to the free world.

Heinlein spent more than two years at the Castle, a prominent halfway house in West Harlem, shadowing her protagonists as they painstakingly learn how to master their freedom. Having lived most of their lives behind bars, the men struggle to cross the street, choose a dish at a restaurant, and withdraw money from an ATM. Her empathetic first-person narrative gives a visceral sense of the men’s inner lives and of the institutions they encounter on their odyssey to redemption. Heinlein follows the men as they navigate the subway, visit the barber shop, venture on stage, celebrate Halloween, and loop through the maze of New York’s reentry programs. She asks what constitutes successful rehabilitation and how one faces the guilt and shame of having taken someone’s life.

Works in Progress by Lit Rep Alumni

Me and My Ovary: Reproductive Rights, the FemTech Revolution, and the Future of Fertility

Natalie Lampert, Literary Reportage, 2016
Forthcoming from Ballantine Books

Underground: A Human History of the World Beneath Our Feet.

Will Hunt, Literary Reportage 2013
Forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau

A book of nonfiction about the building of a new Yankee Stadium and the shaping of New York City in the decade after 9/11.

Patrick Arden, Literary Reportage 2011
Forthcoming from Macmillan