Books by LitRep Alumni

Published Books

House of NutterHouse of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

Crown Books – May 1, 2018
Lance Richardson, Literary Reportage 2015

The strange, illuminative true story of Tommy Nutter, the Savile Row tailor who changed the silhouette of men’s fashion—and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film.


The Art of VanishingThe Art of Vanishing

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

A young woman chafing at the confines of marriage confronts the high cost of craving freedom and adventure


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

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

An intimate portrait of three marriages in twenty-first-century India.

 


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.


FjordmanFjordman: Portrait of an Anti Islamist

2013
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.


The Faithful ScribeThe Faithful Scribe.

Other Press, 2013
Shahan Mufti

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.


Among Murderers - Life After PrisonAmong Murderers. Life After Prison.

2013
Sabine Heinlein

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

True Nature: On the Path of Peter Matthiessen

Lance Richardson, Literary Reportage 2015
Forthcoming from Knopf, 2022