Calling all bookworms! Get ready to curl up with these year-round reads from award-winning and bestselling NYU alumni writers. Use the quicklist menu or scroll down below to discover new and famous authors of children’s classics, dystopian fantasies, historical nonfiction, and more.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list and only includes a small number of the many talented NYU alumni who work in the field of writing.
At the time of publication, Rubyfruit Jungle was hailed as “remarkable” for its explicit portrayal of lesbianism.
Named one of Booklist's Must Read Nonfiction picks of 2019.
Made into a film starring Julia Roberts, Eat Pray Love spent 57 weeks in the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Kirkus Reviews calls this autobiography "a Roots for a new generation, rich in storytelling and steeped in history."
Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography.
Winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award, this author, actress, director, producer, transgender rights activist, and TV host was named an NYU Alumni Changemaker of the Year in 2019.
Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir, Strauss is also a Clinical Professor of Fiction in NYU's Creative Writing Program.
An inside look into one of the world’s biggest stock exchanges from the former CEO and chairman of Nasdaq.
Longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award in 2016.
Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story, as well as three Eisner Awards for Best Writer, Best Continuing Series, and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.
A guide to 50 of the most notable cultural sites in the United State by the Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Recipient of NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award (1994–1995).
This book was made into the dark comedy film, The War of Roses, starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas.
Winner of the 2013 International Rubery Book Award.
Recipient of NYU's Distinguished Alumni Award (1995–1996).
Bushnell’s pop culture classic inspired the wildly successful HBO TV series and film, Sex and the City.
Carr’s period thriller and New York Times Best Seller inspired the TV series, The Alienist, starring Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans.
Ranked a New York Times Best Seller and named Best Book of 2019 by Vogue and NPR's Maureen Corrigan.
The term “catch-22” was first coined by Heller in this satirical war novel, which has sold more than 10 million copies to date.
Winner of the 2014 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
Winner of the 2011 NAACP Image Award.
Nominated for the National Book Award for First Novel, The Men's Club was made into a drama film of the same name in 1986.
Named one of NPR's Best Books of 2018 and recognized as one of Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018.
Originally based upon the screenplay, Racher’s book inspired the coming-of-age film, Summer of ‘42.
An inside look from the two lawyers who argued the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.
A deep dive into the billion-dollar wedding industry.
Written in the style of a novel, this work was modeled after Voltaire's Candide.
Named a finalist for the 1981 National Book Award for History.
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2013 National Medal of Arts Award presented by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Winner of the 2010 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award and a #1 New York Times Best Seller, this book series was made into one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time.
A #1 New York Times Best Seller, this book series inspired the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars.