Looking for a park read that's brimming with #VioletPride? Check out these six new alumni-authored books!

Brent D. Glass (GSAS ’71)
50 Great American Places

With a foreword by David McCullough, this one-of-a-kind guide to 50 of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States will fascinate, educate, and entertain. Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, takes readers on a journey through American history by sharing the inside stories of sites old and new. Each essay provides the historical context for places that represent fundamental American themes. For families who want to take a trip that is both educational and entertaining, this book is the perfect guide. (Simon and Schuster) 

Caleb Carr (WSUC ’77)
Surrender, New York 

New York Times-bestselling author Caleb Carr returns to his literary suspense roots with his contemporary new work of fiction. The small town of Surrender, New York, is the home of a brilliant but unconventional criminal psychologist, Trajan Jones, and Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, who are drawn into a case of gruesome deaths of “throwaway children.” (Penguin Random House) 

Boris Fishman (GSAS ’10)
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo 

The author of the critically admired, award-winning A Replacement Life turns to a different kind of story— an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family, a woman reckoning with what she’s given up to make both work, and the universal question of how we reconcile who we are and who the world wants us to be. A finalist for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and what exactly it means to belong. (HarperCollins) 

Solmaz Sharif (GSAS ’09)
Look: Poems 

Solmaz Sharif’s first book, Look, which was long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry, centers on the ongoing costs of war and loss of human life. Using an array of poems, lists, shards, and sequences, Sharif assembles her family’s and her own fragmented narratives in the aftermath of warfare, the repercussions of which echo in the present day. (Graywolf Press) 

Camille Perri (CAS ’01)
The Assistants 

Camille Perri’s debut novel is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who are asking themselves: How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants? The book features an eclectic clan of co-conspirators, a love interest far too handsome to be trusted, and a razor-sharp voice full of wry humor. (Penguin Random House) 

Jonathan Tepperman (LAW ’98)
The Fix 

A provocative look at the world’s most difficult, seemingly intractable problems—and the surprising stories of the countries that solved them. Jonathan Tepperman reveals 10 pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, and Islamist extremism—and shows that, contrary to the general consensus, each has a solution. The Fix presents a data-driven case for optimism in a time of crushing pessimism. (Penguin Random House)