7 Books That Give Readers an Inside Look at the Book Business

4.The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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In her debut novel, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney charts the ways in which long-awaited inheritance shapes the lives and choices of four siblings. The Plumbs have been waiting for years to finally access the substantial trust fund their father left them. The publishing industry sits near the center of the tale – the siblings have relationships with literary agents, some are published, etc. It delves into the sometimes ruthless and always fast-moving nature of the publishing industry.

5.The Accident by Chris Pavone

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This edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the series of events that occur after a literary agent named Isabel Reed receives an anonymous manuscript called The Accident. The manuscript is filled with explosive revelations centering around a powerful mogul. Isabel is thrust into the middle of a ruthless effort to keep the manuscript from publication and quickly finds her life in terrifying danger. Pavone’s insider knowledge – he worked at several publishing houses before publishing his first novel – lends a ring of authenticity.

6.Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

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Few editors can claim the sort of quietly far-reaching influence of Max Perkins. Perkins stewarded a number of literary legends including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. This National Book Award winner covers not only his editing genius and influence on the publishing world, but also the eccentricities and personal battles that made him a legendary figure in his field.

7.Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran

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Alice put her life on hold for her ex-husband and family, giving up her dream career in publishing. When Alice receives a makeover by an artist friend for a New Year’s Eve night out, it gives her the unexpected opportunity to turn the clock back. After all, if no one asks her age, why should she tell? This seemingly simple white lie lands her back in the world of publishing as she restarts the life she’d left behind.



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