Miranda Cowley Heller

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Miranda Cowley Heller is the American author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Paper Palace (2021). Before her writing career, she worked as associate fiction and books editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, and for almost a decade she was Senior Vice President and Head of Drama Series at HBO, where she developed some tremendously successful shows.

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    All The Light We Cannot See

    By Anthony Doerr

    Recommended by: Elif Shafak & Miranda Cowley Heller
    Publish Date: 2014 Awards: 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
    In this powerful novel, set against the backdrop of WW2, the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who fled to Brittany with her father after the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940, and Werner, a German orphan boy whose…
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    By Barbara Kingsolver

    Recommended by: Miranda Cowley Heller & Bonnie Garmus
    Publish Date: 1998
    The story of a family’s tragic undoing and efforts to rebuild what’s been lost, The Poisonwood Bible is an epic novel full of suspense. Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, decides to take his wife, four daughters and mission…
  • Pride & Prejudice

    By Jane Austen

    Recommended by: Miranda Cowley Heller
    Publish Date: 1813
    While Mrs Bennet wishes nothing better for her daughters than the prospect of an advantageous marriage, her daughter Elizabeth thinks otherwise. When the wealthy and eligible bachelor Mr Bingley moves into the neighbourhood, he soon becomes attached to Elizabeth’s…
  • Cape Cod

    By Henry David Thoreau

    Recommended by: Miranda Cowley Heller
    Publish Date: 1865
    In this fascinating book, Henry David Thoreau details his journey of discovery along the Massachusetts coastline. Spending his days walking along the beach and his nights in lighthouses, fishing huts and remote farms, Thoreau came to more deeply understand the complex…