Conversations with Authors - Adam Hochschild

Saturday, May 9th • 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

Adam Hochschild

in conversation with Isabel Allende



My thanks to all of you who joined our conversation yesterday, to Book Passage for hosting it, and to Isabel Allende for her generous introduction and questions.

I urge you to do what I’ve just done, which is to go to GoFundMe or to follow this link to make a donation to support Book Passage. Keeping independent bookstores thriving is important and tough enough in normal times; during this endless lockdown which is so benefiting the Googles and Amazons of the world, their survival is more important than ever.

Some books I’ve enjoyed in recent months:


Below, please find links to purchase a selection of Adam's own books. After his conversation, a list of books that he recommends will be available here.

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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

The House of the Spirits: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501117015
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Published: Atria Books - December 15th, 2015

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson Goodreads Book Club Pick

Paula: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061564901
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

Newly Reissued

New York Times Bestselling Author
“Beautiful and heartrending. . . . Memoir, autobiography, epicedium, perhaps even some fiction: they are all here, and they are all quite wonderful.”
Los Angeles Times

The Radetzky March (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Alan Bance (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780679451006
Availability: Backordered
Published: Everyman's Library - October 1st, 1996

By one of the most distinguished Austrian writers of our century, a portrait of three generations set against the panoramic background of the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire. Translated by a three-time winner of the PEN Translation Prize.

The Bridge on the Drina Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226020457
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Published: University of Chicago Press - August 15th, 1977

The Bridge on the Drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history.

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560395
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Published: Penguin Books - February 11th, 2020

2019 National Book Award Finalist

"Reading it will change you, perhaps forever.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Astonishing, powerful, so important at this time.” --Margaret Atwood

Lost Pianos of Siberia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802149282
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Published: Grove Press - August 4th, 2020

From acclaimed journalist Sophy Roberts, a journey through one of the harshest landscapes on earth--where music reveals the deep humanity and the rich history of Siberia

Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell.

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Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328866745
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 3rd, 2020

Longlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Award for Biography

From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.

Rose Pastor arriv

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520355644
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Published: University of California Press - April 7th, 2020

In this rich collection, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it.

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544947238
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Published: Mariner Books - March 7th, 2017

A New York Times Bestseller

“With all due respect to Orwell, Spain in Our Hearts should supplant Homage to Catalonia as the best introduction to the conflict written in English. A humane and moving book.” — ew Republic

“Excellent and involving . . .

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547750316
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Published: Mariner Books - March 6th, 2012

"This is the kind of investigatory history Hochschild pulls off like no one else . . .

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618619078
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Published: Mariner Books - February 10th, 2006

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358212508
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Published: Mariner Books - March 3rd, 2020

 "An enthralling story . . . A work of history that reads like a novel." — Christian Science Monitor
“As Hochschild’s brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times . . .

Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780815605942
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Published: Syracuse University Press - September 1st, 1999

For some 30 years, Adam Hochschild's voice has been one of the most distinctive in American journalism. With grace and wit, he has brought to a startling variety of subjects a combination of adventurous reporting and personal honesty. Hochschild's readers can count on an unobtrusive erudition, a sense of justice, and an irrepressible curiosity about life.

The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618257478
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Published: Mariner Books - February 4th, 2003

Although some twenty million people died during Stalin’s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others.

The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618758258
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Published: Mariner Books - April 24th, 2007

History lies heavily on South Africa, and Adam Hochschild brings to bear a lifetime's familiarity with the country in an eye-opening work that blends history and reportage.

Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618439201
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Published: Mariner Books - January 7th, 2005

From the author of the best-selling King Leopold's Ghost, this haunting and deeply honest memoir tells of Adam Hochschild's conflicted relationship with his father, the head of a multinational mining corporation.