Conversations with Authors - Khaled Hosseini

Saturday, April 18th • 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

Khaled Hosseini

in conversation with Elaine Petrocelli



It was a great pleasure to speak to all of you and I hope you enjoyed the chat with the wonderful Elaine Petrocelli.

Thank you for tuning in from all over the world and thank you for your kind and supportive messages. Though social isolation has proved onerous on many of us, books, unsurprisingly, can be a great balm for the sense of detachment we are all feeling.  To that end, I list below some books that I hope will challenge, entertain, and provide you companionship through these difficult days. Looking forward to the days of open bookstores and to perusing the aisles again for hidden literary gems.

In the meantime:

  • Sum — David Eagleman
  • The Namesake — Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics — Carlo Rovelli
  • All the Names They Used for God — Anjali Sachdeva
  • Richard II — William Shakespeare

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.


Below, please find links to purchase all of the books recommended by Khaled, as well as a selection of his own books.

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389930
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2010

At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now.  In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. In another version, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams.

The Namesake: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358062684
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Published: Mariner Books - June 4th, 2019

 With a new afterword from Jhumpa Lahiri, a new edition of the contemporary classic.

"Dazzling...An intimate, closely observed family portrait."—The New York Times

"Hugely appealing."—People Magazine

"An exquisitely detailed family saga."—Entertainment Weekly

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems

“One of the year’s most entrancing books about science.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics.”The New York Times Book Review

All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525508687
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Published: The Dial Press - June 18th, 2019

“One of the best collections I’ve ever read. Every single story is a standout.”—Roxane Gay


Richard II (Folger Shakespeare Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501146282
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 6th, 2016

Shakespeare’s Richard II presents a momentous struggle between Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Richard is the legitimate king; he succeeded his grandfather, King Edward III, after the earlier death of his father Edward, the Black Prince. Yet Richard is also seen by many as a tyrant.

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Sea Prayer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539094
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 18th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES bestseller

An illustrated book on the refugee crisis that will break your heart in under 48 pages, from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains EchoedA meaningful read to gift this holiday season.

And the Mountains Echoed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632389
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

A Thousand Splendid Suns Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594483851
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. 

The Kite Runner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.