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Several alumni featured on New York Times' list of 'Notable Books'

December 02, 2011

The work of several J-School alumni made the New York Times' list of 100 Notable Books of 2011, including Leah Hager Cohen '91, Tony Horwitz '83, Erik Larson '78, Joseph Lelyveld '60 and Janet Reitman '92.

  • Leah Hager Cohen, who serves as the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, made the list for her latest novel, The Grief of Others.
  • Best-selling author Tony Horwitz earned the Times' attention with his new book Midnight Rising, about John Brown and the historic raid on Harper's Ferry that helped spark the Civil War.
  • Erik Larson, the author of many books including Lethal Passage and The Devil In The White City, made the list for his new best-seller, In The Garden of Beasts, which explores the fascinating history of the American ambassador and his family in 1930s Nazi Germany.
  • Joseph Lelyveld, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former executive editor of the Times, landed a spot for his recent book Great Soul, which explores Mahatma Gandhi's role as a social reformer in India.
  • Janet Reitman, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, made the list for Inside Scientology, her in-depth exploration of one the world's most controversial religions.

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