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About the Club
Private Collection showcases an intimate array of books from Orlean’s personal library. Each month, you’ll find exquisite writing, unforgettable narratives, and a new lens through which to view the world.
Susan Orlean is a writer of true stories and bestselling books whose bylines have filled the pages of The New Yorker, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside. Her unique literary insights and humor color both her writing and the hidden gems on her reading list.
How It Works
Literati membership includes books curated by Susan Orlean and exclusive access to vibrant conversations for $25 a month.
New Book Each Month
A new hardcover or paperback book delivered to your door
Sent with Exclusive Notes
A note for you from your club's Luminary, Susan Orlean
To Spark Conversations
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Each month, she’ll choose a book to read together that will transport and transform you.
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Also inside: a bookmark with a literary quote!
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Engage with Susan Orlean in the Literati Book Clubs app. Yes, really!
Come read through my library, which is packed with the books I love the most. These are books you might have missed but you will never forget.
What kind of books does Susan pick for her book club?
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill is a piercing portrait of a marriage, crafted in language that shimmers with rage, wit, and fierce longing. The New York Times called this suspenseful love story one of the 10 Best books of 2014.
This book, and all Susan Orlean's book club picks, are being discussed — only in the Literati app.
An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, The Good Lord Bird follows a young slave unwittingly swept up in abolitionist John Brown’s crusade. It’s a moving exploration of identity and survival, told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail.
Susan's Book Club is discussing this book in the Literati app—right now!
Set in post-Civil War Texas, News of the World follows an aging news reader transporting a young captive back to her people. This exquisitely rendered, morally complex novel explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
Discussion begins Dec. 1!