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Susan Orlean's Private Collection

Susan's Book Club reads an intriguing mix of fiction, hand-picked from her personal library.

Susan's Book Club reads an intriguing mix of fiction, hand-picked from her personal library.

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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 YorkerVogueRolling StoneEsquire, 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.

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New Book Each Month

A new hardcover or paperback book delivered to your door

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Sent with Exclusive Notes

A note for you from your club's Luminary, Susan Orlean

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To Spark Conversations

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Read with Susan Orlean

Each month, she’ll choose a book to read together that will transport and transform you.

Susan Orlean's Book Club will be reading The Good Lord Bird in November with Literati.

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Also inside: a bookmark with a literary quote!

Susan Orlean's Private Collection Book Club ships new titles each month.

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Susan Orlean will send invites to her Private Collection book club in November.

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.

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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!

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