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Dear Reader,

Remember the thrill of discovery you felt when you first read The Lovely Bones? or Jim the Boy? or Room? Remember when you became aware for the first time that the phrase “the tipping point” was suddenly on everyone’s lips? Remember laughing so loud at a Sedaris essay that you embarrassed yourself in public? Remember the summer you devoted to reading Infinite Jest in its entirety?

We invite you to recall these and other similar pleasures as Back Bay Books celebrates our 20th anniversary—two decades of publishing distinguished and bestselling books in trade paperback.

In 1993, Little, Brown created Back Bay Books to focus on the long-term publication of the company's best fiction and narrative nonfiction. Back Bay's new editions of William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, John Fowles’s novels, and C. S. Forester's Hornblower series, among many others, have given fresh life to these classic books. At the same time, Back Bay paperback editions of new works by Kate Atkinson, James Bradley, Elin Hilderbrand, Peter Guralnick, Anita Shreve, Rick Moody, Sam Kean, Marcus Luttrell, Janet Fitch, and Malcolm Gladwell have become impressive bestsellers that have made a mark on our cultural landscape. 

We look forward to your celebrating with us Back Bay’s first 20 years. Visit our Facebook and Tumblr for special promotional opportunities, including downloadable excerpts, reading group guides, original author stories, slideshows, and much more. For information about display incentives, custom signage, and special terms relating to the anniversary, please contact your HBG sales representative.

Here’s to 20 years of great reading, and many more!


terry adams

Terry Adams
Vice President, Digital and Paperback Publisher
Little, Brown and Company

Say You're One of Them
Case Histories Flyboys River, Cross My Heart One Mississippi
Room Jim the Boy Then We Came to the End White Oleander The French Lieutenant's Woman
Blink the Tipping Point When a Crocodile Eats the Sun Last Train to Memphis Forever
The Art of Fielding Barefoot The Disappearing Spoon The Historian Girls, The
Lone Survivor Long Walk to Freedom Ice Storm, The The Night Gardener Julie and Julia
Life Nine Stories Cleopatra The Lovely Bones Me Talk Pretty One Day
When You Are Engulfed in Flames Bookseller of Kabul, The Live From New York The Pilot's Wife Terror, The
Devil's Highway, The Infinite Jest Brideshead Revisited Winter's Bone Caine Mutiny, The