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Josh Kendall


When it comes to recommendations, I believe in two things: first, try to suggest great books that are overlooked or misunderstood; second, pay it forward. I remember just as keenly who recommended these books to me as I do the books themselves.

About the Author

Josh Kendall

Joshua Kendall is an executive editor, as well as the editorial director of Mulholland Books, where he’s edited The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S., Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls, as well national bestsellers like the debut Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and crime fiction legends like Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Charlie Huston, and Jim Thompson. At Little, Brown, he published the acclaimed literary novel Neverhome, as well as New York Times bestselling authors Michael Koryta and Dan Simmons. Prior to Little, Brown, he worked at Viking/Penguin and Picador with authors and titles as diverse as Tana French, Stewart O’Nan, Ron Carlson, and Jasper Fforde. He has also edited a variety of nonfiction projects, such as The Boys In the BoatMoby-Duck, and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning.