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Democracy or Else:
How To Save America In 10 Easy Steps

Coming June 25th from Crooked’s founders and the hosts of Pod Save America, is a useful and illustrated guide to saving American democracy just in time for the 2024 election and 2025 insurrection. Democracy or Else is a resource for everyone—from political junkies to young people getting ready to vote for the first time.

Crooked is donating its profits from Democracy or Else to support Vote Save America, its partners, and other organizations who are mobilizing for progressive outcomes in the 2024 election and beyond.

Pre-Order Your Copy Now

Since Jon, Jon, and Tommy are occasionally overachievers they signed a limited number of copies available exclusively at Get ready for more exciting updates and secure your pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Books-A-Million, or wherever you get your books!

“We started Pod Save America and Crooked Media to give people an outlet for their anger, to find ways to help and find humor and joy in the fight. This book has a lot of what we’ve learned from the smartest organizers and least annoying politicians, plus jokes everyone will love without exception.”

- Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor

Reading: it’s not just for tweets anymore. Across the board, Crooked Media Reads explores politics, current events and activism, narratives on culture and policy, memoir, pop culture, history, and investigative journalism from a wide and diverse range of perspectives, and in more than 240 characters. Our imprint is actively acquiring both nonfiction and fiction as well as books for children and young readers and expects to announce more titles soon.

Mobility by Lydia Kiesling

Available Now!

A propulsive novel about class, power, politics, and desire by the celebrated author of The Golden State.

The year is 1998, the End of History. The Soviet Union is dissolved, the Cold War is over, and Bunny Glenn is an American teenager in Azerbaijan living with her Foreign Service family. Through Bunny’s eyes, we watch global interests flock to the former Soviet Union during the rush for Caspian oil and pipeline access, and hear rumbles of the expansion of the American security state and the buildup to the War on Terror. Both geopolitical exploration and domestic coming-of-age novel, Mobility is a propulsive and challenging story about class, power, politics, and desire told through the life of one woman—her social milieu, her romances, her unarticulated wants. Mobility deftly explores American forms of complicity and inertia, moving between the local and the global, the personal and the political, and using fiction’s power to illuminate the way a life is shaped by its context.

Untitled by Ema O'Connor

Coming 2024

Thrilled to announce our latest acquisition for Crooked Media Reads, which will publish in 2024! Investigative journalist and longtime BuzzFeed News reproductive rights, gender, and politics staff writer Ema O’Connor’s untitled book is an urgent work of narrative nonfiction that introduces readers to the precarious landscape of American reproductive justice and privacy and the compelling people at the forefront of this new reality, in the vein of bestsellers such as EVICTED, DOPESICK, and THREE WOMEN.

Woodworking by Emily St. James

Coming January 2025

Erica Skyberg is thirty-five years old, recently divorced—and trans. Not that she's told anyone yet. Mitchell, South Dakota, isn't exactly bursting with other trans women. For now, she keeps to herself, teaching by day and directing the community theater by night.

But everything changes the day that Mitchell High’s resident political dissident and Only Trans Girl, Abigail Hawkes, enters her detention classroom. Admittedly, guiding the English teacher through her transition wasn’t on Abigail’s agenda for senior year, but she remembers the uncertainty—and loneliness—that comes with it. And besides, who else will take the job?

So begins an unlikely friendship that teaches both women, as well as the community around them, that there is nothing more radical than letting the world see who you are.

More books to be announced

About Zando

Launched October 2020, Zando is an independent publisher that leverages the influence of high-profile cultural figures, platforms and institutions to launch imprints. Founder and CEO Molly Stern has published multiple award-winning, genre-defining bestsellers, including Becoming by Michelle Obama, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Zando is founded on her belief in the essential value of books, the enduring influence of great stories and powerful ideas, and the need for literary diversity.