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ZSH Literary

Jennifer Gates

Jennifer Gates is a partner with The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and worked previously as an editor at a division of HarperCollins.

As an agent, Gates represents a range of nonfiction, as well as literary and commercial fiction and children's. Her nonfiction list includes literary and inspirational memoir, narrative nonfiction, current affairs, history, pop culture, business, science, and psychology.

Recent New York Times bestsellers Gates has represented include The Memory Palace by Mira Bartók, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography (Free Press/Simon & Schuster); Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng, PhD (Candlewick Press), a picture book inspired by her mother Ann Dunham's life of service; actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria's acclaimed cookbook, Eva's Kitchen (Clarkson Potter/Random House); Dr. Dale Archer's You Are Who You Are: Eight Key Traits of Human Behavior (Crown); SQuire Rushnell's Divine Alignment (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster); The Pentagon's New Map by military strategist and Esquire contributor Thomas P. M. Barnett #1 New York Times bestseller, The Pursuit of Happyness, a memoir by Chris Gardner with award-winning writer Quincy Troupe (Amistad/HarperCollins) whose life story was also the basis of an Academy Award nominated motion picture of the same name starring Will Smith.

Among the nonfiction titles Gates has represented are former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete's Not My Boy, a memoir about raising an autistic son (Hyperion); Our Mother's War: American Women at Home and at the Front During WWII, by award-winning journalist Emily Yellin (The Free Press); The Foreigner's Gift (The Free Press), by noted Middle Eastern scholar, CBS consultant and recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, Fouad Ajami, as well as Public Radio's Marketplace Tech Report and Wits host, John Moe's Conservatize Me (William Morrow).

Her list also includes a range of fiction such as the critically acclaimed I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff (5 Spot/Grand Central); debut novel Silver: My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder, by Edward Chupack (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press) and Donna VanLiere's New York Times bestselling Christmas Hope series (St. Martin's Press) with over 2 million copies in print. The first two books in this series became highly-rated CBS television movies and the author's most recent title, The Christmas Note, is a New York Times bestseller.

Gates is most interested in strong, distinctive voices and narratives, and projects that either look at the world in a new way or shed new light on familiar topics.

Good Morning, Midnight
By Lily Brooks Dalton | Random House, 2016

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.

The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength
By Dale Archer | Penguin Random House, 2015

For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it.

The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures
By Lesley Alderman | William Morrow, 2013

An endlessly fascinating, beautifully designed survey of time—how long things take, how long things last, and how we spend our days.

The Pursuit of Happyness
By Chris Gardner | Amistad, 2006

Winner: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/Autobriography)

At the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city's working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, "HO-tels," soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station.

Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city's invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district.

More than a memoir of Gardner's financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher, and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.

The Memory Palace
By Mira Bartok | Free Press, 2011

A New York Times Bestseller; Winner: National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography)

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures the love between mother and daughter, the complex meaning of truth, and family's capacity for forgiveness.

Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends
By Eva Longoria | Clarkson Potter/Random House, 2011

Eva Longoria may be most recognized for her role as Desperate Housewives' saucy Gabrielle Solis, but on her own time, there are few places she would rather be than in the kitchen, cooking the food she loves for her family and friends. Here is the food Eva loves to eat, and the recipes in Eva's Kitchen trace her life story, taking readers on her culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home.

Having grown up on a ranch with every meal based on what was in the family fields, Eva believes, like so many of us, that good cooking relies on local, fresh, easy-to-find ingredients. In Eva's Kitchen, she teaches readers essential cooking skills and she sprinkles in the histories and traditions behind her favorite dishes, including personal stories and anecdotes that capture the warmth, humor, and joy of her most memorable meals.

In her first cookbook, Eva welcomes you into her kitchen, offering 100 of her favorite dishes—many of which are family recipes collected over the years—all fused with her passion for cooking. She also shares memories of her Texas ranch upbringing, her very first cooking adventures, vacations overseas, nights in with her girlfriends, and last-minute pre–red carpet meals.