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ZSH Literary

Todd Shuster

Todd Shuster is a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. Following college at Yale (where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and law school at Northeastern University (where he subsequently taught on the adjunct faculty), Shuster practiced publishing and entertainment law at the law firms of Palmer & Dodge and Ropes & Gray.

As a literary agent, Shuster represents both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction list includes current affairs, biography, true-crime, popular science, adventure, politics and civil rights, history, memoir, business, health, parenting, and psychology. His fiction list is comprised primarily of literary and “crossover” commercial novels, including mysteries and thrillers. In addition to representing books to publishers, Shuster places film and television rights on behalf of agency clients, dealing directly with producers, studios, and networks in New York and Los Angeles. He has sold projects set up at Paramount, Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers, Participant, CBS, Showtime, Discovery Health, VH-1 and HBO.

Works that Shuster has recently sold to publishers include best-selling author and Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy's The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love, and Family (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster), esteemed cardiologist and New York Times contributor Sandeep Jauhar's second memoir Doctored: A Doctor's Initiation (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), legal correspondent and best-selling novelist Lis Wiehl's East Salem mystery series (Thomas Nelson), veteran TIME magazine religion reporter David van Biema's Speaking to God: The Triumphant Journey of the Psalms Across Faith and Time (Simon & Schuster), Douglas Brunt's first novel, a psychological thriller entitled Ghosts of Manhattan (Touchstone), Atlantic contributor and co-chair of Boston University's Program for Science and Medical Journalism Ellen Ruppel Shell's Love Made Visible: Reclaiming Work in Middle Class America (Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman's The Real Romney (HarperCollins).

Other authors he is particularly proud of representing include Benoit Denizet-Lewis, New York Times Magazine contributor and author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life (Simon & Schuster), James Hirsch, who wrote the New York Times best-selling Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter about the life of middle weight champion Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and penned the authorized biography of baseball icon Willie Mays (from Scribner's, and also a New York Times bestseller); New York Times columnist Dan Barry who wrote the widely-acclaimed narrative Bottom of the 33rd: Hope Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game, and Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, author of A Reason to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life (Crown) and the forthcoming Faith in the Dream (Hyperion).

In addition to working with authors to sell their own manuscripts, Shuster represents numerous collaborative editors and ghost writers. These clients have helped scores of major celebrities and national figures complete their books, including Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Ginger Rogers, Maureen Stapleton, former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, supermodel Petra Nemcova, and many others.

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.

Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
By Julia Angwin | Times Books, 2014

An inside look at who's watching you, what they know and why it matters.

Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
By Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy | W. W. Norton & Co., 2013

A New York Times Bestseller

Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey's extraordinary criminal career—from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

Based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, Cullen and Murphy explore the truth of the Whitey Bulger story. They reveal for the first time the extent of his two parallel family lives with different women, as well as his lifelong paranoia stemming in part from his experience in the CIA's MKULTRA program. They describe his support of the IRA and his hitherto-unknown role in the Boston busing crisis, and they show a keen understanding of his mindset while on the lam and behind bars. The result is the first full portrait of this legendary criminal figure—a gripping story of wiseguys and cops, horrendous government malfeasance, and a sixteen-year manhunt that climaxed in Whitey's dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011. With a new afterword covering the trial, this book promises to become a true-crime classic.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
By Marina Keegan | Scribner, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.

Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness," went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem­blage of Marina's essays and stories that, like "The Last Lecture," articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

By Keegan Allen | St. Martin's Press, 2015

Keegan Allen is the international breakout star of ABC Family's hit television series, Pretty Little Liars. A gifted photographer and writer—and a dazzling film, television, and stage actor now counting millions of fans across the globe—Keegan Allen brings tremendous talent and energy to his first publishing project.

Keegan tells a unique story with his photographs. On one hand, the book is a beautifully candid view into the glamour and timelessness of Hollywood, a mysterious yet wildly alluring place. One the other hand, it is a blissfully unassuming portrait of ordinary life—the unknown young woman gazing dreamily from the balcony of her hotel room, or the old woman who walks the same street every morning in her pink bathrobe, just to stop and talk to a passerby.

Through his own stunning photography and captivating prose and poetry, life. love. beauty chronicles the author's life growing up just off the Sunset Strip, coming into his own as a young aspiring actor, looking for love and understanding, negotiating the seductions and disappointments of Hollywood, landing a plum role in a hit television series, encountering and embracing his fans, traveling the globe to promote his work, and striving to stay connected to his closest friends and loved ones.

A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life
By Governor Deval Patrick | Broadway Books, 2011

In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this heartfelt and inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living.

Warm, nostalgic, and inspirational, A Reason to Believe is destined to become a timeless tribute to a uniquely American odyssey and a testament to what is possible in our lives and our communities if we are hopeful, generous, and resilient.