Avery is an imprint dedicated to nonfiction that ranges from the narrative to prescriptive, with a strong takeaway for the reader. Our categories include accessible science, health, psychology, wellness, and cookbooks from cutting-edge experts.
Avery was founded in 1976 and quickly established itself as the most successful independent publisher of health books in the market. Penguin Group (USA) acquired it as an imprint in 1999 with a strong commitment to continue publishing respected, up-to-the-minute books with a clear focus on helping people make the most of their lives. A longtime leader in the “food as medicine” movement, Avery’s leading backlist titles are some of the bestselling health books of all time, including Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch, Prevent & Reverse Heart Diseaseby Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., and The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, now in its 5th Edition.
Megan Newman, Vice President and Publisher, joined Penguin in 2004 where her first acquisition was Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., a New York Times bestseller that’s gone on to be one of Avery’s biggest backlist books. Her other bestsellers include The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.; Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times; I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher; Wheelmen by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell; and The Wahl’s Protocol by Terry Wahls, M.D. Prior to joining Avery, she was the Editorial Director of HarperResource where she published bestselling books by Nicholas Perricone, Wayne Dyer, Bobbi Brown, Lily Pulitzer, Dean Edell, M.D., Jorge Cruise, and more. She began her career at W.H. Freeman and Company working on science textbooks and trade books.
Publicity and Marketing Director
Lindsay Gordon joined Avery as a Senior Publicist in 2009. She was named Publicity Manager in 2010 and Assistant Director in 2012, Associate Director and Director in 2014, Publicity and Marketing Director in 2015, Associate Publisher and Publicity and Marketing Director in 2018. In addition to managing the publicity and marketing departments, Lindsay works directly with a number of Avery’s best-selling authors and those on the forefront of the food-as-medicine movement, such as Dr. Terry Wahls, Robin Quivers, and Abel James. Lindsay has orchestrated publicity campaigns for a number of Avery’s breakout bestsellers including the first Avery New York Times Bestseller, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times, Robin Quivers’ The Vegucation of Robin, and Angela Liddon’s runaway vegan cookbook bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Before joining Avery, Lindsay worked at the former Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group at Random House, Inc.
Editor in Chief
Cited as “the reigning queen of ‘Big Idea’ self-help” in New York Magazine, Caroline Sutton joined Penguin Group (USA) in 2009 as editor in chief of Hudson Street Press. A graduate of Harvard University, she has worked at many imprints including Random House, Ballantine, Touchstone, and Collins. Her bestselling titles include Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, M.D., The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds, The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. with Sharon Begley, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain by Sharon Begley, and Mindset by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. Other authors past and present include Deborah Tannen, Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish, Daniel Goleman, Tara Parker-Pope, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Lucia Watson, Executive Editor, began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Viking in 1999. She joined Avery in 2005. Lucia acquires a diverse list of books in categories including health, psychology, science, parenting, memoir, food narrative, cooking, and lifestyle. Her recent titles include New York Times bestsellers The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon, Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., and Marbles by Ellen Forney. She is also the editor of Gutbliss by Robynne Chutkan, M.D., Canyon Ranch: Nourish by Scott Uehlein, and the James Beard Award-winning What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies.
Senior Editor Nina Shield joined TarcherPerigee and Avery in 2017 with a focus on prescriptive non-fiction. For TarcherPerigee, she is particularly interested in inspirational, self-improvement/personal growth, creativity, spirituality, wellness, and workbooks/journals. On the Avery side: mental health, functional medicine, parenting, and selective cookbooks/nutrition. Authors she has worked with include James Clear (New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits), Bishop Michael Curry (Love is the Way), Jordan Reid and Erin Williams (The Big Activity Book for Anxious People), Kelly McGonigal (The Joy of Movement), Talia Pollock (Party in Your Plants), and Kristy Shen (Quit Like a Millionaire).