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Lara Love Hardin


Lara Love Hardin

Lara Love Hardin is a literary agent, author and president of True Literary. Prior to founding True Literary, she was the co-Ceo of Idea Architects. She has an MFA in creative writing and is a four-time New York Times bestselling collaborative writer, including the #1 New York Times bestseller DESIGNING YOUR LIFE, and 2018 Oprah Book Club pick, THE SUN DOES SHINE, which she coauthored with Anthony Ray Hinton. In 2019, she won a Christopher Award for her work “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.” In 2019, she was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award and short-listed for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Love Hardin lives in La Selva Beach, California, with her husband, Sam. She has four children, two stepchildren, five dogs, three cats, 21 chickens and four ducks.

Lara Love Hardin

Books by Lara Love Hardin

by Lara Love Hardin - Memoir, Nonfiction

No one expects the police to knock on the million-dollar, two-story home of the perfect cul-de-sac housewife. But soccer mom Lara Love Hardin has been hiding a shady secret: she is funding her heroin addiction by stealing her neighbors’ credit cards. Lara is convicted of 32 felonies. She learns that jail is a class system with a power structure that is somewhere between an adolescent sleepover party and LORD OF THE FLIES. But Lara brings love and healing to her fellow inmates as she climbs the social ladder to become the “shot caller.” When she’s released, she reinvents herself as a ghostwriter. Now, she’s legally co-opting other people’s identities and getting to meet Oprah, meditate with The Dalai Lama, and have dinner with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But the shadow of her past follows her.

by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin - Memoir, Nonfiction

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. As he realized and accepted his fate, Hinton resolved not only to survive, but to find a way to live on Death Row. For the next 27 years he was a beacon --- transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of JUST MERCY, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.