BESTSELLERS

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives. Read full book review >

ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed. Read full book review >
WORTHY FIGHTS by Leon Panetta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Predictable passages aside, Panetta offers a valuable portrait of how things get done in Washington—cautiously, like this memoir, and with exquisite calculation. Read full book review >
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Dunham shows flashes of the humor and sharp eye that make Girls so compelling, but the pleasure of watching the TV show doesn't translate to the page. Read full book review >

HOW WE GOT TO NOW by Steven Johnson
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky without being overly so and literate throughout. Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF STYLE by Steven Pinker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library. Read full book review >
REBEL YELL by S.C. Gwynne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997). Read full book review >
A PATH APPEARS by Nicholas D. Kristof
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
The authors deliver a profound message that packs a wallop. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014
An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets. Read full book review >
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER by Lawrence Wright
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
A unique moment in history superbly captured. Yet another triumph for Wright. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >