BESTSELLERS

THE SECRET WAR by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016
A masterful account of wartime skulduggery that has relevance still today. Read full book review >
THE BIG PICTURE by Sean Carroll
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 10, 2016
A brilliantly lucid exposition of profound philosophical and scientific issues in a language accessible to lay readers. Read full book review >

VALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016
A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure. Read full book review >
THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016
A magisterial portrayal of these "megalomaniacs, monsters and saints" as eminently human and fallible. Read full book review >
PAUL MCCARTNEY by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016
A worthy biography that doesn't approach the greatness of its subject. Read full book review >

RED PLATOON by Clinton Romesha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016
Romesha ably captures the daily dangers faced by these courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
GRIT by Angela Duckworth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 3, 2016
Not your grandpa's self-help book, but Duckworth's text is oddly encouraging, exhorting us to do better by trying harder, and a pleasure to read. Read full book review >
ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? by Frans de Waal
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 25, 2016
After this edifying book, a trip to the zoo may never be the same. Read full book review >
LOVE THAT BOY by Ron Fournier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016
Good advice backed by research coupled with personal reflections by a father on how to let children grow up to be individuals rather than miniature versions of their parents. Read full book review >
"MOST BLESSED OF THE PATRIARCHS" by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2016
An elegant, astute study that is both readable and thematically rich. Read full book review >
DISRUPTED by Dan Lyons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016
An exacting, excoriating takedown of the current startup "bubble" and the juvenile corporate culture it engenders. Read full book review >
LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016
Jahren transcends both memoir and science writing in this literary fusion of both genres. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >