Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

On Top Of The World by David Lamb
Released: Oct. 20, 2016

"An engaging, heartwarming, humorous morality tale for our digital, consumerist age."
An updated version of A Christmas Carol filled with rap moguls, pop-culture references, and plenty of heartwarming romance. Read full book review >
DOGGONE IT  by Maggie Toussaint
Released: Oct. 19, 2016

"Plenty of hair-raising action as the likable, gutsy lead battles forces of evil."
In Toussaint's (Bubba Done It, 2015, etc.) third Dreamwalker adventure, a woman with an unusual job risks her life to unravel a mystery. Read full book review >

Operation Cure Boredom by Dan Martin
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A hilarious and impressively candid remembrance of life in the Air Force."
A debut comic memoir chronicles a high school dropout's experience in the military. Read full book review >
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A warm if not very ecumenical dose of holiday cheer, with some unobtrusive guidance for young makers and helpers. (Novelty/board book. 3-5)"
Flaps, pull-tabs, and wheels add interactive elements to this celebration of Christmastime. Read full book review >
A LIFE DISCARDED by Alexander Masters
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lovely, elegant book of interest to historians and biographers as much as to general readers."
An affecting, bittersweet portrait of an anonymous person rescued—if rescued it is—from obscurity quite by accident. Read full book review >

Making Out Like a Virgin by Catriona McHardy
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A valuable compilation that represents multiple paths for healing and thriving after sexual trauma."
Sexual abuse survivors from around the world detail their journeys to healthy sexuality and bodily autonomy in this collection. Read full book review >
DRAT THAT FAT CAT! by Julia Patton
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Read that fat cat! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cornelius Van Ploof is not a cat person—or is he? Read full book review >
THE LOVED ONES by Sonya Chung
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Elegant and empathetic, a book impossible to put down."
A gorgeous multigenerational saga of love and race, loss and belonging, Chung's (Long for This World, 2010) latest follows the intertwining lives of two very different families in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"With sometimes-battering extremes of emotion and pain that ranges from personal injury to corrosive political nastiness, Kennedy's urban odyssey offers an unusual and often powerful love story."
Two people try desperately to make a connection in this angry, sad story of damaged lives and the personal and national politics that abet the problems. Read full book review >
NOTWITHSTANDING  by Louis de Bernières
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mild and nostalgic, a fictionalized expansion of childhood memories that harks back to seemingly safer, simpler times."
Linked short stories evoking a small British village celebrate—and mourn—middle England as it perhaps was in the central decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
A THIN BRIGHT LINE by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A stirring and deeply felt story."
As the Cold War gave way to movements for civil, women's, and gay rights, many Americans believed that major social change was inevitable. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >