Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

THE BLUE FOLIO by Matt McMahon
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A political thriller for readers on both sides of the aisle."
This debut political thriller explores the consequences of ushering in and maintaining a less corrupt U.S. government. Read full book review >
GAY BERLIN by Robert Beachy
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A brave new work of compelling research."
An elucidating, somewhat startling study of how early German tolerance and liberalism encouraged homosexual expression. Read full book review >

THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"With a twisty, well-crafted plot, this novel is rich in historical detail and robust with personality."
Three young women, joined by their independent spirits and love of art, become embroiled in a criminal plot in belle epoque Paris. Read full book review >
THINGS GRAK HATES by Peter J Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An amusing, occasionally sobering look at how evil can spring from unexpected wells."
A humorous debut novel about the surprising consequences of one man's intense distaste for olives. Read full book review >
WHAT FOREST KNOWS by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Lyon's ability to see the connections among things and her affection for the natural world, amply demonstrated in earlier works, shine through this latest offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An extended poetic appreciation for what goes on in a forest through the seasons. Read full book review >

THE UNSPEAKABLE by Meghan Daum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An honest and humorously edgy collection."
A Los Angeles Times columnist unflinchingly probes some of her life's themes—"death, dogs, romance, children, lack of children [and] Joni Mitchell"—to find respite from "sentimentality and its discontents."Read full book review >
THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Multifaceted characters, high stakes, imaginative magic, and hints of hidden twists and complexities to come add up to a memorable start to a projected four-volume voyage. (numerous illustrations, not seen) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Two displaced young adventurers sail streams of raw magic from world to world in this vividly cast series opener. Read full book review >
WHY HOMER MATTERS by Adam Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Nicolson's spirited exploration illuminates our own indelible past."
An archaeology of the Homeric mind. Read full book review >
"LITERCHOOR IS MY BEAT" by Ian S. MacNiven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Sensitive to Laughlin's strengths and shortcomings, MacNiven offers a comprehensive, prodigiously researched biography of a transformative literary figure."
The adventuresome life of a literary maverick. Read full book review >
MEN by Laura Kipnis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Dynamite examples rendered in funny, spirited writing."
Feisty, unapologetic forays into the messiness of gender relations. Read full book review >
PENELOPE FITZGERALD by Hermione Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Another winning biography from Lee. Those who love Fitzgerald's work will tuck this book right next to her volumes."
Lee (President/Wolfson Coll., Oxford; Biography: A Very Short Introduction, 2009) devotes her considerable talents for biography to Penelope Knox Fitzgerald (1916-2000), who didn't publish her first book until the age of 58.Read full book review >
WHEN ELEPHANT MET GIRAFFE by Paul Gude
Released: Nov. 17, 2014

"A humorous picture book about two new, unlikely pals. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Loquacious Elephant meets her match in taciturn Giraffe in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chelsea Cain
author of ONE KICK
November 17, 2014

Best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain "kicks" off a new series of thrillers starring former kidnapping victim Kick Lannigan, a thorough badass if we've ever seen one. We ask Cain what it was like spending time with her new creation. View video >