JOSEPH FIPPS by Nadine Robert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2014

"A stormy clash between parent and child ends with sunshine and bird song. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A 5-year-old "all filled up with feelings" dreams of wings and walruses in this ruminative import. Read full book review >
THE BEND OF THE WORLD by Jacob Bacharach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"A mischievous but fuzzy misadventure for modern 20-somethings."
Things fall apart when a slacker slouches his way through the vagaries of work and the phosphorescence of the Pittsburgh arts scene. Read full book review >

THE RULE OF NOBODY by Philip K. Howard
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 14, 2014

"Some may find the diagnosis persuasive, but the cures proposed may worsen long-standing inequities."
A blast against dysfunctional government, which Howard (Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Accountability in America, 2010, etc.) calls "a form of tyranny." Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT THE GREAT DEPRESSION by John F. Kasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"Informative and well-researched, Kasson's work offers insight into one of Hollywood's most beloved entertainers, as well as the fascinating connection between politics and entertainment."
A cultural historian examines how the films of Shirley Temple (1928-2014) worked in tandem with New Deal politics to help Americans overcome the Great Depression. Read full book review >
A BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Liel Leibovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"It's a tall order to follow up what is, in effect, a definitive work, but Leibovitz delivers a different sort of biography that Cohen fanatics should appreciate."
A slightly different look at rock royalty. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"An entertaining but overstuffed send-up that sometimes bogs down in provocations."
Avant-garde scenesters subject a square billionaire to cultural readjustment in this raucous debut satire. Read full book review >
MY BOOK OF OPPOSITES by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 13, 2014

"Not the best for clarifying concepts but too visually striking to ignore. (Board book. 1-3)"
An appealing but potentially confusing concept book about opposites. Read full book review >
ASTONISH ME by Maggie Shipstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2014

"Perceptive and well-written though marred by its peculiar chronology."
After satirizing privileged WASPs in her prize-winning first novel (Seating Arrangements, 2012), Shipstead investigates another rarefied world: ballet. Read full book review >
THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: April 10, 2014

"Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As she did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), Smith fashions long-distance travel into a metaphor for the leaps of faith that love demands. Read full book review >
THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by John Spurling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thoroughly enjoyable literary sojourn by a master of historical fiction."
With this richly told historical novel, English author Spurling (A Book of Liszts, 2011, etc.) takes readers back to the China of seven centuries ago. Read full book review >
STEAL THE NORTH by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2014

"A carefully crafted family drama that dwells more on the difficult journey than the glad arrival."
Young love springs up in a place where older hearts were bruised, in Bergstrom's debut saga. Read full book review >
CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thrilling look at the 19th-century age of automata—"a time of curiosity-seekers"—and the riveting story of a likable Philadelphia boy whose life of the mind helps him transcend his extraordinary, oft-cruel circumstances. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Twelve-year-old Rufus Goodspeed is dangerously good at chess. Read full book review >