KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"With its companions, it's a powerful affirmation of friendship, compassion and the right to be accepted for who we are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Over a decade has passed for readers since The Misfits (2001) introduced the Gang of Five, four seventh-grade outsiders who've got one another's backs; for Bobby, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, a year's gone by. Read full book review >
SUNRISE by Mike Mullin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching. (Speculative fiction. 14 & up)"
Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"An elegant, erudite historical survey employing deep research and excellent examples, even from the author's own family."
In a fluid translation, a German historian soundly explores the numerous attractions of the Nazi agenda to a deeply insecure, unsettled people. Read full book review >
RED LOVE by Maxim Leo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"In this winner of the European Book Prize, Leo not only produces a moving family memoir, but also a probing exploration of the human need to believe and belong."
A prize-winning German journalist's account of how he revisited his family's socialist past to find answers about his parents' relationship to him and to each other. Read full book review >
LORDS OF TRILLIUM by Hilary Wagner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this is one fantasy lovers won't want to miss. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
The third volume of the Nightshade Chronicles (Nightshade City, 2010; The White Assassin, 2011) is as entertaining as it is satisfying. Read full book review >

A WORLD WITHOUT JEWS by Alon Confino
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A thoughtful study that represents Nazism less as a "banality of evil" and more as an "intimate brutality.""
An insightful new study that develops the theme of Jewish annihilation as necessary to the Nazi myth of genesis. Read full book review >
BOHEMIANS by Paul Buhle
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A terrific appraisal of culture's gypsies, tramps and thieves, worthy of the editors' judgment: "Obituaries for bohemia have, in short, always been premature.""
What do Walt Whitman, Josephine Baker and Woody Guthrie have in common? Here, their lives are interwoven with the artistic and cultural movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, all under the umbrella of "bohemianism." Read full book review >
FRIDAYS AT ENRICO'S by Don Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"This publication is an important event: Welcome back, Don Carpenter."
Do we need another work about the struggles of writers? Sure, we do—if it has the warmth and charm and sexy vibe of Carpenter's (From a Distant Place, 1988, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
NO WAY BACK by Matthew Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Infused with pacing worthy of the earlier works of Dean Koontz, Klein's crafted a tale as tightly wound as a watch spring."
Klein's dark thriller snaps a picture of a man commissioned to prevent the collapse of a Florida software company, but the outcome is anything but what it portends. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM by Astra Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not to be skimmed. A cogent and genuine argument for the true democratization of online culture."
A filmmaker turns her high-powered intellect not just on the Internet and its effect on our lives, but also on the sociological and economic forces that bend and shape it. Read full book review >
IT'S CATCHING by Jennifer Gardy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Infectious. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slim volume about a small protagonist. Read full book review >
PLANT A POCKET OF PRAIRIE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"This not-so-whimsical flight of fancy could well inspire a new generation of conservationists. (notes about prairies and prairie wildlife) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Readers won't find a definition of what a prairie actually is, but they will learn about the wealth of flora and fauna it contains—and how the loss of any of its life forms affects others tremendously. Read full book review >