THE FOUNDLING BOY by Michel Déon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Mature, relaxed storytelling, balancing human nature with historical inevitability; a pleasure for traditionalists generally and Francophiles in particular."
Only the second novel by this distinguished French writer to be translated into English: An affectionate slice of provincial life captures the coming of age of a 20th-century soul. Read full book review >
THE SEA HOUSE by Elisabeth Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Gifford's mournful but very readable romance achieves surprising emotional depths. A writer to watch."
On a distant Scottish island, a mermaid myth, a vengeful maid's observations, a minister's breakdown and a haunted woman's psychological barriers combine in a gloomily impassioned gothic exploration of belonging. Read full book review >

SNUGGLE THE BABY by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An intriguing concept, but toddlers and preschoolers will need to be closely supervised if it's to last beyond a single reading. (Board book. 2-4)"
This interactive offering invites little ones to practice taking care of babies, playing with them, feeding them and putting them to bed. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"An enjoyable, swift read, and the author's final solution to Archie's wartime dilemma makes it as fun as a work of historical fiction."
Australian transplant and longtime Paris resident Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, 2011) has spent years trying to discover what it was that changed his grandfather so much when he returned from World War I. Read full book review >
CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

HOW THE BIBLE BECAME HOLY by Michael L. Satlow
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Regardless of the reader's familiarity with the material, the author's expertise cannot be doubted."
Satlow (Religious and Judaic Studies/Brown Univ.; The Gift in Antiquity, 2013) explores the holy writings of the Bible back more than 10,000 years. Read full book review >
CONGRATULATIONS, BY THE WAY by George Saunders
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2014

"A slim volume appropriate as a graduation gift."
Another example of an author who might well reach a wider audience through a graduation speech than through anything else he has written. Read full book review >
WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD by Amir D. Aczel
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2014

"Aczel dislikes atheists and often descends to their derisive debating points (e.g., religions sponsor charities; atheists don't), but he skillfully combines his specialty and good science to support, without actually proving, the existence of a Creator."
Mathematician Aczel (A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians, 2011, etc.) debated atheist Richard Dawkins in 2010. Here, he presents his arguments, and prominent atheists, Dawkins above all, do not come out well. Read full book review >
TRANSHUMAN by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Bova is usually good company, but this unabashed potboiler barely reaches tepid."
Scientific thriller from the author of New Earth (2013). Read full book review >
MONSTER NEEDS HIS SLEEP by Paul Czajak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Sure to be a welcome choice for the going-to-bed time that never seems to end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Czajak and Grieb (Monster Needs a Costume, 2013) pair up once again for a hilarious take on the many creative ways a monster attempts to avoid bedtime. Read full book review >
TEA WITH GRANDPA by Barney Saltzberg
Released: April 15, 2014

"The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg's intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today's far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together. Read full book review >
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 >