KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

A BIGGER PRIZE by Margaret Heffernan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"The step-by-step accumulation of argument and evidence is overwhelming in its thoroughness and attention to detail."
Entrepreneur Heffernan (Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, 2011, etc.) systematically deconstructs the social myths associated with hypercompetitiveness while providing a formidable case about how counterproductive, and even perverse, it can be. Read full book review >
A SINGLE BREATH by Lucy Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Although the many revelations in the final chapters sometimes stretch the otherwise tight plot, the author creates an entertaining narrative."
In an intensely emotional story of love, loss and deception, a recently widowed woman reaches out to her late husband's family in Tasmania and discovers she never really knew the man she married. Read full book review >

THE COLD SONG by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The author might be best known in this country as the daughter of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, but her accomplishment here merits more than recognition by association."
The fifth novel by an award-winning Norwegian author and critic deserves to win her a much larger stateside readership. Read full book review >
I'LL BE RIGHT THERE by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Shin's uncomplicated yet allusive narrative voice delivers another calmly affecting story, simultaneously foreign and familiar."
Tender and mournful, the latest novel from best-selling South Korean novelist Shin (Please Look after Mom, 2011) considers young love and loss in an era of political ferment. Read full book review >
MISSING MICROBES by Martin J. Blaser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Credit Blaser for displaying the wonders and importance of a vast underworld we are jeopardizing but cannot live without."
Infectious disease specialist Blaser makes an impassioned plea for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystem that exists in and on our bodies: the human microbiome. Read full book review >

BABY ANIMAL FARM by Karen Blair
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping these youngsters step out for another adventure very soon. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A gaggle of tots meets various baby animals at the farm. Read full book review >
THE HOMING INSTINCT by Bernd Heinrich
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A special treat for readers of natural history."
A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals. Read full book review >
UPDIKE by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thorough, intelligent and respectful, but more bite would have released more of Updike's blood."
A sympathetic, full-meal-deal biography—life, literary works, reputation—of John Updike (1932-2009), who was considered by many to be the most talented of his generation. Read full book review >
THE SEA INSIDE by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy."
Do we come from the sea? Hoare's (The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, 2010, etc.) absorbing book may well lead you to think so. Read full book review >
DOG GONE, BACK SOON by Nick Trout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Pawsitively delightful."
In the second of his Bedside Manor series, Trout (The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, 2013, etc.) highlights another week in the life of the newest veterinarian in Eden Falls, Vt. Read full book review >
THE OTHER LANGUAGE by Francesca Marciano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"And so it goes—each of Marciano's stories is a gem, with fully realized characters wistfully and beautifully captured through dialogue that is both pensive and poignant."
Nine closely observed stories of growing up, dislocation and family relationships. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN SQUAD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Most of the more challenging words are repeated many times as the chickens recount the story for each other and Tail, making this a great first chapter book. (Comic mystery. 6-9)"
In this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series, this time the chickens are in charge—sort of. Read full book review >