BESTSELLERS

THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
"What would Anita Brookner do?" asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it. Read full book review >
NORA WEBSTER by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A novel of mourning, healing and awakening; its plainspoken eloquence never succumbs to the sentimentality its heroine would reject. Read full book review >

PARIS MATCH by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
All this, and much less, is played out against a generic Paris that, apart from the title and the dust jacket illustration, could have been St. Petersburg, Prague or Pittsburgh. Read full book review >
SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging. Read full book review >
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next. Read full book review >

DEADLINE by John Sandford

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Funny, sexy, action-packed and tragic in all the right moments. (Horror/paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
REBEL YELL by S.C. Gwynne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997). Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF STYLE by Steven Pinker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky without being overly so and literate throughout. Read full book review >
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
Dunham shows flashes of the humor and sharp eye that make Girls so compelling, but the pleasure of watching the TV show doesn't translate to the page. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >