BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2014

"Roffman's debut adeptly straddles the line between academia and narrative nonfiction, delivering a slice of history that even teetotalers will appreciate."
A memoir/treatise on marijuana that rises above most similar discussions. Read full book review >
HEMP BOUND by Doug Fine
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 20, 2014

"A short, sweet, logical and funny argument for the potential of one of the world's most dynamic cash crops."
What might come back along with legalized pot? Only one of the strongest, most versatile plants in the world: hemp. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 20, 2014

"Fascinating insight—though much must be read between the lines—into how the nation's data-mining apparatus works—and how it's supposed to work."
Does keeping America free from harm in the post-9/11 world require that Americans surrender their Fourth Amendment rights? The country's security apparatus behaves as if the answer is yes—the subject of this official report to President Barack Obama. Read full book review >
THE CHURCH OF MERCY by Pope Francis
RELIGION
Released: April 20, 2014

"Refreshingly humane, focusing on people rather than institutions. Admirers of Francis and students of church history alike will find this a useful introduction to the pontiff's thought."
In a collection whose original Italian publication marks the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis gathers homilies, sermons and brief essays that point to his most important concerns. Read full book review >
IN THE HOUR OF VICTORY by Sam Willis
HISTORY
Released: April 21, 2014

"Willis shares his joy and thorough knowledge of the period, and the letters themselves bring it all to life."
Archaeologist and maritime historian Willis (The Glorious First of June, 2011) asked for a seemingly innocuous document at the British Library while researching one of his books. The treasure that was delivered was bound in velvet and gilt and contained the dispatches from eight of the British Navy's greatest fleet victories fought between 1794 and 1806. Read full book review >

THE KNOWLEDGE by Lewis Dartnell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 21, 2014

"Read up, then—and keep the shotgun primed and the mason jars clean."
A survival manual for the zombie apocalypse, the plague or whatever else will bring us down and require a reboot of civilization. Read full book review >
CAPITALISM by Arundhati Roy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 21, 2014

"Less a reasoned argument than an impassioned manifesto."
A vehement broadside against capitalism in general and American cultural imperialism in particular, focusing on the effects on the novelist's native India. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-OOPS! by Lori Degman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2014

"Puns and foolery pitched just right for newly independent readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Zemke provides more farmyard huggermugger (George Shannon's Wise Acres, 2004) to illustrate Degman's versified tale of animals trying to substitute at sunrise for an absent rooster. Read full book review >
BLOOD DIARIES by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2014

"Crisis averted, at the end, Edgar is left looking ahead with fresh confidence to seventh grade. Happily, a planned sequel will allow readers to follow him there. (recipe for "Chocolate Blood Pudding") (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
With understandable difficulty, a sixth-grader with a mighty secret tries to earn acceptance from both his human schoolmates and his undead family. Read full book review >
OUT THERE by Sarah Stark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2014

"An ambitious novel with a distinct narrator and fresh voice."
A quirky war veteran goes on a pilgrimage to meet his hero, the author Gabriel García Márquez, in this poetic debut novel. Read full book review >
THE FIGHT FOR THE FOUR FREEDOMS by Harvey J. Kaye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A systematic, heady dose of American history by a frustrated, even outraged progressive thinker."
A spirited call to remember and act on the original progressive intent of Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT OF VENICE by Christopher Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Fool's gold, replete with junk jokes, from one of America's most original humorists."
Iago from Shakespeare's Othello, Antonio, the titular merchant of Venice, and Monstressor Brabantio from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" walk into a bar…. Read full book review >