IT IS NIGHT by Phyllis Rowand
Released: April 22, 2014

"Fresh illustrations give luminous new life to this reissue of a bedtime story originally published in 1953. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more pleasant than a cozy circle of smiling animals on a starlit night?   Read full book review >
HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE by Ken Baker
Released: April 22, 2014

"A biggest loser. (Fiction. 14-16)"
A fat teen employs patently unsafe weight-loss techniques on reality television and gets skinny. Read full book review >

THE FRENCH INTIFADA by Andrew Hussey
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A vivid illumination of the ongoing, painful and perhaps insoluble French dilemma."
Many readers recall demonstrations that followed a recent French law banning the Islamic veil. According to Guardian and New Statesman contributor Hussey (Dean, Univ. of London Institute in Paris; Paris: The Secret History, 2008), these merely continue France's two centuries of conflict with the Arab world and the nation's growing Muslim population, now the largest in Europe. Read full book review >
A LIFE APART by L. Y. Marlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Extreme events, big issues and complicated feelings are sometimes beyond the scope of this overlong, simply told tale, but Marlow deftly tugs the heartstrings throughout."
A forbidden interracial attraction spans decades of secret involvement and some surprising attachments to reach a place of forgiveness. Read full book review >
TERMS & CONDITIONS by Robert Glancy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of Office Space, a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at Regarding Henry."
A contract lawyer with a traumatic brain injury tries to decide whether to piece together the shattered fragments of his old life or simply start a new one from scratch. It's a lot funnier than it sounds. Read full book review >

VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as "a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish" than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >
DECEPTION'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"A comfortably formulaic prelude to a projected sequel that will likewise be spun from some of the oldest surviving Irish legends. (afterword, pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The latest entry in Friesner's Princesses of Myth series shifts scene but not much else. Read full book review >
VICTORIES by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A smart and snarky finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Spirit White and her mage schoolmates prepare for a battle royal in this energetic series ender. Read full book review >
THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Clear and sometimes-passionate prose shows us the persistent nastiness underlying our founding narrative."
Horne (History and African-American Studies/Univ. of Houston; Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation, 2012, etc.) returns with insights about the American Revolution that fracture even more some comforting myths about the Founding Fathers. Read full book review >
THE BIG TINY by Dee Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A lightweight curiosity that will find sympathy with readers frustrated with the conventional rat race."
His was 150 square feet and hers was 84, but Henry David Thoreau and newcomer Williams find significant common ground in their little abodes. Read full book review >
THE DOG KILLER OF UTICA by Frank Lentricchia
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 22, 2014

Dogs aren't the only victims of upstate New York's latest murderer, but they're certainly the most perplexing. Read full book review >