PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"This poignant story resonates."
Australian Parrett's first novel, an understated and beautifully penned story set on the Tasmanian coast, gives voice to two brothers as their lives are influenced by unpredictable forces. Read full book review >
SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >

IT'S AN ORANGE AARDVARK! by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Get ready for some hilarity and hijinks as five ants discover what's really outside their stump home in this die-cut offering from Hall. Read full book review >
FLIP & FIN by Timothy Gill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Particularly good for kids not ready to move beyond nonthreatening shark stories. (Picture book. 5-7)"
These twin sand sharks just love a good joke. Read full book review >
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 >