Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"For buffs of World War II-era aviation history and the Pacific campaigns."
A history of some of the first American fliers to engage with the Japanese enemy following Pearl Harbor and Midway. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A strong contribution to the history of modern science."
Of psy-ops, seismic detection, and other emanations of the Cold War as it was conducted in petri dishes and cyclotrons. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A lesser work from Brands but a solid introduction to a post-revolutionary generation whose members, great and small, are little remembered today."
Prolific historian Brands (Chair, History/Univ. of Texas; The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, 2016, etc.) continues his project of retelling the American national story through its principal actors. Read full book review >
CHE by Jon Lee Anderson
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A valiant effort and a visual triumph, though the necessary abridgment compromises the depth."
The adaptation of an epic biography into a graphic volume underscores both the reach and the limitations of the graphic format. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Not Groom at his best but certainly serviceable for readers without much background in the history of the era."
Novelist and historian Groom (El Paso, 2016, etc.) recounts the origins and fortunes of the grand alliance forged to battle the Axis powers in World War II. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"So why did all those critters go extinct? MacPhee suggests rather than asserts, but his book, featuring beautiful illustrations from Schouten, adds thoughtful fuel to a scholarly debate that shows no signs of ending."
Working the "borderland between archeology and paleontology," a paleomammalogist examines a suite of causes for the extinction of large animals during the late Pleistocene. Read full book review >
GODS AND ROBOTS by Adrienne Mayor
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A collection of wondrous tales that present ancient myths as the proto-science fiction stories they are."
A fascinating unpacking of ancient myths that feature robots and other lifelike beings, some of which bear an eerie resemblance to modern technology. Read full book review >
VERSAILLES by Colin Jones
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A brisk and richly detailed history of a significant place."
Drawing on a burgeoning of recent research and scholarship, as well as memoirs and chronicles, Jones (History/Queen Mary Univ. and Univ. of Chicago; The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth Century Paris, 2014, etc.) creates an adroit overview of the transformation of Versailles from a rustic hunting lodge to France's most sumptuous palace. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Good, timely history for the #MeToo moment."
Journalist Miller (Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church, 2014) unearths a juicy 19th-century sex scandal. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A vivid, deeply informed travelogue."
A storied mountain range reflects its tumultuous history. Read full book review >
THE FIRST SOLDIER by Stephen G. Fritz
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"An expert account of Nazi war strategy that concludes that Hitler was not without military talent."
Not a biography but a readable scholarly overview of how Hitler managed Germany's armed forces. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Amusing and often painful items best taken in small doses."
A Ripley-esque collection of "compellingly disgusting, hilarious, or downright bizarre" medical oddities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >