THE HOUSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND BOOKS by Sasha Abramsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"If you finish this brilliant, realized book thinking you need to own more books, you're to be forgiven. A wonderful celebration of the mind, history, and love."
Memoir of Jewish intellectual life and universal history alike, told through a houseful of books, their eccentric collectors, and the rooms in which they dwelled. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF ASIAN AMERICA by Erika Lee
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A powerful, timely story told with method and dignity."
A sweeping study of the fastest growing group in the United States that underscores the shameful racist regard white Americans have long held for Asian immigrants. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Drawing on archival documents and contemporary and recent histories, Atkinson has written a compelling narrative, but his reprisal of 17th-century prejudices makes for discomfiting reading."
A woman's life in dangerous times. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An incisive sociological lens on a religion in flux, which, though centuries distant, continues to hold relevance for the present day."
How evangelical missionaries, dispatched from New England to the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century, failed spectacularly to convert the Muslim masses but had a lasting impact on the face of American Christianity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Well-written and scholarly without being pedantic—an enlightening history of the broad influence the Vikings exerted in a very short period."
The investigation into the origins of the 92 ivory chessmen discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the early 1800s provides a good avenue for Brown (Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths, 2012, etc.) to explore the rich tapestry of Icelandic and Viking history.Read full book review >

RELENTLESS STRIKE by Sean Naylor
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Packed with anecdotes that will appeal to dedicated military buffs, but the encyclopedic prose will lose average readers."
A history of the Joint Special Operations Command, one of the most elite and little-understood pieces of the American military. Read full book review >
SELF AND SOUL by Mark Edmundson
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Though Shakespeare fans may feel defensive, Edmundson delivers a welcome championing of humanistic ways of thinking and living."
What happens in the rush to gain the world? We lose our souls, of course—and, Edmundson (English/Univ. of Virginia; Why Football Matters, 2014, etc.) adds, our ideals to boot. Read full book review >
JACK LONDON by Cecelia Tichi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A fruitful, well-written blend of cultural history, literary criticism, and biography. Now the only question is, where's the Jack London of today?"
Jack London—socialist agitator, rancher, and, oh yes, writer: an illuminating study of a literary figure long receded into stereotype. Read full book review >
IRAQ by John Robertson
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The making of modern Iraq is just one small slice in this monumental, well-told story."
In an engaging history of the enormous contributions of the "land between two rivers," Robertson (Ancient and Middle Eastern Studies/Central Michigan Univ.) is an energetic, positive booster for a remarkable people who have suffered through countless outsider incursions, especially in recent decades. Read full book review >
THE SCHOLAR DENIED by Aldon D. Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"Inside baseball for sociologists."
A bid to restore a brilliant black scholar to his rightful place in the history of sociology. Read full book review >
KISSINGER'S SHADOW by Greg Grandin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A trenchant and succinct depiction of the ongoing artful dodging of the nonagenarian statesman."
A focused examination of Henry Kissinger's foreign policy as the normalization of "secrecy and spectacle," from Southeast Asia to Chile to Iran to Iraq. Read full book review >
NEAR AND DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Jonathan Haslam
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A well-executed narrative of the mechanics behind the Cold War that may be a bit too dense and/or dry for casual readers."
Intensely detailed history of the Russian spy services, from the revolution through glasnost. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >