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 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

"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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An eloquent testimony to the war's enduring, violent impact."
The daughter of a Lithuanian Catholic mother and Russian Jewish father, Gabis (The Wild Field, 1994) brings her sensibility as a poet and indefatigable energy as a historian to this engrossing memoir. Read full book review >
QUIXOTE by Ilan Stavans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Stavans brings infectious enthusiasm and penetrating scholarship to this lively investigation of a grand novel and its readers."
The 400-year history of the deeply influential Spanish novel. Read full book review >
SOUTH TOWARD HOME by Margaret Eby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Eby brings fine sensibility to her readings of all her subjects' works and, in polished prose, offers a fresh look at their lives and literary legacies."
Seeking the heart of Southern writing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >