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 >
THE GAY REVOLUTION by Lillian Faderman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Inspiring and necessary reading for all Americans interested in social justice."
The history of the struggle for gay rights in the United States. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The author's extensive knowledge of lifestyles and simple, concise writing combine for an enjoyable book showing how families have joined, separated, and rejoined over the last 500 years."
Social historian Flanders (The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London, 2014, etc.) follows the evolution of the home from an edifice offering minimal shelter to present-day standards.Read full book review >

WHAT PHILOSOPHY CAN DO by Gary Gutting
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Somewhat less supple than Simon Blackburn's Think (1999) as a general introduction to philosophy but an excellent, readable, and eminently practical guide."
It can't take you to the airport, but philosophy, as this spirited book argues, can do all sorts of great things—including contribute to our happiness. Read full book review >
BLACK EARTH by Timothy Snyder
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A scholarly examination that poses important questions but ultimately offers less in the way of original reportage than Nikolaus Wachsmann's KL (2015)."
A prominent historian brings the Holocaust under new scrutiny and wonders if the right confluence of modern forces could bring genocide back. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A fine account of the rigid airship and, despite a dearth of good examples, a thoughtful meditation on out-of-control technology."
Captured on film, the burning of the zeppelin Hindenburg on May 6, 1937, shocked the world. Veteran science writer Regis (What Is Life?: Investigating the Nature of Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology, 2008, etc.) writes a gripping description preceded by a history of lighter-than-air flight and its greatest proponent, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917).Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A coolly told story of a harrowing time and a young woman's struggle to survive."
Simon's son gave her a tape recorder, and the result is a crisp, detailed memoir of her years as a U-Boat ("those who had gone underground in the Nazi period") in World War II-era Berlin. Read full book review >
BOG BODIES UNCOVERED by Miranda Aldhouse-Green
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An intriguing window into the past."
A real-life forensic thriller revealing the secrets of ancient and modern bodies preserved in bogs—some for nearly 3,000 years—in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, and northern Germany. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF FEAR by Joe Urschel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An entertaining slice of the fabled (and familiar) gangster epoch."
The colorful story of George "Machine Gun" Kelly (1895-1954), a Depression-era kidnapping, and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover and his G-men. Read full book review >
SURPRISE ATTACK by Larry Hancock
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A timely, pertinent study emphasizing the fact that when it comes to military or terrorist attacks, 'there are always warnings.'"
A valuable examination of U.S. national security crises past and present. 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 >