CROWN OF BLOOD by Nicola Tallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Readers will share Tallis' sympathy with the devout, passive Jane but also approve of her emphasis on the more powerful, ambitious, and unpleasant men and women that surrounded her."
A new biography of the Nine Day Queen, "a young lady sacrificed through the actions of powerful and ambitious manipulators in the complex world of sixteenth-century politics." Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE TUDORS by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A mostly entertaining mixture of esoteric social history and well-known details of the personal lives of Tudor monarchs."
Amusing, well-researched biographies of rulers from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, focused on how they were born, dressed, ate, washed, slept, played, and died. Read full book review >

THE RISE OF ATHENS by Anthony Everitt
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Nearly 500 pages of names, plots, betrayals, battles, and murders may be more than some readers want to know about ancient Greece, but Everitt keeps the action moving, making this a worthy alternative to the classic doorstop, Will Durant's The Life of Greece(1939)."
A thick, lively popular history that tells a complex story without dumbing it down or devoting more than a modest effort to distinguishing fact from myth. Read full book review >
THE TURTLE'S BEATING HEART by Denise Low
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."
A poet and professor comes to terms with her Native American heritage. Read full book review >
RETHINK by Steven Poole
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's not much that's new here, but that's the point. A modest, enjoyable look at the care and feeding of creativity."
When seeking inspiration, Guardian columnist Poole (Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How that Message Becomes Reality, 2006, etc.) writes, it's not a bad idea to sift through the junk pile for second thoughts. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Kurlantzick's comprehensive account provides new insights into the CIA's objectives in the Laos war and the way that they were incorporated into its broader mission."
A history of the CIA's involvement in the Laos war and the effect it had on the structure and evolution of the organization and its future role in foreign conflicts. Read full book review >
JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >
MEDIEVAL EUROPE by Chris Wickham
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Far-ranging, fluent, and thoughtful—of considerable interest to students of history writ large, and not just of Europe."
A thorough survey of the European continent in the time between antiquity and modernity. Read full book review >
A MOST IMPROBABLE JOURNEY by Walter Alvarez
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The science is impeccable, the history a tad simplistic. An Ascent of Man-like approach to the subject of Big History would be most welcome, but this isn't quite it."
Count yourself lucky that you live on a planet with gravity—and silicon. Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions."
A cogent argument that President Barack Obama has mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. Read full book review >
THE PURSUIT OF POWER by Richard J. Evans
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"An immensely readable work that considers incremental continental developments up to the outbreak of war in 1914."
A 100-year survey of European history that moves by transnational themes emphasizing "power"—over industrialization, class, selfhood, wages, and nature. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The author's research is commendable, but it swamps readers with too many details."
How an 1897 boxing match helped make cinema history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >