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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Readers willing to accept this book as more than hagiography will find a penetrating exploration of how the legislative process works—or at least worked in the recent past."
Through the story of Ted Kennedy (1932-2009), the authors deliver a primer on how the governmental sausage was made not so long ago. Read full book review >

PASTRAMI ON RYE by Ted Merwin
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Less comprehensive and more impressionistic than Hasia Diner's Hungering for America (2002), but a nice, tasty nosh all the same."
A pleasing exercise in culinary and cultural history, evoking some favorite New York-centric comfort foods. Read full book review >
TRAGIC ENCOUNTER by Page Smith
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"As this abundantly detailed history shows, no one evades blame for the bloody past."
Rejecting an idealized version of American tribal life, a historian tells a complex story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Washington, D.C., regulars may know some of this information, and foreign nations certainly do, but all engaged American citizens should read this book and have their eyes opened."
Former Salon founding editor-in-chief Talbot (Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love, 2012, etc.) shares his extensive knowledge and intense investigations of American politics with a frightening biography of power, manipulation, and outright treason.Read full book review >

SPEED KINGS by Andy Bull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A flawed but well-written and entertaining sports story."
Guardian senior sportswriter Bull recounts the history of modern bobsledding and the four men who led the American team to victory at the 1932 Winter Olympics. Read full book review >
KILLING A KING by Dan Ephron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"In a book with broad appeal, Ephron cogently analyzes the origins and ramifications of a national tragedy he reported on as a young journalist."
"Israelis had grown tired of peace conferences. And it wasn't at all clear whether the extremists, Arabs or Israelis, were declining or ascending." Those words, describing the situation in the aftermath of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, are just as true 20 years later. Read full book review >
CAPITAL by Kevin Goldsmith
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Big Apple-phile collectors will want to have this, of course, but it helps to think of it as more of an art installation than a book."
A skyscraper of words—literary, journalistic, poetic, and prosaic—to celebrate and chronicle teeming Gotham. Read full book review >
CITY ON A GRID by Gerard Koeppel
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"For Manhattanites, surely, and for anyone who's visited and been either charmed or overwhelmed by the grid."
A popular historian examines the origin and development of Manhattan's famous grid. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF GERMANY, 1939-1941 by James Holland
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sturdy, readable resource that regards the Blitzkrieg as no magical matter."
A lively study of the first part of World War II that moves along operational and tactical lines. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON by Tom Lewis
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Lewis amply shows how close D.C. came to being an ugly patchwork town, and he cites the congressmen who fought to keep it Southern and the Gilded Age men who used their money for its good. Those who enjoy the city will enjoy this book."
Lewis (English/Skidmore Coll.; The Hudson: A History, 2005, etc.) follows the evolution of the symbolic place of Washington, D.C., in the consciousness of Americans.Read full book review >
THE WAR ON ALCOHOL by Lisa McGirr
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"An important book that warrants a place at the forefront of Prohibition histories. General readers will love it, and scholars will find much to ponder."
The surprising ways in which a failed social experiment helped shape modern America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >