Counteract by Tracy Lawson
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An exuberant start to a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America."
Lawson (Resist, 2012, etc.) mixes true-to-life fears with intimate character portrayals in this conspiracy thriller, her first work of YA fiction. Read full book review >
The Agathon by Colin Weldon
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A compelling sci-fi series that starts with a big bang."
The unexpected, unexplained destruction of Earth sends an experimental faster-than-light starship careening into the cosmos on a desperate mission to save what's left of humanity. Read full book review >

The Rabbi of Resurrection Bay by Seth B. Goldsmith
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"A solidly uplifting story of a plastic surgeon seeking redemption."
An unexpected tragedy in the life of a selfish man leads to sweeping changes. Read full book review >
Gambit by C.L. Denault
Released: April 14, 2015

"Complex worldbuilding provides a strong backbone for this well-written start to a planned series with a resolute heroine."
In this YA dystopian adventure, a village girl with special skills learns she's an heiress—and betrothed. Read full book review >
More Than Love Can Love by Michael Angliss
Released: Oct. 17, 2015

"When the Retimer has a mission and an enemy, explosive action rapidly follows."
The seventh in Angliss' (In the State I'm In, 2015, etc.) espionage series finds its Australian protagonist on assignment to thwart an African drug lord while falling in love with his agent-aide.Read full book review >

Love Sick by Autumn J. Bright
Released: June 5, 2015

"A successful portrayal of the complex psychology of an abuse victim, and a gripping story of a love gone sour."
Debut novelist Bright impresses with a nuanced tale of a woman who can't break free of an abusive relationship. Read full book review >
Riverside by Brett Burlison
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A steamy tale and beguiling thriller, with plenty of local color and some provocative twists."
A young landscaper gets caught up in the drug trade in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Counterculture UK by Rebecca Gillieron
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An approachable, comprehensive introduction to British culture outside the mainstream, but it may be a bit too general and conversational for academic researchers and scholars."
The histories of the United Kingdom's vibrant underground and alternative cultures are the focus of this essay collection, edited by Gillieron (Plays for Today by Women, 2013) and Robson (Celluloid Ceiling, 2014). Read full book review >
The Making of a CEO by Oswald R. Viva
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An intentionally broad, somewhat cursory survival manual for beginning CEOs."
A management consultant offers a coaching session for small-business owners. Read full book review >
The Journey From Ennuied by Donald Braun
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A protracted parable about finding your true nature while on the road to strange places."
A debut novel offers a nestled allegory about a soul-awakening journey. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"A fresh look at adversity and the ways in which it can enrich one's life.
A thorough guide to seeing adversity as a tool, rather than as an obstacle. Read full book review >
Zoe's Sidewalk by Tiffany Robinson
Released: Oct. 13, 2013

"Cheerful art and an encouraging story of one girl's hard work leading to real change."
A little girl realizes she can't help her grandmother until she helps her community in this moving debut by Robinson, featuring Matsuoka's fantastic illustrations of a modern African-American family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >