The Chronicles of Kibblestan by Andrea Rand
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Lucid, enchanting characters populate this diverting story."
A young boy and his loyal dachshund get lost in an extraordinary world of oppressed, strange creatures in the first volume of debut author Rand's middle-grade fantasy series. Read full book review >
The Obeahman's Dagger by Neil Daniel
Released: July 14, 2015

"Dynamic characters and ambiance help this tale showcase Trinidadian culture."
In this debut thriller, a journalist follows leads the police ignore to learn the fate of women who have vanished during the Trinidadian Carnival. Read full book review >

The Gambit by Bradley Carlson

"A briskly paced thriller that deftly imagines a nightmare scenario."
A debut political thriller that pits Israeli and U.S. military forces against an Iranian government on the verge of obtaining a nuclear weapon. Read full book review >
On A Fool's Errand by Lyle Wammer
Released: March 25, 2016

"An unforgiving story about abuse in a fractured and ruined family."
A young girl struggles through life with an alcohol-swilling mother and a violent stepfather in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Playing Hannah by Eric Beauregard
Released: June 28, 2016

"A performance starring a complex heroine that's not quite worthy of an encore, but good enough to see through to the end."
A teenage girl finds herself by playing other characters in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >

The Psychopath Machine by Steve Smith
Released: July 21, 2016

"A good contribution to the history of psychiatric malpractice, as well as an engrossing personal memoir."
In this debut memoir, a Canadian man tells of his ordeal as the subject of radical psychological experimentation, and of how he subsequently put his life back together. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite its subtitle, this uneven book is less a self-help manual than a recommendation to remove one's sexual boundaries, with good results guaranteed."
In this debut memoir, the co-founder of a famous clothing-optional resort and, later, of a sanctuary for wild cats, describes her experiences. Read full book review >
One for the Ark by Mary Hutchings Reed
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A delightfully lighthearted tale that engages serious issues through farce."
A novel about big ideas in a small town. Read full book review >
Psycho Babble by Billie Jean Diersen
Released: Nov. 29, 2015

"Engaging, if slightly superficial, essays on modern life from the perspective of a military spouse and mother."
A collection of essays by a U.S. Marine Corps wife explores a wide range of topics, from Star Trek to the family cat. Read full book review >
Mind Travel In Other Worlds by Celine Theresa Marks
Released: April 26, 2016

"A hefty, expansive exploration of New Age spirituality, not for the uninitiated."
A metaphysical guide focuses on navigating one's inner realm and exploring other planes and facets of existence. Read full book review >
Released: July 28, 2016

"A touching, meditative account of pain and spiritual transcendence."
Out of extraordinary suffering, a Canadian man discovers spiritual redemption in this memoir. Read full book review >
London Belongs To Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"One need not be an Anglophile to enjoy the heroine's London adventures, but it definitely adds to the overall experience."
An aspiring playwright, fresh out of college, moves to the city of her dreams in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >