Hell Toupee by Mitch Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Takes a light, self-deprecating approach, injecting some comic relief into a calamitous experience with hair loss."
A self-conscious funnyman recalls the series of stressful misfortunes that caused his unflattering hair loss. Read full book review >
An Ancient Calling by Alvin J. Kitzmann
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A well-researched but contrived debut."
Kitzmann's historical novel charts the journey of a precious Scottish heirloom across the ages. Read full book review >

Superheroes by David Faulkner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Somewhat one-dimensional but an addition to the literature on religious abuse."
In this debut memoir, the author recounts his childhood and the horrific results of his mother's remarriage to an abuser. Read full book review >
The Money Trader by Jerry  Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2013

"Brutal markets and beautiful women in a bighearted debut featuring a daring trader with tastes for luxury and getting rich quickly."
A young commodities trader rides the dizzying boom-and-bust roller coaster, wrecking his marriage, losing a fortune, and hitting rock bottom before fate tempts him with an unlikely trading tipster and the bewitching young daughter of an Ecuadoran diplomat. Read full book review >
Who Broke The Girl? by Cristina Costantino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"An odd but often satisfying story, told in an unusual voice."
A lifetime of wandering gradually leads a woman to greater happiness, as revealed in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

Golden Hand Sessions by W. C. Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2015

"A mixed bag of a novel that sometimes fails to titillate."
A fictional exploration of the human id by a debut author. Read full book review >
The Flensing Knife by Elizabeth Douthart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"Though it's difficult to invest in the heroine, this whaling ship narrative rights itself with meticulous research and attention to detail."
Life on a whaling ship is alternately difficult and delightful in Douthart's debut novel chiefly narrated by one captain's new wife. Read full book review >
Duo by T. K. Greenleaf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Innovative sci-fi with plenty of substance, even if it's weighed down by some confusing sequences.
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In Greenleaf's sci-fi actioner debut, a monk with special powers heads to outer space to save a colony from destruction.
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The Monsterjunkies by Erik Daniel Shein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2014

"A worthy, faithful companion to the prose novels."
A graphic novel adaptation of the first Monsterjunkies (2014) YA adventure.Read full book review >
First Aid, Survival, and CPR by Shirley A. Jones
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"A copy of Jones' safety guide should have a place of honor in every vehicle and camping kit."
Clear, succinct information, sensible design, and strongly organized information combine to make this field guide an invaluable aid to travelers and outdoor recreationists. Read full book review >
Jane Doe Overdose by Berta M.  Briones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2015

"Addiction is complex; this story is not."
A heroin addict swings from rock bottom to stable in this novella. Read full book review >
Movie Game by Michael Ebner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fast-paced, humorous novel, but one that rarely offers any critique of its protagonist's actions."
Ebner's (All the Talk Is Dead, 2009) novel tells of a cinephile's search for family, sex, and laughs, wrapped in a mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >