Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"A brief, general set of guidelines for overcoming sedentary, unhealthy living."
This debut self-help work presents arguments for simple changes that could have a big impact on one's health. Read full book review >
ASHES OF EDEN by Seven Everson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"An original romance/mystery that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment."
From debut novelist Everson, a supernatural story of first love and the realization that some things are not quite as they appear. Read full book review >

NOT MY BUDDY by Tracey Berkowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An insightful, edifying tale of the toll that a parasitic disease can take."
In this detailed debut memoir, Berkowitz tells of her five-year struggle with chronic giardiasis. Read full book review >
THE MASTER YESHUA by Joyce Luck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2015

"An ideal example of how fiction can be used to present and explore alternative concepts in history and religion."
A grounded retelling of Christ's life and the early days of the church from the gospel of his ailing nephew. Read full book review >
CALIFORNIA STARS by Dan Fazzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A mildly entertaining revolving door of blue-collar caricatures."
A day laborer travels across America to Hollywood with dreams of screenwriting success in this middling adventure of misfits by debut author Fazzini. Read full book review >

ULTIMATUS, A GAMING CORPORATION by A.A. Dober
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2014

"A tense thriller that will appeal to fans of video games and sinister villains."
In the near future, video games have grown more advanced—and deadly—in Dober's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by Hope Schenk-de Michele
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015

"A worthwhile jaunt for readers interested in a mix of magic, mankind, and the sinister ploys of the devil."
Debut authors Schenck-de Michele and Marquez's urban fantasy novel about Lucifer's daughter and a peculiar shop. Read full book review >
Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters by Vegard Svingen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"This fanciful children's book succeeds despite the author's uneven writing style."
In Svingen's debut middle-grade novel, 10-year-old Freddy Fumple journeys to a fantastical land called The InBetween where he must help vanquish a horde of destructive creatures called mindmonsters. Read full book review >
ON THE CARPET by Mary Maillard
Released: June 20, 2014

"A fascinating, scholarly glimpse into what it meant to be a Southern belle."
This collection of historical correspondence illuminates a North Carolina belle's upbringing, courtships, marriage, and death at age 22 following childbirth. Read full book review >
SOMETHING LIKE THIS by Eileen Cruz Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2015

"A compassionate coming-of-age novel about the down but not out."
Coleman (Sweetwater American, 2014) tells the story of Jadie Santiago, a young woman starting her career, entering into a new love affair, and hindered by a tragic childhood. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"An inventive, perspective-broadening approach to examining different life philosophies."
A guide to various philosophies—presented musically. Read full book review >
The Thirteen Rules of Love by W.L. Cooley
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Although this short work has its limits, it provides a view of love that just might be what the world needs now."
A brief debut primer on love that asks readers to proceed with both caution and bravery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >