Protecting Paige by Deby Eisenberg
Released: Dec. 24, 2015

"A sentimental but moving family saga."
A young girl lives with her uncle after the tragic loss of her parents and helps him to seek love again. Read full book review >
Play on Words by Mike Harrison
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"While some portions prove of limited interest, this tale encompasses a number of surprising landscapes."
A debut satirical novel explores the commercialized modern world. Read full book review >

Walker The Goose by Susanne Blumer
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"An appealing tale of good things coming to geese who wait."
A goose longs for a place to belong in this rhyming, based-on-a-true-story picture book from Blumer (Wooly Meets the Chickens, 2015). Read full book review >
Cult of Ku by Bill Fernandez
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"An edifying novel that explores cultural conflicts in Hawaii between the world wars that is hampered by an overly ambitious, frequently turbid plot."
Fernandez (Kapa'a, 2015, etc.) incorporates Hawaiian history, folklore, and labor struggles into a 1920-set mystery packed with violence and murder.Read full book review >
Tuesday's Child by Damian Smith

"A novel that methodically works its way to the end, ensuring a well-whetted appetite for mystery."
An Oregon lawyer learns that he has a 5-year-old daughter but soon finds himself a murder suspect when the girl's mother turns up dead in Smith's debut thriller. Read full book review >

Melting the Blues by Tracy McGhee

"A brave, musical story rich with Southern history."
In McGhee's debut novel, an African-American musician learns that there are many ways to get the blues. Read full book review >
Forbidden Fruit by Gail Pellett
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An often engaging story of a Chinese journey that's worth telling."
A Canadian-born radical leftist and freelance broadcast journalist offers a debut memoir of her year in Communist China, where she edited English-language propaganda for Radio Beijing. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A remarkable examination of the Mexican Revolution that should be regarded as a watershed contribution to the field."
A debut book provides the first comprehensive account of military operations during the Mexican Revolution to appear in English. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2009

"Readers willing to endure choppy statements and a profusion of capital letters will come away with nuanced, occasionally controversial, ideas about life and existence."
Forss' (The Way We Were, 2014) personal tome concerns aliens, God, and ideas for humanity. Read full book review >
Hyenas by Michael Sellars
Released: July 20, 2015

"The start of an exhilarating new series and a stirring addition to the zombie canon."
Sellars evokes both classic literature and classic horror in this post-apocalyptic debut novel. Read full book review >
Einstein's Lost Key by Alexander Unzicker
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"A passionate but disconnected treatise whose adversarial tone makes for an ultimately unpleasant reading experience."
A physicist argues for one of Albert Einstein's abandoned ideas in this defense of a road less traveled. Read full book review >
SINEW by John Arends
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"Though some poems misfire, many in this collection offer thoughtful, linguistically deft perceptions."
These 32 poems anatomize the connections that people both make and miss with themselves, others, and the human condition. 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 >