Excavating the Sky by Konstantin Kulakov
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"A fine young poet digs deep."
A promising new voice delivers memories from his Russian youth and reflections on global religion in this crisp book of poetry. Read full book review >
Roberta's Boys by Ann Carlson
Released: Dec. 7, 2015

"An account of the achievements of four African-American brothers; of interest primarily to Pitts family members."
Carson's book documents the ascent of four young African-American brothers during the early 20th century. Read full book review >

The Double Life of Laurence Oliphant by Bart Casey
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"An engrossing portrait of an emblematic Victorian."
A rollicking biography of a classic 19th-century figure, featuring imperial adventure, high diplomacy, literary fame, and an eccentric cult focused on bizarrely sublimated sexuality. Read full book review >
When Every Breath Becomes A Prayer by Susan Plunket
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A poorly plotted novel that nonetheless offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of analytical psychology."
After nearly losing her daughter and having her heart broken by divorce, a 56-year-old Greenwich Village psychologist gains the strength to welcome life's pleasures—and pains—in this meandering debut novel. Read full book review >
Royal Progress by Pen Fairchild
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Epic in scope, boasting a vast cast and intricate mythology; the sexual nature might be too much for its intended audience, though."
When a princess suddenly inherits her family's domain, she learns there's more to her ascendancy than meets the eye. Read full book review >

Cast the First Stone by James C. Paavola
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A slow-paced entry that's buoyed by a durable detective and a seemingly never-ending dossier of crimes."
The saga of Memphis police detective Julia Todd continues with this rollicking fifth installment of Paavola's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) series. Read full book review >
The Too-Brief Chronicle of Judah Lowe by Christopher Carter Sanderson
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"An unusual bildungsroman that mostly transcends the limitations of its formats."
In two linked novellas with strict word/character limits, Sanderson (Theatre/State Univ. of New York, Oswego; Gorilla Theater, 2003) playfully narrates the coming-of-age of a New Jersey high school student.Read full book review >
Great Grandpa is Weird by Stephanie Bilovsky
Released: Dec. 20, 2015

"Filled with tender, teachable moments, this one's also sure to tickle the funny bone."
A young boy does not want to visit his "weird" great-grandfather. Read full book review >
Haunting Investigation by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Released: Dec. 31, 2015

"Engaging characters, one already dead, highlight this loving tribute to the classic detective story."
In Yarbro's (Sustenance: A Saint-Germain Novel, 2014, etc.) mystery/thriller, a journalist in 1924 investigates a possible murder with help from the ghost who's haunting her.
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The Moondust Sonatas by Alan Osi
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A story that's as messy and colorful as a drug trip."
In this debut novel, the first of a series, told from a variety of shifting viewpoints, a new drug allows people to experience the lives of others. Read full book review >
The Sins of Soldiers by S. J. Hardman Lea
Released: Jan. 28, 2016

"A war story that's less about conflict that it is about emotion."
Lea offers a gripping novel about the difficult choices that soldiers face during wartime. Read full book review >
Surf Shop Sisters by Laura Kennedy
Released: Jan. 30, 2016

"Dizzying YA that would benefit from more character development."
Kennedy's (Double Take, 2014, etc.) latest novel expands on the Double Take universe with the return of Brooke and the Surf Shop Sisters for a tumultuous teenaged tale of deceit, growth, and love.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >