The Dirt Bike Detective by Douglas L. Hoover

"A remarkable debut enlivened by heroic portions of silliness, spirit, and depth."
In this debut upper middle-grade mystery, several outcast students at a charter school search for their missing teacher. Read full book review >
Arrivals and Departures from Normal by Lana Jean Rose
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"An evocative novel that details the gradual evolution of an artist and a woman."
Rose tracks the development of a confused, creative girl in this debut bildungsroman. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A studious, provocative hodgepodge of history, conspiracy theory, and philosophy that's heavier on vitriol than veritas."
Debut author Divjak attempts to rebut Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 prizewinning memoir Between the World and Me.Read full book review >
Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu by Alexander Marmer
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"A well-researched take on the pyramids' creation successfully disguised as a smart thriller."
Marmer's debut novel explores the many secrets of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Read full book review >
Almost Mortal by Christopher Leibig

"A poised protagonist leads this serpentine but engaging legal tale."
A Virginia public defender aims to protect a priest by stopping a confessed serial killer from committing another murder in this thriller. Read full book review >

Break Through to Yes by David B. Savage
Released: March 22, 2016

"A valuable volume for the senior leader of any group, business, or organization who wants to build a collaborative culture."
A book thoroughly examines the power of successful collaborations. Read full book review >
The Intellectual Bachelor by Delbert Blanton

"Rambling in portions, this volume nevertheless presents a giant, honest portrayal of what it means to be alive."
Blanton (The Adventures of Delbert, 2013, etc.) offers a semiautobiographical account detailing the many complexities of life, basketball, and women. Read full book review >
Loggerhead by T. A. Peters
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A lurid, improbable, but rousing saga of a love that dared not yet speak its name."
Secret lesbians battle monstrous bigotry in 19th-century Florida in this rambunctious historical melodrama. Read full book review >
Conspicuous Gallantry by Daniel Linden

"A powerful, unflinching examination of the psychological wages of war."
A seriously wounded soldier wrestles with the trauma and guilt that haunt him in this novel. Read full book review >

"Expansive, engaging approach to personal health."
A high-tech entrepreneur/health coach outlines a personal regimen intended to foster worldwide well-being in this debut self-help book. Read full book review >
Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. Read full book review >
80's Baby by Derrick Fuller
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"An idiosyncratic but compelling coming-of-age memoir."
Fuller recounts the violent and harrowing incidents of his youth in this debut memoir. 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 >