If Crows Know Best by Aimee L. Gross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"This YA series starter should be a sure hit with adults who favor traditional quest fantasy, and younger readers who love the political aspects of Sherwood Smith's novels."
A boy becomes embroiled in politics and magic when his country is conquered in this fantastical tale of war and survival, reminiscent of the works of Raymond Feist. Read full book review >
SPIDER 2-3 by Robert Vallier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A tense, complex, and cleverly plotted work of international suspense with more than enough heroic gusto for future promised installments."
A hotbed of deception, terrorism, and global intrigue fuels this debut thriller. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2016

"A gripping story stymied by wildly out-of-date views on women's roles and sexuality."
A British husband and wife tell stories of fertility treatments and harrowing hospital stays in this self-help book aimed at couples struggling to start a family. Read full book review >
Jericho's Trumpet by Robert Gallant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"Rousing gunfire and espionage elevated by an indelible protagonist."
Environmental graduate student Chesney Barrett infiltrates a group of eco-radicals intent on making an explosive statement with a nuclear bomb in Gallant's (Satan's Stronghold, 2006) thriller. Read full book review >

"Trippy, creative, and thoughtful, this vocabulary book should awaken imaginations."
An ABC book for all ages features the artist/author's illustrations of unusual words in unexpected combinations, from "apperceptive achatina" to "zooid zeppelin's zygote." Read full book review >

Zenji & the Muzzy Bug by Aisl Madden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A vibrantly illustrated, relaxation-focused sleep story that has plenty of appeal."
A bright-green, kid-friendly monster does visualizations to defeat a cold in Madden's children's series debut. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
Fair To Hope by S. D. Reed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"An unusual story that could have used more development and focus in its worldbuilding."
A young woman attempts to escape her destiny in Reed's debut novel, a young-adult urban fantasy. Read full book review >
The Broad Road by Ben Newell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A detailed, allegorical discussion of Hell and the many ways to get there."
A man suddenly finds himself on a path to the afterlife in Newell's inspirational-fiction debut. Read full book review >
Sawdust Empire by J.D. Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A tale about the timber industry that is as impressively rich and textured as the landscape it surveys."
Set in a sawmill town in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century, this historical novel dramatically charts rising tensions that can only lead to disaster. Read full book review >
Alpha Beta Zero to Zillion Word Codes for Numbers by Godwin Lekwuwa
Released: Dec. 28, 2015

"A number-remembering system that works, although mastering it may take some practice."
Debut author Lekwuwa delivers a guidebook about a system for remembering numbers. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 30, 2015

"A book that showcases and contributes to an African-American family's impressive record of achievement."
A Louisiana State University basketball player turned entrepreneur shares his principles for success in this debut memoir/motivational guide. 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 >