Counterculture UK by Rebecca Gillieron
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An approachable, comprehensive introduction to British culture outside the mainstream, but it may be a bit too general and conversational for academic researchers and scholars."
The histories of the United Kingdom's vibrant underground and alternative cultures are the focus of this essay collection, edited by Gillieron (Plays for Today by Women, 2013) and Robson (Celluloid Ceiling, 2014). Read full book review >
The Making of a CEO by Oswald R. Viva
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An intentionally broad, somewhat cursory survival manual for beginning CEOs."
A management consultant offers a coaching session for small-business owners. Read full book review >

The Journey From Ennuied by Donald Braun
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A protracted parable about finding your true nature while on the road to strange places."
A debut novel offers a nestled allegory about a soul-awakening journey. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"A fresh look at adversity and the ways in which it can enrich one's life.
A thorough guide to seeing adversity as a tool, rather than as an obstacle. Read full book review >
Zoe's Sidewalk by Tiffany Robinson
Released: Oct. 13, 2013

"Cheerful art and an encouraging story of one girl's hard work leading to real change."
A little girl realizes she can't help her grandmother until she helps her community in this moving debut by Robinson, featuring Matsuoka's fantastic illustrations of a modern African-American family. Read full book review >

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer by Laurie Kaplan
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An invaluable resource for providing top-notch care for man's best friend."
This comprehensive guide to canine cancer delivers standard veterinary information and advice in language that average dog owners will understand. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >