Psychedelic  Bubble Gum by Bobby Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A highly detailed autobiography by a unique figure in American cultural history, which will interest historians and pop-culture aficionados alike."
Hart, in his debut, tells of how his jagged path through the music industry led to heartbreak—but also to happiness. Read full book review >
NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY by Anne Sawyer-Aitch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A wonderfully illustrated, not-too-serious story that may make children eager to visit a mouse town and try taffy hairstyles."
A mischievous young girl visits a mouse city and invites all its residents to a picnic in this boldly illustrated tale by Sawyer-Aitch (Nalah and the Pink Tiger, 2013). Read full book review >

PAPER AND INK by Mike Lubow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"Craftily built survival stories, worthy of a wide readership."
Lubow's (In a Chicago Minute, 2012, etc.) story collection skewers the world of marketing, with far-flung tales of business and geography mixed in. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"A helpful starting place for women seeking positive advice on how to define their signature style."
This slim, to-the-point style manual helps readers become their own best image consultants. Read full book review >
THE BUSHIDO ELEMENT by Juri Vancans
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A sufficient thriller that, without truly condemning either side, profoundly examines the consequences of war for the U.S. and Japan."
In Vancans' debut historical thriller, a covert Japanese faction threatens to detonate nuclear weapons on American soil as revenge for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Read full book review >

SANGAMA by Arturo D. Hernández
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A dark, disturbing but beautifully described Amazonian adventure with overtones of Heart of Darkness."
In the first English translation of a Peruvian classic, an ambitious young man arrives in the jungle to make his fortune and finds himself swept along on a mysterious adventure. Read full book review >
The Song of a Crooked River by Ajit Singh
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Vast and poetic, a dreamy novel for readers who enjoy contemplation."
Singh's debut novel about one woman's search for answers to the many questions of love and life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The touching, unforgettable story of two brave girls fighting a deadly disease, and the loving support of the women who gave them life."
Shared memoir of two mothers whose daughters are fighting cancer, by artist, writer, and self-help coach Lane (I Am the Wind, 2011) and Nersten, home-schooling mom. Read full book review >
At The Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A fantasy series starter that hardly scratches the surface, but its vivid descriptions and remarkable characters will have readers hunting for the next installment."
Sprites find themselves in mortal danger when connections between parallel worlds start to wither in Bates' debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"Occasionally pointed but often disjointed musings on politics, religion, and popular culture."
According to this wide-ranging manifesto, it's time for women to examine men's leadership failures and turn the world around. Read full book review >
The Adventures of Precious Penny by Dina Marie Filippini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Although this kids' book promises adventure, readers may find little to latch onto, as the main character spends most of her time waiting for something to happen."
Filippini's debut picture book traces the journey of a penny that's mislaid and neglected. Read full book review >
MOMMY GOES TO THE OFFICE by Gulden Mesara-Dogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A must-have introduction to the workplace for young children."
This debut children's book takes a look at a mother's workday. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >