The Ballad of East and West by Jeffrey Gale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2015

"A sometimes-engaging polemical story rooted in the realities of authoritarianism and activism."
In Gale's debut novel, an American-British rabbi works to support refuseniks in the 1980s. Read full book review >
Little Chef by Suzanne Rothman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 12, 2015

"An uneven book that uses food imagery to teach children how to overcome life's everyday challenges."
A boy survives a difficult day with the help of culinary-based words of wisdom in this short children's book featuring rhymes. Read full book review >

The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab by Janice S. C. Petrie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2011

"A fun marine adventure that's fit for everyone."
In Petrie's (Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?, 2013, etc.) educational children's book, a horseshoe crab learns that an apparent fashion statement is actually necessary for survival. Read full book review >
Fairalon by T.J. Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 27, 2015

"An often satisfying novel for young readers that hits most of the right notes."
An effervescent middle-grade fantasy story about accepting oneself and others. Read full book review >
Escape to Redemption by Peter M. Parr
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An engrossing, realistic morality tale."
Parr's novel constructs a tangled web of vengeance, betrayal, and guilt to prove there's nothing easy about murder. Read full book review >

Limitless Love by Devadas T. Chelvam
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intriguing case for the centrality of love in religion."
A book argues for a shared philosophy of love among thinkers of various religions. Read full book review >
Flipping by Eichin Chang-Lim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"A straightforward but captivating tale of familial challenges in California."
Two interconnected families, one Taiwanese and one American, struggle to navigate life's unexpected turns. Read full book review >
THE WINDOW WASHER by Eric Rill
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Expertly spins a cops/crooks tale around a cornucopia of exceptional characters."
A recovering addict's seemingly menial job can't steer him clear of Ohio Mafiosos, crooked politicians, and murderers in Rill's (An Absent Mind, 2015, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An irreverent novel that gleefully spins the plot into preposterousness."
Estranged brothers have a chance to reconcile when pursued by a ruthless loan shark and faced with caring for their mother, just back from the dead, in Leder's (Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, 2014, etc.) comic thriller. Read full book review >
The Coalition by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"An entertaining thriller about a ruthless political assassination."
An FBI agent and an intrepid reporter uncover a vast right-wing conspiracy to gain control of the U.S. government. Read full book review >
The Silent Compass by Serene Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"A sincere, sometimes-uplifting compilation, although it relies too much on clichés of inspirational writing."
In her second collection of poetry, Martin (The Butterfly That Returned, 2015) focuses her inspirational verse on the power of the human spirit. Read full book review >
The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"An engaging book for kids, with a particular interest for the budding mechanic."
A middle-grade fantasy novel continues the story of a young inventor and his hidden golden hometown of Chelldrah-ham. 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 >