WHAT YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA by Elizabeth Catte
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype."
A terse rebuttal to the vision of Appalachia popularized by J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Read full book review >
FLAT BROKE WITH TWO GOATS by Jennifer  McGaha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"McGaha offers plenty of detail about life with a tiny herd of goats, but readers will finish the book with more knowledge about the outer lives of the chickens, goats, and dogs than the inner lives of their human owners."
A couple's massive tax debt leads them to move to a cabin in the North Carolina woods. Read full book review >

THE MONK OF MOKHA by Dave Eggers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Eggers gives his hero a lot of thematic baggage to carry, but it is hard to resist the derring-do of the Horatio Alger of Yemenite coffee."
For a son of Yemeni immigrants, the American dream takes the form of reawakening his ancestral homeland to its coffee legacy, the foundation for the industry he hopes to build. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2015

"In chronicling New Orleans' battle against bureaucracy, Gratz offers a cautionary tale for other urban areas: when local residents and businesses have a voice, true revitalization can happen."
After a devastating hurricane, residents battle red tape, confusion, and greed. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HISTORY OF KINDNESS by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 2015

"Though the prose is often florid, Pierson convincingly demonstrates that when it comes to relating to man's best friend, one doesn't have to be cruel to be kind."
Pierson (The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long-Distance Motorcycling's Endless Road, 2011, etc.) delivers a fascinating if sprawling exposition on the history and science of animal behavior. Read full book review >

THE STOWAWAY by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly researched, but the narrative reads like a yarn from that era."
The story of an adventurous boy who captured America's imagination in an age of significant exploration. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Fellow members of the author's choir will find some useful nuggets, but readers seeking to learn more about microbial soil health and its implications for farm practices and climate change should look elsewhere. Regarding microbes and our bodies, a good start is Alanna Collen's 10% Human (2015)."
A journalist, activist, and filmmaker examines how soil-conscious farming practices may affect climate change and aims to move consumer sentiment to support them. Read full book review >
OFF THE DEEP END by Nic  Compton
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fascinating and engrossing nose dive into the underreported depths of nautical insanity."
How and why the sea has historically plagued those who work and play in its waves. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Solid, well-reported popular science for animal lovers."
Colorado-based writer Ehringer (100 Best Ranch Vacations in North America, 2007, etc.) chronicles our changing relations—changes mostly not for the better—with the world of familiar animals. Read full book review >
STALKING GOD by Anjali Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A pleasantly thought-provoking memoir."
After the birth of her first child, a lawyer goes on a spiritual quest to "believe in something bigger than myself." Read full book review >
THE MEANING OF BIRDS by Simon Barnes
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Previously published in England, the book may have greater resonance with those more familiar with the birds, organizations, and conservation efforts there, but the core message of this delightful book will appeal to birders everywhere."
Glowing praise for birds from the prolific nature writer and novelist, who is filled with great affection and admiration for our feathered friends. Read full book review >
HIMALAYA BOUND by Michael Benanav
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies."
A photojournalist and wilderness guide explores tensions between the conservation impulse and the lives of imperiled nomadic herders in this sympathetic but balanced account of their arduous days on the trail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >