Released: Oct. 12, 2018

"A fresh and absorbing examination of autism."
A professor gains perspective into the minds of autistics by discussing literature. Read full book review >
THE RECKONINGS by Lacy M. Johnson
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Johnson negotiates a path between vengeance and hand-wringing despair in this thoughtful and probing collection."
Who pays the costs of violence, whether waged against a person, group, or environment? That's the broad question Johnson (Creative Nonfiction/Rice Univ.) tackles in this follow-up to her 2014 memoir, The Other Side. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 8, 2018

"Histories of ideas can be a snooze, but this is a surprisingly lucid examination of a dramatic revolution in human thought."
Many authors write about Enlightenment science and Enlightenment politics, but there was also Enlightenment ethics, the focus of this book. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"For Ligotti fans and fellow pessimists, here's affirmation that 'their only respite is in the balm of bleakness.'"
A writer of supernatural horror stories illuminates the darkest horror of all in this nonfiction affirmation of negativity. Read full book review >
SIX BY TEN by Mateo Hoke
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A consistently eye-opening, urgent report on the use and misuse of prisoner isolation."
How solitary confinement defined the lives of 14 former and current prison inmates. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"With luck, a vade mecum that will make one's reaping a bit less grim."
A reader-friendly guide to the conversations most people avoid having. Read full book review >
GOOD AND MAD by Rebecca Traister
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A gripping call to action that portends greater liberty and justness for all."
In this resounding polemic against political, cultural, and personal injustices in America, Traister (All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, 2016, etc.) studies women's anger as a tool for change. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A meditative work full of self-understanding that will resonate with anyone who has ever been drawn toward the void."
A philosopher's journey into the life, writings, and mountains of Nietzsche—and ultimately into himself. Read full book review >
HELLO WORLD by Hannah Fry
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A well-constructed tour of technology and its discontents—timely, too, given the increasing prominence of AI in our daily lives."
London-based mathematician Fry (The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation, 2015, etc.) ponders thinking machines, the trust we put in them, and the implications for the future. Read full book review >
TRUMP ON THE COUCH by Justin A. Frank
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A highly damning portrayal unlikely to surprise any non-Trumpist reader."
Narcissism, racism, sexism, and destructiveness are among Donald Trump's numerous pathologies. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"If Smith's ideas of 'resilient grieving' help even one reader cope with the trauma and fearful thoughts of anxiety, she will have done a great service."
Fear and loathing and sickness unto death—it's enough to put a person into a fretful tailspin, the subject of this useful work of self-help. Read full book review >
QUITE MAD by Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"While some readers may view this account as too raw and self-obsessive, it stands as a vivid depiction of mental illness."
A wrenching account of a difficult upbringing and a chaotic brain that will leave readers marveling at the author's endurance. 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 >