BETHLEHEM by Nicholas Blincoe
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Far from definitive but highly readable, anecdote-infused history."
A history of the town of Bethlehem, both sweeping and personal in scope. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Required reading for those who want to understand the connections between Muslims and terrorism."
A U.S. Army War College instructor shares his scholarship about the Muslim faith through the centuries to explain how a minority of Muslims became global terrorists. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A lucid, fair-minded primer for the new generation of leaders."
An astute, evenhanded study on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (1917) that rehashes the history of the Palestinian-Jewish divide. Read full book review >
GOD by Reza Aslan
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Slightly shocking but not groundbreaking—a readable but minor addition to the body of knowledge about 'God.'"
Seeing the concept of God as an expression of the self. Read full book review >
PIZZA WITH JESUS (NO BLACK OLIVES) by P.J. Frick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A wrenching but ultimately heartwarming memoir of how one woman's faith softened her grief."
A collection of Christian-themed tales of life's heartbreak and redemption. Read full book review >

JEWISH COMEDY by Jeremy Dauber
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis."
An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS VOLUME TWO by Simon Schama
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fluid history lesson from an always engaging guide."
The second volume of the award-winning author and documentary producer's history of the Jews. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An epic story of a people who have been, and remain, central to the life of New York City."
The long, complex story of Jews in Gotham. Read full book review >
1517 by Peter Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Marshall finds a unique niche in a year replete with wider biographies of Luther and histories of the early Reformation."
A concise history of the act that started the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh way to envision the Medieval era."
Overhauling the notion of the Medieval Ages as a time of zealotry and ignorance and examining the nuts and bolts of crusading. Read full book review >
WHAT THE QUR'AN MEANT by Garry Wills
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wills has good reason to share his own reading and study of the Quran with a populace largely ignorant of its contents, but he does so in a vacuum, unattached from the many cultural expressions of this sacred text's adherents."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wills (Emeritus, History/Northwestern Univ.; The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, 2015, etc.) defends the Quran in this layperson's review. 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 >