CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though the author is right to find moral bearings in the teachings of Jesus, his argument that one can follow Jesus yet not believe in him falls flat."
How to follow Jesus without believing in him. Read full book review >

TO BE ISRAELI by Yair Lapid
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"By turns gloomy, patriotic, defensive, and gracious, Lapid's reflective tone will both resonate with and arouse the ire of many."
Short essays on a changing, vilified Israeli identity. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"Ultimately enlightening and entertaining."
Is there a war on Christmas? Yes, and there always has been. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A felicitous, informative story from a highly knowledgeabe author."
A study of four unconventional crusaders against America's obligatory godliness. Read full book review >

Walking by Faith by Elaine Williams
Released: Sept. 24, 2016

"Traditional, often sentimental verses that take few chances."
A debut collection of inspirational poems that touch on spirituality, family, and daily life. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An erudite work that presents a fresh facet to Elizabeth's reign."
An intriguing look at England's contact with the Ottoman Empire and its enormous influence on Elizabethan commerce and culture, especially the theater. Read full book review >
TREYF by Elissa Altman
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"A thought-provoking, but imperfect call to a revolution in Christian thinking."
A debut book offers a reinterpretation of Christian theology. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An intriguing, though perhaps incomplete, look at two cultures colliding and coexisting."
An exploration of the effects of Roman-era culture on Judaism. Read full book review >
JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >