Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A welcome addition to the vast library on American religious discord."
Thoughtful study of the great schism between religious conservatives and progressives about women's control over their own bodies. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS IN THIS LIFE by Pope Francis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The author's 2015 encyclical Laudato si' makes for more inspired reading, perhaps, but this sometimes-stern but often friendly collection offers clear insight into the pope's doctrinal concerns."
Homilies and other short inspirational writings by the leader of the Catholic Church. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Though the author sets aside 'Boko Haram's treatment of women' due to 'reasons of space,' he offers a highly useful, timely, illuminating work about a little-understood terrorist group."
A diagnostic study of the ultraconservative "mobile jihadist gang" from Nigeria that has taken a violent toll on government and civilians alike. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >