THE FRENCH INTIFADA by Andrew Hussey
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A vivid illumination of the ongoing, painful and perhaps insoluble French dilemma."
Many readers recall demonstrations that followed a recent French law banning the Islamic veil. According to Guardian and New Statesman contributor Hussey (Dean, Univ. of London Institute in Paris; Paris: The Secret History, 2008), these merely continue France's two centuries of conflict with the Arab world and the nation's growing Muslim population, now the largest in Europe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"Lui's memoir demonstrates an undeniable mother-daughter bond that leaves readers with one overriding lesson: "[L]isten to your mother.""
Laineygossip.com blogger Lui strikes a discordant note with the title of her memoir, but readers will find an affectionate tribute to her tough, powerful Chinese mother. Read full book review >

FORCING THE SPRING by Jo Becker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 22, 2014

"First-rate reporting informs this thrilling narrative of hope."
New York Times reporter delivers a gripping narrative about the recent court battles involving California's Proposition 8 (which outlawed gay marriage) and the Defense of Marriage Act. Read full book review >
THE KIDS WILL BE FINE by Daisy Waugh
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 29, 2014

"Whether or not you agree that parents deserve to hold on to vestiges of their pre-parenting years, for the most part, Waugh's message misses the mark."
A scattered book "in defense of mothers everywhere who have had enough of the constant commentary…and guilt-inducing advice on something we might do far more enjoyably (and far better) left to our own instinctively irritable and lazy but loving devices." Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL by David McCullough Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Neither sage nor curmudgeon, McCullough is a thoughtful pre-Socratic without a schadenfreude-soaked bone in his body."
The cult of exceptionalism, like celebrity worship, is draining us of our humanity and joy, suggests high school teacher McCullough, whose expertise comes from having nearly three decades of teaching experience and four children of his own. Read full book review >

THE DANGEROUS DIVIDE by Peter Eichstaedt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2014

"Earnestly reported material skewed (however compassionately) to place the plight of autonomous emigrants above American territorial laws."
An impassioned, heavy-handed testimony on the state of the U.S.-Mexican border wars. Read full book review >
THE BRIDESMAIDS by Eimear Lynch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"An intimate oral history of the silly, funny and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience."
Vignettes from modern bridesmaids. Read full book review >
PERMISSION TO PARENT by Robin Berman
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 1, 2014

"While much of what Berman suggests can be found in other similarly intentioned books, the way she phrases her ideas is welcoming to parents and encourages them in all the best ways to grow into that important role."
How to set limits for your child in a balanced, supportive way. Read full book review >
MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sharp narratives that illuminate and challenge the status quo of women's roles in the world. Slim in scope, but yet another good book by Solnit."
Acclaimed author and Harper's contributing editor Solnit (The Faraway Nearby, 2013, etc.) expounds on the way women are perceived in American culture and around the world. Read full book review >
WEED LAND by Peter Hecht
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 2014

"A comprehensive and compelling report on the weed wars still raging across the country."
Sacramento Bee senior writer Hecht chronicles how "reefer madness" divided the Golden State's pot-loving community and forever changed America's attitudes toward marijuana. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD'S BEST FATHER by David Engledow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A goofy and heart-gladdening tribute to all the joys and slings and arrows of raising a daughter."
A humorous, photo-heavy look at fatherhood. Read full book review >
PLACE, NOT RACE by Sheryll Cashin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2014

"A sensible proposal backed by hard data."
A noted legal scholar analyzes the problems with race-based affirmative action in college admissions and proposes a race-neutral plan as an alternative. Read full book review >