Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

A Long Way Back by J. Everett  Prewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2015

"A fresh re-examination of race in the military."
Prewitt's (Snake Walkers, 2005) mystery confronts the wages of both war and racial conflict. Read full book review >
Stewie BOOM! Boss of the Big Boy Bed by Christine Bronstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 30, 2015

"A relatable and generation-spanning tale of milestones and sleeplessness."
A young boy grapples with his new big-boy bed in this fun and sleep-deprived children's book. Read full book review >

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? by Dr. Seuss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Of more lasting interest to scholars than children, this genial pet-shop visit provides a tantalizing glimpse into a master's artistic process. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
Almost 25 years after the death of the great Dr. Seuss, a new book hits the market. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE? by Sonali Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Utterly charming. (Board book. 2-3)"
All the Dots in Dot Town gather for a swell meal, but one of their number is missing. Read full book review >
HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2015

"Abercrombie brings his compact, adroit, and engaging trilogy to a satisfying, if seldom memorable, conclusion."
Final, independently intelligible entry in the Shattered Sea trilogy, following Half the World (2015, etc.).Read full book review >

I PLAY by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Despite the brevity of the text, the humor embedded in the illustrations will engage even adults, who will doubtless be asked to 'read it again.' (Board book. 1-3)"
Find a baby and play together with this board book geared to the attention spans of very young children. Read full book review >
BRUSH BACK by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed. The results will be especially appealing to baseball fans, who'll appreciate the punning chapter titles and learn more than they ever imagined about Wrigley Field."
V.I. Warshawski (Critical Mass, 2013, etc.) takes on the most thankless task of her career: reopening a 25-year-old murder case on behalf of a convicted defendant who hates the sight of her.Read full book review >
CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Ernest Hemingway, who met Markham on safari two years before her Atlantic crossing, tagged her as 'a high-grade bitch' but proclaimed her 1942 memoir West with the Night 'bloody wonderful.' Readers might even say the same of McLain's sparkling prose and sympathetic reimagining."
A full-throttle dive into the psyche and romantic attachments of Beryl Markham—whose 1936 solo flight across the Atlantic in a two-seater prop plane (carrying emergency fuel in the extra seat) transfixed the world. Read full book review >
THE DYING GRASS by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Telegraphic and episodic—so much so that it recalls the later work of Eduardo Galeano—Vollmann's saga is a note-perfect incantation. Stunning."
The indefatigable, seemingly inexhaustible Vollmann (Last Stories and Other Stories, 2014, etc.) returns with another impossibly long—and peerless—book, this one an epic study of the Nez Percé War of 1877.Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A GROWN-UP by Emma McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Such a cupcake of a book, it feels like you're doing something more self-indulgent than reading."
Ditched by her actor husband, a Manhattan mom takes a job at an Internet startup run by rude club kids with MBAs. Read full book review >
LIFE ON THE EDGE by Johnjoe McFadden
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 28, 2015

"McFadden and Al-Khalili give sure footing to the anything-goes bafflement of quantum theory, making it approachable even for neophytes."
Notes toward an understanding of quantum mechanics' part in biological processes. Read full book review >
LET ME TELL YOU by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"There's an old-fashioned feel to Jackson's language and setups, but her stories never fail to deliver. For fans of midcentury suspense, it doesn't get much better than this."
Unpublished and uncollected work by the celebrated author of The Haunting of Hill House (1959) and other neo-Gothic chillers.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >