Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE ORIGINAL BLACK ELITE by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2017

"Important research on an overlooked but significant figure."
A lively work chronicling the growth of the educated African-American movers and shakers in Washington, D.C., on the brink of renewed Jim Crow laws. Read full book review >
POLK, HARPER & WHO by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"A thoughtful, observant, and often humorous tale about real connections."
In this literary novel, family secrets, friendship, and the resilience of love play out in a dinner party between two couples. Read full book review >

IF YOU ARE THERE by Susan Sherman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"Evocative yet oblique, this meandering tale creates an intriguing milieu while leaving its confrontation between science and spirituality unresolved."
The allegiances of a Polish servant are divided between Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie and well-known medium Eusapia Palladino. Read full book review >
SIGNALS by Tim Gautreaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"Gautreaux's deft wit and empathy for his characters make for a winning collection."
Facing conflict, Gautreaux's (The Missing, 2009, etc.) working-class characters try to do the right thing in 21 new and selected stories set in Louisiana and elsewhere. Read full book review >
NOW I KNOW IT'S NOT MY FAULT by Laurie B. Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An infuriating, frightening, and compassionate story of abuse."
A vulnerable 14-year-old girl becomes the victim of a beloved teacher in Levine's debut novel. Read full book review >

LATIN@ RISING by Matthew David Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An uneven anthology that nevertheless contains some fascinatingly thought-provoking stories."
In an anthology of stories by Latino and Latina authors based in the United States, Goodwin presents a diverse group of voices working in the realm of speculative fiction. Read full book review >
SNOWBIRDS by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"The ending feels a bit pat and safe, yet this novel will still find readers. (Mystery. 14-17)"
The disappearance of her friend will send a Mennonite girl on a journey of discovery. Read full book review >
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thriller fans craving action and violence will enjoy this one."
The high-energy and hairy-chested sequel to Orphan X (2016). Read full book review >
LITTLE DEATHS by Emma Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Sharply rendered literary noir, compelling enough to forgive a slightly left-field resolution."
One hot summer in New York, 1965, a sexy, troubled cocktail waitress is suspected of murdering her children. Read full book review >
MAKE A ROBOT! by Sago Mini
by Sago Mini, illustrated by Sago Mini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An effective and silly page-turner. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Sago Mini characters create robots. Read full book review >
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose."
The provocateur-scholar returns to the pulpit to deliver a hard-hitting sermon on the racial divide, directed specifically to a white congregation. Read full book review >
SCHEDULED TO DEATH by Mary Feliz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An engaging but not complex mystery that moves forward quickly with freshness, a few surprises, and a couple of real scares."
In this California-based cozy, a professional organizer sorts through suspects in the mysterious death of a client's fiancee. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >