Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

ROSSET by Barney Rosset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2017

"Vivid and informative—a must for anyone interested in 20th-century American publishing and culture."
A posthumous memoir nicely captures the Grove Press publisher's free-wheeling ways and rebel heart. Read full book review >
LUNCH WITH THE DO NOTHINGS AT THE TAMMY DINETTE by Killian B.  Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"Readers will be unexpectedly charmed by the quirky characters and clever dialogue in this heartwarming book."
Marcus Sumpter doesn't expect to find love or family in the tiny town of Marathon, Georgia, with a group of old Southern women known as the Do Nothings. But sometimes life delivers everything you've ever needed at just the right time. Read full book review >

Technocracy in America by Parag Khanna
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A refreshingly original contribution to the ongoing analysis of the American political system."
A radical reappraisal of democracy and its decline in the United States. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL by John Avlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >
MARY BOWSER AND THE CIVIL WAR SPY RING by Enigma Alberti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Plenty of work for sharp eyes and active intellects in this history-based series opener. (answers, historical notes, biographies, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Using a provided packet of helpful tools, readers can search for clues along with a historical spy in the house of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >

BOP APOCALYPSE by Martin Torgoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances."
A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America. Read full book review >
THE RIPPER'S SHADOW by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Rowland, author of the long-running Sano Ichiro mystery series (The Iris Fan, 2014, etc.), has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps suspense high."
An intrepid female photographer tracks the serial killer of the (19th) century. Read full book review >
A TOASTER ON MARS by Darrell Pitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who fans are a natural audience for this story, but it may well build a broader readership once the word gets out. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
This pseudo-science-fiction book provides laughs of all types: readers will progress from snickers to giggles to, finally, belly laughs and shouts of outrage. Read full book review >
THE LAST MESSAGE RECEIVED by Emily Trunko
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The emotional gravitas on display is not to be denied. (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
An anthology of final communications. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN SHELLS by Nadia Bozak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A coming-of-age tale that resists the usual clichés to focus on the telling details that reveal the essence of a life."
Bozak's quiet, observant novel in stories touches down once a year into the life of young Shell, who grows up in the 1970s and '80s in a small town outside Toronto. Read full book review >
MISSION TO PLUTO by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A worthy companion to Catherine Thimmesh's Team Moon (2006) with similar appeal. (glossary, web resources, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A team effort sends a space probe to the edge of our solar system. Read full book review >
WHOSE POOP IS THAT? by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A primer on poop and a guessing game, especially for those just beyond toilet training. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Owl pellets, coprolites, bird droppings, and honking big turds—whose waste is that? 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 >