Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

AVENUE OF REGRETS by R.J. Pineiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2018

"Zigzagging plot rife with suspense and character detail."
A man becomes entangled in a conspiracy of murder and deceit with ties to a years-old murder charge for which he received an acquittal in Pineiro's (co-author, with Joe Weber: Ashes of Victory, 2018, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
THE FLOODED EARTH by Mardi McConnochie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 16, 2018

"Despite the post-disaster setting, an exciting and old-fashioned sailboat quest with pirates, secret codes, storms, and cannibals. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A high-seas adventure stars 12-year-old twins Will and Annalie, who seek their missing father in a flooded, post-ecological-collapse world. Read full book review >

THE POWER OF THE CRYSTALLINE TREES by G.C.  Ramirez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A first-rate series opener that promises an engrossing and epic dystopian tale."
A teenager undertakes a perilous journey to deliver an enigmatic crystal while a group of child abductors pursues him in this YA fantasy. Read full book review >
WHEN WE WERE SOMEONE ELSE by Rachel Groves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"This cat's cradle of characters and storylines—in which intersections are sometimes fleeting, sometimes acute, sometimes permanent—deftly exposes the challenges, and terrors, of becoming an adult."
"There is the surface, and there is everything underneath" might be the motto of these 11 connected stories following the lives of students from a New Jersey high school into their 30s. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A strong contribution to the history of modern science."
Of psy-ops, seismic detection, and other emanations of the Cold War as it was conducted in petri dishes and cyclotrons. Read full book review >

PAST TENSE by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"The Reacher series gets back on its rough and rocky track with this latest companionable entry."
On his way to the West Coast, Jack Reacher takes a detour to New Hampshire to check out some family history in the 23rd book in Child's (The Midnight Line, 2017, etc.) series. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH, NONNA by James Doti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"Readers should be touched by this bittersweet family tale and captivated by the frameworthy art."
In this picture book about losing a loved one, an author provides a look at his childhood relationship with his Italian grandmother. Read full book review >
THE PLACE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO LAUGH by Jenn Stroud Rossmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2018

"A thoughtful, caring examination of race, class, and wealth in America."
A black teenager struggles to come to terms with his identity, his troubled past, and his broken home in Silicon Valley. Read full book review >
GOD IN THE QUR'AN by Jack Miles
Released: Nov. 14, 2018

"Good reading and an excellent tool for interfaith dialogue."
A unique comparison of the Bible and the Qur'an. Read full book review >
MARSHFIELD MEMORIES by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Engaging episodes, not beyond the ken of the current generation and lit with just enough sentiment to give them a warm glow. (Memoir. 9-11)"
A second set of childhood memories from the author of Marshfield Dreams (2005)—these spun around the feeling of being an "in-betweener" in his family as eldest of eight (later nine) siblings. Read full book review >
A HOLIDAY BY GASLIGHT by Mimi Matthews
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A very merry tale of romance that's perfect for the holiday season."
A highborn lady must marry outside her class to save her family's finances in Matthews' (The Matrimonial Advertisement, 2018, etc.) latest Victorian romance. Read full book review >
READY, SET, GORILLA! by Melissa  Stoller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"With big pictures and few words on each page, a sure hit as a storytime read-aloud."
A gorilla learns a lesson about playing fairly with his friends in this preschool-perfect picture book by Stoller (Scarlet's Magic Paintbrush, 2018, etc.), with eye-catching illustrations by Bartholomew (Alphatangle, 2016, etc.).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 >