Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Pullman's return to the realms of His Dark Materials moves the timeline back to Lyra's infancy with a tale of young people struggling against outsized forces of both nature and evil. Read full book review >
TRIO by Andrea Wisnewski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Lovely to look at, a pleasure to read aloud, and offering plenty of details to pore over, Trio's story seems destined to become a favorite for many families. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Despite having only three legs, Trio the cat lives a full, happy life. Read full book review >

DARING TO DIG by Beth  Stricker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2017

"Splendidly entertaining and informative—ideal for any kid interested in fossils."
A debut children's book describes the contributions of women past and present to paleontology in the United States. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING ANIMAL ATLAS by Nick Crumpton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Too limited for reference but easy on the eyes and well-suited for browsing and sharing with younger animal lovers. (index) (Picture atlas. 5-8)"
A select gallery of world wildlife, grouped geographically. Read full book review >
A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS by Frances Hardinge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary. (Historical fantasy. 12-15)"
In 17th-century England, a girl faces civil unrest, conflicting Christianities, and a family inheritance more horrific than she could have dreamed. Read full book review >

FORBIDDEN SUNS by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The whole impressive enterprise roars and rattles along, thrilling, relentless, gripping, and utterly improbable: pure delight for fans."
Final part of Clark's (Forgotten Worlds, 2017, etc.) The Silence, a widescreen, all-action military/space opera trilogy in which giant alien jellyfish called the Blue-Blue-White threaten to exterminate all sentient life in the galaxy. Read full book review >
NORSE MYTHS by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Lavishly illustrated and strongly atmospheric—as well suited for reading aloud as alone. (schematic of the nine worlds, cast of characters) (Myths. 11-13)"
Twenty tales of gods, giants, and dwarfs, of mighty feats and epic trickery. Read full book review >
PULSE by Felix Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite all the heavy-handed foreshadowing, an efficient, steadily absorbing suspenser guaranteed to draw in even fans who can't stand horses."
A female lead, ailing but remarkably strong, joins all the males, many with similar profiles, who've helmed the storied father-and-son horse-racing franchise (Triple Crown, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH VOLUME 1 by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath's work and, by extension, of modern literature."
A monumental gathering, in the first of two volumes, of the scattered correspondence of the now iconic—and canonical—poet and novelist. Read full book review >
TRAINS by Ian Graham
by Ian Graham, illustrated by Stephen Biesty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A small but choice set of technological marvels for budding trainiacs. (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A parade of locomotives, from the sprightly Patentee of 1833 to the next generation of maglev speedsters. Read full book review >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes."
A majestic biography of "history's most creative genius." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A prescient discussion of one of the darkest issues facing America today."
An alarming, well-researched account of how the far-right extremist underground became empowered in the era of Trump. 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 >