Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE FIFTH COLUMN by John Fenzel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"Appealing heroes whom readers should cheer in every confrontation, explosive or otherwise."
Helping out a cancer-ridden friend, a former Green Beret colonel and CIA operative uncovers a conspiracy involving U.S. government officials in this thriller. Read full book review >
STONE BABY by Michelle Sacks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A geopolitical collection of people with pasts."
The 12 stories in Sacks' debut collection zigzag across the globe, from Germany to India and Morocco, coming back frequently to South Africa. Read full book review >

WOMEN AND POWER by Mary Beard
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An urgent feminist cri de coeur, spot-on in its utterly reasonable plea that a woman 'who dares to open her mouth in public' actually be given a hearing."
Noted classicist and essayist Beard (S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome, 2015, etc.) looks deep into the past and hard at the present to examine the power of women—and more often, their powerlessness—in a world of impatient men. Read full book review >
TOOT, TOOT, BOOM! LISTEN TO THE BAND by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Hours of amusement for budding Beethovens. (Board book. 1-3)"
Brief but noisy fun in this "press and listen" introduction to musical instruments for tots. Read full book review >
WE'LL SLEEP WHEN WE'RE OLD by Pino Corrias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Sensationalism and decadence are pushed to the hilt and then a bit further in this scorchingly cynical, one-note social sendup."
A bullying, megalomaniac Italian film and TV mogul dreams up a multilayered scam to salvage a bad film, but this latest dirty trick could jeopardize his entire murky empire. Read full book review >

COLORADO BOULEVARD by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A smart, noirish mystery loaded with clever dialogue and vivid characters. The Crush series is as good as it gets."
Teenage Caleb Rush crawls out of a brontosaurus's butt in the latest of the crime series including Crush (2015) and Heart Attack and Vine (2016). Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Gilbert's series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine."
A research-loving Virginia librarian digs up entirely too much information for her own good. Read full book review >
RECORD OF A NIGHT TOO BRIEF by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Kawakami marks the literary map of Japan with a warning that beyond here lie dragons—or snakes and ghosts, at any rate. Astonishing, strange, and wonderful."
A supersurreal triad of stories from Japanese novelist Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO by Jussi Valtonen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A contemporary novel that doesn't lose sight of perennial dilemmas."
American and Finnish families struggle with technology, immigration, and the unintended consequences of their own actions. Read full book review >
FOOLED YA! by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An eye-opener for readers who think their brains have it all figured out (but look what's telling them that, as the old joke goes). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A catalog of trickery, from optical illusions to scams and advertising. Read full book review >
SIGNAL LOSS by Garry Disher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"There are so many felonies in this quiet corner of Australia, in fact, that jurisdictional squabbles loom larger and larger as the criminals get tangled in multiple nets before Disher sorts it all out with consummate professionalism and just a trace of regret."
Another crime wave—actually two separate waves—for the sorely tried police in the back of the Australian beyond. Read full book review >
DANDELIONS by Yasunari Kawabata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"World literature lost a fine voice with Kawabata's death, to which this elegantly puzzling work stands as testimonial."
Pensive last novel by Kawabata, unfinished at the time of the author's 1972 suicide but still capable of standing on its own. 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 >