Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"A certain age, acutely observed."
A tale of Manhattan society in the Jazz Age, spiced liberally with secrets and scandal. Read full book review >
TRACER by Rob Boffard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Boffard's debut is rough around the edges but ambitious and intriguing."
In his debut novel, Boffard presents a claustrophobic future where the remnants of humanity survive in a dilapidated space station and one young woman must save the station from those who want no survivors at all. Read full book review >

UNDER YOUR SKIN  by Shannon Schroeder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"A surprising, bighearted romance."
Norah O'Malley, a college student who's seven months pregnant, meets Kai Ellis, her brother's boss, at his tattoo parlor and is stunned by the immediate attraction she feels. But when he offers her a job as a companion to his ailing mother, Norah and Kai both find that it may be time for some life changes. Read full book review >
CHRONICLE OF A LAST SUMMER by Yasmine El Rashidi
Released: June 28, 2016

"An atmospheric kaleidoscope about survival and the moments that, together, become movements."
A woman endures three decades of change and revolution, as seen through her account of three pivotal summers—1984, 1998, and 2014—spent in her family's Cairo home. Read full book review >
WE COULD BE BEAUTIFUL by Swan Huntley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun."
Posh Manhattanite Catherine West has everything but the family she's always wanted. But when she falls for the man of her supposed dreams, she unravels a web of deception that upends life as she knows it. Read full book review >

THE INNOCENT HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR by Stuart Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"In an era as politically mercurial as our own, even the most far-fetched events depicted here sound utterly plausible—except for maybe one thing: moderate Republicans? Really? What are those?"
That title may be the biggest of this satiric thriller's red herrings, since, as far as this book is concerned, there are no innocents in the political process. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A cogent, detailed policy review, effectively studded with first-person recollections, that probably won't sway Obama's conservative critics."
A measured insider's account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, arguing that the very aspects that bring conservative derision represent subtle, long-term strengths. Read full book review >
ALL IN by Simona Ahrnstedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The stakes are high and the heels are higher—a stylish tale of corruption, revenge, and hard-won love."
In this English translation of a Swedish bestseller, a venture capitalist plans a hostile takeover of his enemy's business but dreams of a merger with the patriarch's daughter. Read full book review >
FIRST COMES LOVE by Emily Giffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Giffin's fans will be pleased with this fast-paced, witty, and thoughtful new offering."
A family struggles to define their new normal 15 years after a tragic loss. Read full book review >
STEPPING TO A NEW DAY by Beverly Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An achingly sweet feel-good story of love and redemption of all kinds."
Every generation in a small town has its own drama, and everyone has his or her own way of getting through it. Read full book review >
THE DAMNED OF PETERSBURG by Ralph Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Rich in detail and rendered with a literary flair, this is magnificent fiction that Civil War buffs will want for their libraries."
Peters (Valley of the Shadow, 2015, etc.) continues his visceral Civil War series with the Union Army's 1864 assaults around Petersburg, Virginia. Read full book review >
KINDERGARTEN IS COOL! by Linda E. Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A rollicking reassurance that school will be fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rhyming verses show those new to school just how cool kindergarten will be. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >