Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

LIFE OF A BISHOP'S ASSISTANT by Viktor Shklovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Readers with a background in formalism and its successors will find this of interest, though Bulgakov, Sholokhov, and Pasternak remain the cornerstone writers of the era for nonspecialist readers."
Slender, allusive novel of clerical foibles by Russian/Soviet novelist Shklovsky (1893-1984). Read full book review >
THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >

THE OUTLAW by Anna Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2017

"A warm, satisfying, gently sexy Western historical romance."
It's 1883. When Amanda Porterfield accepts a private tutoring position with a wealthy banker in Tucson, she hopes for a little more excitement than her family ranch offers, but she never expects to become involved with a mysterious gambler or the bank robbery being plotted around her. Read full book review >
THE NEON PALM OF MADAME MELANÇON by Will Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2017

"A bizarrely soulful ride through New Orleans with corporate high jinks and some mystical, unseen forces adding to the experience."
An oil company lawyer moves home to New Orleans and finds that his fortuneteller mother has disappeared in Clarke's (The Worthy, 2006, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"More perhaps than any of Connelly's much-honored other titles, this one reveals why his procedurals are the most soulful in the business: because he finds the soul in the smallest details, faithfully executed."
The 30th novel by the creator of Harry Bosch (The Wrong Side of Goodbye, 2016, etc.) and the Lincoln Lawyer (The Gods of Guilt, 2013, etc.) introduces an LAPD detective fighting doggedly for justice for herself and a wide array of victims. Read full book review >

THE SHORT STORIES OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Ernest Hemingway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Essential for students of modern literature, offering insight into the mind and methods of one of the greatest practitioners of the story form."
A gathering of some of Papa's best—and not so best—short fiction, the genre for which he first became known and is perhaps most honored today. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A rich, disturbing, and compelling read."
Beautifully crafted and psychologically astute, Osborne's (Hunters in the Dark, 2016, etc.) latest novel takes us on another journey through a heart of moral darkness. Read full book review >
A DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"'I have a tendency, I'm afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,' the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven."
Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases (The Novel Habits of Happiness, 2015, etc.) keep getting slighter and slighter. But her exceptionally well-titled 11th may be the slenderest of them all. Read full book review >
THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shea's ghost is too scared to leave the house and venture into the scary forest. But readers can go see what it's like and come back and tell it all about it. Read full book review >
IN MY ROOM by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A clever acknowledgement of the importance of imaginative play. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A child's imagination is a wonderful thing, and in recognition of this fact, there is no lack of picture books that delve into a youngster's world of fantasy. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"What could have been another average cathartic memoir becomes a page-turner thanks to lucid writing and thrilling storytelling."
A memoir from the former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A sensuous, sumptuous, and spellbinding novel."
An artist with magical gifts is unable to paint after a series of tragedies makes her question her path, but a visit to an ancient French château forces her to re-evaluate everything. 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 >