Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

KANGAROO KISSES by Nandana Dev Sen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A warm and spirited invitation to dreamland. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Smiles and wild creatures abound in this playful mother-child bedtime routine. Read full book review >
Genuinely Dangerous by Mike McCrary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"An energetic tale that will make readers root for its disreputable characters."
In McCrary's (Remo Went Rogue, 2013, etc.) latest crime novel, an out-of-work screenwriter decides to trail criminals documentary-style, with expectedly violent results.Read full book review >

THE MIGHTY CURRAWONGS by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A nimble and very funny collection of stories from a writer who clearly values the human condition in all its myriad forms."
A collection of 31 delightful short stories from Doyle (Chicago, 2016, etc.), a prolific writer and editor of Portland Magazine. Read full book review >
OSKAR LOVES... by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"A not entirely one-dimensional corvine bliss-out. (Picture book. 2-4)"
There isn't anything that Oskar, a small bird, doesn't love. How about you? Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"An insightful book that should be of interest to anyone who eats food, animal or not."
Unsentimental study of the dangers in how meat is produced and distributed around the world, particularly in the United States. Read full book review >

TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >
STRIKEOUT OF THE BLEACHER WEENIES by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"Fans will be shivering and laughing…evilly. (Short stories. 9-12)"
The weird, warped weenies weturn for an eighth collection of tiny terror tales. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR <i>THE STRANGER</i> by Alice Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"A compelling companion to a novel that has stayed strange."
The fascinating story behind Albert Camus' coldblooded masterpiece. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF BLOOD AND ASHES by Jaden Terrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"After a tense prologue, Terrell settles into a relaxed rhythm that allows all the complications you'd want from a 40-year-old conspiracy without ever breaking a sweat."
A suspicious fire that claims two of a trainer's 14 horses opens the gate to a long list of felonies past and present. Read full book review >
Impala by Andrew Diamond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"A convincing, complex cyberthriller."
A computer programmer becomes the target of international criminals in Diamond's (Warren Lane, 2015) thriller.Read full book review >
First Rodeo by Judith Hennessey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging, nuanced female awakening journey in the West."
On a trip to Wyoming, a divorced mother finds romance with a younger cowboy in this debut novel. Read full book review >
RED TIDE by Marc Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks."
The final part of this inventive and ferocious fantasy trilogy (Dragon Hunters, 2016, etc.) deftly combines characters from both previous entries—those that are still alive, anyway, and even some that weren't. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >