Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Released: May 21, 2018

"Already slated for feature film treatment, Carreyrou's exposé is a vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption."
A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Read full book review >
HUSH, MY INNER SLEUTH by M.E.  Meegs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2018

"Possibilities abound in this meta-noir page-turner."
College grad Willie Tigue, "looking forward to an adventure," gets one in spades when she is seemingly possessed by a freshly deceased private eye in 1940s Hollywood. Read full book review >

MISS JANE by Kat  Meads
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2018

"A sharp and tightly crafted tale of campus exploitation."
A young college student begins an affair with her history professor in this novel. Read full book review >
A TINY PIECE OF SOMETHING GREATER by Jude Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2018

"A realistic look at living and loving in the context of mental illness by an #ownvoices author that doesn't lose sight of the romance."
The Florida Keys provide the setting for love between a laid-back Brazilian dive instructor and a Wisconsin-bred trainee with secrets behind his ice-blue eyes. Read full book review >
COMPULSORY GAMES  by Robert Aickman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2018

"As unnerving as it is sinuous; an absolute delight."
A collection of dark, eerie tales from a master of weird fiction. Read full book review >

BE STILL, LIFE by Ohara Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"What sets this book apart from so many others with the same theme of the nourishment derived from connecting with life is its infectious joy, delivered simply and sincerely. (Picture book. 3-9)"
In casual rhyme, this picture book extols the values of stillness and observation. Read full book review >
A HOWL OF WOLVES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Anyone interested in mysteries and books and humor—and who isn't?—will enjoy Flanders' latest delightful novel."
Theater people may be superstitious, but even they don't expect to find the director hanging from the rafters on opening night—in the middle of the play. Read full book review >
THE HYENA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An appealing, elegantly designed introduction to another much-maligned species. (fast facts, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A practiced and proficient team returns to the African plains to visit a field camp in Masai Mara, Kenya, where zoologist Kay Holekamp has been studying spotted hyenas for 30 years. Read full book review >
JANE SEYMOUR, THE HAUNTED QUEEN by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Deft, authoritative biographical fiction."
The brief reign of a reluctant queen. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A thorough yet concise guide to college admissions that covers a lot of familiar territory. (Nonfiction. 14-adult)"
The intimidating process of applying to college is broken down into manageable chunks for students and parents in this relatively compact volume. Read full book review >
DARKER WITH THE LIGHTS ON by David  Hayden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Those seeking challenging, nontraditional wordplay stories will find much here to ponder."
Short stories that will puzzle, perplex, and provoke. Read full book review >
THIS BOOK BETRAYS MY BROTHER by Kagiso Lesego Molope
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"This poignant novel presents us with a girl on the cusp of womanhood desperately trying to navigate the dissonant sociocultural imperatives placed on men and women in her society. (Fiction. 13-adult) "
A story of one girl's attempts to understand and abide by the unspoken rules of familial loyalty in a post-apartheid South African town. 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 >