Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
DOWN BY CONTACT by Santino Hassell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A sexy and satisfying look into the hearts and minds of unlikely lovers."
Two hotheaded football players have to learn to get along after a preseason fight leaves them suspended from the NFL. Read full book review >

TRUMPOCRACY by David Frum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House."
The conservative stalwart takes measure of the current administration and finds it sadly wanting—and dangerous, and immoral, and…. Read full book review >
MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING! by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A sweet gigglefest. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An enterprising little dog insinuates its way into the heart and home of an unsuspecting man. Read full book review >
WHERE NIGHT STOPS by Douglas Light
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"This sinuous narrative works neatly, both as a gripping novel and a solid meditation on identity."
A young man who survived a tragic accident becomes part of a mysterious international operation where violence and subterfuge abound. Read full book review >

THE SILENT ROOM by Mari Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Though the villains remain little more than sketches and two romantic subplots never really sizzle, the disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower."
British Special Branch officers Jack Fenwick and Matthew Ryan are brought together and torn apart by their shared experience of grief over their losses—Fenwick of his brother, Ryan of his father—in Hannah's (Gallows Drop, 2016, etc.) stand-alone European police-procedural thriller. Read full book review >
MUNICH by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Engaging, informative, and quietly suspenseful."
Old friends reunite in hopes of derailing Hitler's war machine. Read full book review >
SENLIN ASCENDS  by Josiah Bancroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The lush setting holds the reader through a slow start, but once the plot gets going, it ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch."
In his debut novel, Bancroft takes readers into a steampunk world revolving around the great attraction and mystery that is the Tower of Babel—a colossal structure rising up into the heavens that devours the unwary with intrigue and danger. Read full book review >
THE UNMADE WORLD by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Despite his book's depiction of dark realities—the guilt and despair of the characters' interior lives is matched by political turmoil in both the U.S. and Eastern Europe—Yarbrough's pensively hopeful view of people' capacity to endure, even prosper, shines through."
Despite graphic deaths and a variety of police cases, Yarbrough's 11th work of fiction (The Realm of Last Chances, 2013, etc.) is less a murder mystery than an exploration of how abruptly lives can go off the rails. Read full book review >
CHOOSING A MASTER by S.M.  Perlow
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A solid, enduring, addictive vampire epic with great potential that readers should be thrilled to sink their teeth into."
A vampire yarn combines passion, melodrama, and a legacy of bloodlust. Read full book review >
GRILLED CHEESE AND DRAGONS by Nancy Krulik
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A wacky adventure that stands out through highlighting its heroine's foibles, giving her plenty of room to grow in future installments. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
A tomboy princess wishes to become a knight. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Never melodramatic, this is a timely, eye-opening history. (foreword, introduction, epilogue, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With Hasak-Lowy, Zimet, a founding member of Votes for Women 2020, an organization dedicated to, in part, celebrating the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote, explores the decadeslong battle for suffrage and its many leaders. 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 >