Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

ANNE AND LOUIS by Rozsa Gaston
Released: Dec. 10, 2018

"A dramatically engrossing and historically searching tale about a powerful duchess."
In 1498, Anne of Brittany pines to marry King Louis XII of France, but considerable political hurdles must first be cleared in this sequel. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 9, 2018

"A successful guide that uses anecdotes to reveal powerful truths about life."
In this debut self-help book, the author employs narratives about friends, family, and former associates to show the way thoughts and perspectives shape readers' experiences. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 5, 2018

"An astute and wide-ranging assessment of an urgent economic problem."
A writer offers an analysis of Fannie Mae's contribution to the 2008 mortgage crisis coupled with recommended reforms. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An unabashed love letter from mother. (Board book. 1-4)"
A sweet celebration of the bond between a mother and her Pookie. Read full book review >
UNPRESIDENTED by Martha Brockenbrough
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A thorough, timely guide to a wretched hive of scum and villainy. (family tree, timeline, biographies, endnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-adult)"
A painstaking account of the personal and business practices that somehow failed to prevent the Trumps from becoming America's first family. Read full book review >

AUNTIE AND ME by Karen Katz
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This book is such a pleasure it prompts the question: Can we have an uncle book next? (Board book. 1-3)"
There are plenty of books about the love that mommy, dad, grandma, and/or grandpa feel for a child, but good luck finding a book about the special bond between a child and an aunt. This board book meets that need. Read full book review >
MILKMAN by Anna Burns
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A deeply stirring, unforgettable novel that feels like a once-in-a-generation event."
In her third novel, which won the 2018 Man Booker Prize, Burns (Little Constructions, 2007, etc.) writes again about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, delivering a blistering feminist perspective on a community at war. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A fresh and accessible approach to an important scientific concept. (glossary, suggestions for further research, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
The evolution of iguanas in the Galápagos provides a striking example of the workings of natural selection. Read full book review >
DON'T MESS WITH ME by Paul Erickson
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Though the text in this entry in an admirable series may be challenging for young readers, the subject has guaranteed kid appeal. (timeline, further resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A sampling of the more than 12,000 varieties of stinging creatures that live in the ocean. Read full book review >
STRANGE DAYS by Constantine J. Singer
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Entirely human in its affections and an occasional page-turner. (Science-fiction thriller. 12-18)"
As an impending alien invasion threatens Earth's future, 17-year-old Latinx Alex Mata grapples with self-doubt, loss, and love in Singer's assured debut. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A fresh, well-documented account of U.S.-Latin American relations."
Drawing on archival sources and more than two dozen oral histories, Rutkow (History/Univ. of Central Florida; American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, 2012) offers a richly detailed examination of efforts to build a highway from Alaska to the tip of Argentina. Read full book review >
NORTH OF DAWN by Nuruddin Farah
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"As one of the characters puts it, 'Art is a humanizer,' and Farah's insistence on isolating the humanity in even the most difficult characters is a beacon of hope against fear and loathing."
A Somali husband and wife living in Norway are pitched into chaos, acrimony, and upheaval after their son embraces radical Islam and dies as a suicide bomber. 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 >