Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2017

"A refreshingly unconventional and bold account of a culturally complex place in Africa."
A part-historical, part-fictional debut book focuses on a Danish settlement in Ghana. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY OF QUEENS by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Picture-book author Best's first middle-grade novel sparkles and pops like a Fourth of July firecracker. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In Queens during the summer of 1961, a shy 11-year-old white girl finds her voice and learns to use it. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT, MR. CLUTTERBUCK by Mauri  Kunnas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"No more nighttime expeditions for Mr. Clutterbuck—unless there's a power failure, of course. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A sleepwalking goat dispels crises, wreaks gooey havoc, and solves a mysterious rash of disappearing spoons in this Finnish import. Read full book review >
READY TO FALL by Marcella Pixley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Grief becomes something oddly beautiful—and beautifully odd. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Desperate to cling to something of his mother's after her death, 16-year-old Max believes he has invited her tumor into his brain and that it is slowly killing him. Read full book review >
FINAL FALL  by Heather W. Petty
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Mori's crackerjack characterization (balanced between appealing and appalling) and the tight pacing overcome this finale's weaknesses of plotting and prose. (Mystery. 13-15)"
The origin of an antihero. Read full book review >

R.I.P. ELIZA HART by Alyssa Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A public-service announcement about mental illness wrapped up as a compelling mystery that will keep readers going until the hopeful conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sometimes mean girls have a reason. Read full book review >
MRS. CALIBAN by Rachel Ingalls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"The love story is a delight, the social commentary sharp, the writing funny and fun—and yet the sorrow, even bitterness, at the core of this book about our perfidious species is inescapable and profound. Where is the movie?"
A lonely housewife gets a new lease on life in the strong, green arms of a sea monster. Read full book review >
WRONG TO NEED YOU by Alisha  Rai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Another emotional, passionate, and psychologically complex love story in a gripping series that follows the fates of two warring families."
A young widow juggling single motherhood and a small business faces her past and creates a new future when her ex-brother-in-law returns after a decade's absence. Read full book review >
A DUKE IN SHINING ARMOR by Loretta Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Chase brings a fun blend of quirkiness and wit to a sexy love story that's both charmingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny."
When a duke and his would-be bride both get drunk—separately—before their wedding, the best man sets off to retrieve the bride, who's climbed out a window. A series of fateful events complicates the quest and convinces the wedding refugees they're meant for each other. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY TO MARRY A DUKE by Betina Krahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Krahn returns to historical romance with a barn burner of an 1890s love story."
An American cowgirl in London. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL CAVERNS by Katrina  Charman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A nifty addition to the series. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
The search for the Ember Stone continues in the second installment of this animal fantasy series. Read full book review >
FOUND LIFE by Linor Goralik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A welcome collection from a writer worth hearing more from—so translators, get busy."
Quietly subversive works of imagination from a Ukraine-born Russian/Israeli writer who describes herself as an essayist. 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 >