Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE JAGUAR'S STORY by Kosa  Ely
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2018

"An excellent new tale reiterating an old—but still relevant—ecological issue."
A jaguar family must move from its area in the Amazon to a safer part, untouched by human machines, in this plea to save the rainforest. Read full book review >
ACRES OF PERHAPS by Will Ludwigsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"Evocative tales of alternate realities steeped in the ethos of Shirley Jackson and Ray Bradbury."
Fabulist Ludwigsen (In Search Of and Others, 2013) returns with a fresh collection of surreal tales from the dark side. Read full book review >

The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
THE BUILDING by Richard  Snodgrass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"An audacious, gripping, and wise novel.
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In Snodgrass' (Kitchen Things, 2013, etc.) novel, a complex construction project teeters on the brink of failure, pitting workers against each other. Read full book review >
THE FISHING LESSON by Heinrich Böll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2018

"A lesson about success delivered with humor and graceful irony. (Picture book. 5-10, adult)"
An adaptation of Böll's fable about not letting work overtake one's life. Read full book review >

I WALK WITH VANESSA by Kerascoët
Released: April 24, 2018

"A wonderfully illustrated, hopeful book that can help caregivers tackle an emotionally fraught subject with even very young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this wordless book, new girl Vanessa, shy and withdrawn, becomes a bully's target after school and finally runs home in tears. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A superb tale about obsession, nature, and man's 'unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.'"
A captivating tale of beautiful, rare, priceless, and stolen feathers. Read full book review >
THE FLEUR DE SEL MURDERS by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Bannelec's Breton adventures are some of the best French local color going, with a deft blend of puzzle, personality, and description of the indescribable."
Commissaire Georges Dupin (Murder on Brittany Shores, 2016, etc.) strays off his patch to probe a murder in the salt marshes of Guérande. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL by Alexander Chee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"Deserving of a place among other modern classic writers' memoirs like Stephen King's On Writing and Chee's mentor Annie Dillard's The Writing Life."
A precise and candid set of essays from the novelist Chee (English and Creative Writing/Dartmouth Coll.; The Queen of the Night, 2016, etc.) about life, writing, and how each sustains the other. Read full book review >
THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"Affectionate, funny, and beautifully written: a book for every fan of real food."
Heartfelt, often hilarious stories from an Alabama kitchen, a place from which issue wondrous remembrances and wondrous foods alike. Read full book review >
FAIRY SPELL by Marc Tyler Nobleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fascinating introduction to one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, deftly pitched to elementary-age children. (author's note, not seen) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Long before there was Photoshop, in the days when photography was an infant technology, a teenager produced photographs that convinced the world fairies are real. Read full book review >
ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"'Cinderella' but with genocide and rebel plots. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
The daughter of a murdered queen plots to take back what is hers. 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 >