Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
LIFE OF A BISHOP'S ASSISTANT by Viktor Shklovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Readers with a background in formalism and its successors will find this of interest, though Bulgakov, Sholokhov, and Pasternak remain the cornerstone writers of the era for nonspecialist readers."
Slender, allusive novel of clerical foibles by Russian/Soviet novelist Shklovsky (1893-1984). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An engrossing, vivid inquiry into a man and his magisterial creation."
The story behind one of the world's most unique buildings. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Essential reading full of remarkable emotional wealth."
The Nobel laureate (2015) writes about "the wrong kind of war": oral confessions from Russian women intimately involved with fighting for the motherland. Read full book review >
THESE POSSIBLE LIVES by Fleur Jaeggy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 25, 2017

"Enjoy these short, meditative pieces slowly; Jaeggy is addictive."
Three sensuous minibiographies in light and shade. Read full book review >

PATIENT H69 by Vanessa  Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"Patient narratives are a growing genre, and not all end happily. Potter's has that positive aspect as well as illustrating one woman's way of coping with a disease that touches on universal fears: blindness and paralysis."
A stunning account of the onset of a form of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause sudden blindness and paralysis. Read full book review >
WHAT SHE ATE by Laura Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A unique and delectable work that sheds new light on the lives of women, food, and men."
A culinary biographer serves up an eye-opening meal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gripping addition to the literature of the period and an overdue tribute to these unique Americans."
The inspiring story of the "Ritchie Boys" and their unique contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW CITY by Dan Jolley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A scary adventure mixed with shadows and suspense. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Gabe, Lily, Brett, and Kaz are four friends bonded by the elemental powers—fire, air, water, and earth, respectively—gained from a secret friendship ritual performed in series opener The Emerald Tablet (2016). Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Katrina Leno
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A charming and sophisticated take on handling grief with a mystical twist ending that is sure to engage teens nostalgic for the magic of reading Harry Potter or Tuck Everlasting for the first time. (Fiction. 13-18)"
When Lottie's favorite aunt dies, she leaves behind a wave of grief—and a mysterious series of letters. Read full book review >
ALMOST PARADISE by Corabel Shofner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Rich in Southern flavor, loaded with biblical references and even a scattering of Dickens quotes: a rollicking read. (Fiction. 9-13)"
One undersized but indomitable tomboy tackles tough issues with wry humor as she attempts to create the home and family for which she yearns. Read full book review >
BOB AND TOM by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Agreeably silly stuff in the classic noodlehead vein. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A couple of turkeys do a whole lot of nothing on the farm. 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 >