Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE LAND OF GRACE by Mike  Burrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"An intoxicating tale that's simultaneously gaudy and exquisite."
A satirical novel about a religious cult built around the worship of Elvis Presley. Read full book review >
WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Andre Dubus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"A welcome gathering of work by a writer always worth reading."
First of a two-volume collection of short fiction by Dubus (Dancing After Hours, 1996, etc.), a Chekhov-ian laureate of silences and secrets. Read full book review >

THE WINTER FATHER by Andre Dubus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"This set, comprising this volume and We Don't Live Here Anymore, will likely do much to revive interest in Dubus' early work."
Second of a two-volume collection of short fiction by Dubus (Broken Vessels, 1991, etc.), gathering the previous volumes Finding a Girl in America (1980) and The Times Are Never So Bad (1983). Read full book review >
AN EXCELLENT CHOICE by Emma Brockes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A disarming and casually hilarious take on the opposite of co-parenting."
A fertility memoir with a whiff of Tristram Shandy. Read full book review >
Released: June 26, 2018

"A fine, poignant survey of 'what makes us human, from the inside out.'"
A tour of the history of endocrinology, highlighting progress but also the hype that has promoted the curative abilities of hormones. Read full book review >

THE UNPUNISHED VICE by Edmund White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A literary delicacy with more takeaways than one can count."
The celebrated author takes us through the many shades of literature. Read full book review >
YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT by Lauren Spieller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"An emotional, aesthetic, and hopeful journey to self-discovery. (Fiction. 12-18)"
An aspiring teen artist yearns to break free from her family's nomadic lifestyle in Spieller's debut novel. Read full book review >
LEARNING TO BREATHE by Janice Lynn Mather
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sent away to live with relatives to escape her mother's wild lifestyle, Indira's new home is anything but a sanctuary Read full book review >
ONE SMALL THING by Erin Watt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"An engaging, if trope-filled, drama. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this contemporary romance, a high school senior falls for the boy who accidentally killed her sister while he was joyriding in a stolen car. Read full book review >
THE MUSEUM OF US by Tara Wilson Redd
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A novel that will prompt readers to contemplate their own methods of escapism. (Fiction. 16-adult)"
Something bad happened to 16-year-old Sadie Black. Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE HER by Lisa Leighton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"Starting with a tantalizing premise, the plot idles for a long stretch before wowing the reader with an accelerated pace and ingenious solution. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A teenage tennis player wakes up after an attack and finds she's in the body of her chief rival…or is she? Read full book review >
MY PLAIN JANE by Cynthia Hand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A fun, supernatural mashup of different literary novels that shines on its own merit. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Mysteries abound on the moors—and not all of them are of this world. 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 >