Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

Beginning French by Les Américains
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 2016

"A delightfully evocative farmhouse tale; as satisfying as a summer evening on a French terrace, with a cool glass of rosé in hand."
A California couple realize their ambition of owning a house in rural France in this debut memoir by Les Américains. Read full book review >
Half Mortal by Heidi Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Dynamic characters choose sides on the battlefield and in their hearts, aptly setting the stage for the next book."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a half faerie must decide whether incarnating a wicked entity will stop a fiendish princess from seizing the throne in the Realm of Faerie. Read full book review >

Pretty Broken Girl by Jeana E. Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"Erotic and emotionally charged, the nuanced narrative elevates this office romance."
A corporate merger reunites a businesswoman with her former husband in the first novel in Mann's (Intoxicated, 2016, etc.) new series.Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE

"An exhaustive and informative guide to the intricacies of America's food."
A diet and nutrition book exposes how the food industry victimizes the U.S. consumer. Read full book review >
SPIRIT MISSION by Ted Russ
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Russ proves adept at spinning a fast-moving yarn with believable, three-dimensional characters."
In West Point cadet lore, a spirit mission is an illegal or unauthorized one that needs to be carried out for moral reasons. Read full book review >

LEFT AT THE ALTAR by Margaret  Brownley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sweet, touching love story that revisits a fascinating and overlooked aspect of history: the confounding way time was kept and how it could cause more problems than it solved."
When Meg Lockwood's fiancé abandons her at the altar, he dashes her hopes for healing the family feud that split their Old West town—and things become even more complicated when her father sues the groom, bringing a handsome East Coast lawyer into her life. Read full book review >
A SURE THING  by Marie Harte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A blazing hot, emotionally intense love story launches a new series from an author on the rise."
A clinical psychologist has to re-evaluate her expectations for a mate when she begins to fall for an ex-Marine who is the exact opposite of what she's looking for. Read full book review >
Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"An unlikely romance between two beautifully written characters will leave readers swooning."
Vaughn Hargrave is a gallery assistant whose world revolves around art. Without the distraction of sex or romance, he's free to focus on work friends and creating a comfortable life for himself. Jonah Sondern is his exact opposite. His life revolves around the gym, the club, and hot, anonymous, sex. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF SOULS by Jack Ketchum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Novelist Ketchum and screenwriter McKee deliver an otherworldly, satirically streaked thriller about a precocious young actress, her psychically bonded dog, and her increasingly unhinged stage mother."
Eleven-year-old Delia, on whose acting career her parents have bet more than the house, proves a reluctant celebrity after being rescued from a bedroom fire by her dog, Caity. Read full book review >
THE HANGING CLUB  by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This case tests Wolfe's humanity as well as his sense of duty."
A group of vigilantes goes after bad guys who received little more than a slap on the wrist. Read full book review >
THE LOVED ONES by Sonya Chung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Elegant and empathetic, a book impossible to put down."
A gorgeous multigenerational saga of love and race, loss and belonging, Chung's (Long for This World, 2010) latest follows the intertwining lives of two very different families in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2016 by Junot Díaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Essential for every student of the short story form."
A renewal of the longtime prize-volume series, perhaps its strongest installment yet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >