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A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 28, 2015

"A visually stunning work addressing themes of peace, generosity, and forgiveness."
Van Steenwyk (The Unkingdom of God, 2013, etc.) offers an illustrated chapter book about an angry red wolf who encounters a saintly beggar king. Read full book review >
THE HOMEPORT JOURNALS by A. C. Burch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2015

"An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships, despite a bland main character."
An elderly woman and her troupe of gay live-ins take in a young man running from a bad romance in Burch's debut novel. Read full book review >

VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK by Marie Brennan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2015

"Fans of this charming series won't be disappointed."
Third in Brennan's fine natural-history fantasy series, set six years after the events detailed in The Tropic of Serpents (2014).Read full book review >
FOUR YEARS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KURDISTAN by Aram Haigaz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 2015

"A richly detailed testimony to a young man's courage in the face of unspeakable horror."
An account of tragic years in Armenian history. Read full book review >
CUCKOO by Nick Davies
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 26, 2015

"'My hope is that this reads like a nature detective story,' writes Davies. He has achieved his goal and more in this fascinating study of 'an evolutionary arms race.'"
Davies (Behavioral Ecology/Univ. of Cambridge; Cambridge Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats, 2000, etc.) chronicles his 30-year attempt to solve what he calls "an enduring puzzle: how does the cuckoo get away with such outrageous behavior?"Read full book review >

AFTER MIND by Spencer Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2015

"A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn't release its secrets easily."
A sci-fi debut about a boy who's deathly afraid of water and the family who helps reconstruct his mind after a tragic accident. Read full book review >
SHADOW RITUAL by Éric Giacometti
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2015

"Though far from subtle, Giacometti and Ravenne's series kickoff has abundant visceral appeal."
An international odd couple tracks a cabal of neo-Nazi assassins. Read full book review >
THE LOST TRIBES by C. Taylor-Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2015

"Well-written and well-paced: a promising start to what should be an exciting and unusual sci-fi series. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
A boy, his sister and their three friends discover that their parents—and they themselves—are not what they seem. Read full book review >
SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND by Paul Greci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2015

"Bear Island is a challenging environment to survive but a terrific thrill on the page. (Adventure. 9-14)"
A fateful kayaking trip forces Tom to grow up fast while he faces dangers he only ever dreamed about. Read full book review >
ISIS by Jessica Stern
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2015

"Despite being dense reading, this book offers much to learn about ISIS and an expanded understanding of current events."
A detailed study of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from its rise out of al-Qaida to its intended fulfillment of apocalyptic prophecies. Read full book review >
THE CAVENDON WOMEN by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A novel that could have used more melodrama or even drama."
Second installment of Bradford's answer to Downton Abbey.Read full book review >
ASTONISHING ANIMALS by Anita Ganeri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Equally suitable for shared or solitary reading and hard to resist either way. (Pop-up nonfiction. 7-9)"
A cranked-up collection of animal facts bookended by big, startling pop-ups of toothy ocean predators. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >