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THE GREAT DIVIDE by Joseph E. Stiglitz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 20, 2015

"Smart, sometimes-stinging prose that rejects the doctrines of strangled government and artificial austerity, doctrines that require us to 'pay a high economic price for our growing inequality and declining opportunity.'"
Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz (The Price of Inequality, 2012, etc.) examines some of the macro dollars-and-cents issues that separate the haves from the have-nots—and money is just of them. Read full book review >
JUST SAY YES by Catherine Hiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2015

"Likely to loosen up fellow smokers while adding a personal take to the public discussion of cannabis culture."
Filtering her experiences through the lens of her longtime use of cannabis, Hiller (The Adventures of Sid Sawyer, 2013) delves into her personal life for this "Marijuana Memoir." Read full book review >

INHERITANCES by William Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"Black is at his best as a social realist in a blue-collar milieu; elsewhere, the strain shows."
It used to be Pennsylvania coal country, and even now that the mining jobs have gone, many in Black's first story collection find it hard to leave. Read full book review >
PARIS RED by Maureen Gibbon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"Fans of art history, Paris and contemporary Künstleroman like Girl With a Pearl Earring will enjoy the new perspective and the strong female voice."
Manet's muse ponders color, power, sex and love in vibrant 1860s Paris. Read full book review >
TREASURE TOWN by Doug Wilhelm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"A boisterous, slapstick adventure that will entertain budding readers, despite its skimpy character development."
A trio of adventurous kids and two oddball adults find unexpected treasure in this middle-grade adventure by siblings Wilhelm (The Price of Denial, 2013) and Terrat (True Shoes, 2012). Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold! (Mystery. 5-9)"
Two police mice, one missing cake, a bunch of suspects—it's a big case! Read full book review >
AMELIA'S MIDDLE-SCHOOL GRADUATION YEARBOOK by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"A hint at the end leaves room for this series to evolve into high school; Amelia may be a bit long in the tooth, but devoted fans will follow. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In this newest, 20th-anniversary offering of the Amelia's Notebook series, Amelia graduates middle school and reminisces about all she has learned along the way. Read full book review >
ALL THE WILD THAT REMAINS by David Gessner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2015

"Stegner and Abbey 'are two who have lighted my way,' nature writer Wendell Berry admitted. They have lighted the way for Gessner, as well, as he conveys in this graceful, insightful homage to their work and to the region they loved."
The lives and legacies of two influential environmentalists. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH by Rachel Shane
Released: April 18, 2015

"Leave this novel at the bottom of the rabbit hole. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The beloved children's classic is reimagined as a teen treatise on environmental activism. Read full book review >
Toro! by Frank C. Schwalbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2015

"Shines a light on criminal and bureaucratic complexities in an unusual, poignant narrative that would benefit from a more polished style."
A stripper becomes a med student after suffering a near-fatal attack by the titular Toro, but the past has an odd way of resurfacing. Read full book review >
RIDING IN CARS WITH GIRLS by Evangeline Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2015

"A smashing, original collection likely to be read again and again."
Disenchanted characters find violence—or dispatch it—behind the wheel in Jennings' (Generic Airport Thriller, 2014, etc.) collection of crime-noir tales. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SUPERMARKET by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 16, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn't have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Would a supermarket catering to animals stock pizza? Ice cream? Sugary snacks? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >