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DATA AND GOLIATH by Bruce Schneier
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015

"An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life."
A jeremiad suggesting our addiction to data may have made privacy obsolete. Read full book review >
ROGER IS READING A BOOK by Koen Van Biesen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 2, 2015

"A slight but tongue-in-cheek import with a mischievous twist. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A noisy neighbor can make reading a bit of a challenge—but there's a clever solution. Read full book review >

EXPLORING LINCOLN by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2015

"A thoughtful treat for the Lincoln and Civil War crowds."
Noted historians reflect on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
LITTLE PUFFIN'S FIRST FLIGHT by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 2, 2015

"A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A horned puffin hatches, grows and flies for the first time on the Alaskan coast. Read full book review >
LOVING LEARNING by Tom Little
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015

"Little's enthusiasm and passion for the potential of progressive schools burn on every page and offer hope for a better way forward."
One of the leaders of the progressive education movement reflects on ways to improve more than just standardized test scores. Read full book review >

Released: March 2, 2015

"Liberals will challenge Steele's conclusions, but the sincerity of his convictions seems beyond question."
A conservative analysis of political polarization and race relations in America, more thoughtful and less vitriolic than most volleys from either side. Read full book review >
JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2015

"Psychological seriousness adds depth to this romantic coming-of-age tale."
In this novel, an anxiety-ridden young woman finds new friends and inner resources after an apartment fire forces her to accept a neighbor's hospitality. Read full book review >
THE GREAT CHEESE ROBBERY by Tim Warnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 2, 2015

"The throngs of felonious mice make this story worth the read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Fathers aren't afraid of anything—are they? Read full book review >
HER TEXAS by Donna Walker-Nixon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2015

"Inevitably, there are a few clunkers, but this is a strong gathering in both its parts and its sum."
Spirited, appropriately oversized anthology of Texas-centric creative work by women from the Lone Star State. Read full book review >
DANCE OF THE BANISHED by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An eye-opening exposé of historical outrages committed in two countries, with intriguing glimpses of a minority group that is not well-known in the Americas. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
World War I separates a betrothed Anatolian couple—leaving one to witness the Armenian genocide and sending the other to a prison camp…in Canada. Read full book review >
JESSICA'S BOX by Peter Carnavas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The message is clear: Just be yourself, and friends will come. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl who is new to school uses a cardboard box to make friends. Read full book review >
BATHTIME by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Perfectly sweet. (Board book. 6-12 mos.)"
Animals and their youngsters enjoy a squeaky-clean time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >