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The Quarry at the Crossroads by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2015

"Once again, Ekemar's well-drawn, realistic characters and wild, suspenseful plot render this an absolute must-read for series fans."
In the third book of Ekemar's (Where the Bones of a Buried Rat Lie, 2014, etc.) planned tetralogy, Matthias Callaghan finds that loose threads in his web of lies threaten to unravel his subterfuge. Read full book review >
LEGENDS OF THE RIF by Joe  O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2015

"Another entertaining action-adventure installment, albeit one with a few too many plot strands."
In O'Neill's (Wrath of the Caid, 2014, etc.) third volume of his YA Red Hand Adventures series, the Moroccan resistance prepares to battle a power-hungry warlord who's allied himself with the French army.Read full book review >

JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE by Durga Yael Bernhard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 24, 2015

"Not much here to make kids run out and climb a tree. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Children climb trees around the world to play, make discoveries, see what they can see and maybe pick a tasty treat. Read full book review >
THE SNOWDEN READER by David P. Fidler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 24, 2015

"An indispensable resource for understanding the Snowden leaks."
An intense examination of whistleblower Edward Snowden that successfully wades through both partisan rhetoric and ideological constraints. Read full book review >
LONG TAIL KITTY by Lark Pien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 23, 2015

"A cotton-candy graphic idyll. (Graphic fantasy. 4-8)"
Four small adventures in the life of Long Tail Kitty. Read full book review >

THE PARTICULAR APPEAL OF GILLIAN PUGSLEY by Susan Örnbratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2015

"The obsession with, and constant reminder of, all that Gillian is withholding muddies what might otherwise be a charming and evocative love story."
A brief young love and its impact nearly 60 years later are at the core of Örnbratt's debut. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 22, 2015

"A clever, broad collection of short, definitive remarks about life, love, and social phenomena."
A collection of short sayings on a variety of topics, from intelligence and politics to wealth and happiness. Read full book review >
WHEN THE ANIMALS SAVED EARTH by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2015

"Some explicit brutality in the pictures adds sobering notes to this pointed fable. (source note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
In this version of an ancient but topical tale first recorded in 10th-century Iraq, abused animals and the heedless humans who afflict them argue their cases before a celestial judge. Read full book review >
REMEMBERERS by C. Edward Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2015

"A leisurely opening is mere preparation for the fierce struggle to follow—and it's more than worth the wait."
A college student's visions may be effective in a battle against demons in Baldwin's (Fathers House, 2013) supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
GBH by Ted Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"What stays in the mind is the seediness of an offseason resort town and the mix of swank and rot in the Fowlers' London life. Lewis' death meant the loss of an impeccable sociologist of the gutter."
A London porn king tries to ferret out the insider who's destroying his operation in the final novel by noir specialist Lewis (Get Carter, 1970, etc.).Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LIES by Amanda Quick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Quick's fans will not be disappointed in her latest combination of detective story and sexy romance (Otherwise Engaged, 2014, etc.), a pleasing page-turner."
A lady with a secret to hide and a gentleman reputed to be mad make a dandy investigative team. Read full book review >
MISSOULA by Jon Krakauer
Released: April 21, 2015

"A raw and difficult but necessary read."
The bestselling journalist dives into the acquaintance rape scandal that enveloped the University of Montana and members of its football team, coupled with the inability (or refusal?) of local prosecutors to convict accused rapists. 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 >