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A ROOM by Youval Shimoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A literary monument or a chore? Shimoni's heavily experimental book has been likened to J.R. Gaddis' The Recognitions and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, but it lacks their depth and humanity and shares with them mostly only their length."
Interlocking tales of art, power, and the sometimes very odd behavior of creators. Read full book review >
REDEEMING THE GREAT EMANCIPATOR by Allen C. Guelzo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A clear, concise look at one aspect of Lincoln, the man and the president."
Lincoln scholar Guelzo (Civil War Era/Gettysburg Coll.; Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, 2013, etc.) explores race in America as an element of African-American history as affected by Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Declaration.Read full book review >

THE GREAT LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A valedictory work full of erudition and heart."
The late, great Mexican novelist and critic (1928-2012) offers a personal history of the fiction he admired. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Demi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A picture-book portrait that's beautiful as well as admiring. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
With a jewel cutter's precision of image and a like economy of language, Demi tells the story of the 16th U.S. president. Read full book review >
In Her Own Sweet Time by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"An accessible, insightful look at today's modern families."
A journalist and single mom updates her memoir/social-sciences book about emerging routes to parenthood. Read full book review >

TOO MANY CARROTS by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"Superficially appealing; much less so upon closer examination. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When Rabbit's unbridled mania for collecting carrots leaves him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to put him up. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT THE ZOO by Sherryn Craig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"It may not be great literature, but it's a valuable STEM and Common Core tool. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Math, basketball, and a trip to the zoo. Read full book review >
THE PASSION OF MADEMOISELLE S. by Jean-Yves Berthault
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A sad history of a woman consumed by passion and despair."
Steamy sex in 1920s Paris. Read full book review >
THE REVOLVING DOOR OF LIFE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"As usual, it's hard to tell from moment to moment which disturbances in Smith's universe (Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers, 2015, etc.) will pass after a momentary frisson and which will lead to serious ethical dilemmas. A bit like life, when you think about it."
More comings and goings at 44 Scotland St. and in its charming Edinburgh environs. Read full book review >
ONE MORE TICKLE! by Sam McBratney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This will give readers a case of the giggles, but they won't be rolling on the floor in hysterics. (Board book. 1-3)"
The lovable hares return for a ticklefest. Read full book review >
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A pleasant rendering of a classic song. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals ride a bus through town. Read full book review >
DEEP-SEA DIVER by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fine read for any tot that loves adventure. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear travels under the sea. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >