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Exophobic: Making Waves by D. Kenton Mellott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2015

"Leisurely paced but intelligent and profound, even at its goofiest."
An agency monitoring illegal manipulation of electromagnetic waves may have uncovered an attempt to control humanity in Mellott's (Exophobe, 2012, etc.) latest sci-fi outing. Read full book review >
THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >

LOVING DAY by Mat Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Johnson is asking hard questions about race in America but he's using an awfully tame approach to work out the answers, at least this go-round."
A middle-aged failure struggles with his identity and masculinity when he's forced to return home to Philly. Read full book review >
RADIANT ANGEL by Nelson DeMille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action."
DeMille (The Panther, 2012, etc.) follows former NYPD detective John Corey, the bane of Middle Eastern terrorists, after he's contracted to the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Read full book review >
GUMPTION by Nick Offerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet."
An actor's comedic exploration into America's most gumption-exemplifying citizens. Read full book review >

LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL by Caroline Linden
ROMANCE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart, poignant, deftly written romance with characters who remind us that good can triumph and love can heal."
Lord Atherton is the last man on Earth Penelope Weston wants to marry, but when a scandal forces her to do just that, they're surprised to discover they're a perfect match, though not everyone is pleased with the union. Read full book review >
A MATCH FOR MARCUS CYNSTER by Stephanie Laurens
ROMANCE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Laurens maintains her stylish storytelling in another compelling romance with a hint of suspense and an interesting look at gender roles, power, and partnership."
When Niniver Carrick, the lady of her clan, is harassed by men looking to marry her and usurp her leadership, she turns to neighbor Marcus Cynster for help, never expecting that she might well have met her match in life and love. Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUS SCIENTISTS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. Read full book review >
JFK AND LBJ by Godfrey Hodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A deeply detailed, fascinating characterization of two men, a country, and an era. Sometimes it takes a non-American to see what we all missed."
British commentator Hodgson (Martin Luther King, 2009, etc.) dissects the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.Read full book review >
COUNTERNARRATIVES by John Keene
Released: May 26, 2015

"These stories can be challenging, but at their best, they can be revelatory, and they sometimes end on haunting notes."
The stories in this collection use daring, sometimes-fragmented structures to examine bleak moments in American history—and help trace the effects of those moments to the present day. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENCE DAY by Ben Coes
THRILLERS
Released: May 26, 2015

"A realistic and entertaining page turner."
Elite operative Dewey Andreas returns to protect America from nuclear annihilation. Read full book review >
REMEMBER ME THIS WAY by Sabine Durrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite the book's shortcomings, the author redeems herself in the end, displaying undeniable growth and sharpened literary skills since her first novel."
Durrant's sophomore effort (Under Your Skin, 2014) tackles the complicated, dark, and disturbing mind of a manipulative and often abusive man who may—or may not—be dead.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >