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DEVIATE by Tracy Clark
ROMANCE
Released: March 5, 2015

"A solid if not terribly original sequel to Scintillate (2014). (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
As a member of the Scintilla, 17-year-old Cora possesses the rare ability to see people's auras, making her both an object of desire and a target for harm. Read full book review >
THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2015

"Magnificently bizarre, irreverent and bitingly witty, this outlandish novel is grounded by likable characters and their raw experiences. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Three stories wind round one another in unexpected ways in this science-fiction offering peppered with recurring symbols. Read full book review >

TRAVELS IN VERMEER by Michael White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2015

"An enchanting book about the transformative power of art."
A memoir exploring how Johannes Vermeer's paintings bestow bountiful gifts. Read full book review >
The Hidden and the Maiden by Eben
Released: March 4, 2015

"An occasionally bizarre, often fascinating paranormal thriller."
In Mishkin's debut supernatural thriller, two men investigate a medium who may be compelling a powerful god to do his bidding. Read full book review >
THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION by James M. McPherson
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2015

"These authoritative essays, most of which appeared previously in various formats, will appeal mainly to serious students and specialists."
A pre-eminent historian reflects on the Civil War's lasting impact on the nation. Read full book review >

WILD WOOD by Posie Graeme-Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"More gripping entertainment from a seasoned professional."
Revisiting the interconnected-mysteries-separated-by-centuries setup that worked so well in The Island House (2012, etc.), Graeme-Evans sends an Australian adoptee searching for her birth mother to a castle on the England-Scotland border.Read full book review >
BUNNIES by Laura Ellen Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Cheery and colorful, though not extraordinary. (Board book. 1-3)"
A cluster of bunnies plays the day away. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Needless to say, effective humor is extremely personal. For those who have found Barry funny in a good way, these latest essays will cause outright, prolonged laughter."
Humorist Barry (You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, 2014, etc.) departs from the collections of his now-defunct syndicated newspaper column and his goofy full-length novels to write a dozen original essays gathered loosely around a theme: happiness and its discontents.Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE CHAMP DE MARS by Cara Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Aimée's 15th outing is a killer, with all the suspense, all the surprise and all the Parisian flavor you'd expect from Black."
Aimée Leduc (Murder in Pigalle, 2014, etc.) puts everything on the line to solve her most vexing cold case—the murder of her father.Read full book review >
IF YOU PLANT A SEED by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though the message is as old as time, its delivery here is fresh and sweet as August corn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nelson spins a gardening metaphor about kindness. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 3, 2015

"Strange, unusual in form and dislocating—especially if you have an older-model linear mind. For those qualities alone, this is worth a look, though its hipper-than-thou self-satisfaction runs close to the surface of a superficial book."
"There's no shopping in Star Wars." But then, where does Luke Skywalker get all his cool gear? That's a question that this provocative book never fully answers.Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. 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 >