Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

THE DYING GRASS by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Telegraphic and episodic—so much so that it recalls the later work of Eduardo Galeano—Vollmann's saga is a note-perfect incantation. Stunning."
The indefatigable, seemingly inexhaustible Vollmann (Last Stories and Other Stories, 2014, etc.) returns with another impossibly long—and peerless—book, this one an epic study of the Nez Percé War of 1877.Read full book review >
CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Ernest Hemingway, who met Markham on safari two years before her Atlantic crossing, tagged her as 'a high-grade bitch' but proclaimed her 1942 memoir West with the Night 'bloody wonderful.' Readers might even say the same of McLain's sparkling prose and sympathetic reimagining."
A full-throttle dive into the psyche and romantic attachments of Beryl Markham—whose 1936 solo flight across the Atlantic in a two-seater prop plane (carrying emergency fuel in the extra seat) transfixed the world. Read full book review >

THE MALONEYS' MAGICAL WEATHERBOX by Nigel Quinlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A boisterous, gusty romp and an exhilarating debut. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Meteorological catastrophe threatens when an evildoer brings all four Seasons to Ireland at once. Read full book review >
NAGASAKI by Susan Southard
HISTORY
Released: July 28, 2015

"A valiant, moving work of research certain to provoke vigorous discussion."
Intense, deeply detailed, and compassionate account of the atomic bomb's effects on the people and city of Nagasaki, then and now. Read full book review >
LET ME TELL YOU by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"There's an old-fashioned feel to Jackson's language and setups, but her stories never fail to deliver. For fans of midcentury suspense, it doesn't get much better than this."
Unpublished and uncollected work by the celebrated author of The Haunting of Hill House (1959) and other neo-Gothic chillers.Read full book review >

PEPPER & POE by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A sparkling addition to the new-sibling bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Life is good for Pepper, the household's only cat, until Poe arrives—now nothing will be the same, as the new siblings navigate toys, space, and ultimately, friendship. Read full book review >
8 by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A distinctive animal alphabet presents a counting game. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE? by Sonali Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Utterly charming. (Board book. 2-3)"
All the Dots in Dot Town gather for a swell meal, but one of their number is missing. Read full book review >
PRETTY BABY by Mary Kubica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"This book will give insomniacs a compelling reason to sit up all night."
Things go dangerously wrong when a middle-class wife and mother impulsively opens her home to a homeless teen and her tiny baby in Kubica's sophomore novel. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT STAGES by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Highly satisfying on many levels, this novel will have book clubs basking in its big symbols and abuzz over Tamara's final decision; for when the fog lifts, there are two planes outside: one to New York and one to Shannon."
Grounded by fog during a layover, a woman heading to New York recalls growing up in wartime England and the lover she has just left in Ireland in this thoughtful, multifaceted work. Read full book review >
THE REDEEMERS by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 21, 2015

"Colson's fifth (The Forsaken, 2014, etc.) is another wild ride for a flawed, valiant hero who's impossible to dislike."
The sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, is out of a job but not out of trouble. Read full book review >
MUMMY CAT by Marcus Ewert
Kirkus Star
by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Elegantly designed for young fans of ancient Egypt, this sweet ghost story of a pet's love for its owner transcends time. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"Deep within this maze of stone, / a creature wakes up, all alone." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >