Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
GOOSEBERRY PARK AND THE MASTER PLAN by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers new to Gooseberry Park will hope they don't have to wait another 20 years for the next book. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twenty years after the publication of Gooseberry Park (1995), Rylant returns with a sequel. Read full book review >

THE ESTABLISHMENT by Owen Jones
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 21, 2015

"An invigorating book with much fodder for thought on this side of the Atlantic."
Vigorous polemic on the makeup of England's ruling elite, with eerie parallels to the inequality in the United States. Read full book review >
MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although the crimes and their perpetrators are far-fetched, readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again."
Perennial bestseller Baldacci unveils an offbeat hero with an unusual skill set and tragic past who takes on the evil mastermind behind a devastating school shooting. Read full book review >
BEAUTY'S KINGDOM by A.N. Roquelaure
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Hard-core? Yes. Overwritten? For sure. Guilty pleasure? Absolutely."
Years after Roquelaure (Beauty's Release, 1999, etc.) first published the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, placing the popular fairy tale within an adult, erotic world, she returns to continue the saga.Read full book review >
THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"An intriguing and seriously innovative attempt to grapple with some of the issues raised by the 21st century's obsession with social media."
Social science fiction from the author of Burning Paradise (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE BONE TREE by Greg Iles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Fans will find that the pace has picked up a touch from the first volume—and that's a good thing. We'll need to wait for the next one before toting up the body count, but it's sure to be massive."
The second installment of his hard-boiled Natchez trilogy finds Iles' (Natchez Burning, 2014, etc.) hero Penn Cage on even swampier, and surely deadlier, ground than before.Read full book review >
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender."
A Canadian grad student, newly pregnant with her married professor's baby, must navigate a world altered by a pandemic in which blonde women attack the people around them in this smart new literary thriller from Schultz (Heaven Is Small, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
WHEN THE NIGHT COMES by Favel Parrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"An accretion of exquisite moments."
A soulful fictional homage to a beloved Antarctic vessel, from Australian author Parrett (Past theShallows, 2014).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 >