Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

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 >

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 >
THE UNDERWRITING by Michelle Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A more intricate Devil Wears Prada for the tech generation."
A bunch of emotionally and morally stunted millennials run into trouble when they try to take a questionable dating app public. Read full book review >

THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal."
After a farm couple is murdered in Montreal in the wake of a blizzard, newly retired DS Émile Cinq-Mars is asked by an FBI agent to look into possible connections with similar killings in New Orleans. Read full book review >
MAKE SOMETHING UP by Chuck Palahniuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Pathos and panic and penitence from one of the darkest and most singular minds in contemporary American lit."
Palahniuk (Beautiful You, 2014, etc.) comes roaring back from a stretch of experimentalism with 23 tales celebrating his ongoing affection for the macabre.Read full book review >
THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES by Nina Berry
Released: May 26, 2015

"Scary in all the right places, with a strong setup for the sequel. (Suspense. 13-15)"
In 1961, a troubled but immensely clever starlet is roped into dangerous Cold War intrigue. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY PARK by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child newly arrived from the country is dismayed to discover that the pocket park next to her urban building is, despite its name, lacking butterflies. Read full book review >
THE ROCKS by Peter Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A literary island vacation with a worldly, wonderfully salacious storyteller."
The lives and loves of expatriates on Mallorca, shaped by a 60-year-old misunderstanding. Read full book review >
MAYUMI AND THE SEA OF HAPPINESS by Jennifer Tseng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Tseng explores time and place, isolation and connection, and veers more toward the lyrical than the lurid."
A sense of longing suffuses Tseng's sexy, sad debut novel about a 41-year-old librarian who embarks on an affair with a shy, handsome high school student. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ON A PLATE by Mina Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A culinary adventure that delights on many levels and leaves readers hungering for more."
In her first book, Guardian Cook editor Holland salutes classic dishes from a few dozen different countries. 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 >