Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

OUTPATIENTS by Sasha Issenberg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 6, 2016

"Policymakers will benefit from the author's densely detailed but accessible, on-the-ground reporting of an increasingly commonplace phenomenon with serious implications for the future of health care."
Monocle Washington correspondent Issenberg (The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, 2012, etc.) describes the rise of medical tourism, which draws patients from around the world to such unexpected places as Hungary, the acknowledged dental capital of Europe, and Thailand, whose government touts it as the "Medical Hub of Asia." Read full book review >
SHRINKING THE EARTH by Donald Worster
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 3, 2016

"A bracing, intelligent survey of wealth become immiseration, essential for students of environmental history."
Eminent historian Worster (Emeritus, American History/Univ. of Kansas; A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir, 2008, etc.) offers a concise, often elegiac account of the end of the American centuries.Read full book review >

UNITED STATES OF JIHAD by Peter L. Bergen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Thoughtful and sensitive, Bergen's book faces a nightmare scenario head-on."
A frightening survey of Islamic terrorists bred on American soil. Read full book review >
HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Let's hope there's more of that good feeling to come in this terrific series."
Hap and Leonard, the East Texas duo of two-fisted do-gooders, return in the ninth novel about their adventures. Read full book review >
A WEIRD AND WILD BEAUTY by Erin Peabody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A lively, richly detailed account of exploration, conservation, and natural history. (photos, maps, endnotes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
If Peabody's impassioned, vividly written chronicle of how Yellowstone became a national park does not make readers want to visit, nothing will. Read full book review >

THE POINT IS by Lee Eisenberg
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Challengingly thought-provoking, Eisenberg's self-probing processes will encourage anyone to further ponder the meaning of life."
A meditation on the relevance of celebrating one's ever unfolding life story through the preservation and recognition of memories. Read full book review >
KINGFISHER by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Fantasy lovers looking for a lighter touch amid all those vampires, zombies, werewolves, and industrial-strength malefactors will find this a refreshing change of pace."
A delicately wrought, twinkle-eyed fantasy from the accomplished author of The Bards of Bone Plain (2010, etc.).Read full book review >
REMEMBRANCE by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A fun and satisfying grown-up update on Suze's life."
Suze Simon faces a curse and an angry ghost in the first adult installment of Cabot's Mediator series (Twilight, 2004, etc.).Read full book review >
WICKED SEXY LIAR by Christina Lauren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A hypersexy, sophisticated romance that perfectly captures the hunger, thrill, and doubt of young, modern love."
When a surfing mishap convinces London that going home with lady-killer Luke is a good idea, she's drawn to him despite his reputation. Read full book review >
A DECENT RIDE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This novel isn't for the squeamish, prudish, or faint of heart."
When Ronald Checker hops into the back of Terry "Juice" Lawson's taxi late one night in Edinburgh, on the eve of Hurricane Bawbag, Terry finds himself entangled in various webs of love, lust, money, and violence. Read full book review >
THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Guskin's debut novel tells a sentimental story with a murder mystery at its core, and it's interesting even if you don't go for the premise."
A single mom confronts the possibility that her troubled 4-year-old is the reincarnated spirit of a murdered child. Read full book review >
GINNY GALL by Charlie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A riveting protagonist moves through unbearable racial carnage into a kind of legend."
A violent and sorrowful Jim Crow South brims in this brutal novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >