Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

MEASURELESS NIGHT by Chris Culver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"A riveting page-turner whose author is a worthy heir to the late Robert B. Parker."
In Culver's (Nine Years Gone, 2014, etc.) latest police thriller, a woman is killing the people who sent her husband to death row, and police detective Ash Rashid must stop her. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2015

"A ray of sunshine for those with similar struggles."
The odds for a positive outcome from pregnancy while battling cancer might seem improbably long, but Hosford's hopeful debut memoir proves that, with a little bit of luck and lots of grit, it is entirely possible. Read full book review >

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"Those who have been immersed in Holt since Plainsong(1999) will appreciate one last visit."
A sweet love story about the twilight years. Read full book review >
Portraits at an Exhibition by Patrick E. Horrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"A challenging, worthwhile account of the workings of the mind amid the contemplation of art and beauty."
Horrigan (Widescreen Dreams, 2001) sets his debut novel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where the central character, Robin, slowly travels through an exhibition titled "Motions of the Mind: The Renaissance Portrait and Its Legacy." Read full book review >
THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >

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 >
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 >