Kirkus Reviews: Digital Edition

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July 01, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 13

Two women investigators cross paths in Christopher Brookmyre's offbeat tale of ruthless mobsters in Glasgow; Bob Spitz presents an engrossing biography of the iconic Julia Child; Louise Erdrich turns her focus to Omakayas' children in the fourth volume of her Birchbark House series; and more

June 15, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 12

Nobel winner Elie Wiesel continues to remind us of the brilliant possibilities of the philosophical and political novel; Eric Jay Dolin returns with a rich, highly readable story of America's first voyages to the Middle Kingdom; Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz delivers a gloriously intricate multi-voiced gothic fantasy; and more

June 01, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 11

Hollywood operators and creative washouts collide in Jess Walter's superb romp; Science writer Sam Kean impressively renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers; Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead explores the dimensions of friendship in an intimate Brooklyn setting; and more

May 15, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 10

Look inside for the 2012 BEA big book guide; Featuring industry-first reviews of the biggest BEA titles in Adult and Children's & Teen; and more; BEA supplement uploaded separately

2012 BEA Big Book Guide

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275 book reviews, exclusive author interviews and our critics' picks of the best books at this year's show; and more

May 01, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 9

Rajesh Parameswaran marvels with an inventive and witty debut story collection; Inside Job director Charles Ferguson provides a concise, cogent assessment of the 2008 banking disaster and how the fallout has affected the country; Jim Murphy and Alison Blank pen an engrossing biography of tuberculosis, illustrating it with a wealth of eye-opening archival images; and more

April 15, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 8

Jo Baker offers up an impressive family saga that is poignant and rarely predictable; Michael J. Sandel returns with an exquisitely reasoned, skillfully written treatise on big issues of everyday life; Mary Downing Hahn dissects the effects of a double murder on a whole community in a gripping historical thriller; and more

April 01, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 7

A joyful return to Africa turns into a nightmare in Paul Theroux’s great new novel; Robert Caro delivers the eagerly anticipated fourth volume in his epic Lyndon Johnson biography; The man who discovered T. rex receives an affectionate, energetic appreciation from Tracey Fern and Boris Kulikov; and more

March 15, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 6

Toni Morrison returns with a deceptively rich and cumulatively powerful novel about a black soldier’s return from the Korean War; acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen pens an unfailingly elegant and thoughtful collection of essays; Kristin Cashore takes readers back to the Seven Kingdoms in an exhilarating and provocative companion to Graceling and Fire; and more