Released: July 9, 2013

"A bracing, no-nonsense memoir, infused with fresh takes on love, death and human nature."
Five stellar personal essays by Norman (Creative Writing/Univ. of Maryland; What Is Left the Daughter, 2010, etc.) that shed light on his melancholy, tragedy-struck fiction and larger human failures. Read full book review >
Released: March 26, 2013

"A vivid, colorful evocation of a charged era."
A fully fleshed-out portrait of the battle between the interventionists and isolationists in the 18 months leading up to Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

A FORT OF NINE TOWERS by Qais Akbar Omar
Released: April 16, 2013

"A gorgeously rich tapestry of an amazing life and culture."
A carpet designer and businessman's profoundly moving account of a childhood and adolescence lived amid the Afghan civil war. Read full book review >
THE UNWINDING by George Packer
Released: May 21, 2013

"Exemplary journalism that defines a sobering, even depressing matter. A foundational document in the literature of the end of America—the end, that is, for the moment."
New Yorker writer Packer (Interesting Times: Writing from a Turbulent Decade, 2009, etc.) ranges across the country to chronicle the time when "the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way." Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2013

"A book that should be on every thinking person's shelf—the perfect primer for anyone interested in the development of Western civilization."
Pagden (Political Science and History/UCLA; Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West, 2008, etc.) demonstrates the breadth and depth of his knowledge and his impeccable research of the period we refer to as the Enlightenment. Read full book review >

Released: July 30, 2013

"Enriched by Paterniti's singular art of storytelling, this is a deeply satisfying voyage across a remarkable landscape into the mysteries and joys of the human heart."
A beguiling, multifaceted narrative larded with delightful culinary, historical, political, psychological and literary layers, set in the kingdom of Castile with a piece of cheese in the starring role. Read full book review >
BUNKER HILL by Nathaniel Philbrick
Released: April 30, 2013

"A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering."
National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Philbrick (Why Read Moby-Dick, 2011, etc.) will be a candidate for another award with this ingenious, bottom-up look at Boston from the time of the December 1773 Tea Party to the iconic June 1775 battle. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A richly researched, gripping narrative about war, suffering, survival, corruption, injustice and morality."
After World War II, why did the United States admit many high-level ex-Nazis for a variety of purposes (the space program, anti-Soviet espionage) but relentlessly pursue prison guard John Demjanjuk? Read full book review >