Books to Discover

The Novel World of Angela Crown by Sala Deib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2014

"Magical realism spurs on this solid debut."
In Deib's debut novel, a personal tragedy leads a woman to obsess over the fates of fictional characters. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"A fast-paced, rewarding read whose combat realism is extraordinary."
A teenager develops a talent for killing, both in and out of the Army, in this riveting Vietnam-era thriller. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore."
Pictures of Seine River bridges frame nighttime views of the French capital in this striking coffee-table collection of photographs. Read full book review >
LATTICEWORK by David B. Libby
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"An engaging novel about a man awakening to the reality of his society."
In this debut sci-fi tale set in a dystopian future, a low-level investigator's life is interrupted when he learns about the darker side of his technologically efficient world. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A fanciful, thought-provoking adventure."
This YA fantasy stars a pair of snake princes who must navigate a world of wonder and deception. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"An accomplished launch of a promising new spirituality-focused small-town series."
Penny Pound, divorced mom, schoolteacher and church organist, gets caught up in the investigations that follow a deadly blaze at a student's home in this first installment of a planned series. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"Slow and occasionally jumbled but ultimately rewarding."
Terrorists in Rio de Janeiro target citizens for a series of cyberattacks and assassinations in Trigueiro's debut thriller. Read full book review >
CITY ON A HILL by Ted Neill
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A notable, impressive debut for sci-fi fans."
Neill's debut novel is a sci-fi tale, spanning four short volumes, about a future society that outlaws religion and all things supernatural after a near apocalypse. Read full book review >
THE PARDONER'S TALE by Morgan Ferdinand
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"This supernatural thriller's humor and well-developed relationships will keep the pages turning."
Ferdinand's sharp debut novel features a shape-shifting private eye who's hellbent on slaying demonic beasts. Read full book review >
A CAFE IN ARCADIA by Steve Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"A drifting, unhurried escape into the insular life of a small town in Greece."
Kerr's debut novel about life in an imaginary rural town in Greece during the 1990s. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A vital tool for sufferers and their families that broadens understanding of a debilitating illness."
In Peterson's (Leave of Absence, 2013, etc.) insightful third novel, a man suffering from various anxiety disorders finds hope after forming an unexpected bond with a troubled foster child. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A wonderfully engaging Western saga that calls for both hands on the reins."
A bloodthirsty debut novel following a 19th-century man's escape from bondage and the sadistic Baton Rouge clan that ruthlessly tracks him all over the American prairie. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >