Books to Discover

FICTION & LITERATURE

"The only unsatisfying feature of Parry's debut is that it ends."
This lighthearted, sparkling novel presents the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a man, his dog, his mother's ghost and other assorted characters. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2014

"Satirical look at the restaurant industry and those who feed and are fed by it, with witty conversations and an intriguing man in the kitchen."
A restaurateur takes desperate measures in Lawrence's delectably dark debut novel. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An engrossing collection giving ordinary people their due."
This collection of short stories cleverly exploits the idea of descansos, those impromptu roadside shrines that commemorate loss, calling to mind both those who have left and those who are left.Read full book review >
A Long Way Back by J. Everett  Prewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2015

"A fresh re-examination of race in the military."
Prewitt's (Snake Walkers, 2005) mystery confronts the wages of both war and racial conflict. Read full book review >
Tainted Harvest by Nancy Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"A deft work of historical fiction with a timely message about the perils of marginalizing and demonizing the 'Other.'"
Novelist Smith (The Slow Kill, 2014) gives voice to a pivotal figure in an infamous period of American history. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2013

"A devilishly rich, satisfying scientific confection."
In Karp's debut young-adult novel, three preteens compete to prove their connection to famous scientists who died more than a decade ago. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2013

"Crackerjack genre yarns with real literary depth and polish."
Mundane reality mixes with the magical and the macabre in this scintillating collection of speculative fiction. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2014

"An eccentric collection of fantastical, funny and puzzling tales."
Matthews' marvelously entertaining debut short story collection is equal parts hysterically zany and forebodingly dark. Read full book review >
DESCENDING LINES by L. Andrew Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2013

"An undeniably horrific thriller."
A Grand Guignol cat-and-mouse tale about a monstrous husband pursuing his fleeing wife. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Surreal, poetic and unforgettable: a truly original voice."
In this one-of-a-kind novel, a South Florida man living with hallucinations falls in love and meets danger along the way. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer."
High jinks ensue in this picaresque novel when an author sets out 'round the world to shepherd his short story through several translations. Read full book review >
Stuck by Stacey D. Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A moving story steered by a likable if imperfect heroine whose combination of grit and hard luck will win readers' hearts."
A charming, sincere coming-of-age story set in a claustrophobic Canadian fishing town. 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 >