Books to Discover

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A remarkable and gripping account of a boy fleeing a war-torn nation and eventually flourishing in America."
As the rumble of World War II draws closer, a young boy leaves behind his once-comfortable life in Split, Yugoslavia, to embark on a turbulent adventure. Read full book review >
The King of Average by Gary Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A skilled and witty tale about a boy who would be king that should appeal to children and adults."
A supposedly average boy realizes that he's not so mediocre after all in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

THE PSALMIST by Jason Akley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"An absorbing artist's story with a similar structure but darker tone than Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy(1961)."
A sprawling novel detailing the life of a 20th-century blues musician. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A memorable, unexpectedly heartwarming romp."
Lundy's (Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy, 2013) amusing tale of two hapless Illinoisans trying to raise quick cash in French wine country. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"An affecting tale of a man's immersion in the civil rights movement."
An intricately woven story of love, race, and politics set in the 1960s. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2016

"A clever tale of cops whose entertaining rivalry is both affecting and conducive to solving murders."
The case of a media mogul who goes inexplicably missing from her own yacht turns into a murder investigation for two New York City detectives in Chadwell's debut thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Smith knows the Civil War in his bones, and his novel will leave readers emotionally drained but grateful."
This lean Civil War sequel packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic. Read full book review >
Mine by Katie Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"An intense, perceptive tale of two sisters grappling with a turbulent family history."
In this debut novel, a woman learns a truth as old as literature: she can't escape the past just by moving away and up. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"An impressive novel, brimming with action and history, with a lead character that has enough swagger for future adventures."
A filmmaker comes to terms with his past in Southeast Asia while battling denizens of the criminal underworld in this debut political thriller. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 5, 2016

"Young readers who love to pretend will see Gracie as a kindred spirit and look forward to future seasonal adventures in this planned kids' book series."
A girl and her dog rescue pretend dinosaurs, aliens, and whales in this debut ode to imaginative play by O'Kelly with illustrations by Farrell.Read full book review >
Reticence by Valerie Albemarle
FICTION & LITERATURE

"If the title From Russia, with Love wasn't already taken, it would be apt for this bittersweet, thoughtful rumination on family ties and the Soviet motherland."
In Albemarle's (Michael, 2015, etc.) novel, the daughter of immigrants suddenly unleashes her long-stifled creativity and uncovers family secrets when she starts writing a fictional story based on her parents' flight from the USSR.Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2014

"An unmissable fantasy tale that marries gorgeous prose to a lavishly detailed plot."
In this rousing epic-fantasy debut, two unlikely lovers forge a bond in the midst of a war between immortal kings. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >