Books to Discover (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2012

"An honest, heartfelt memoir about coming out and transitioning."
Birch's candid new memoir recalls her punishing adolescent boyhood and the difficult pursuit of self-realization. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"An enthralling first novel."
When the secrets behind an intriguing nude portrait trickle out into the open, a photographer and her artist lover must grapple with the fallout in Sisu's masterful debut. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2014

"Far more than just a paint-by-numbers story of a small town."
In Halverson's debut novel, a mysterious mural appears overnight on the side of a building in an Arizona town, sparking a range of emotions and examinations of life. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2012

"Witty and engaging, this short novel will provide readers a dose of hilarity and a quick cure for the workaday blues."
The laugh-out-loud tale of how a hapless accountant endures a three-day coma in the company of another soul in limbo, observing the gritty, often bizarre goings-on of an inner-city emergency room. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2013

"A dead-on satire—with a heart—of the reality TV scene from a knowledgeable, witty insider."
When a long-running documentary series is cancelled, the show's filmmakers must navigate a new reality TV landscape in this satiric novel. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"Beautiful and chilling—a brilliant debut.
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In Tomkins' (Dynasty: Fifty Years of Shankly's Liverpool, 2013, etc.) novel, a forensic artist's romantic obsessions and traumatic past rise to the surface as he works on a cold case.Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"A superb tale of the druggie lifestyle, by a writer with talent to burn."
Young drug dealers cope with love, loss and voracious smack habits in this scintillating saga of Chicago's lowlife demimonde. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 18, 2014

"Swashbuckling tales for young readers that could bring smiles for older readers, too."
A pair of remarkable youngsters—one disguising his age, the other disguising her sex and age—participates in significant battles of the American Revolution and meets many of the chief architects of the American Experiment. Read full book review >
HOPE FOR GARBAGE by Alex Tully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 17, 2014

"The fulfilling story of a young man who can turn trash into treasure."
Tully's debut novel concerns the coming-of-age of a teenage boy in suburban Cleveland. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 24, 2014

"An important, accessible take on understanding autism spectrum disorder."
In this debut children's book, a young bunny and his parents deal with his diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Mars needs milk in this tongue-in-cheek, slam-bang bit of YA escapism that's best for members of the PlayStation-playing generation."
In LeVasseur's debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A funny, exciting novel for young readers that's likely to find many fans."
A middle-grade debut fantasy-adventure novel about a student with a knack for getting in trouble. 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 >