Books to Discover (page 2)

THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2015

"Crime-fiction fans in search of depravity and gore will race through this swift thriller."
A tale of bloody murders in Baltimore by a killer who can swap his face for another. Read full book review >
LEAVE OF ABSENCE by Tanya J. Peterson
Released: May 6, 2013

"A heartrending, realistic story about grief, depression and schizophrenia that finds positivity in the darkest of moments."
Following the untimely death of his wife and son and a failed suicide attempt, a grief-stricken father is admitted to a psychiatric hospital where he struggles to find renewed hope and meaning in life. Read full book review >

DON'T ORDER DOG by C.T. Wente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2013

"A fiendishly tricky (sometimes-overcomplicated) thriller with a brain, a sense of humor and a promising heroine."
Anonymous love letters sent to a young bartender catch the attention of a Homeland Security agent in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A rich, exotic journey that will leave you reaching for your passport."
In a bohemian odyssey set in the 1960s, a young man just out of college backpacks around the world, sampling hash, sex, acid, and illumination as the Vietnam War rages. Read full book review >
The Journal by Matthew DeRiso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2012

"A misty-eyed paean to traditional romantic bliss."
A man searches for true love, as told through a year of journal entries. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"A robust tale of violence and vendettas."
A family saga of betrayal, brutality, and Sicilian honor. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Imaginative storytelling with real literary depth."
Lush landscapes, enchanted happenings, tangled roots and violence suffuse this beguiling collection of stories set in the highlands of Guatemala. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2013

"A wonderful slice of history that animates mid-19th century Texas."
Historical fiction is anything but boring in McIlvain's (Legacy, 2012, etc.) latest work. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >