Books to Discover (page 4)

Released: March 23, 2015

"Sharp writing and realistic characters triumph over a timeworn theme."
In this first novel by a father-and-daughter team, a Native American girl must accept her special gifts in order to fight an evil that threatens the human race. Read full book review >
Warchild's Dreams by V Anna Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 17, 2014

"An edgy YA fantasy featuring a strong heroine who must use her wits and inner strength to survive."
In Smith's debut fantasy novella, the first in a planned trilogy, a teenager is held captive by her father after her mother's death. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 3, 2014

"A genuine, upbeat bildungsroman of African-American high school life."
A debut YA novel of high school drama that's just as rambunctious as its narrator. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance writer for hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A multigenre espionage tale that's unquestionably entertaining."
In Douglas' debut sci-fi thriller, an anonymous source puts a former FBI agent on the trail of a government conspiracy involving aliens. Read full book review >

THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"A leisurely paced but ultimately rewarding, riveting thriller."
A sea voyage from the U.S. to Italy churns up whirlwind romance and a strong possibility of murder in Wickard's (A Perfect Setup, 2013, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2015

"Rife with action, suspense, and a final act that's fully energized."
Various intelligence agencies scramble to get their hands on Albert Einstein's lost manuscript, the solution to the Theory of Everything, in Dimodica's (Covert Matters, 2008) thriller. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >