Books to Discover (page 4)

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
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
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 >
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 >
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 >

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
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 >
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 >
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
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >