Starred Reviews for Reid, Crummey, Mendoza, Blackstock, and more!

By Elizabeth Camfiord | November 8 2023 | Starred Reviews

With starred reviews from publications including Booklist, Kirkus ReviewsPublishers Weekly, and Library Journal—your patrons will want to read these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about.


A Novel

“Drawing on the language of cinema and oral history, Mendoza debuts with a beguiling and enticing fever dream of sex and violence in the Mexican desert…Mendoza’s depictions of her troubled characters’ inner lives are as indelible as her monstrous visions. This is impossible to put down.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Come and Get It

“Reid returns after her smash hit Such a Fun Age with a sardonic and no-holds-barred comedy of manners…Reid is a keen observer­—every page sparkles with sharp analysis of her characters. This blistering send-up of academia is interlaced with piercing moral clarity.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

This Wretched Valley

“Kiefer’s debut heralds the arrival of a major new horror talent. Through vivid descriptions of the creepy setting and thoughtful character portraits, Kiefer maintains a feeling of unease and nail-biting tension throughout. Devotees of daylight horror will be entranced.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A terrifying debut, rendered with the intensity and skill of Scott Smith’s cult favorite The Ruins and touches of The Hunger by Alma Katsu and Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. The novel announces Kiefer’s intentions to boldly begin her climb to the top of the genre.”—Library Journal, starred review

The Adversary
A Novel

“Crummey (The Innocents) offers a spellbinding novel of cutthroat sibling rivalry in remote late-19th-century Mockbeggar, Newfoundland, where the desolation of the “gaunt, ascetic coastline” is as much an adversary to locals as the story’s primary antagonist, Abe Strapp.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review


The Age of Deer
Trouble and Kinship with our Wild Neighbors

“Poet and journalist Howsare (How Is Travel a Folded Form?) serves up a poignant meditation on humanity’s relationship with deer…Readers will be enthralled.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

“Physician and healthcare consultant Blackstock skillfully blends biography and advocacy in this passionate debut memoir…It’s a sobering and knowledge study of medical discrimination from someone with a lifetime of experience.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review


The Times
How the Newspaper of Record Survived Scandal, Scorn, and the Transformation of Journalism

“Robert Petkoff delivers a masterful performance of this detailed history of the NEW YORK TIMES from 1976 to 2016. His narration is smooth and nuanced; his tempo and cadence move these fascinating inside stories of the “paper of record” forward.” —Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

The September House

“Kimberly Farr narrates this creepy, mesmerizing story of Margaret and Hal, who purchase their dream home, a beautiful, haunted Victorian… Farr masters every unique character, alive or dead, in this one-woman show.” —Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

“This audiobook’s excellence makes its nearly 19-hour time span fly by. Ari Fliakos is superb in this complex yet supremely accessible performance. He lends his skill to the depiction of Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship and all its backstories and subplots. No nuance of this novel escapes Fliakos: satirical social commentary, tender love story, hilarious missteps of modern life, heartbreaking loss . . . The full kaleidoscope of the human experience simply sings when rendered by his voice.” —Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award