BESTSELLERS

LILA by Marilynne Robinson

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next. Read full book review >
PARIS MATCH by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
All this, and much less, is played out against a generic Paris that, apart from the title and the dust jacket illustration, could have been St. Petersburg, Prague or Pittsburgh. Read full book review >

NORA WEBSTER by Colm Tóibín
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A novel of mourning, healing and awakening; its plainspoken eloquence never succumbs to the sentimentality its heroine would reject. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
"What would Anita Brookner do?" asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it. Read full book review >
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying. Read full book review >

SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging. Read full book review >
WORTHY FIGHTS by Leon Panetta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Predictable passages aside, Panetta offers a valuable portrait of how things get done in Washington—cautiously, like this memoir, and with exquisite calculation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives. Read full book review >
THE CALLING by James Frey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A poor start, but future installments might be worth it. (Adventure. 12-16)Read full book review >
THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A must for fans of Kristin Cashore's Fire (2009) and other totally immersive fantasies. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
LITTLE HUMANS by Brandon Stanton
by Brandon Stanton, photographed by Brandon Stanton

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
These humans may be little, but their photos bring large delight. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >