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ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
More trite truthiness from Coelho. Read full book review >
MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown

VERDICT: SKIP IT
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable. Read full book review >

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
Despite its epic size and aspirations, the novel is underpopulated and often underwritten, a quality that does make its richer moments stand out while stoking the appetite for more of those in fewer pages. Read full book review >
EXCELLENT SHEEP by William Deresiewicz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate. Read full book review >
THE ORGANIZED MIND by Daniel J. Levitin
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
A prolific genre of books covers this subject, but Levitin holds his own, and his examination of brain function stands out. Read full book review >

PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan
by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
The inevitable go-to for Percy's legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories. (Mythology. 10-14)Read full book review >
FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Less wacky (and more instructive) than Scieszka's Spaceheadz series—but just as much fun. (Science fiction/humor. 8-12)Read full book review >
FOUR by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: SKIP IT
ROMANCE
Released: July 8, 2014
For fans only; but their number is legion. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)Read full book review >
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Another tour de force from Japan's greatest living novelist. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book. Read full book review >
FOOL'S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hobb is hardly the first to stumble in reviving a long-dormant series, nor will she be the last. Read full book review >
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lawrence Wright
September 15, 2014

Lawrence Wright has written books that investigate Scientology, al-Qaida, religion in America and the psychology of twinship, among other topics. He received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Looming Tower. His new book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is about “one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century,” when an unpopular president was able behind the scenes to convince two proud, intransigent leaders of the Middle East to compromise. We ask Wright about uncovering the details of the story in this Kirkus TV interview. View video >