BESTSELLERS

DEAR POPE FRANCIS by Pope Francis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016
As Spadaro writes, Pope Francis understands that "One must not complicate God, especially if this complication distances God from the people." People's Pope indeed. (Religion. 4-12)Read full book review >
ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? by Frans de Waal
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 25, 2016
After this edifying book, a trip to the zoo may never be the same. Read full book review >

EXTREME PREY by John Sandford

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016
An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines. Read full book review >
THE HATERS by Jesse Andrews

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 5, 2016
A teen road trip packed with music and drama. There's plenty here to both love and hate. (Fiction. 14-17)Read full book review >
LOVE THAT BOY by Ron Fournier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016
Good advice backed by research coupled with personal reflections by a father on how to let children grow up to be individuals rather than miniature versions of their parents. Read full book review >

MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
An admirably seriocomic look at a headlong leap into maturity. Read full book review >
MAESTRA by L.S. Hilton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Billed as erotic suspense, this is not a book for suspense fans; it's more a portrait of a sociopathic woman with a voracious appetite for sexual adventure. Read full book review >
ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Delight in this tale for its hilarious and endearing family drama, but don't expect to get the same level of romantics and Darcy-inflicted swoon that make the original untouchable. Read full book review >
THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Riddled with implausible situations and light on the research, this plodding tale is for die-hard Baldacci fans only. Read full book review >
RED by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
Fairy-tale fun with resonant depth makes for another solid outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
Once again, DiCamillo demonstrates the power of simple words in a beautiful and wise tale. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE YET? by Dan Santat
Kirkus Star
by Dan Santat, illustrated by Dan Santat

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
A multilayered, modern-day parable reminding readers there's no greater gift than the present. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >