BESTSELLERS

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Fiction with the condensed power of poetry: Strout deepens her mastery with each new work, and her psychological acuity has never required improvement. Read full book review >
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 1, 2016
Epic adventure and steamy smooches make for a crowd-pleasing formula. (Fantasy. 13-18)Read full book review >

PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)Read full book review >
MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
THE GUEST ROOM by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
A compulsively readable train wreck. Read full book review >

THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Tons of period details, especially about clothing, round out a highly satisfying and smart breast-clutcher from this Newbery-winning author. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015
Albeit slightly drawn out as it rolls to its conclusion, Koontz's novel cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness. Read full book review >
CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell. Read full book review >
ON TOUR by Zoe Sugg

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Cool clothes, trendy music, and matters of the heart make for a pleasant sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >