BESTSELLERS

UNCAGED by John Sandford

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: July 22, 2014
The author's name will gain this book attention, but far better books are available for genre fans. (Thriller. 15-18)Read full book review >
POWER PLAY by Catherine Coulter

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2014
But the result, however action-packed, is less thrilling than her best. Read full book review >

THE CITY by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
Koontz offers a passable modern fairy tale about good and evil, love and loyalty. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF LIES by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
A sad, beautifully written, contemplative testament. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A MAD DIVA by Joan Rivers

VERDICT: SKIP IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014
Readers who never tire of Rivers and her distinctive take on the world will lap up the newest entree from the octogenarian comedian. Others will want to take a pass. Read full book review >

DUCK & GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH by Tad Hills
by Tad Hills, illustrated by Tad Hills

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014
Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
Moyes has mastered the art of likable, not terribly memorable, but far from simple-minded storytelling. Read full book review >
COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 24, 2014
There's nothing pretty about this divided cop town, but in exposing its ugliness, Slaughter forces us to question whether times really have changed. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU by Valorie Schaefer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2013
Positive and personal, this might be an especially good choice for early bloomers. (Nonfiction. 8-12) Read full book review >
THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009
Hard to put down, this is clearly just a first installment, and it will leave readers dying to find out what comes next. (Science fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: June 19, 2014
Rowling proves once again that she's a master of plotting over the course of a series; you can see her planting seeds, especially when it comes to Robin, which can be expected to bear narrative fruit down the line. It will be a pleasure to watch what happens. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Jennifer Weiner

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014
Though it feels a bit like the literary equivalent of an after-school special for adults, Weiner does a good job of describing the mindset of the addict and provides a realistic portrayal of upper-middle-class addiction in a novel that will appeal to her many fans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Darcie Chan
August 25, 2014

During the week Darcie Chan returns to Mill River, Vermont in her new novel The Mill River Redemption, we talk to the former indie writer about her career as a bestseller published by a major house. View video >