BESTSELLERS

LUCKY US by Amy Bloom
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: July 29, 2014
Bloom enlivens her story with understated humor as well as offbeat and unforgettable characters. Despite a couple of anachronisms, this is a hard-luck coming-of-age story with heart. Read full book review >
BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2014
Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates the tired social-issue formula of women's fiction through wit, good humor, sharp insight into human nature and addictive storytelling. Read full book review >

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani
by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 14, 2013
Rich and strange (and kitted out with an eye-catching cover), but stronger in the set pieces than the internal logic. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner

VERDICT: BUY IT
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011
Heart pounding to the very last moment. (Science fiction/thriller. 12 and up)Read full book review >
A PERFECT LIFE by Danielle Steel

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014
The novel's predictability will likely delight Steel's die-hard fans, but it won't win any new ones. Read full book review >

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: June 14, 2012
A wandering effort, happy but pointless. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: May 1, 2012
Anyone who read the first book was dying for this one months ago; they'll hardly be able to wait for the concluding volume. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR by Marja Mills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014
The sisters' trust that Mills was not a gossip is borne out in this charming portrait of a small Southern town and its most famous resident. Read full book review >
FACTORY MAN by Beth Macy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014
A masterly feat of reporting. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014
There are few surprises, but it's still satisfying to travel with these characters toward their more-than-well-earned happy ending. Read full book review >
THE HEIST by Daniel Silva

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014
With "a fallen British spy, a one-eyed Italian policeman, a master art thief, [and] a professional assassin from the island of Corsica," Allon's 14th caper is a fun read. Read full book review >
WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014
Instead of focusing on the wages of long-ago sin, as he generally does, Burke (Light of the World, 2013) shows the sins actually being committed over several fraught years in the nation's history. The result is a new spaciousness married to his fine-tuned sense of retribution. 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 >