BESTSELLERS

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 12, 2016
Seasoned with luscious descriptions of Renaissance architecture and Italian food, a sure bet for fans of romance fiction and armchair travel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016
Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >

QUIET POWER by Susan Cain
Released: May 3, 2016
Standard-issue self-help: worthy enough but wordy and heavily earnest, addressed to a broad audience but unlikely to attract one. (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 13-17)Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
A clash of mythic intrigues and centuries of pop culture to thrill die-hard and new fans alike. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-17) Read full book review >
THE THANK YOU BOOK by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
Thank you, Gerald and Piggie. We'll miss you. (Early reader. 5-8)Read full book review >

THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016
A magisterial portrayal of these "megalomaniacs, monsters and saints" as eminently human and fallible. Read full book review >
PAUL MCCARTNEY by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016
A worthy biography that doesn't approach the greatness of its subject. Read full book review >
RED PLATOON by Clinton Romesha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016
Romesha ably captures the daily dangers faced by these courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
GRIT by Angela Duckworth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 3, 2016
Not your grandpa's self-help book, but Duckworth's text is oddly encouraging, exhorting us to do better by trying harder, and a pleasure to read. Read full book review >
EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016
Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave's miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout, with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality. Read full book review >
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016
Enough characters, confrontations, secrets, and subplots to fill the stage of an opera house—and leave spectators from the orchestra to the balcony moved and misty-eyed. Read full book review >
ZERO K by Don DeLillo

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016
DeLillo's latest novel asks compelling questions, but its answers are a bit shopworn. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >