BESTSELLERS

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 >
SHOTS FIRED by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014
Box generally avoids whodunits and surprises; the title story's subtitle gives away its principal revelation. But if you're looking for rising tension played out against spectacular natural scenery, nobody does it better. 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 >
CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014
This has the bones of an excellent book, but, sadly, an untenable amount of flab is covering them. Read full book review >
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014
The realities of a grown-up relationship are leavened by the buoyancy and wonder of falling in love all over again. Read full book review >

THE HIGH DRUID'S BLADE by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014
Square, sturdy, straight-down-the-middle fantasy entertainment, enjoyable for the Shannara faithful. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS OF AUGUST by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014
A slight bagatelle in which even the weightiest topics are sloughed off like suntan lotion in a tropical rainstorm. Read full book review >
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2014
Essential reading for citizens of the here and now. Other economists should marvel at how that plain language can be put to work explaining the most complex of ideas, foremost among them the fact that economic inequality is at an all-time high—and is only bound to grow worse. Read full book review >
THREE BEARS IN A BOAT by David Soman
Kirkus Star
by David Soman, illustrated by David Soman

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: May 20, 2014
Humorous and intelligent—and with watercolor seascapes so luminous that readers will want to jump in—this is a book to be treasured for years to come. (Picture book. 2-8)Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >