BESTSELLERS

VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016
Neither a faithful retelling nor a trenchant countertale, though agreeable enough as an afternoon's entertainment. Read full book review >
EXTREMELY CUTE ANIMALS OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016
While readers may appreciate the messages of overcoming bullying and granting forgiveness, the story is hampered by cringe-inducing stereotypes. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

INVISIBLE INFLUENCE by Jonah Berger
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 14, 2016
Of particular interest to those selling messages of various stripes—marketers, advertisers, etc. Read full book review >
BARKSKINS by Annie Proulx
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016
Another tremendous book from Proulx, sure to find and enthrall many readers. Read full book review >
HERE'S TO US by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016
No one captures the flavor and experience of a summer place—the outdoor showers, the seafood, the sand in the floorboards—like Hilderbrand. Read full book review >

TOM CLANCY DUTY AND HONOR  by Grant Blackwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016
Action-adventure addicts will get their fixes. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016
Vivid and ambitious. Read full book review >
LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renée Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016
This spinoff is heavy on the poop jokes and light on almost everything else—readers expecting a boy Dork Diaries with equal nuance may be surprised. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF NATIONS by Ruchir Sharma
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 7, 2016
Evenhanded, measured, sage advice on the global economy. Read full book review >
GRUNT by Mary Roach
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016
Battlefield R&D is a topic too fascinating to ruin, so readers who can tolerate the author's relentless flippancy will not regret the experience. Read full book review >
BUT WHAT IF WE'RE WRONG? by Chuck Klosterman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016
Replete with lots of nifty, whimsical footnotes, this clever, speculative book challenges our beliefs with jocularity and perspicacity. Read full book review >
HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016
A promising debut that's awake to emotional, political, and cultural tensions across time and continents. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >