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ROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
An abundance of absurdity that will entertain boys and girls of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES by Sarah Vowell
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
An enlightening and entertaining blend of history and edged attitude. Read full book review >

THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
An atmospheric but overlong history of family secrets and their tormented gatekeepers. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE by Joseph Fink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
A delightfully bonkers media crossover that will make an incredible audiobook. Read full book review >
CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
The book ends on a cliffhanger worthy of Harry Potter, and Rowling's readers will eagerly await the next installment. Read full book review >

ROGUE LAWYER by John Grisham

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
One wonders if Grisham weren't sleeping through some of this as well. Whatever the case, one of his lesser cases. Read full book review >
FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
Fans of the Marvel Universe aren't by definition stupid, and even though they will be jazzed by the schmaltzy heroic high jinks, they still deserve better than this. (Adventure. 11-14)Read full book review >
THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
Original and sobering, Adelina is an antihero of nigh-unremitting darkness: an unusual young woman in the mold of such archetypes as Lucifer, Macbeth, and Darth Vader—and even Kissin' Kate Barlow from Holes. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
The message—about the value of trying new experiences and learning to trust—lies lightly on this lively tale. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Animal fantasy. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTY by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
A chuckle-inducing, entirely worthy stand-alone follow-up to the terrific The Princess in Black (2014). (Fantasy. 5-7)Read full book review >
UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK by Elvis Costello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
Overlong but still packed with great lines, vivid anecdotes, and plenty of photos. Certainly a treat for his many fans. Read full book review >
THE LAST OF THE PRESIDENT'S MEN by Bob Woodward
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
Less a sequel than an addendum, the book offers a close-up view of the Oval Office in its darkest hour. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >