BESTSELLERS

THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
A brilliant work. Read full book review >
LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Another compelling, intellectually charged period piece by Kanon, who works in the shadows of fear as well as anyone now writing. Read full book review >

THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015
Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series. Read full book review >
THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition. Read full book review >
KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Brad Montague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Light as air, sneakily earnest, chock-full of worthy silliness: "Be like cheese (or bacon) and make everything you touch better." (Self-help. 9-13)Read full book review >

DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015
A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
SPRING CHICKEN by Bill Gifford
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 17, 2015
Gifford skillfully navigates the many strands of aging research to create an entertaining narrative of the perils of getting old. Read full book review >
FUTURE CRIMES by Marc Goodman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives. Read full book review >
GIRL IN A BAND by Kim Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind. Read full book review >
HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Tess' constant worry about whether she's a good mother dovetails ironically with Dawes' fight to win her daughters back. Lippman dives deep not only into the ways women tend to question their choices and abilities, but also into whether all mothers, and kids, are a little crazy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >