BESTSELLERS

HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise. Read full book review >
ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS by Adriana Trigiani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
A heartwarming tale of women's lives behind the movies. Read full book review >

FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015
Apart from all the big names tossed in to cow Casselli, Woods mostly soft-pedals the usual gratuitous inflation and extraneous subplots, keeping things simple, straightforward, and pleasantly predictable. Read full book review >
CITY ON FIRE by Garth Risk Hallberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
The very-damn-good American novel. Read full book review >
THE WHITE ROSE by Amy Ewing

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
This graphic read solidly sets fans up for the next volume. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)Read full book review >

THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
THE SWORD OF SUMMER by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A fast-paced, eventful, and largely successful pivot. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
HAPPY! by Pharrell Williams
by Pharrell Williams, photographed by Amanda Pratt, illustrated by Kristin Smith

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
Yet another vapid celebrity picture book. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
PETE THE CAT AND THE BEDTIME BLUES by James Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
Much better books about not being able to sleep abound—skip these bedtime blues. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
FORTUNATE SON by John Fogerty
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
Fogerty has had better luck than most, but overall, this is an unfortunate autobiography. Read full book review >
SOUNDS LIKE ME by Sara Bareilles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A breezy, upbeat, and honest reflection of this multitalented artist. Read full book review >
ROSEMARY by Kate Clifford Larson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A well-researched, entertaining, and illuminating biography that should take pride of place over another recent Rosemary bio, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff's The Missing Kennedy.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 >