BESTSELLERS

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 >

M TRAIN by Patti Smith

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
Not as focused as Just Kids, but an atmospheric, moody, and bittersweet memoir to be savored and pondered.Read full book review >
SATURN RUN by John Sandford

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure. Read full book review >
THE SECRET CHORD by Geraldine Brooks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A skillful reimagining of stories already well-known to any well-versed reader of the Bible gracefully and intelligently told. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters. Read full book review >
A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015
As Tolkien had his Silmarillion, so Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want more—and with luck, Martin will oblige them with more of these early yarns.Read full book review >
THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 2, 2015
If the book works, it's because children will be bored to sleep, but it's a lot more likely that exhausted adults will succumb before their little ones do. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
NIGHTFALL by Jake Halpern

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015
The teens' desperate journey to find their way off the island will keep readers turning pages. (Paranormal adventure. 12-18)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 >