BESTSELLERS

FAMILY JEWELS by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
A low-stakes, low-octane thriller that seems to have been cobbled together entirely from dead ends. Read full book review >
MILLER'S VALLEY by Anna Quindlen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
There are familiar elements in this story—the troubled brother, the eccentric aunt, a discovery that hints at a forbidden relationship—but they are synthesized in a fresh way in this keenly observed, quietly powerful novel. Read full book review >

THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
Longer than it needs to be but Berry gunfights his way entertainingly enough to the save-the-world conclusion of this formulaic yarn. Read full book review >
THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: March 22, 2016
Eden's emotionally raw narration is compelling despite its solipsism. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
LET'S PLAY by Hervé Tullet
by Hervé Tullet, illustrated by Hervé Tullet, translated by Christopher Francischelli

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016
Playful indeed. Preschoolers will line up for a turn. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >

SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS by Adam Hochschild
HISTORY
Released: March 29, 2016
Hochschild ably explores subtle shades of the conflict that contemporary authors and participants did not want to consider. Read full book review >
GIRLS AND SEX by Peggy Orenstein
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 29, 2016
Ample, valuable information on the way young women in America perceive and react to their sexual environment. Read full book review >
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016
A satisfying success story from a reliably outspoken raconteur. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016
O'Brien's writing in this rich, wrenching book can be both lyrical and hard-edged, which suits a world where pain shared or a tincture of kindness can help ease the passage from losses. Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT MINSTREL by Jim Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016
Grand entertainments all and a pleasure. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MUNICH by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016
Winspear elegantly balances Maisie's emotional turmoil and dogged patriotism with the growing tensions of a Europe on the brink of war. Read full book review >
KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016
A sendup of the artificiality of the fame-making machine from both sides, the novel's humor is mercilessly black, and no one comes up smelling like roses. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >