BESTSELLERS

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
If Thatcher's 1984 is bleak, then get a load of what awaits us in 2030. Speculative, lyrical and unrelentingly dark—trademark Mitchell, in other words. Read full book review >
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Gamache's 10th outing (How the Light Gets In, 2013, etc.) culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they'll have new wounds to mend.Read full book review >

HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story. Read full book review >
ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
More trite truthiness from Coelho. Read full book review >
MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown

VERDICT: SKIP IT
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
Brown's novels share several qualities: They're entertaining, competently written, full of twists and turns, but ultimately forgettable. Read full book review >

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
Despite its epic size and aspirations, the novel is underpopulated and often underwritten, a quality that does make its richer moments stand out while stoking the appetite for more of those in fewer pages. Read full book review >
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Another tour de force from Japan's greatest living novelist. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Debbie Macomber

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book. Read full book review >
FOOL'S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Hobb is hardly the first to stumble in reviving a long-dormant series, nor will she be the last. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by James Rollins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014
Tune in to find out. Literature it's not—more like an industrial product that sort of looks like it, in the same way that a fast-food burger resembles food. Still, it's plenty tasty, if not very nutritious. Read full book review >
TOP SECRET by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014
G-fans will not be disappointed. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S LAND by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014
The essence of being a magician, as Quentin learns to define it, could easily serve as a thumbnail description of Grossman's art: "the power to enchant the world." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lawrence Wright
September 15, 2014

Lawrence Wright has written books that investigate Scientology, al-Qaida, religion in America and the psychology of twinship, among other topics. He received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Looming Tower. His new book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is about “one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century,” when an unpopular president was able behind the scenes to convince two proud, intransigent leaders of the Middle East to compromise. We ask Wright about uncovering the details of the story in this Kirkus TV interview. View video >