BESTSELLERS

WINTER STREET by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best. Read full book review >
LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal. Read full book review >

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
When the leads are offstage, the novel approaches greatness in its inquiry into what it means to be a good person. But there's too much "her body was a poem beyond memorising" for the novel to fulfill its considerable ambition. Read full book review >
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning. Read full book review >
DEADLINE by John Sandford

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number. Read full book review >

LILA by Marilynne Robinson

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next. Read full book review >
PARIS MATCH by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
All this, and much less, is played out against a generic Paris that, apart from the title and the dust jacket illustration, could have been St. Petersburg, Prague or Pittsburgh. Read full book review >
NORA WEBSTER by Colm Tóibín
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A novel of mourning, healing and awakening; its plainspoken eloquence never succumbs to the sentimentality its heroine would reject. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
"What would Anita Brookner do?" asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it. Read full book review >
SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging. Read full book review >
THE LOST KEY by Catherine Coulter
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true. Read full book review >
A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014
A repetitive, poorly conceived work of pulp fiction. Frankly, we're stumped. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >