BESTSELLERS

THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Melanie Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016
Elegant Babe's thoughts, if not her lips, are unsealed at last. Those unaware of the scandal get CliffsNotes; and everyone else gets a chance to judge whether a swan's muteness can be more interesting than her gripe. Read full book review >
THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016
A fast-paced novel that's part Wild West, part Indiana Jones, and wholly entertaining, combining high emotional stakes with a deep, good-natured sense of humor. Read full book review >

EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD by Ian Rankin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
Rankin (The Beat Goes On, 2015, etc.) takes his time setting up all these plots. But it's well worth the wait to see how the latest entry in this celebrated series fits all the pieces together.Read full book review >
WARRIORS OF THE STORM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
Cornwell's latest is often bloody, sometimes ribald, but always smartly done. Fans might be disappointed with this effort's brevity, though, and new readers will be better served by beginning at the start of the series (The Last Kingdom, 2005).Read full book review >
DICTATOR by Robert Harris
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016
Unfortunately for Cicero, his assessment of Octavian—"he's a nice boy, and I hope he survives, but he's no Caesar"—proves fatally wrong. Read full book review >

THE BITTER SEASON by Tami Hoag

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016
This tense psychological thriller shows Hoag at the top of her game. Read full book review >
SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
As Stone continues to bed top women, buy every piece of real estate in sight, and vanquish the competition with the wave of a hand, you can't help but be struck by his increasing resemblance to Donald Trump. Or is that suggestion grounds for a libel suit? Read full book review >
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Fiction with the condensed power of poetry: Strout deepens her mastery with each new work, and her psychological acuity has never required improvement. Read full book review >
THE GUEST ROOM by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
A compulsively readable train wreck. Read full book review >
ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015
Albeit slightly drawn out as it rolls to its conclusion, Koontz's novel cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness. Read full book review >
RULES FOR A KNIGHT by Ethan Hawke

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Just the thing for those who want their New Age nostrums wrapped in medieval kit. Read full book review >
ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015
Methodical, efficient, brand-name genre thrills guaranteed not to frighten the horses. 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 >