BESTSELLERS

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016
A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes. (Fiction. 13-18)Read full book review >
THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie
Kirkus Star
by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

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CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >

OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to "get out there!" (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE SECRET WAR by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016
A masterful account of wartime skulduggery that has relevance still today. Read full book review >
THE BIG PICTURE by Sean Carroll
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 10, 2016
A brilliantly lucid exposition of profound philosophical and scientific issues in a language accessible to lay readers. Read full book review >

VALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016
A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure. Read full book review >
LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
Kirkus Star

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016
Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about "the phosphorous of grief" but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another. Read full book review >
THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
Readers who are willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy this action-packed psychological thriller. (Thriller. 12-16)Read full book review >
LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 12, 2016
Seasoned with luscious descriptions of Renaissance architecture and Italian food, a sure bet for fans of romance fiction and armchair travel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016
Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
QUIET POWER by Susan Cain
Released: May 3, 2016
Standard-issue self-help: worthy enough but wordy and heavily earnest, addressed to a broad audience but unlikely to attract one. (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 13-17)Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
A clash of mythic intrigues and centuries of pop culture to thrill die-hard and new fans alike. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-17) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >