BESTSELLERS

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015
Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015
This moving, potent testament might have been titled "Black Lives Matter." Or: "An American Tragedy." Read full book review >

THE CARTEL by Don Winslow

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015
Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden. Read full book review >
NAKED GREED by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015
The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type. Read full book review >
ARMADA by Ernest Cline

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015
A hackneyed sci-fi spectacle. Read full book review >

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it's very much worth reading. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson
Released: July 7, 2015
Despite flaws, solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment. (Fantasy. 14-17)Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 30, 2008
Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up) Read full book review >
THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY by David E. Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: July 7, 2015
An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture. Read full book review >
A FULL LIFE by Jimmy Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015
A memoir that reads like an epilogue to a life of accomplishment. Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Catherine Coulter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015
The daring duo of Sherlock and Savich (Power Play, 2014, etc.) once again takes on assorted criminals in this wide-ranging thriller. Though Savich's thin case is a runner-up to Sherlock's high-profile investigation, it's the more interesting of the two.Read full book review >
JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
by Jeffrey Brown, illustrated by Jeffrey Brown

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 1, 2013
Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >