BESTSELLERS

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016
Artful, original, insightful. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Feb. 2, 2016
Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful. (author's note, research and sources, maps) (Historical fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >

PAX by Sara Pennypacker
Kirkus Star
by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016
Moving and poetic. (Animal fantasy. 9-13)Read full book review >
ON MY OWN by Diane Rehm

VERDICT: SKIP IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2016
The prose reads like journal entries or letters to readers, punctuated by sometimes-trite remarks: "Death is the ultimate finality," she writes. "There is no turning back." Nevertheless, her perspectives on old age are brave and uplifting. Read full book review >
ORIGINALS by Adam Grant
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016
A mixed bag but of interest to readers looking to jump-start their creative powers and raise quick-witted children. Read full book review >

RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016
Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN by Mohamed A. El-Erian
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016
Fiscal-policy wonks will find this look at the financial system illuminating, though ordinary investors and civilians will find it daunting. Read full book review >
CURE by Jo Marchant
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject. Read full book review >
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 >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)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 >