BESTSELLERS

TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 5, 2016
Within the standard-issue teen romance is a heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016
Richly imagined, deeply mythic, filled with lovely language with violet overtones: this is an author to watch even if she's not there yet. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >

THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016
Thrillingly full of feeling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
DEAR POPE FRANCIS by Pope Francis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016
As Spadaro writes, Pope Francis understands that "One must not complicate God, especially if this complication distances God from the people." People's Pope indeed. (Religion. 4-12)Read full book review >
ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? by Frans de Waal
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 25, 2016
After this edifying book, a trip to the zoo may never be the same. Read full book review >

EXTREME PREY by John Sandford

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016
An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines. Read full book review >
THE HATERS by Jesse Andrews

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 5, 2016
A teen road trip packed with music and drama. There's plenty here to both love and hate. (Fiction. 14-17)Read full book review >
LOVE THAT BOY by Ron Fournier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016
Good advice backed by research coupled with personal reflections by a father on how to let children grow up to be individuals rather than miniature versions of their parents. Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
An admirably seriocomic look at a headlong leap into maturity. Read full book review >
MAESTRA by L.S. Hilton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Billed as erotic suspense, this is not a book for suspense fans; it's more a portrait of a sociopathic woman with a voracious appetite for sexual adventure. Read full book review >
ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Delight in this tale for its hilarious and endearing family drama, but don't expect to get the same level of romantics and Darcy-inflicted swoon that make the original untouchable. Read full book review >
THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Riddled with implausible situations and light on the research, this plodding tale is for die-hard Baldacci fans only. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >