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LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)Read full book review >
FRANCINE POULET MEETS THE GHOST RACCOON by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
New readers ready for a challenge and some laughs will welcome more characters from Deckawoo Drive. (Fiction. 6-9)Read full book review >

THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
THE LAST LOVE SONG by Tracy Daugherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
A dogged biographer elicits from Didion's life much more than tidy observations of "morality and culture." Read full book review >
NEUROTRIBES by Steve Silberman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
In the foreword, Oliver Sacks writes that this "sweeping and penetrating history…is fascinating reading" that "will change how you think of autism." No argument with that assessment. Read full book review >

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015
A testament to a writer whose explorations of society's rougher corners deserve wider attention. Read full book review >
THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Although Kateryn's studiousness makes for some dull reading, the pace picks up as her intellect becomes her greatest liability. Read full book review >
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand. Read full book review >
X by Sue Grafton
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Grafton's endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series (W Is for Wasted, 2013, etc.), graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre.Read full book review >
SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Lynn Weingarten
Released: July 7, 2015
Provides some tense moments but ultimately disappoints. (Suspense. 14-18)Read full book review >
THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME by Drew Daywalt
by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 18, 2015
This new cast of crayons will entertain readers, and admirers of the first book will be pleased to see a few familiar colors. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
LAST BUS TO WISDOM by Ivan Doig
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015
A marvelous picaresque showing off the late Doig's ready empathy for all kinds of people and his perennial gift for spinning a great yarn. He will be missed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >