BESTSELLERS

THE READER by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
This cleverly layered fantasy leaves more questions than it answers, but fortunately, it's only the first of what promises to be an enchanting series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT by Jennifer Weiner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
Enchanting right up to the sequel-beckoning end. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >

THE BILL THE CAT STORY by Berkeley Breathed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
As Bill the Cat would say, "Ack." (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
GOOD VIBRATIONS by Mike Love
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
For Beach Boys completists, essential. For die-hard fans of Love & Mercy, probably one to miss. Read full book review >
IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY by Carol Burnett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
An entertaining if somewhat overly anecdotal look back at a beloved weekly variety series. Read full book review >

THE UPSIDE OF INEQUALITY by Edward Conard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
Unlikely to sway those for whom the idea of economic inequality is anathema, but a set of arguments worth considering. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date. Read full book review >
NUTSHELL by Ian McEwan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
Clever, likable, and yet unsatisfying, this tale too often bears out the narrator's early claim: "I take in everything, even the trivia—of which there is much." Read full book review >
AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
Plenty of action, humor, and literary allusions drive the story to a bang-up conclusion. Johnson (Dry Bones, 2015, etc.) never disappoints. Read full book review >
COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016
A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers. Read full book review >
GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Individual elements are appealing, but sometimes the novel feels like an awfully long setup for a sequel. (Dystopian romance. 14-18) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >