BESTSELLERS

HOUSE OF ROBOTS by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2014
A perfectly acceptable and predictable trifle. (Science fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >

GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law. Read full book review >
GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage. Read full book review >
LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015
Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing. Read full book review >

GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
More of the same from the outspoken Southerner. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
In the end, Black's latest seems to mirror Hazel's fears about herself—"as normal and average as any child ever born"—but like Hazel, it's not without charm.(Fantasy. 13 & up)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 >
THE FIRST BAD MAN by Miranda July

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A sometimes-funny, sometimes-upsetting, surprisingly absorbing novel that lives up to the expectations created by July's earlier work and demonstrates her ability to carry the qualities of her short fiction into the thickly fleshed-out world of a novel. Read full book review >
COLD COLD HEART by Tami Hoag

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A top-notch psychological thriller. Read full book review >
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence. Read full book review >
ENSNARED by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A visually rich but tortuous conclusion meant for hard-core fans of the goth-chic series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >