BESTSELLERS

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 >
WHY THE RIGHT WENT WRONG by E.J. Dionne Jr.
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
An important pundit delivers a thorough exegesis of the stubborn recurrence of the fringe right wing in response to a sense of "lost social status in a rapidly changing country." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >