BESTSELLERS

DUMPLIN' by Julie Murphy

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
In the end, it's more liberating than oppressive, with bits of humor and a jubilant pageant takeover by beauty rebels to crown this unusual book about a fat character. (Fiction. 13-16)Read full book review >
IT'S YOUR WORLD by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
Another voice in the chorus of calls to action—earnest and on target but more likely to be bought than read. (map, charts, infographics, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)Read full book review >

THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit. (notes) (Fiction. 10 & up)Read full book review >
NEVER BROKEN by Jewel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
A moving musical essay that should strike all the right notes with a wide selection of readers. Read full book review >
THE COURT AND THE WORLD by Stephen Breyer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
A carefully reasoned plea for a continuing engagement of the American judiciary in establishing a worldwide rule of law. Read full book review >

KILLING THE MESSENGER by David Brock
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
There's not much hard news in Brock's account of "the last battle of the Clinton Wars," but it's a useful casebook on how big-money politics and political operators work. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
A generous and singularly insightful examination of memoir. Read full book review >
WHY NOT ME? by Mindy Kaling

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
Intrepid and often irreverent, Kaling humbly probes her own triumphs and defeats with laugh-out-loud results. Read full book review >
ONE YEAR AFTER by William R. Forstchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
Fail Safe collides with Norman Rockwell in this fitfully entertaining novel about an America ripped apart at its seams. Read full book review >
THE END GAME by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
The third in the series featuring the brilliant Brit (The Lost Key, 2014, etc.) adds scary technology to physical action to produce a tip-top thriller.Read full book review >
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015
An intricate plot, perfect title, and a harrowing look at the tie that binds. Read full book review >
THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
A fine companion to Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken (2014), also about the 1936 Olympics and also adapted for young readers. (Nonfiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >