BESTSELLERS

THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH by Tom Wolfe

VERDICT: BORROW IT
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Typically, Wolfe throws a Molotov cocktail at conventional wisdom in a book that won't settle any argument but is sure to start some. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 23, 2016
The author's elegant narrative conveys how the love for these amazing creatures transcends national animosities. Read full book review >

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016
It's difficult to drum up sympathy for this missing child, swaddled as she is in such a dull and harmless plot. Read full book review >
THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Burke's gritty coming-of-age tale is a typically entertaining read that may cap a trilogy but also begs for a sequel. Read full book review >
THE NIX by Nathan Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016
A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come. Read full book review >

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark. Read full book review >
TRUMP REVEALED by Michael Kranish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016
A foregone conclusion: fans of Trump will want to turn to The Art of the Deal, while his detractors will find plenty of ammunition here for their cause.Read full book review >
THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 2016
A haunting, unforgettable finale. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex
Kirkus Star
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016
A unique point of view makes this school book stand out. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
THE FIRE THIS TIME by Jesmyn Ward
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2016
Timely contributions to an urgent national conversation. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
A hilarious and effective memoir from a woman with zero inhibitions. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
The real-life events of the War of the Currents are exciting enough without embroidery. Still, readers who care more about atmosphere than accuracy will enjoy this breezy melodrama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >