BESTSELLERS

THE GUEST ROOM by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
A compulsively readable train wreck. Read full book review >
THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Tons of period details, especially about clothing, round out a highly satisfying and smart breast-clutcher from this Newbery-winning author. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >

AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015
Albeit slightly drawn out as it rolls to its conclusion, Koontz's novel cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness. Read full book review >

CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell. Read full book review >
ON TOUR by Zoe Sugg

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Cool clothes, trendy music, and matters of the heart make for a pleasant sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH SANTA by Jean Reagan
by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Maybe these kids should try babysitting Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday "dreary-wearies" with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
RULES FOR A KNIGHT by Ethan Hawke

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Just the thing for those who want their New Age nostrums wrapped in medieval kit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >