BESTSELLERS

GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Literary fast food: It's tasty enough, but it's probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal. Read full book review >
UNDIVIDED by Neal Shusterman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
Everything culminates in an action-packed, heart-wrenching conclusion guaranteed to chill readers to the bone. (Dystopian adventure. 12-15)Read full book review >

CLARIEL by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
TEARDROP by Lauren Kate

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Still, there's plenty here to make for a terrific weekend-afternoon read. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
Poor Sam and Dave. Lucky readers. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET by Oliver Jeffers
Kirkus Star
by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
An utterly delightful alphabet book. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
NOT MY FATHER'S SON by Alan Cumming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer. Read full book review >
AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The book, unlike the movie it describes, struggles at times to balance a tone of charming over cheesy. But Elwes' case—that the film has endured because it was made with a lot of heart—is made persuasively enough that readers will entertain the sentiment even if they aren't totally convinced by it. Read full book review >
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning. Read full book review >
WINTER STREET by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best. Read full book review >
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014
When the leads are offstage, the novel approaches greatness in its inquiry into what it means to be a good person. But there's too much "her body was a poem beyond memorising" for the novel to fulfill its considerable ambition. Read full book review >
LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014
The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >