BESTSELLERS

THE APPLE ORCHARD by Susan Wiggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2013
With vignettes from Nazi-occupied Denmark and a spotlight on the noble actions of an engaged Danish citizenry that reportedly managed to save 99 percent of its Jewish population, Wiggs tells a layered, powerful story of love, loss, hope and redemption. Read full book review >
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2013
Bonus points for being smart and having a young woman as a heroine who doesn't need saving herself. Fun for all ages, though maybe with a PG warning. Read full book review >

BEST KEPT SECRET by Jeffrey Archer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 14, 2013
What-will-happen-next reading best approached after picking up the series' first two entries. Read full book review >
THE ELITE by Kiera Cass

VERDICT: SKIP IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 23, 2013
Vapid, but at least it reads fast. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)Read full book review >
HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus
by Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, illustrated by Greg Call

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013
Ending with the promise (or threat) of further adventures, this is clearly intended to be the next big thing—whether it fulfills that ambition remains to be seen. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >

THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013
Pure glee. (Picture book. 3-8) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2013
An exhaustively layered but exciting account involving characters of enormous courage and stamina. Read full book review >
THE NEW DIGITAL AGE by Eric Schmidt
Released: April 23, 2013
A thoughtful and well-balanced prognostication of what lies ahead. Read full book review >
DIRTY WARS by Jeremy Scahill
Released: April 23, 2013
Not always convincing, but a surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material. Read full book review >
COOKED by Michael Pollan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 2013
A delightful chronicle of the education of a cook who steps back frequently to extol the scientific and philosophical basis of this deeply satisfying human activity. Read full book review >
LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 2013
Those who have followed Sedaris through the years will find plenty to enjoy, though not much in the way of surprise or revelation. Read full book review >
MAYA'S NOTEBOOK by Isabel Allende

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: April 23, 2013
Allende is a master at plucking heartstrings, and Maya's family drama is hard to resist, but the sentimentality and a lack of subtlety concerning politics, Chilean and American, can grate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >