BESTSELLERS

WHY THE RIGHT WENT WRONG by E.J. Dionne Jr.
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
An important pundit delivers a thorough exegesis of the stubborn recurrence of the fringe right wing in response to a sense of "lost social status in a rapidly changing country." Read full book review >
DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
A valuable contribution to the study of modern electoral politics in an age that Theodore White, and perhaps even Hunter S. Thompson, would not recognize. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
Anglophiles will find Bryson's field notes equally entertaining and educational. Read full book review >
EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD by Ian Rankin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
Rankin (The Beat Goes On, 2015, etc.) takes his time setting up all these plots. But it's well worth the wait to see how the latest entry in this celebrated series fits all the pieces together.Read full book review >
WARRIORS OF THE STORM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
Cornwell's latest is often bloody, sometimes ribald, but always smartly done. Fans might be disappointed with this effort's brevity, though, and new readers will be better served by beginning at the start of the series (The Last Kingdom, 2005).Read full book review >

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015
Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016
This revenger's comedy, dotted with references to classic plays and philosophical concepts, will be a joy for pranksters and seekers of a good-hearted laugh. (Fiction. 8-11)Read full book review >
FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Beautiful but bifurcated, with the two stories in one making it a challenge to determine the audience. (photo album) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity. Read full book review >
DICTATOR by Robert Harris
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016
Unfortunately for Cicero, his assessment of Octavian—"he's a nice boy, and I hope he survives, but he's no Caesar"—proves fatally wrong. Read full book review >
THE BITTER SEASON by Tami Hoag

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016
This tense psychological thriller shows Hoag at the top of her game. Read full book review >
SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
As Stone continues to bed top women, buy every piece of real estate in sight, and vanquish the competition with the wave of a hand, you can't help but be struck by his increasing resemblance to Donald Trump. Or is that suggestion grounds for a libel suit? 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 >