BESTSELLERS

THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015
Lilting prose, beautifully meted out folklore and historical references, and Hoffman's deep conviction in her characters (especially those "willing to do anything for love") make reading this "contes du temps passé" a total pleasure. Read full book review >
WIND/PINBALL by Haruki Murakami
by Haruki Murakami, translated by Ted Goossen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015
Not as well-developed as the later books, and mostly for completists. Still, it's interesting to see hints of the masterly novels to come in these slender, pessimistic tales. Read full book review >

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? by Dr. Seuss
by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Dr. Seuss

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015
Of more lasting interest to scholars than children, this genial pet-shop visit provides a tantalizing glimpse into a master's artistic process. (Picture book. 3 & up)Read full book review >
BLACKOUT by Sarah Hepola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015
A treasure trove of hard truths mined from a life soaked in booze. Read full book review >
BADLANDS by C.J. Box

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015
A suspenseful, professional-grade north country procedural whose heroine, a deft mix of compassion and attitude, would be welcome to return and tie up the gaping loose end Box leaves. The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read. Read full book review >

CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015
Ernest Hemingway, who met Markham on safari two years before her Atlantic crossing, tagged her as "a high-grade bitch" but proclaimed her 1942 memoir West with the Night "bloody wonderful." Readers might even say the same of McLain's sparkling prose and sympathetic reimagining.Read full book review >
THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015
Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015
A lyrical and intense memoir. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015
Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015
This moving, potent testament might have been titled "Black Lives Matter." Or: "An American Tragedy." Read full book review >
THE CARTEL by Don Winslow

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015
Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >