BESTSELLERS

THE FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM by Christopher Paolini
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 31, 2018
Though not likely to lure in any new fans, Paolini's readers will likely enjoy revisiting the characters and world. (pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 12-15)Read full book review >
BLENDED by Sharon M. Draper
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2018
A book that offers readers a stark look at the apartheidlike reality that exists for black people in America. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >

THE IMPOSSIBLE CRIME by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2018
This romp will definitely find an audience. (Mystery. 7-10)Read full book review >
A DELICATE TOUCH by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2018
The best of Woods' recent thrillers, a primer on election rigging that plays to both Democrats' recent alarm and Republicans' attachment to the material perks of the good life. Read full book review >
VERSES FOR THE DEAD  by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2018
Readers will love the quirky characters in this clever yarn. Pendergast and Coldmoon make an excellent pair. Read full book review >

DOG DIARIES by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2018
This series opener is a romp in the park. (Fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >
GRUMPY MONKEY by Suzanne Lang
by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018
Though Jim may have been grumpy because a chimp's an ape and not a monkey, readers will enjoy and maybe learn from his journey. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
OF BLOOD AND BONE by Nora Roberts

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018
This installment feels a bit like a rest between the trauma of The Doom and the war to come except for an explosive end battle; however, meeting the next generation and watching the heroine grow into her powers and leadership is enthralling. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY OATH OF OFFICE  by Marc Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018
An enjoyable read for Clancy fans. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018
This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to-pain au chocolat ratio. Read full book review >
P IS FOR PTERODACTYL by Raj Haldar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018
Though perhaps more playful than practical, the concept will help new readers and new English language learners conquer some of the more peculiar aspects of our language. (Picture book. 7-12)Read full book review >
BOLD & BRAVE by Kirsten Gillibrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018
"Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?" Inez Milholland's 100-year-old question lingers. (timeline) (Informational picture book. 7-12)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 >