BESTSELLERS

APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016
Not much state-of-the-fantasy-art high-tech this time, and no wonder: shaken readers will instantly recognize the contemporary American landscape, filled with trigger-happy vigilantes and the firepower they need to make themselves famous, beneath the futuristic trappings. Read full book review >
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
An excellent continuation of a series seemingly designed for readers of the political, bloody fantasy style du jour, set apart by an uncommon world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >

FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
An original new Alice confronts her own wonderland in this smashing fantasy. (Fantasy. 9-12)Read full book review >
MOO by Sharon Creech
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Fans of Love That Dog (2001) and Hate That Cat (2010) will find much to love in this story of a girl, a cow, and so much more. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
DOG MAN by Dav Pilkey
by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dav Pilkey

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
What a wag. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)Read full book review >

THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
by Brendan Wenzel, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH by Tom Wolfe

VERDICT: BORROW IT
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Typically, Wolfe throws a Molotov cocktail at conventional wisdom in a book that won't settle any argument but is sure to start some. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 23, 2016
The author's elegant narrative conveys how the love for these amazing creatures transcends national animosities. Read full book review >
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016
It's difficult to drum up sympathy for this missing child, swaddled as she is in such a dull and harmless plot. Read full book review >
THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Burke's gritty coming-of-age tale is a typically entertaining read that may cap a trilogy but also begs for a sequel. Read full book review >
THE NIX by Nathan Hill
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016
A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come. Read full book review >
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >