BESTSELLERS

THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Tons of period details, especially about clothing, round out a highly satisfying and smart breast-clutcher from this Newbery-winning author. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)Read full book review >

THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015
Albeit slightly drawn out as it rolls to its conclusion, Koontz's novel cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness. Read full book review >
CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >

GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell. Read full book review >
ON TOUR by Zoe Sugg

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Cool clothes, trendy music, and matters of the heart make for a pleasant sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH SANTA by Jean Reagan
by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Maybe these kids should try babysitting Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday "dreary-wearies" with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
RULES FOR A KNIGHT by Ethan Hawke

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Just the thing for those who want their New Age nostrums wrapped in medieval kit. Read full book review >
ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015
Methodical, efficient, brand-name genre thrills guaranteed not to frighten the horses. 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 >