BESTSELLERS

YOU WILL PAY by Lisa Jackson

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017
The laboriously manufactured drama yields so little payout that you may feel more manipulated than intrigued. Read full book review >
BEREN AND LÚTHIEN by J.R.R. Tolkien
Kirkus Star
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017
The story has it all: swords, sorcery, and pure and undying love. (Excellent illustrations, too.) Essential grounding for an epic cycle that shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Read full book review >

NIGHTHAWK by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017
Cussler and company deliver another fun page-turner with a plot ranging from the highly improbable to the totally implausible. Read full book review >
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017
With her past couple of titles, Roberts (as opposed to her typically grittier moniker, J.D. Robb) is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect. Read full book review >
CRAZY HOUSE by James Patterson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2017
Yet another bland, half-baked dystopian exercise. (Dystopian adventure. 14-17)Read full book review >

CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017
A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach. Read full book review >
THE FROZEN HOURS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017
Brilliant, thoroughly readable historical fiction. Read full book review >
DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017
Falls short of Crichton's many blockbusters, but fun reading nonetheless, especially for those interested in the early days of American paleontology. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S FATE by Evelyn Skye

VERDICT: SKIP IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017
Readers may well prefer the bittersweet, ambiguous ending of the first volume to this overly pat conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)Read full book review >
FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017
This story (and sequels) will undoubtedly enthrall readers seeking a torrid, tortured romance in a trendy setting; still, a disappointment from an author capable of so much more. (Fantasy. 12-adult)Read full book review >
DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? by Harold Evans
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 11, 2017
Thoughtful ruminations about current language mixed with praise for clarity and disdain for murkiness. Read full book review >
COACH WOODEN AND ME by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017
A pleasant expression of deep appreciation for a man who changed the author's life by enriching it. 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 >