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FATAL by John Lescroart

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less. Read full book review >
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Prediction: the Ron Howard movie, already in the works, will be much better than the book. Read full book review >

CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up) Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions. Read full book review >
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose. Read full book review >

ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE GREAT EQUALIZER by David M. Smick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Is all this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Perhaps so, but Smick's call for a fairer capitalism makes for bracing reading for students of the modern economy and polity. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS IN JANUARY by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A focused and timely study of Eisenhower's significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK's inherited new world. Read full book review >
RING OF FIRE  by Brad Taylor

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A page-turner that's enriched by the author's obvious familiarity with the intricacies of combating 21st-century terrorism. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2016
Sensational subject matter aside, this thriller is a sleeper. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER  by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
Bravery shows up almost as often as buffoonery in these satiric bits and bobs. (Fantasy/short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >